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March 30, 1998 | NATALIE NICHOLS
Headlining an evening of literate pop at the Henry Fonda Theatre on Saturday, singer-songwriter Jonatha Brooke proved herself a down-to-earth poet, delighting an attentive audience with an apparently inexhaustible supply of anecdotes during 90 minutes of folky tunes. Brooke sang and played guitar while her backing trio, sometimes augmented by another guitarist, flawlessly crafted lush backdrops for songs that mused wistfully about love and destiny.
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March 29, 2001 | NATALIE NICHOLS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Singer-songwriter Jonatha Brooke's music-biz story is an all-too-familiar tale of woe these days. Four years ago, while she was in the middle of a tour supporting her major-label solo debut, "10 Wings," MCA Records informed her that it wasn't planning to renew her contract. "In a way I'm lucky, because they just let me go," says Brooke, 37, citing the struggles Aimee Mann and other acts endured while extricating themselves from frustrating record-company relationships.
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March 29, 2001 | NATALIE NICHOLS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Singer-songwriter Jonatha Brooke's music-biz story is an all-too-familiar tale of woe these days. Four years ago, while she was in the middle of a tour supporting her major-label solo debut, "10 Wings," MCA Records informed her that it wasn't planning to renew her contract. "In a way I'm lucky, because they just let me go," says Brooke, 37, citing the struggles Aimee Mann and other acts endured while extricating themselves from frustrating record-company relationships.
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April 21, 1999 | MIKE BOEHM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Bob Dylan's maxim "To live outside the law you must be honest" speaks loudly to the plight of the musician hoping to succeed with creative voice intact, especially given the sell-or-perish demands of the leaner, meaner record industry. Jonatha Brooke's recent career might be taken as an addendum to Dylan's rule: to live outside the industry, you must be industrious.
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October 26, 1993 | CHRIS WILLMAN
The Story, a female duo from Boston, is the kind of act that might allow a couple of minutes for the discussion of errant hairdos--as in "I'm having a bad hair life"--and then segue without a pause into, "So this song is about death." The levity at the Story's show on Sunday at the Troubadour was mostly between the songs, not in them. Their lyrics usually cover what singer-songwriter Jonatha Brooke grudgingly admitted were "the big topics"--i.e.
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April 21, 1999 | MIKE BOEHM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Bob Dylan's maxim "To live outside the law you must be honest" speaks loudly to the plight of the musician hoping to succeed with creative voice intact, especially given the sell-or-perish demands of the leaner, meaner record industry. Jonatha Brooke's recent career might be taken as an addendum to Dylan's rule: to live outside the industry, you must be industrious.
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February 26, 1998 | JERRY CROWE
* Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder, below, will join Steve Earle, Ani DiFranco, Lyle Lovett, Tom Waits, Michelle Shocked and Rahat Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, among others, for a "Dead Man Walking" benefit concert March 29 at the Shrine Auditorium. Tickets go on sale Sunday. . . . Tickets will be available Saturday for Mary J. Blige and Usher, April 9 at the Universal Amphitheatre. . . . Tickets are on sale now for the Mariachi USA Festival, June 20-21 at the Hollywood Bowl. . . .
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June 27, 1992 | JEAN ROSENBLUTH
Somewhere between the urbane eclecticism of Suzanne Vega and the simpy, aw-shucks folk of the Indigo Girls lies the Story, a pair of smart, sometimes interesting female singers from Boston who made their Los Angeles debut Thursday at At My Place. At their best, Jonatha Brooke and Jennifer Kimball captured the wry wit and musical adventurousness of Vega, joining intriguingly distorted harmonies and interesting turns of phrase, as in "Grace in Gravity," the title track from their debut album.
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May 28, 1999 | STEVE HOCHMAN
*** VARIOUS ARTISTS "Bleecker Street: Greenwich Village in the '60s" Astor Place Recordings Florence and Normandie probably is the intersection that's had the most impact on hip-hop, which has been rightly called the folk music of the '90s. So the idea of revisiting the music of Bleecker and McDougal--ground zero of the '60s Greenwich Village folk explosion--seems rather quaint.
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March 30, 1998 | NATALIE NICHOLS
Headlining an evening of literate pop at the Henry Fonda Theatre on Saturday, singer-songwriter Jonatha Brooke proved herself a down-to-earth poet, delighting an attentive audience with an apparently inexhaustible supply of anecdotes during 90 minutes of folky tunes. Brooke sang and played guitar while her backing trio, sometimes augmented by another guitarist, flawlessly crafted lush backdrops for songs that mused wistfully about love and destiny.
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October 26, 1993 | CHRIS WILLMAN
The Story, a female duo from Boston, is the kind of act that might allow a couple of minutes for the discussion of errant hairdos--as in "I'm having a bad hair life"--and then segue without a pause into, "So this song is about death." The levity at the Story's show on Sunday at the Troubadour was mostly between the songs, not in them. Their lyrics usually cover what singer-songwriter Jonatha Brooke grudgingly admitted were "the big topics"--i.e.
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