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October 23, 2004 | Ernesto Lechner, Special to The Times
Is Juana Molina the bravest woman in Latin music? The Argentine songstress could exploit her physical beauty if she wished, but instead she projects an image of ethereal austerity. She could draw from her gifts as a former television comedian, but her material emphasizes gravity and contemplation over humor. She could hide her obvious shyness beneath a full-fledged band but prefers to go solo. Until recently, in fact, Molina performed accompanied by multi-instrumentalist Alejandro Franov.
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February 19, 2009 | Reed Johnson
The daughters of Joni and Joan are alive and well and living these days in places like Buenos Aires and Portland, Ore. They also were on stage Tuesday night at the Troubadour, demonstrating to a transfixed crowd how they've absorbed the lessons of the aforementioned Mitchell, Baez and other elder stateswomen of the singer-songwriter sisterhood.
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September 2, 2002 | ERNESTO LECHNER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Four years ago, a visibly distraught Juana Molina took the stage of McCabe's for what would be a disastrous U.S. debut. The comedian-turned-singer and KCRW-FM favorite opened the show with an out-of-tune guitar, forgot the lyrics to some of her songs and looked so out of control that the resulting performance evoked a combination of pity and morbid fascination. The following morning, Molina vowed never to perform live again.
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October 23, 2004 | Ernesto Lechner, Special to The Times
Is Juana Molina the bravest woman in Latin music? The Argentine songstress could exploit her physical beauty if she wished, but instead she projects an image of ethereal austerity. She could draw from her gifts as a former television comedian, but her material emphasizes gravity and contemplation over humor. She could hide her obvious shyness beneath a full-fledged band but prefers to go solo. Until recently, in fact, Molina performed accompanied by multi-instrumentalist Alejandro Franov.
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February 19, 2009 | Reed Johnson
The daughters of Joni and Joan are alive and well and living these days in places like Buenos Aires and Portland, Ore. They also were on stage Tuesday night at the Troubadour, demonstrating to a transfixed crowd how they've absorbed the lessons of the aforementioned Mitchell, Baez and other elder stateswomen of the singer-songwriter sisterhood.
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August 3, 1997 | Ernesto Lechner
You have to hand it to a rock en espan~ol soundtrack that opens with one of the least fashionable but most compelling names in the genre. "Star Maps," compiled by the movie's co-star Lysa Flores, a singer-songwriter herself who has two tracks on the album, gets off to a rollicking start with La Portuaria's "Dios," a crunchy slice of rock 'n' roll with mystical overtones.
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December 24, 2004 | Ernesto Lechner, Special to The Times
Compared with Latin rock royalty such as Cafe Tacuba or Manu Chao, Mexico's Kinky and L.A.'s own Ozomatli are not exactly the kind of bands that make great, transcendental albums. The strength of both outfits lies in their raucous live shows, which explains why their pairing (with Juana Molina as opening act) as part of a Latin Christmas show Wednesday at Disney Hall was so satisfying.
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June 14, 2001
11am Celebrations Six local Tuskegee Airmen, highly awarded black fighter pilots who fought in World War II, will speak at the Bowers Museum of Cultural Art as part of the third-annual Juneteenth celebration hosted by the museum's African Cultural Arts Council. Juneteenth is the oldest celebration of the ending of slavery, dating to 1865. Festivities will include performances by two gospel choirs, Southern food and ethnic costumes. Two other programs are scheduled to mark the day.
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June 14, 2001
Dido would have been pop's most notable new arrival of last year even if her song "Thank You" hadn't been sampled in Eminem's hit "Stan." The English singer teams with the touted Travis in a bill of contenders for preeminence in the coming decade.* Dido, with Travis and Emiliana Torrini, Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, 8808 Irvine Center Drive, Irvine. 7:30 p.m. $25 to $48. (949) 855-2863.
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September 2, 2002 | ERNESTO LECHNER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Four years ago, a visibly distraught Juana Molina took the stage of McCabe's for what would be a disastrous U.S. debut. The comedian-turned-singer and KCRW-FM favorite opened the show with an out-of-tune guitar, forgot the lyrics to some of her songs and looked so out of control that the resulting performance evoked a combination of pity and morbid fascination. The following morning, Molina vowed never to perform live again.
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September 22, 1989 | MARITA HERNANDEZ, Times Staff Writer
Juana Maria Molina lies awake nights at a Red Cross shelter here, worrying about what will become of her and her family. She also stands guard--flashlight in hand--against scorpions she fears may enter the schoolroom where she and 10 family members sleep on a bare cement floor. Molina, 43, blamed the conditions and lack of sleeping cots for her 2-year-old grandson's bout with pneumonia.
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August 27, 2006 | Agustin Gurza
It's been a slow and sluggish season for Latin music releases. Major artists have released albums recently that are either dull (Gilberto Santa Rosa), redundant (Daddy Yankee), uninspired (Diego Torres), unbearable (RBD) or impenetrable (Juana Molina). But it's not hopeless. Here are a few albums that cut through the muggy summer of '06. -- Agustin Gurza ** Classic sentiments, heartbreaking style Alicia Villarreal "Orgullo de Mujer" (Universal Music Latino) MEXICAN records are like tortillas.
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