November 16, 1996 |
For Marshall Crenshaw, a seedy motel room helped turn a scowl into one big smile. Four years ago, the respected but commercially undervalued pop-rocker had become disillusioned by the record business. Making "Life's Too Short," his first and last album for MCA, had been such a negative experience, he says, that when it was done, he didn't even want to think about going back into a studio.
May 22, 1988
I see Bob Dylan is touring with Marshall Crenshaw this year. Is this one called the Marshall-Dylan Tour? MARCUS VINCENT ALVA Sylmar
September 28, 1996
Tickets go on sale today for the Social Distortion with D Generation show Nov. 14 at the Hollywood Palladium. . . . Dan Hicks & His Acoustic Warriors play Nov. 1 at the Coach House in San Juan Capistrano. . . . Marshall Crenshaw will be at the Galaxy Concert Theatre in Santa Ana on Nov. 17.
August 25, 2000 |
Punk rock's energy and anyone-can-do-it ethic brought welcome contrast to the bloated stuff that typified mainstream rock music in the late '70s. But with gain often comes loss, and the sacrifice for the new emotional vitality of punk and its more polished younger sibling, new wave, was tangible melody and harmony. The model of melodic pop invention set down by the Beatles often seemed lost as the venting of youthful anger, alienation and frustration took precedence over musical creativity.
March 23, 1986 |
"SONGS FROM THE FILM," Tommy Keene. Geffen. Keene's rock-anchored folk-pop basically falls into the Marshall Crenshaw category, and the Baltimore-bred singer has conjured up a handful of attractive, heart-on-your-sleeve tunes on his debut LP. With its jangly guitars and spruced-up drum and bass sound, the yearning "Places That Are Gone" is one of the better entries from the current glut of small-town boy nostalgia pieces.
January 27, 1986 |
Marshall Crenshaw might still be a great white hope of pop music. Even though his three critically lauded albums have been commercially ignored, the New York-based singer-guitarist sounded as sharp as ever Saturday at the Palace. Where others might have thrown in the towel by now, Crenshaw shows no signs of submission. His commercial struggle is hard to explain, because his catchy, charming songs have a timeless quality that would sound great on radio.