November 23, 1986 |
"SHOCKADELICA." Jesse Johnson. A&M. The Clintonesque album title is as misleading as Johnson's reputation as a young R&B renegade. In fact, that whole Minneapolis funk-pop vanguard is having a rough year, from Prince to Morris Day to Johnson, who has followed his promising debut with a comparatively colorless collection.
December 23, 1994 |
Saxophonist Boney James is familiar with the difficult life of a touring musician. In fact, it was during a low-paying overseas stint that he picked up his nickname. He was born James Oppenheim in 1961 in Lowell, Mass., and spent a number of years in the '80s toiling for the likes of the Isley Brothers, Sheena Easton, Bobby Caldwell and Teena Marie. It was during a 1987 European tour with vocalist Randy Crawford that the name he now carries surfaced.
November 5, 1990 |
The new Prince movie, "Graffiti Bridge" (citywide), is a blend of vaulting emotions and sentimental fluff, MTV and ersatz inspirationalism, dry ice and hot flesh, phony angels and searing funk. It's a mixed bag; parts of it are awful. But it has, and needs, only one major defense: It's full of Grade-A rock 'n' roll, rousingly well performed. It moves, it swings, it jumps and vibrates. It's a musical .
July 7, 1985 |
Jesse Johnson should be sitting on top of the world. An alumnus of the Prince-propelled group the Time, the 26-year-old singer-guitarist has released a debut album, "Jesse Johnson's Revue," that's about to go gold on the strength of cuts like "Can You Help Me," a current staple on black radio. As a member of the Time he also co-wrote many of that group's wittiest hit singles, including "Jungle Love" and "The Bird."
April 12, 1989 |
"This is the story of one woman's search for the Minneapolis sound. Oh, that is so corny. OK, all I have to say is that I set out to talk to musicians and fans and critics, here and on the coast, to try to find out what all the hype is about, and to see if I could come up with some sort of definition of the Minneapolis sound. "And then we can cut to a Prince video." Emily Goldberg's opening remarks provide a pretty good idea of what to expect from her documentary "The Minneapolis Sound" (at 10 tonight on Channels 28 and 15, 11 p.m. on Channel 50)
August 26, 2004 |
Dogville Nicole Kidman, Paul Bettany Lions Gate, $27 As with previous films of his such as "Breaking the Waves," Lars von Trier's three-hour drama is not for everyone's tastes. Theatrically staged with a minimum of sets and props in the style of Thornton Wilder's "Our Town," "Dogville" tells the Depression-era tale of Grace (Kidman), a beautiful young woman on the lam from gangsters who arrives one night in a small Rocky Mountain town.