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May 15, 2011 | By Mikael Wood, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Raphael Saadiq calls it "8 o'clock," even when it happens at 10 or 11: that moment every night when he steps onstage and savors the electricity of a room full of people gathered to hear him play. "It's a real high for me," says the Oakland native, who's been an important figure on the R&B scene since forming Tony! Toni! Toné! with an older brother in 1987. "The first time my dad saw us he asked my brother if I was on drugs. I was like, 'Why would you say that?' And he said, 'You're this completely different person up there — then you come off stage and you're just chill,'" Saadiq said, laughing.
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May 15, 2011 | By Mikael Wood, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Raphael Saadiq calls it "8 o'clock," even when it happens at 10 or 11: that moment every night when he steps onstage and savors the electricity of a room full of people gathered to hear him play. "It's a real high for me," says the Oakland native, who's been an important figure on the R&B scene since forming Tony! Toni! Toné! with an older brother in 1987. "The first time my dad saw us he asked my brother if I was on drugs. I was like, 'Why would you say that?' And he said, 'You're this completely different person up there — then you come off stage and you're just chill,'" Saadiq said, laughing.
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February 24, 2003 | Natalie Nichols
After being shut out last year, this was India.Arie's turn to stand out -- a welcome moment on a night when great music did not always beat out gloss. Arie's acoustic-flavored "Voyage to India" was among several introspective entries for best album, but its light touch and heavy spirituality apparently resonated more with voters than the similarly personal, more ambitious and arguably more deserving "Instant Vintage," by neo-soul comeback kid and quintuple nominee Raphael Saadiq.
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May 27, 2010
A Memorial Day tradition, the student-run Jazz Reggae Festival marks its 24th year with a diverse lineup of jazz, hip-hop, soul and reggae artists. Sunday's Jam Day features the old-school-inspired R&B of Raphael Saadiq, the jazzy hip-hop of Q-Tip and the neo-soul singing of Bilal; Monday's day of reggae includes performances by Barrington Levy, Cham and Etana. UCLA intramural field, 405 Hilgard Ave., L.A. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sun. and Mon. Single day: $26 in advance, $35 day of show.
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November 23, 2004 | Soren Baker, Special to The Times
As Raphael Saadiq concluded a sensuous rendition of the Tony! Toni! Tone! hit "Lay Your Head on My Pillow," the acclaimed singer-songwriter-musician-producer proclaimed himself the "last of the funky Mohicans." The packed crowd Sunday at the House of Blues roared, endorsing the Oakland-raised artist's claim as his band played the opening notes of "It Never Rains in Southern California," another of his former group's biggest hits.
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January 31, 2003 | Steve Appleford, Special to The Times
Raphael Saadiq was apologetic, frustrated, inspired. An hourlong set of his modern soul music just wasn't enough, cut short on Wednesday at the House of Blues by an 11 p.m. curfew for the all-ages show. But what the singer-guitarist did deliver was generous enough, continuing a revival he helped ignite as part of the group Tony Toni Tone more than a decade ago. Saadiq's sound has only grown in sophistication in the years since.
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May 27, 2010
A Memorial Day tradition, the student-run Jazz Reggae Festival marks its 24th year with a diverse lineup of jazz, hip-hop, soul and reggae artists. Sunday's Jam Day features the old-school-inspired R&B of Raphael Saadiq, the jazzy hip-hop of Q-Tip and the neo-soul singing of Bilal; Monday's day of reggae includes performances by Barrington Levy, Cham and Etana. UCLA intramural field, 405 Hilgard Ave., L.A. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sun. and Mon. Single day: $26 in advance, $35 day of show.
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February 23, 2003 | Lynell George, Times Staff Writer
First, there was the bad news for Raphael Saadiq. The night before the Grammy nominations were announced last month, the neo-soul singer went to bed dispirited. Word was out: The music trades were officially reporting what he already knew. His label, Universal Records, which last summer released his first solo disc, "Instant Vintage," had "amicably" but unceremoniously dropped him.
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January 12, 1997 | Cheo Hodari Coker, Cheo Hodari Coker is a Times staff writer
It's raining outside the Paramount Studios sound stage where the members of Tony Toni Tone are jamming, which is curious, since it was a song called "It Never Rains (in Southern California)" that cemented the group's platinum status in the pop and R&B worlds in 1990. But then, almost everything about Tony Toni Tone is a bit off-kilter. To start with, none of the three principals is named Tony or Toni or Tone.
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March 18, 2011
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November 23, 2004 | Soren Baker, Special to The Times
As Raphael Saadiq concluded a sensuous rendition of the Tony! Toni! Tone! hit "Lay Your Head on My Pillow," the acclaimed singer-songwriter-musician-producer proclaimed himself the "last of the funky Mohicans." The packed crowd Sunday at the House of Blues roared, endorsing the Oakland-raised artist's claim as his band played the opening notes of "It Never Rains in Southern California," another of his former group's biggest hits.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 24, 2003 | Natalie Nichols
After being shut out last year, this was India.Arie's turn to stand out -- a welcome moment on a night when great music did not always beat out gloss. Arie's acoustic-flavored "Voyage to India" was among several introspective entries for best album, but its light touch and heavy spirituality apparently resonated more with voters than the similarly personal, more ambitious and arguably more deserving "Instant Vintage," by neo-soul comeback kid and quintuple nominee Raphael Saadiq.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 23, 2003 | Lynell George, Times Staff Writer
First, there was the bad news for Raphael Saadiq. The night before the Grammy nominations were announced last month, the neo-soul singer went to bed dispirited. Word was out: The music trades were officially reporting what he already knew. His label, Universal Records, which last summer released his first solo disc, "Instant Vintage," had "amicably" but unceremoniously dropped him.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 31, 2003 | Steve Appleford, Special to The Times
Raphael Saadiq was apologetic, frustrated, inspired. An hourlong set of his modern soul music just wasn't enough, cut short on Wednesday at the House of Blues by an 11 p.m. curfew for the all-ages show. But what the singer-guitarist did deliver was generous enough, continuing a revival he helped ignite as part of the group Tony Toni Tone more than a decade ago. Saadiq's sound has only grown in sophistication in the years since.
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January 12, 1997 | Cheo Hodari Coker, Cheo Hodari Coker is a Times staff writer
It's raining outside the Paramount Studios sound stage where the members of Tony Toni Tone are jamming, which is curious, since it was a song called "It Never Rains (in Southern California)" that cemented the group's platinum status in the pop and R&B worlds in 1990. But then, almost everything about Tony Toni Tone is a bit off-kilter. To start with, none of the three principals is named Tony or Toni or Tone.
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June 13, 2002
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November 20, 2002 | Natalie Nichols
TLC "3D" (Arista) *** Rather than dwelling on the untimely loss of Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes, Rozanda "Chilli" Thomas and Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins use this album to celebrate their late partner while adding to the group's sassy, thought-provoking and innovative legacy. Lopes worked on about half these tunes, and her rapping is key to such taunting numbers as "Girl Talk" and the lover-man-skewering "Quickie." "3D" suffers slightly from the inevitable lack of TLC's usual freewheeling unity.
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