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January 9, 1992 | MIKE BOEHM, Mike Boehm covers pop music for The Times Orange County Edition.
The advent of computers in pop music has taken the gee-whiz appeal out of the solo album that really is solo--played and sung by one musician, without supporting cast. With drum machines and synthesizers at their disposal, performers who want record-making to be a private affair can easily approximate a full-band sound. For the budget-minded, who can't afford to hire a band, or the antisocial, who agree with Sartre that "hell is other people," digital technology makes it easy to fly solo.
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January 9, 1992 | MIKE BOEHM, Mike Boehm covers pop music for The Times Orange County Edition.
The advent of computers in pop music has taken the gee-whiz appeal out of the solo album that really is solo--played and sung by one musician, without supporting cast. With drum machines and synthesizers at their disposal, performers who want record-making to be a private affair can easily approximate a full-band sound. For the budget-minded, who can't afford to hire a band, or the antisocial, who agree with Sartre that "hell is other people," digital technology makes it easy to fly solo.
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January 11, 1992 | STEVE HOCHMAN
What sets Richard X. Heyman apart from the rest of the glutted neo-power-pop crowd? Hard to say. He's got the same bubbly Beatles 'n' Byrds roots as all the rest, and Thursday at Bogart's in Long Beach, the New Yorker and his four-piece band were musically and visually a throwback to a decade ago when the Pop and the Plimsouls were playing Madame Wong's and the Hong Kong Cafe. Yet there was something right about his third (or is it fourth?) generation mop-top-pop. Call it the X factor.
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January 9, 1992 | BILL LOCEY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
She's pouty. She's pushy. She's a vegetarian Yugoslav. She's Laura B., the brains behind--and singer in front of--They Eat Their Own. And she's coming Friday night to the Anaconda Theater in Isla Vista, so she answered a few questions on the phone the other day. Some background: She was born in the old country and was raised in New York City. (The B. conceals a hard-to-spell, hard-to-say Yugoslav surname.
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February 28, 1997 | MIKE BOEHM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
WALTER CLEVENGER "The Man With the X-Ray Eyes" Permanent Press * * * "I want to make yesterday come back today," goes one of the fetching refrains on this Costa Mesa pure-popster's debut CD. Indeed, everything Walter Clevenger sings, plays and composes has direct and undisguised ties to the past. But it meets the test that applied yesterday and still does today: Clevenger's songs get you humming along and moving to the beat.
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January 5, 2003 | Randy Lewis; Agustin Gurza; Kevin Bronson
Aaron Lines "Living Out Loud" (RCA) ** This 24-year-old Canadian has quickly become a hot property in country circles with his first single, "You Can't Hide Beautiful," this year's ultra-romantic ballad a la John Michael Montgomery's "I Swear" and Lonestar's "Your Love Amazes Me." He's got several more in the same vein on his debut album, in stores Tuesday, creating a textbook exercise in what could be labeled PC music-making.
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September 12, 1991 | BILL LOCEY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Crash Test Dummies is the name of the band, but singer/songwriter/guitarist Brad Roberts is no dummy. A Dummy, sure, even the Big Dummy, but no dummy. He's one of those college cats (degrees in philosophy and English) who writes all the clever songs brimming with artsy smartsy lyrics. So freedom of choice survives in rock 'n' roll--reach for a dance partner or reach for a dictionary to decipher the words.
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November 14, 1991 | JOHN D'AGOSTINO, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
In recent weeks, two albums have been released on Hollywood music mogul Herb Cohen's resurrected Bizarre-Straight label. It's not a coincidence that both artists are prominent on the San Diego music scene: Cohen has been fishing local waters for a couple of years. In Mark DeCerbo ("Baby's Not in the Mood" and Earl Thomas ("Blue . . . not Blues"), Cohen has two trophy-worthy catches.
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February 26, 1992 | JOHN D'AGOSTINO
The music-technology trade show known as "MusicTech" has prospered by following its own rule: Find a niche and scratch it. In contrast to the international scope and dealer orientation of the mammoth "NAMM" shows (presented every January in Anaheim by the Carlsbad-based National Assn. of Music Merchants), the scale of the consumer-oriented MusicTech encourages an educational exchange among equipment manufacturers, famous performers and San Diego's working musicians.
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April 10, 1991 | JOHN D'AGOSTINO
Under ordinary circumstances, a concert promoter would not reach for his checkbook if an agent described one of his acts as two dozen middle-age women in ornate Slavic costumes singing incomprehensible lyrics in an alien style. But the circumstances were anything but ordinary when the Bulgarian State Radio and Television Female Vocal Choir came to town last March.
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January 2, 1992 | MIKE BOEHM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Who, at this time a year ago, could have predicted that: * The Soviet Union would be as dead as Elvis? * The general public would come to understand "Kurds" as something other than a word appearing in the same rhyme as Muffet and tuffet? * Enraged Guns N' Roses fans would almost re-create the last scene of "The Day of the Locust" in a St. Louis amphitheater? * An unglamorous band named Nirvana would be promoted to rock 'n' roll Valhalla (or at least the Top 5)?
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