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August 7, 1998 | JON MATSUMOTO, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
"Blueternative" is how singer-bassist Berry Oakley Jr. describes the music of his Oakley Krieger Band. It's a simple way of letting people know that the quartet is influenced by the classic blues-rock of the '60s and '70s as well as the alternative guitar rock of the '80s and '90s. For the Los Angeles-based group, which plays Saturday at Hogue Barmichael's in Newport Beach, both dimensions of its sonic mix are a natural fit.
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August 3, 2001 | ROGER CATLIN, HARTFORD COURANT
What is rock 'n' roll's greatest year? Some people might make a case for 1954, when it started taking control of the charts on the strength of new stars, including Elvis Presley. Others might cite 1964, when Beatlemania ushered in the British Invasion. The year 1977 might come up because it's when punk music rose to challenge and rejuvenate a sound grown complacent and rap was rising in New York.
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June 14, 1991 | ROBERT HILBURN, TIMES POP MUSIC CRITIC
Columbia Records' highly recommended Robert Johnson box set last year was a high point in a series of CD reissues that focus attention on the blues roots of rock. Now, Rhino Records' "Rock This Town" pair of albums showcase the country component of rock. The music in the two 18-song packages doesn't go all the way back to Hank Williams, Lefty Frizzell and other country forefathers of rock, so the CDs are in no way a parallel of the Johnson set.
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October 20, 1999 | JIM WASHBURN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Another bucket of sand Another wave at the pier I miss the way that I used To call the shots around here * So sings Brian Wilson on the lead track of his latest album, "Imagination," a luminous set of songs that makes it clear that Wilson is, in fact, calling the shots again, three long decades after he abdicated his title as rock's boy genius.
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October 20, 1999 | JIM WASHBURN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Another bucket of sand Another wave at the pier I miss the way that I used To call the shots around here * So sings Brian Wilson on the lead track of his latest album, "Imagination," a luminous set of songs that makes it clear that Wilson is, in fact, calling the shots again, three long decades after he abdicated his title as rock's boy genius.
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December 22, 1994 | PAUL MAJENDIE, REUTERS
After the success of an album of Beatles recordings unearthed by the BBC, the hunt is on for long-lost classics from other star acts that may lie buried in the archives. Archivist Phil Lawton, who works in the basement of the British Broadcasting Corp., has 5,000 hours of old tapes to wade through, some of which contain genuine treasures.
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September 24, 1998 | JOHN ROOS and SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Bauhaus is back, darker and bigger--and happier--than ever. With brooding, unsettling slabs of sound, the quartet ushered in the Goth-rock underground that formed in England around 1979. Edgy and experimental, Bauhaus was a key source of inspiration for a number of gloomy bands to follow, including Nine Inch Nails, Sisters of Mercy, the Cult and, yes, Marilyn Manson. Bauhaus, however, never developed beyond a cult following.
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October 28, 1998 | JOHN ROOS
Bands like Wang Chung and Men at Work sold millions in the 1980s--but were they the bands that mattered? While these groups were all over then-new MTV, they weren't the ones that most influenced the bands that have taken their place in the pop mainstream of the '90s. That role belongs to musicians who were part of a remarkable grass-roots scene that defined the independent, often rebellious spirit of rock 'n' roll.
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August 3, 2001 | ROGER CATLIN, HARTFORD COURANT
What is rock 'n' roll's greatest year? Some people might make a case for 1954, when it started taking control of the charts on the strength of new stars, including Elvis Presley. Others might cite 1964, when Beatlemania ushered in the British Invasion. The year 1977 might come up because it's when punk music rose to challenge and rejuvenate a sound grown complacent and rap was rising in New York.
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May 18, 1999 | MIKE BOEHM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Looked at in the cruelest light, Sylvain Sylvain is a footnote member of a failed band. The New York Dolls had their brief, outrageous, androgynous moment of glam-rock notoriety in the early '70s, when they pouted with made-up faces and strutted in platform heels and tight stretch-lame pants.
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May 18, 1999 | MIKE BOEHM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Looked at in the cruelest light, Sylvain Sylvain is a footnote member of a failed band. The New York Dolls had their brief, outrageous, androgynous moment of glam-rock notoriety in the early '70s, when they pouted with made-up faces and strutted in platform heels and tight stretch-lame pants.
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October 28, 1998 | JOHN ROOS
Bands like Wang Chung and Men at Work sold millions in the 1980s--but were they the bands that mattered? While these groups were all over then-new MTV, they weren't the ones that most influenced the bands that have taken their place in the pop mainstream of the '90s. That role belongs to musicians who were part of a remarkable grass-roots scene that defined the independent, often rebellious spirit of rock 'n' roll.
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October 28, 1998 | JOHN ROOS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The B-52's and the Pretenders joined hands for a moderately successful concert tour last summer. So did Culture Club, Howard Jones and the Human League. Even Blondie, led by 53-year-old Deborah Harry, has decided to re-form after 16 years on the shelf. Now, a slew of '80s-era pop acts--among them Jones ("What Is Love?," "Things Can Only Get Better"), Men at Work ("Who Can It Be Now?
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September 24, 1998 | JOHN ROOS and SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Bauhaus is back, darker and bigger--and happier--than ever. With brooding, unsettling slabs of sound, the quartet ushered in the Goth-rock underground that formed in England around 1979. Edgy and experimental, Bauhaus was a key source of inspiration for a number of gloomy bands to follow, including Nine Inch Nails, Sisters of Mercy, the Cult and, yes, Marilyn Manson. Bauhaus, however, never developed beyond a cult following.
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August 7, 1998 | JON MATSUMOTO, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
"Blueternative" is how singer-bassist Berry Oakley Jr. describes the music of his Oakley Krieger Band. It's a simple way of letting people know that the quartet is influenced by the classic blues-rock of the '60s and '70s as well as the alternative guitar rock of the '80s and '90s. For the Los Angeles-based group, which plays Saturday at Hogue Barmichael's in Newport Beach, both dimensions of its sonic mix are a natural fit.
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December 30, 1997 | JOHN ROOS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The Rolling Stones aren't ready for rocking chairs yet, and neither is a pioneering group from Chester, Pa., that makes the British legends look boyish. The original Comets--Bill Haley's backing band for such singles as "Crazy, Man, Crazy," "See You Later, Alligator," Big Joe Turner's "Shake, Rattle and Roll" and the signature tune of '50s rock, "(We're Gonna) Rock Around the Clock"--proudly claims 63-year-old tenor saxophonist Joey Ambrose as its youngest member.
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July 22, 1990 | MICHAEL FLAGG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Fender Avenue runs for only a few blocks through a nondescript industrial neighborhood in Fullerton, two miles and 45 years or so from Leo Fender's old radio repair shop. The city razed the shop a few years ago and replaced it with a parking garage. Some people--guitar players, mostly--thought it should have been made a shrine. Leo Fender is somewhere around the place, this tan one-story building just off Fender Avenue. This is where he works now.
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December 30, 1997 | JOHN ROOS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The Rolling Stones aren't ready for rocking chairs yet, and neither is a pioneering group from Chester, Pa., that makes the British legends look boyish. The original Comets--Bill Haley's backing band for such singles as "Crazy, Man, Crazy," "See You Later, Alligator," Big Joe Turner's "Shake, Rattle and Roll" and the signature tune of '50s rock, "(We're Gonna) Rock Around the Clock"--proudly claims 63-year-old tenor saxophonist Joey Ambrose as its youngest member.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 22, 1994 | PAUL MAJENDIE, REUTERS
After the success of an album of Beatles recordings unearthed by the BBC, the hunt is on for long-lost classics from other star acts that may lie buried in the archives. Archivist Phil Lawton, who works in the basement of the British Broadcasting Corp., has 5,000 hours of old tapes to wade through, some of which contain genuine treasures.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 14, 1991 | ROBERT HILBURN, TIMES POP MUSIC CRITIC
Columbia Records' highly recommended Robert Johnson box set last year was a high point in a series of CD reissues that focus attention on the blues roots of rock. Now, Rhino Records' "Rock This Town" pair of albums showcase the country component of rock. The music in the two 18-song packages doesn't go all the way back to Hank Williams, Lefty Frizzell and other country forefathers of rock, so the CDs are in no way a parallel of the Johnson set.
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