April 4, 2002
* Michelle Shocked, "Deep Natural," Mighty Sound. Miles from her old epistolary folkiness, but her passion, vision and appeal galvanize and unify what may be her most ambitious album. Also: Apex Theory, "Topsy-Turvy," DreamWorks Doc Watson and Frosty Morn, "Round the Table Again," Sugar Hill Records Tami Hart, "What Passed Between Us," Mr.
February 15, 1999 |
Chatting up her audience with sweet-tempered breeziness on Saturday at McCabe's, singer-songwriter Shana Morrison at first seemed like the exact opposite of her famous father, rock legend Van Morrison, who has a reputation for being terse and disagreeable. But the 28-year-old Northern Californian soon showed her kinship with the bluesy "Punchline," a savvy indictment of record executives' empty promises that recalled her dad's vehement distaste for the music business.
December 10, 2000
Wynonna's always had at least an undercurrent of R&B in her country music. Now she's bringing it to the surface, hiring songwriter-producer Shep Crawford--who's had hits with Sisqo and Deborah Cox--to work on six songs for her next album. Crawford's currently working with Luther Vandross and has just completed a Gladys Knight album. . . . Rapper Noreaga has created and will host a show on rap for HBO. Ted Demme (director of "Life") will produce.
July 20, 2000
* Theater--The Santa Barbara Actors Theatre will open the dramatic comedy "I Am a Camera" Friday at Center Stage Theatre. The three-act production stars actress Vivien Minton. Show times: Friday-Saturday, 8 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m. Ends Aug. 5. The theater is at the Paseo Nuevo shopping center in downtown Santa Barbara. $18. 964-0408.
July 24, 2003 |
Cook's gain is band's loss Emily Cook's star is rising, but that's not necessarily the best news for the band Fonda. The Los Angeles quintet with the distinctively Britpop sound crawled through work on its third album, "Catching Up to the Future," because Cook's career as a screenwriter was taking off. First there was a comedy for Paramount. Then another project.
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April 5, 2004 |
The Sweetwater, a funky little nightclub with a '60s vibe, has been a community fixture here for more than three decades. It has attracted such singers as Elvis Costello, Jerry Garcia, Huey Lewis and Bonnie Raitt, just to name a few. But the club is in danger of closing: Its owners say escalating rent and liability insurance costs may force them out of business. And that news has caused a furor in this town amid the redwoods north of San Francisco.