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By Rashod D. Ollison | September 5, 2008
After a brief period of sugary dance-pop hits in Canada, Alanis Morissette became an international pop phenom in the mid-'90s when she flipped her style. With the release of 1995's Jagged Little Pill, the singer-songwriter dominated the pop charts and MTV with vitriolic, explicitly confessional lyrics about love gone sour. Her insanely catchy hits - "You Oughta Know" and "Ironic" - were delivered in her yelping, idiosyncratic vocal approach, backed by streamlined, punk-inflected arrangements.
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By Amy Watts | May 16, 2012
The judges pick an encore, but given the way the stage is set up, it's clear the audience knows what the routine will be. Judging from the screams, it must be William -- and it is. The white pants of infinite tightness are BACK, baby. This is not the same routine that got a 30 last night -- William's pants are whole-assing it, but he's only half-assing this dance. Footage from last night -- the judges seem very disappointed for Katherine that she had the injury that caused the flub at the end of the routine.
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By J.D. Considine and J.D. Considine,SUN POP MUSIC CRITIC | August 24, 1996
According to the conventional wisdom, the key to the Alanis Morissette phenomenon is teen-age girls. Angry teen-age girls, to be specific. They're the ones, insist the pundits, who have pushed Morissette's album, "Jagged Little Pill," up the charts, and who have packed every show on Morissette's current tour. It's not about music, they say, but rage and gender.L And, as usual, the conventional wisdom has it exactly wrong.As Morissette made clear at the Merriweather Post Pavilion Thursday night, music is very much the key to her popularity.
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By Sara Toth | March 6, 2012
The Battle Rounds began on “The Voice” this week, complete over-singing and bogus drama from the judges. “Oh, I just can't choose!” Yes, you can, so quit pretending to complain. Adam Levine, Cee Lo Green, Christina Aguilera and Blake Shelton collectively sent home six people Monday night. With 48 artists to narrow down to 24 (and even that's an awful lot of competition for voters to muddle through), the judges took to the chopping block. Let's charge into battle. Team Adam With help from guest coaches Alanis Morissette and Robin Thicke, Adam pitted former Mouseketeer Tony Lucca against Chris Cauley (remember the guy with the bluegrass grandmother?
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By J.D. Considine and J.D. Considine,SUN POP MUSIC CRITIC | August 25, 1999
It seemed such a simple plan.After finishing a 120-date tour with her band last year, singer/pianist Tori Amos had planned to spend the spring hunkered down in a recording studio near her home in Cornwall, England, to work on her fifth album. The idea was to release a double CD, but even so, Amos and her crew weren't expecting to do a lot of recording, as one disc would be all live material, while the other mixed B-sides with a couple of new tunes.Then the songs started coming. And coming.
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By J.D. Considine and J.D. Considine,SUN POP MUSIC CRITIC | September 13, 1998
In pop music, the forecast for fall is superstars - particularly in the CD stores. Frankly, the recording industry could use a star-studded season. With sales sagging for two straight years, the business is in desperate need of hits. And if big names equal big sales, there should be lots of cheer in the corporate suites by Christmas.Things on the concert front won't be so exciting, however. Most of the big acts either have put off touring until next year, or - as is the case with R.E.M. - are forsaking the road altogether.
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By J. D. Considine and J. D. Considine,SUN POP MUSIC CRITIC | February 29, 1996
You oughta know who was the big winner at the Grammy Awards last night.Although Seal dominated the major categories, winning both Record and Song of the Year, it was Alanis Morissette who took home the most trophies: Album of the Year, Female Rock Vocal Performance, Best Rock Album and Best Rock Song. Hootie & the Blowfish were named Best New Artist.It would be an understatement to say that Morissette's work is not typical Grammy fare. As host Ellen DeGeneres said after "Jagged Little Pill" was named Album of the Year, "I really couldn't imagine going to my parents and playing that song for them.
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By J. D. Considine and J. D. Considine,SUN POP MUSIC CRITIC | February 25, 1999
Some years, the Grammy broadcast feels like a roller-coaster ride, hurtling us from shock to thrill with no sense of what's next.But not this year.It was a quiet night, with little in the way of surprises and suspense. Celine Dion won Record of the Year for the "Titanic" hit, "My Heart Will Go On," and the song itself was named Song of the Year.Needless to say, her victory was no surprise to anyone who saw last year's Academy Awards show.Lauryn Hill, who was nominated for 10 awards, took home five, including Album of the Year, Best New Artist, Best Female R&B Vocal Performance, Best R&B Song and Best R&B album.
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By Rashod D. Ollison | June 16, 2005
Alanis Morissette / Meyerhoff Celebrated rocker Alanis Morissette acoustically revisits her 1995 classic Jagged Little Pill at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St., Saturday night at 8. Jason Mraz also performs. Tickets are $36.50-$62 and are available through Ticketmaster by calling 410-547-SEAT or visiting www.ticket master.com. Meshell Ndegeocello / 9:30 Club Jazz-soul artist Meshell Ndegeocello and sax man Joshua Redman blaze the 9:30 Club, 815 V St. N.W. in Washington, Tuesday night at 7:30.
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September 6, 1996
Because some of yesterday's editions of The Sun did not include a complete list of winners of the 1996 MTV Video Music Awards, we are including the list in today's paper.Winners at the 1996 MTV Video Awards Wednesday night:Video of the Year: Smashing Pumpkins, "Tonight, Tonight"Viewers' Choice Video: Bush, "Glycerine"Best Male Video: Beck, "Where It's At"Best Female Video: Alanis Morissette, "Ironic"Best Group Video: Foo Fighters, "Big Me"Best Rap Video: Coolio featuring LV, "Gangsta's Paradise"Best Dance Video: Coolio, "1,2,3,4 (Sumpin' New)"
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By Rashod D. Ollison | September 5, 2008
After a brief period of sugary dance-pop hits in Canada, Alanis Morissette became an international pop phenom in the mid-'90s when she flipped her style. With the release of 1995's Jagged Little Pill, the singer-songwriter dominated the pop charts and MTV with vitriolic, explicitly confessional lyrics about love gone sour. Her insanely catchy hits - "You Oughta Know" and "Ironic" - were delivered in her yelping, idiosyncratic vocal approach, backed by streamlined, punk-inflected arrangements.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 15, 2005
Alanis Morissette -- Rams Head Live / Multi-Grammy winning, confessional pop superstar Alanis Morissette plays Rams Head Live, 20 Market Place, tonight at 8:30 Tickets are $45 in advance and $48 at the door. For more information, call 410-244-1131 or visit ramshead live.com. Kathy Mattea -- Weinberg Center for the Arts / Country sensation Kathy Mattea plays the Weinberg Center for the Arts, 20 W. Patrick St. in Frederick, Saturday night at 8. Tickets are $39-$47. For more information, call 301-228-2828 or visit wein bergcenter.
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By CHARLES DUHIGG and CHARLES DUHIGG,LOS ANGELES TIMES | November 24, 2005
Tommy Bahama executives weren't dreaming of a white Christmas when they decided to sell custom compact discs in their stores this holiday season. More like something in tropical pastels. Aiming for a compilation of songs that would best reflect the resort-style clothier's relaxed, sand-between-the-toes image, they turned to Jeff Daniel, a 36-year-old "lifestyle music" consultant who helps upscale retailers select the music that goes into compact discs sold at their checkout counters. "Tommy Bahama customers want to be transported to tropical places," Daniel said.
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By Rashod D. Ollison and Rashod D. Ollison,SUN POP MUSIC CRITIC | June 20, 2005
One wonders why she even wants to go back there. Ten years ago, Alanis Morissette was the angriest woman in rock. Her seminal album, Jagged Little Pill, netted millions of listeners around the world who could identify with the singer's naked, bitter lyrics. Morissette was thoroughly disgusted with love, enraged at the selfish dude who kicked her heart around like an empty soda can. And she never apologized for or tried to sweeten the anguish. Her lyrics were unabashedly salty as the electric guitars echoed her sentiments.
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By Rashod D. Ollison | June 16, 2005
Alanis Morissette / Meyerhoff Celebrated rocker Alanis Morissette acoustically revisits her 1995 classic Jagged Little Pill at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St., Saturday night at 8. Jason Mraz also performs. Tickets are $36.50-$62 and are available through Ticketmaster by calling 410-547-SEAT or visiting www.ticket master.com. Meshell Ndegeocello / 9:30 Club Jazz-soul artist Meshell Ndegeocello and sax man Joshua Redman blaze the 9:30 Club, 815 V St. N.W. in Washington, Tuesday night at 7:30.
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By Mary Carole McCauley | June 6, 2002
'Spice It Up' at Clayworks There'll be a hot time in the old town. Baltimore Clayworks is sponsoring "Spice It Up!" an evening of street dancing and international food tomorrow from 7 p.m. to midnight. The benefit event for the nonprofit ceramic art center in Mount Washington (5707 Smith Ave.) will feature Mama Jama, a rhythmic world- beat band, and all-you-can-eat spicy and mild cuisine prepared by local restaurateurs and artists. The evening also includes Clayworks' Seconds Sale, where you can buy handmade pottery and sculpture at reduced prices.
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By Lisa Wiseman | December 7, 1995
Tickets go on sale tomorrow at 10 a.m. for Alanis Morissette, performing at the UMBC Field House on Jan. 30. Loud Lucy opens for her. Also at UMBC, Bush and the Goo Goo Dolls perform Feb. 4. Tickets for that show go on sale Dec. 16 at 10 a.m. Call (410) 481-SEAT.Lita Ford performs at A.L. Gators in Pasadena on Dec. 27. Call (410) 255-5533.The Violent Femmes play the Capitol Ballroom on Dec. 31. Call (410) 481-SEAT.
NEWS
February 25, 1996
Here is an overview of J.D. Considine's Grammy predictions:* Record of the year: Joan Osborne, "One of Us"* Album of the year: Joan Osborne, "Relish"* Song of the year: Eric Bazilian, "One of Us"* Best new artist: Joan Osborne* Best female pop vocal performance: Joan Osborne, "One of Us"* Best male pop vocal performance: Michael Jackson, "You Are Not Alone"* Best pop performance by a duo or group with vocal: The Eagles, "Love Will Keep Us Alive"* Best female...
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By Robert Hilburn and Robert Hilburn,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | February 25, 2002
Confession is good for the soul, and it's often good for singer-songwriters. In her 1995 Jagged Little Pill, Alanis Morissette established herself at age 21 as one of the most absorbing pop arrivals in years by digging deep inside to share memories that were, by turns, raw, painful and cleansing. The collection sold about 30 million copies worldwide and won a Grammy for album of the year. Morissette was staggered by the success, and in the 1998 follow-up, Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie, she again dug deep to try to understand why all the good fortune hadn't erased her long-standing lack of self-esteem.
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