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By Glenn Gamboa and Glenn Gamboa,NEWSDAY | June 10, 2008
Tha Carter III Lil Wayne Grade: B+ Actors of a certain standing live by an old adage - "one for the money, one for the work" - a bit of career calculus where they switch off between working on money-making blockbusters and more artistic, less commercial pursuits. Rappers, especially in this declining economy, can't afford that kind of luxury, but Lil Wayne comes close on Tha Carter III (Cash Money), bouncing between irresistible pop hits and some wild hip-hop experimentation. He performs at 1st Mariner Arena tonight with Birdman, Yo Gotti and Gucci Man The hits are pretty self-evident.
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By Greg Kot and Greg Kot,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | April 24, 2002
Yankee Hotel Foxtrot is the best album in Wilco's career, and, had it come out last year as scheduled, it would have topped many year-end Top-10 lists. But that doesn't mean diddly in record-company hallways. Wilco's commercial impact makes it a gnat on the forearm of the pop-culture Goliath. But Foxtrot isn't merely an album aimed at some elite audience of cult followers. Its themes couldn't be more universal; it's a meditation both musical and lyrical on what it means to live in the world's most prosperous country.
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By Geoff Boucher and Geoff Boucher,LOS ANGELES TIMES | August 19, 2003
Warren Zevon is dying, and he wants to make a record." It was a jolting and macabre message to be sure, and that only propelled it faster through the wiring of famous friends, managers, agents and labels that links rock musicians to one another. The ones who know Zevon best probably allowed themselves a sad smile. This was exactly the sort of thing you would expect from the singer-songwriter, whose grim and funny music always seemed like a margarita stand in a mausoleum - sure, the songs all seemed to say, have some fun, just don't forget where this big party is going to end. So when the call went out, many answered: Bruce Springsteen, Jackson Browne, Don Henley, Tom Petty, Emmylou Harris, Ry Cooder and many others, some contributing from afar, others coming to see the stricken Zevon, who had gone public with the diagnosis of his terminal cancer.
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By Rashod D. Ollison and Rashod D. Ollison,SUN POP MUSIC CRITIC | February 10, 2004
On stage and on TV, she's the deer in the headlights. It's been almost two years since Norah Jones released her overrated debut, Come Away With Me, a lo-fi collection of adult pop seasoned with jazz and country, and she still seems very uncomfortable with the success it brought her. Granted, the praise and accolades lavished upon the album, which sold 17 million copies worldwide, surprised folks in and outside the industry. (Norah, who?) And, apparently, the sudden, whirl wind ride up the pop charts and the five Grammys last year unnerved the dark-eyed Texas beauty so much that she reportedly begged Blue Note, her label, to stop promoting the record.
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By Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan and Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan,SUN STAFF | December 2, 2002
Think "Toni Braxton," and a couple of things inevitably come to mind - saucy hits like "You're Making Me High" (about satisfying her desire for a man) and her unforgettable 2001 Grammy night dress, little more than a strategically placed long, white scarf. She laughs with a tinge of embarrassment when these are now mentioned, however. It's not that the daughter of a Maryland preacher doesn't want to keep pushing the sexual envelope and flaunting her God-given assets. It's just, well, she has other considerations now. In the time since her last album - 2000's The Heat - she's gotten married, had a son and now is pregnant again with another boy. "Songs like `You're Making Me High,' I would have to explain that to my boys when they get older," the Severn native says by phone from her home in Los Angeles.
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By J.D. Considine and J.D. Considine,Sun Pop Music Critic | March 12, 1995
Ask Carly Simon what she likes best about the band she has put together for her first tour in 14 years, and one of the first things she mentions is former Living Colour bassist Doug Wimbish."
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By Tom Moon and Tom Moon,KNIGHT RIDDER/TRIBUNE | July 29, 2002
Hush, friend. The High Church of Rock and Roll, Asbury Park branch, has resumed services. Look inside your heart and answer truthfully: Don't we need that sound, those three-chord parables about faith, now more than ever? With the release tomorrow of Springsteen's The Rising, it's time once again to drop the needle and pray. Deeply affected by the events that shattered us all in September, the iconic soul reverend is talking a language we can understand: "This too shall pass." "An eye for an eye."
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By Michael R. Driscoll and Michael R. Driscoll,Staff writer | October 26, 1990
Like the gentlemanly rockers they are, the David Rose Band is coming back to the county to say, "Thanks for all your help."The 4-year-old band, led by former CBS and RCA recording artist David Rose on the violin, will be at Deze's Restaurant in Edgewater tomorrow from 9:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.There they plan to celebrate the release of their newly completed second album, "Harbortown," with the fans whom Rose credits as being a big part of the album's development.The...
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By J.D. CONSIDINE and J.D. CONSIDINE,SUN POP MUSIC CRITIC | July 10, 1997
That the recording industry runs on hype is not news. Obsessed with trends and desperately seeking the Next Big Whatever, its denizens are forever listening for the latest buzz -- something that almost always has to do with fashion, cool or perceived profitability.Musical value, needless to say, usually ends up being the last thing these folks consider. If an album requires close attention and multiple hearings to make its mark, of course it's going to get ignored. Hey, who has time for that sort of thing anymore?
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By Ellie Baublitz and Ellie Baublitz,Staff writer | January 30, 1991
He plays a Stratocaster guitar like Buddy Holly, and he sings like Bob Dylan.Spotlight, please, on Richard L. Taylor, a 38-year-old musician recently honored by Maryland Musician magazine for the No. 1 Mid-Atlantic Album of 1990."
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