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By J. D. Considine and J. D. Considine,Pop Music Critic | April 13, 1993
No one in rock and roll does '50s-style tragic cool better than Chris Isaak. It isn't just a matter of looks, though his classic, Elvis-meets-James Dean features have certainly won him more than a few fans -- Isaak also has precisely the right sound for his image.His voice, for example, manages to capture both the purring sexuality of Presley's throaty murmur and the forlorn intensity of Roy Orbison's falsetto, while infusing both with doomed fatalism of a Chet Baker ballad. Then there's the way his band uses lonesome guitar moans or a torpid, reverb-soaked pulse to suggest the repressed menace of '50s film noir.
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August 17, 2006
Toby Lightman -- Rams Head Tavern / After being discovered by Wyclef Jean, Toby Lightman released her debut album, Little Things. On her sophomore effort, July's Bird on a Wire, the acoustic guitarist switched to live instrumentation from a very produced approach. She plays Rams Head Tavern on Wednesday with guitarist/pianist Eric Hutchinson. Rams Head Tavern is at 33 West St., Annapolis. Tickets are $12 and the show starts at 8 p.m. Call 410-268-4545 or visit ramsheadtavern.com. Gwar -- Sonar / You might have seen one of their videos on Beavis and Butt-Head back in the day, but if you know shock rockers Gwar, you can expect a raunchy, interactive live show at Sonar on Sunday.
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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,SUN TELEVISION CRITIC | March 12, 2001
Is the way to create a cable cult hit by imitating other cable cult hits? That's my question after watching the first four episodes of "The Chris Isaak Show," Showtime's new series about the backstage life of the singer. Isaak and the producers swear the show is closely modeled on the real life of the super-talented San Francisco-based musician, but what most viewers will notice are the similarities to "The Larry Sanders Show" and "Sex and the City." Like the Sanders show, the Isaak pilot tonight opens with the musician and a woman in bed. In this case, Isaak's girlfriend gets a little rough during sex, thinking Isaak will like it, but he doesn't.
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October 20, 2005
The Bravery -- Sonar / Dramatic modern rock outfit The Bravery plays Sonar Lounge, 407 E. Saratoga St., tomorrow night at 8. Tickets are $15 and are available through Ticketmaster by calling 410-547-SEAT or visiting ticketmaster.com. The Bloodhound Gang -- Recher Theatre / The Bloodhound Gang, whose new album is the mostly absurd Hefty Fine, blows through Recher Theatre, 512 York Road in Towson, Tuesday night at 7. Tickets are $15 and are available through Ticketmaster. Chris Isaak -- Rams Head Live / Singer-retro rocker Chris Isaak will raise the roof at Rams Head Live, 20 Market Place, tonight at 8. Tickets are $45 in advance and $47 at the door.
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December 16, 2004
Drive By Truckers / Recher Theatre Southern band Drive By Truckers makes a pit stop at the Recher Theatre tonight. Be ready to rock -- last time they were in town, they played for more than three hours. What fuels them? We hear the band drinks Pabst Blue Ribbon from a can. Baltimore-based act The Henry Family opens. The all-ages show is $15. Doors open at 7 p.m. The Recher Theatre is at 512 York Road, Towson. Call 410-337-7178 or visit www.rechertheatre.com. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster at 410-547-SEAT or www.ticketmaster.
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May 29, 2003
Which of the following concerts do you plan to attend this summer? 8.2 percent Chris Isaak (4 votes) 8.2 percent Lollapalooza 2003 (4 votes) 8.2 percent Metallica Summer Sanitarium Tour (4 votes) 10.2 percent Ozzfest 2003 (5 votes) 6.1 percent Pearl Jam (3 votes) 0 percent Vans Warped Tour '03 (0 votes) 8.2 percent Some of the above (4 votes) 51.0 percent None of the above (25 votes) 49 total votes Question of the week: How often do you go to the beach during the summer? Weekly Twice a month Monthly A few times Never Vote at www.sunspot.
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By Sun Staff | July 24, 2003
CDs The Bad Boys II soundtrack has a few surprises -- from some subpar rapping from P. Diddy to a jumpin' dance track from Beyonce to a strong song from Da Band, the train-wreck-in-progress group documented weekly on the P. Diddy-MTV series, Making the Band. page 28. DVDs Gods and Generals, much of which was filmed in Western Maryland with mid-Atlantic re-enactors filling out Civil War battle sequences, is out on disc. The lengthy film seems to lack dramatic focus, but the battle scenes sometimes bring it to life.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 20, 2005
The Bravery -- Sonar / Dramatic modern rock outfit The Bravery plays Sonar Lounge, 407 E. Saratoga St., tomorrow night at 8. Tickets are $15 and are available through Ticketmaster by calling 410-547-SEAT or visiting ticketmaster.com. The Bloodhound Gang -- Recher Theatre / The Bloodhound Gang, whose new album is the mostly absurd Hefty Fine, blows through Recher Theatre, 512 York Road in Towson, Tuesday night at 7. Tickets are $15 and are available through Ticketmaster. Chris Isaak -- Rams Head Live / Singer-retro rocker Chris Isaak will raise the roof at Rams Head Live, 20 Market Place, tonight at 8. Tickets are $45 in advance and $47 at the door.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 17, 2006
Toby Lightman -- Rams Head Tavern / After being discovered by Wyclef Jean, Toby Lightman released her debut album, Little Things. On her sophomore effort, July's Bird on a Wire, the acoustic guitarist switched to live instrumentation from a very produced approach. She plays Rams Head Tavern on Wednesday with guitarist/pianist Eric Hutchinson. Rams Head Tavern is at 33 West St., Annapolis. Tickets are $12 and the show starts at 8 p.m. Call 410-268-4545 or visit ramsheadtavern.com. Gwar -- Sonar / You might have seen one of their videos on Beavis and Butt-Head back in the day, but if you know shock rockers Gwar, you can expect a raunchy, interactive live show at Sonar on Sunday.
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By J.D. Considine | October 17, 1996
Counting CrowsRecovering the Satellites (DGC 24975)It was hardly surprising that many reviewers pegged Counting Crows as classic rock wannabes, given the way "August and Everything After" amplified Adam Duritz's Van Morrison-ish vocal mannerisms and the stately, Band-like grandiosity of the arrangements. With "Recovering the Satellites," though, the Crows move from the specific to the general, avoiding obvious echoes of older acts while evoking the sort of sweeping ambition and intensely personal lyrics that marked many of the '70s' most memorable albums.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 16, 2004
Drive By Truckers / Recher Theatre Southern band Drive By Truckers makes a pit stop at the Recher Theatre tonight. Be ready to rock -- last time they were in town, they played for more than three hours. What fuels them? We hear the band drinks Pabst Blue Ribbon from a can. Baltimore-based act The Henry Family opens. The all-ages show is $15. Doors open at 7 p.m. The Recher Theatre is at 512 York Road, Towson. Call 410-337-7178 or visit www.rechertheatre.com. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster at 410-547-SEAT or www.ticketmaster.
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By Sun Staff | July 24, 2003
CDs The Bad Boys II soundtrack has a few surprises -- from some subpar rapping from P. Diddy to a jumpin' dance track from Beyonce to a strong song from Da Band, the train-wreck-in-progress group documented weekly on the P. Diddy-MTV series, Making the Band. page 28. DVDs Gods and Generals, much of which was filmed in Western Maryland with mid-Atlantic re-enactors filling out Civil War battle sequences, is out on disc. The lengthy film seems to lack dramatic focus, but the battle scenes sometimes bring it to life.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 29, 2003
Which of the following concerts do you plan to attend this summer? 8.2 percent Chris Isaak (4 votes) 8.2 percent Lollapalooza 2003 (4 votes) 8.2 percent Metallica Summer Sanitarium Tour (4 votes) 10.2 percent Ozzfest 2003 (5 votes) 6.1 percent Pearl Jam (3 votes) 0 percent Vans Warped Tour '03 (0 votes) 8.2 percent Some of the above (4 votes) 51.0 percent None of the above (25 votes) 49 total votes Question of the week: How often do you go to the beach during the summer? Weekly Twice a month Monthly A few times Never Vote at www.sunspot.
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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,SUN TELEVISION CRITIC | March 12, 2001
Is the way to create a cable cult hit by imitating other cable cult hits? That's my question after watching the first four episodes of "The Chris Isaak Show," Showtime's new series about the backstage life of the singer. Isaak and the producers swear the show is closely modeled on the real life of the super-talented San Francisco-based musician, but what most viewers will notice are the similarities to "The Larry Sanders Show" and "Sex and the City." Like the Sanders show, the Isaak pilot tonight opens with the musician and a woman in bed. In this case, Isaak's girlfriend gets a little rough during sex, thinking Isaak will like it, but he doesn't.
ENTERTAINMENT
By J.D. Considine | October 17, 1996
Counting CrowsRecovering the Satellites (DGC 24975)It was hardly surprising that many reviewers pegged Counting Crows as classic rock wannabes, given the way "August and Everything After" amplified Adam Duritz's Van Morrison-ish vocal mannerisms and the stately, Band-like grandiosity of the arrangements. With "Recovering the Satellites," though, the Crows move from the specific to the general, avoiding obvious echoes of older acts while evoking the sort of sweeping ambition and intensely personal lyrics that marked many of the '70s' most memorable albums.
FEATURES
By J. D. Considine and J. D. Considine,Pop Music Critic | April 13, 1993
No one in rock and roll does '50s-style tragic cool better than Chris Isaak. It isn't just a matter of looks, though his classic, Elvis-meets-James Dean features have certainly won him more than a few fans -- Isaak also has precisely the right sound for his image.His voice, for example, manages to capture both the purring sexuality of Presley's throaty murmur and the forlorn intensity of Roy Orbison's falsetto, while infusing both with doomed fatalism of a Chet Baker ballad. Then there's the way his band uses lonesome guitar moans or a torpid, reverb-soaked pulse to suggest the repressed menace of '50s film noir.
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By Nestor Aparicio and Nestor Aparicio,Evening Sun Staff | August 15, 1991
Being a saxophone player in the pop music market demands versatility.For Dave Koz, whose self-titled debut album garnered a significant amount of airplay with a single called "Castle of Dreams," finding success and building a reputation within the industry has meant playing with anybody, anytime and anywhere.The Los Angeles native's exposure began in 1987, at age 24, when he was a member of Richard Marx's touring band. Marx began that year as a virtual unknown and ended it with a massive arena tour playing before crowds of more than 20,000.
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By Nestor Aparicio and Nestor Aparicio,Evening Sun Staff | August 15, 1991
Being a saxophone player in the pop music market demands versatility.For Dave Koz, whose self-titled debut album garnered a significant amount of airplay with a single called "Castle of Dreams," finding success and building a reputation within the industry has meant playing with anybody, anytime and anywhere.The Los Angeles native's exposure began in 1987, at age 24, when he was a member of Richard Marx's touring band. Marx began that year as a virtual unknown and ended it with a massive arena tour playing before crowds of more than 20,000.
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