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By Rashod D. Ollison and Rashod D. Ollison,Sun Pop Music Critic | April 28, 2005
About 10 years ago, mainstream critics buzzed about Alana Davis, who was supposed to be the next big thing in pop. The soulful, folk-influenced singer-guitarist wrote her own music, but she broke into the Top 40 with a memorable cover of "32 Flavors" by fellow folkie Ani DiFranco. Time magazine voted her 1998 debut, Blame It on Me, one of the year's best albums. Entertainment Weekly called Davis the "most promising newcomer of 1998." She also played Lilith Fair that year. But the momentum quickly fizzled.
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By TaNoah Morgan and TaNoah Morgan,SUN STAFF | May 7, 2001
Morningbird Records has come out swinging. The Columbia company, which started in 1999 promoting its Christian singing groups over the Internet, has had its Christian jazz group, praise-and-worship ensemble and contemporary Christian band broadcast on radio stations in Australia and Zambia after the music is downloaded off the Internet. Their music is on the shelves in area Christian bookstores as well as at Record and Tape Traders and the Borders bookstore in Columbia. Since 1999, the label has sold more than 6,000 compact discs.
FEATURES
By Randy Lewis and Randy Lewis,LOS ANGELES TIMES | December 24, 2003
Flat-out denials from representatives for Paul McCartney, Yoko Ono and a Los Angeles recording studio have not persuaded the curator of an auction Web site that a tape box doesn't prove the Beatles held a secret reunion in 1976. "Anything other than denials from the Beatles camp would be shocking," says Gary Zimet of the Moments in Time site (www.momentsintime.com). The Ampex tape box with the titles of five songs, a date (11-2-76) and performers listed as John, Paul, George and Rich, remains on the site.
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By Rashod D. Ollison | July 1, 2004
Again and again, she made me smile that year. And just when I thought she'd be around for a while, just when I thought she'd lift me into the stratosphere with more of her music -- poof! -- the girl was gone. Adriana Evans is the mysterious songstress whose CD stayed in my changer and Walkman for an entire year, filling my headphones day in and out. I still play her album regularly. In '97, my sophomore year at the University of Arkansas, the San Francisco-raised artist dropped her self-titled debut.
ENTERTAINMENT
By RASHOD D. OLLISON | January 18, 2007
The timing is off -- way off. But Sunshine Anderson feels it's better late than never. After nearly six years of silence, the R&B singer has finally released her sophomore effort, Sunshine After Midnight. The CD belatedly follows her hit 2001 debut, Your Woman. Spurred by the sassy, strutting crossover smash "Heard It All Before," that album entered the Top 10 on Billboard's pop charts five Aprils ago, eventually going gold. Anderson's lyrical directness and swaggering, slightly off-key approach drew comparisons to the original 'hood-rat diva, Mary J. Blige.
NEWS
By Jonathan D. Rockoff and Jonathan D. Rockoff,Sun Reporter | May 3, 2007
WASHINGTON -- Federal health officials proposed new label warnings for all antidepressants yesterday, a move aimed at protecting 18- to 24-year-olds who might be at increased risk of suicidal thinking and behavior during early months of treatment. The "black box" update would follow similar changes made to antidepressants' labels in 2005 that added a warning of increased suicide risks among children and adolescents but did not give specific ages.
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By Lisa Respers and Lisa Respers,SUN STAFF | May 26, 2000
Tucked away in the schedule for one performance in the annual Columbia Festival of the Arts lie two brief lines in small white print: "Contains brief nudity and adult content. Not recommended for young children." While the issue of nudity is not new for the burgeoning festival, the advisory label signals officials' attempts to balance the family-oriented nature of the event with the desire to attract cutting-edge performances. "The reason there is an advisory label is not so much about the nudity," said Katherine Knowles, the festival's executive director.
NEWS
By Susan Brink and Susan Brink,Los Angeles Times | May 25, 2007
When coronary arteries get dangerously narrow, the solution -- increasingly -- is to prop open the walls with a device called a drug-eluting stent. Now, two new studies are adding fuel to a growing debate about whether these stents are being overused, with ill consequences for patients. The studies, both published in the May 9 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association, included large groups of patients who were treated for narrowing in their coronary arteries with the stents, which are tiny drug-coated cylinders used to prop open blocked arteries.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Rashod D. Ollison and Rashod D. Ollison,Sun Pop Music Critic | March 18, 2004
The sista is doing it for herself. As Jonatha Brooke discusses her new album, Back in the Circus, and its promotional tour, she sits in her New York City apartment, stuffing envelopes with autographed CDs. "I'm surrounded by foam mail packaging," the independent folk-pop artist says on the phone. "I personally sign the Web site orders I get." That's a lot of scribbling. Her last CD, Steady Pull, was a success on her Bad Dog label, moving 80,000 units without the push of a major label.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Rashod D. Ollison and Rashod D. Ollison,Sun Pop Music Critic | August 28, 2003
The so-called "neo-soul" field is already crowded with wannabe-smooth brothers who croon sweet nothings over hip-hop-laced grooves, injecting their sound with heavy Stevie Wonder-isms and Donny Hathaway inflections. A new artist, Javier (pronounced hav-e-air), wants to join the band, so to speak, with a sound that's warmly familiar. Like Glenn Lewis and Maxwell, he sets out to charm the ladies with ballads dripping passion. "I'm an easygoing kind of guy," says the singer, 25, calling from Los Angeles.
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