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Best of Coachella Valley 2020-2021: Readers' Picks

Best of Coachella Valley 2020-2021: Readers' Picks

Nov 23, 2020 09:00  |  Staff

We here at the Independent debated postponing our annual Best of Coachella Valley readers’ poll this year.

Why? Well, COVID-19 has rocked the Coachella Valley—and a fair number of the businesses and orga...

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Best of Coachella Valley 2020-2021: Staff Picks

Best of Coachella Valley 2020-2021: Staff Picks

Nov 23, 2020 08:59  |  Staff

Best Bang for Your Yen

Misaki Sushi and Grill

Tucked away in the back of the large strip mall at the southeast corner of Washington Street and Highway 111 in La Quinta sits Misaki Sushi and Grill. In pr...

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Positively Talented: Despite a Year of Illness and Isolation, Best Local Musician 'Keisha D' Mimms Keeps on Performing—and Giving

Positively Talented: Despite a Year of Illness and Isolation, Best Local Musician 'Keisha D' Mimms Keeps on Performing—and Giving

Nov 23, 2020 08:59  |  Matt King

At a show I watched fairly recently (back when live music shows were still a thing), I witnessed a display of flashiness and soul unlike anything I had ever seen. The singer had immaculate pitch—and s...

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The Purrs and the Barks Have It: The Palm Springs Animal Shelter—Voted Best Local Charity—Works to Make Sure Local Pets and Their Humans Get Through the Pandemic

The Purrs and the Barks Have It: The Palm Springs Animal Shelter—Voted Best Local Charity—Works to Make Sure Local Pets and Their Humans Get Through the Pandemic

Nov 23, 2020 08:59  |  Kevin Fitzgerald

The original Palm Springs Animal Shelter was built in 1961—and it was, according to the nonprofit organization’s website, “woefully inadequate in meeting the needs of the current animal population of ...

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Whatever the Music Calls For: The Gand Band—Voted the Best Local Band—Looks Forward to Playing the Songs of the 1960s for Local Audiences Again

Whatever the Music Calls For: The Gand Band—Voted the Best Local Band—Looks Forward to Playing the Songs of the 1960s for Local Audiences Again

Nov 23, 2020 08:59  |  Matt King

The Gand Band has been a frequent performer in the Coachella Valley for years—during which the band has often kept the party going all night long.

The group, known for its unique and talented takes on ...

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Best of Coachella Valley 2019-2020: Readers' Picks

Best of Coachella Valley 2019-2020: Readers' Picks

Nov 25, 2019 09:00  |  Staff

Every year, when late August rolls around, and we start the first round of Best of Coachella Valley voting, the results announcement seems so far away.

Yet … the next three months fly by—and while the ...

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Best of Coachella Valley 2019-2020: Staff Picks

Best of Coachella Valley 2019-2020: Staff Picks

Nov 25, 2019 08:59  |  Staff

Best Band to Help You Learn Spanish

Ocho Ojos

In all honesty, the only Spanish words I—a decidedly white guy—know are lyrics to Ocho Ojos songs.

Following a last-minute booking at Coachella in 2017, and ...

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Love and Fun Energy: DJ Galaxy, a Regular at the Valley's LGBT Venues, Is Voted Best Local DJ

Love and Fun Energy: DJ Galaxy, a Regular at the Valley's LGBT Venues, Is Voted Best Local DJ

Nov 25, 2019 08:59  |  Matt King

DJ Galaxy—aka Vincent Corrales—is a ubiquitous name at clubs and events all over the Coachella Valley, and he has performed at pride events all over the United States.

How ubiquitous? He doesn’t just h...

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With a sound that combines surf rock and indie rock, The Flusters is a new local group that is winning over crowds of various ages after shows at The Hood Bar and Pizza, and a performance at Doo Wop in the Desert. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/theflusters. Frontman and guitarist Douglas VanSant was kind enough to answer the Lucky 13.

What was the first concert you attended?

I remember going to the Y-100 FEZtival in Camden, N.J., when I was 14. Ben Folds Five, Marcy Playground, Everclear, Fuel, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones and Green Day performed.

What was the first album you owned?

Nirvana’s Nevermind, of course. What else?

What bands are you listening to right now?

Dum Dum Girls, The Internet, Disasterpeace, Alex Cameron, Earl Sweatshirt, Perfume Genius, Kendrick Lamar, PJ Harvey, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, and Rafter.

What artist, genre or musical trend does everyone love, but you don’t get?

Anything produced by American Idol EVER.

What musical act, current or defunct, would you most like to see perform live?

Bjork. Kraftwerk, too … not too far behind Bjork.

What’s your favorite musical guilty pleasure?

Lisa Lisa and the Cult Jam, Stevie B, or any freestyle, actually.

What’s your favorite music venue?

For large shows: The Gorge in George, Wash. For small shows: Johnny Brenda's in Philadelphia.

What’s the one song lyric you can’t get out of your head?

"I'm fucked up homie, you fucked, but if god got us then we gon' be all right," Kendrick Lamar, “Alright.”

What band or artist changed your life? How?

Roy Orbison. I didn't develop a friendship with my father until I was 30 years old. One of the first things we shared as friends was our love of Roy. He is a huge inspiration to me musically as well.

You have one question to ask one musician. What’s the question, and who are you asking?

"Who's the most interesting person you've ever met and why?" while I'm having coffee and smoking cigarettes in a diner with Tom Waits.

What song would you like played at your funeral?

“The Nothing Song” by Sigur Ros.

Figurative gun to your head, what is your favorite album of all time?

Jeff Buckley, Grace.

What song should everyone listen to right now?

“Lake St.” by The Flusters. (Scroll down to hear it!)

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