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25 Jul 2016
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Ever since the band Creed first dissolved in 2004, frontman Scott Stapp has endured a hellish series of personal crises. Stapp’s downward spiral reached its lowest point in 2014, when he suffered a complete mental breakdown brought on by drug and alcohol use. Stapp made Facebook videos in which he made delusional and outlandish claims; at one point, he even called his son’s school and claimed he’d found ISIS members within his family. Thankfully, Stapp has since gotten himself together since then, and is now continuing his solo music career. He will be stopping by the Morongo Casino Resort and Spa on Saturday, Aug. 20. During a recent phone interview, Stapp discussed his most recent solo album, Proof of Life, which was released in 2013—before Stapp’s mental breakdown. The album was based on Stapp’s personal struggles. “It was a very cathartic experience to systematically address some very deep struggles in…
20 Jul 2016
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Spankshaft is often labeled as a “ska band.” However, the group, which calls Yucca Valley home, is much more than that. Brandon Simpson (vocals/guitar), Brent Simpson (bass/vocals) and Russel Waldron (drums) recently sat down to discuss the band’s in-the-works new album, Beasts and Goddesses. “We started, in March, layering down the drums and guitar sounds, and we’ve almost finished up the bass right now,” Brandon Simpson said. “The first album we recorded (Great Job, released in 2011) was just a collection of songs we had written. We were trying some new things. This one is more like an actual album, where we knew we were going to record a number of songs. It feels more like an album than an EP.” Beasts and Goddesses will include songs both old and new. “‘If We Lose Our Heads’ is a really old Spankshaft song. It’s never been properly recorded until now,” Brandon…
15 Jul 2016
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Eddie Spaghetti of rock-country band the Supersuckers is used to the middle finger—in fact, he encourages his audiences to flip him off and then photographs the occurrence during his live shows. But over the last year, it’s the Supersuckers frontman who has been flipping the bird—to cancer, that is. Spaghetti returned to stages last year after his battle with Stage 3 oropharyngeal cancer—right after the disease was declared to be in remission. He’ll be back at Pappy and Harriet’s for a performance on Friday, Aug. 12. During a recent phone interview while touring in Europe, Spaghetti said he’s almost back to feeling normal. “I feel so much better than I did when I was at the darkest part of it, for sure,” Spaghetti said. “I always felt fine before I had the cancer. I felt that fine was kind of the way I always thought of myself as feeling. “It’s…
08 Jul 2016
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It’s been said that rock ’n’ roll is dead. But for the members of Los Angeles outfit Death Valley Girls, that statement is grossly inaccurate. For them, rock ’n’ roll is a way of life. They’ll be returning to the desert on Saturday, July 16, for a show at Pappy and Harriet’s Pioneertown Palace. Fronted by Bonnie Bloomgarden, Death Valley Girls also includes guitarist Larry Schemel (brother of former Hole drummer Patty Schemel), bassist Nikki Pickle and the drummer, known simply as “The Kid.” They have taken psychedelic rock and have made it their own, creating what they call an “acid-tripping science experiment.” Their music is a haze of prog rock, psychedelic rock and good old fashioned balls-to-the-wall rock ’n’ roll. “I think rock ’n’ roll means everything,” Bloomgarden said during a recent phone interview. “It’s sort of like a religion. We live like nomads, with (few) belongings, in the…
01 Jul 2016
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July is going to be hot—but never fear, because there are some great air-conditioned events going on. Fantasy Springs Resort Casino is again the place to be in July. At 8 p.m., Saturday, July 2, get some advice on how to know when to hold them, and know when to fold them, when Kenny Rogers performs. The pop-country icon has sold more than 120 million albums! Tickets are $29 to $69. At 8 p.m., Saturday, July 9, pop-star Kesha will be stopping in. Since 2010, Kesha has taken the music world by storm—although many still don’t know what to make of her. After a nasty court battle with producer Dr. Luke, she’s returning to live performances and seems to be heading down a different creative path. Tickets are $39 to $79. At 8 p.m., Friday, July 29, get out your dancing shoes, because Earth, Wind and Fire is coming back…
24 Jun 2016
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The band Sunday Funeral has seen numerous members come and go since 2007—and frontman Justin Ledesma is the only member who has been a part of it all along. Earlier this year, Sunday Funeral parted ways with guitarist and vocalist Brian Frang, and is now performing as a trio, with new bassist Andrea Taboada, and drummer Grant Gruenberg. The list of Sunday Funeral’s former members is impressive, including Dali’s Llama drummer Craig Brown, Flusters drummer Daniel Perry, singer/songwriter John Robbins, and many others. So what is it that makes Ledesma keep forging ahead with Sunday Funeral? “Not wanting to see it fall apart, I suppose,” Ledesma said during a recent interview at the band’s practice space. “I started it and have tried to keep everybody. But people shift in and out, and people change.” It was hard for Ledesma to remember how many members have come through Sunday Funeral through…
20 Jun 2016
The Coachella Valley Repertory Theatre has built an excellent reputation as a place to see thought-provoking theater since it was founded in 2008. But this summer, as CV Rep takes its annual seasonal break from plays, founder and artistic director Ron Celona decided to try something new: a summer jazz series, in association with world-class bassist Bill Saitta. It all began when Saitta was hired as part of the band for CV Rep’s production of A Class Act early this year. (Ron first met Saitta through a common friend, Yve Evans, herself an amazing local jazz musician.) One day during rehearsals, as the story goes, Saitta suggested a summer jazz series. Celona had already incorporated cabaret shows into the theater’s summer offerings, but CV Rep was looking for a way to increase revenues to cover rent for recently acquired additional space. Thus, the Summer Jazz Series was born. The two…
16 Jun 2016
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Ever since the Adicts formed in England in 1975, they’ve been an enigma within the punk-rock world. Frontman Keith “Monkey” Warren wears face paint during live performances similar to that of The Joker in Batman. Shows include streamers, confetti, toy instruments, bubbles and other various surprises. In other words, the group is truly unique. See for yourself when the Adicts perform at the Hood Bar and Pizza on Monday, June 20. “I don’t know if we’re that original,” said guitarist Pete “Pete Dee” Davison during a recent interview. “We took a lot of things from everything. We took things from cabaret; we took things rock ’n’ roll bands that influenced us; we took it from cartoons; we took it from Batman—you name it. “When we started, we didn’t know what we were fucking doing. We were just a bunch of kids, ruffians sitting around drinking beer, throwing ideas out. (We)…

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