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18 Jan 2017
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Throw the Goat is a local band that’s finally starting to get the recognition it deserves. The band has two full albums to its credit—Black Mountain (2012) and Blood, Sweat and Beers (2015). Last year, the band released a new EP, Vote Goat, and picked up a new drummer, The Sweat Act and 5th Town’s Troy Whitford. Catch the group in action at The Hood Bar and Pizza on Saturday, Jan. 21, and The Date Shed on Saturday, Feb. 4. During a recent interview before a practice session at Whitford’s home in Palm Desert, we talked about the band’s name. “It’s kind of the Ronnie James Dio heavy-metal handshake (like the devil horns gesture),” guitarist Brian “Puke” Parnell said. “There’s also this thing in Spain where these golden eagles co-exist with mountain goats, and it’s part of their food chain: If there’s a wandering goat on the side of a…
05 Jan 2017
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He was a kid from New York, N.Y., with just an eighth-grade education—yet Tony Orlando has had an incredible music career, both as an executive and a recording artist. While he hasn’t released any new material since 1979, he continues to perform across the country to sold-out audiences. He’ll bring his current tour to Spotlight 29 on Saturday, Jan. 14. During a recent phone interview, I asked him if there was anything he would change. “Nothing,” Orlando said. “What would I change? I’ve been in this business for 56 years. I started when I was 16 in 1961 with Carole King. I think that’s a pretty good run. I don’t think I’d change anything. I’ve worked for six presidents. I’ve had a television show, and I have a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. I found myself as a vice president of CBS for four years, running the music…
04 Jan 2017
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When I spoke to the members of Thr3 Strykes in October 2015, they were recording an album that they hoped would be out shortly thereafter. If 15 months qualifies as “shortly thereafter,” then Thr3 Strykes is on track: [CMNCTN-BRKDWN] will be released in January, and the band is throwing an album-release party at The Date Shed on Friday, Jan. 6. During a recent phone interview, Josh Fimbres and Josh Hall discussed the new album, including one of the tracks, “Hate Is the New Love.” Fimbres said the track references the fact that privacy is dead. “The intent was to make it all about this new age of no privacy, and everyone is in everyone else’s business, and are we really believing that it’s really their business?” Fimbres said. “That’s what it was sort of a reference to.” Hall said he and Fimbres faced some turbulent times while making the record.…
03 Jan 2017
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It’s time to wind down after the busy holiday season—and January is filled with some great shows to help you do just that. The McCallum Theatre has some fine post-holiday events. At 8 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 14, Broadway and Hollywood icon Vanessa Williams will be appearing. Williams had the No. 1 single in 1992, “Save the Best for Last,” and went on to create other hits, such as “Love Is,” “Colors of the Wind” and “Where Do We Go From Here?” She’s also had a successful film career. Tickets are $57 to $97. At 8 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 18, another actor/singer will be performing: Rick Springfield. Springfield is best remembered for his run on General Hospital, and for his hit tune “Jessie’s Girl.” Springfield has fought alcoholism and depression, but has found sobriety and a healthy mindset within the last few years. Tickets are $37 to $87. At 8 p.m.,…
03 Jan 2017
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The Mod subculture from the 1960s in the United Kingdom involved fashion—but it was also about great music. Lee Joseph, the founder of Dionysus Records and the bassist for Jesika Von Rabbit, and Bob Deck, also known as DJ Bobby California, love the Mod culture, and started throwing the monthly Mod-themed Desert Soul Club parties at the Tonga Hut over the summer. They’ll be throwing the first Desert Soul Club of 2017 at 9 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 14. “One of the inspirations is we were in Palm Springs and hearing the word ‘Mod’ all the time in reference to mid-century modernism,” Joseph said. “We wanted to do something genuinely Mod in Palm Springs.” The music in Mod culture was generally soul, ska and British rock from bands like The Rolling Stones, The Who and The Kinks. “We wanted to do the true British kind of Mod sound,” Deck said, “not…
15 Dec 2016
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When the members of the Palm Springs Gay Men’s Chorus take the stage this weekend for their two Hollywood Holiday—Christmas at the Movies concerts, they’ll be without one of their most prominent and beloved colleagues. David Murdock, a singer who had also done everything from sound to public relations for the chorus over the last half-decade, died suddenly on Oct. 17. Murdock was also an active member of the Palm Springs Leather Order of the Desert, and was a key organizer of Palm Springs Leather Pride. He’d spent much of his life working in the entertainment and technology industries. Countless people—myself included—considered David a friend. The chorus performed at Murdock’s memorial service at the Palm Springs Pavilion on Dec. 4, and this weekend, the PSGMC is dedicating its performance of “The Prayer”—a song from the film Quest for Camelot popularized by Celine Dion and Andrea Bocelli—to Murdock. “I can’t even…
13 Dec 2016
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The Martini Kings have played every type of gig you can think of—corporate parties, weddings, retro-theme parties and even backyard martini parties. On Friday, Dec. 16, the band will be bringing its old-school holiday show to the Purple Room. During a recent phone interview with Anthony Marsico, he talked about the history of the band. “The Martini Kings are a spinoff from the rock stuff I’ve been doing since I was a kid,” Marsico said. “It’s a cool-jazz combo, with a full-on retro ’50s and ’60s vibe. “We’ve actually been around since 1982. We’ve put out 17 albums. The best way to describe the music is ‘California cool jazz’; that’s kind of our vibe. It’s not too stuffy, and I love to have fun with it.” When Marsico and his brother started the band in 1982, some audiences didn’t appreciate what they did. “My brother was a jazz guy and…
08 Dec 2016
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If you watched the first season HBO’s True Detective, you’re familiar with The Handsome Family’s “Far From Any Road”—it’s the title-sequence song. That fact marks a career highlight for Chicago husband-and-wife duo of Brett and Rennie Sparks, who have been performing as The Handsome Family for 23 years, recording 10 albums in the process. They’ll be performing at Pappy and Harriet’s on Saturday, Dec. 10. During a recent phone interview, Rennie Sparks credited the work of Uncle Tupelo for paving their way in the Americana-music world. “Just about every band there at the time was some kind of version of Americana,” Sparks said. “Chicago is kind of a heartland of music. I think Uncle Tupelo set a template that was good for most of the bands for the next 20 years. … We were always inspired by older things than that—mostly early 20th-century recordings and folk music. Luckily, most American…

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