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19 Sep 2016
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Sloan has been around for 25 years—and chances are, you’ve never heard of the band. If you lived in Canada, it might—or might not—be a different story: The Toronto outfit has released 11 albums, been nominated for 10 Juno Awards, and won one. The group will be appearing during the Desert Stars Festival at Pappy and Harriet’s on Friday, Sept. 23. During a recent interview, Jay Ferguson (guitar) said that while Sloan has a following in Canada, he doesn’t feel they’re hugely successful. “We’re not huge anywhere,” Ferguson said. “We’ve managed to make a living for 26 years, and we’re not really huge in Canada. There’s this massive misconception in the States (among people who) don’t know our band that well who say, ‘I hear they’re huge in Canada and can’t make inroads in the United States.’ We’re like a cult band. The people who know us anywhere in the…
15 Sep 2016
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In recent years, Jesika von Rabbit has focused on her solo career—but her popular band, Gram Rabbit, reunites every year around Halloween for a celebration at Pappy and Harriet’s Pioneertown Palace. The queen of the High Desert and her Gram Rabbit bandmates—Ethan Allen (guitar) and Todd Rutherford (guitar, bass, programmer)—will be performing on Friday, Oct. 28, and Saturday, Oct. 29, at Pappy and Harriet’s. If you can’t wait to get a dose of JVR, she’ll be performing a free show with the Sunday Band at Pappy’s this Sunday, Sept. 18. During a recent phone interview, von Rabbit explained why she and her busy bandmates can’t quite walk away from Gram Rabbit. Rutherford works as a music producer, while von Rabbit and Allen have their own music projects. “I think we’re very dynamic, versatile and a bit of a spectacle,” von Rabbit said. “We mix up our sound a lot, which…
08 Sep 2016
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During the 1980s, a lot of memorable R&B groups came and went—but Shalamar left more of a lasting impression than most. In fact, the band continues to influence R&B groups to this day. Micki Free, a former member of Shalamar, now makes great music on his own—including a lot of Native American music. He’ll be stopping by Morongo Casino Resort and Spa on Friday, Sept. 23, with blues-rock band American Horse. During a recent phone interview, Free discussed growing up in Germany. “My stepfather was in the military,” Free said. “I spent probably 10 years in Germany. They usually do 2-3 years of duty, rotate back home, and they can go back out if they want. We ended up in the same place in three tours of duty in Germany, and I loved it there. It was an awesome place. We met the most awesome people because of the people…
02 Sep 2016
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Daiana Feuer is well-known in the Los Angeles music scene—and she’s no stranger to the desert. The L.A.-based freelance journalist and frontwoman of Bloody Death Skull also organizes a festival in Wonder Valley known as Deserted at the Palms. Finally, she’s a DJ, and is resuming a residency at the Ace Hotel and Swim Club, with sets in the Amigo Room starting on Friday, Sept. 2, and continuing on Sunday, Sept. 11 and 18. Bloody Death Skull shows are unique, to say the least. Feuer fronts the band on vocals and also plays the ukulele. The members are also known to dress up in costumes, and a female member often sits on the floor playing with action figures as the other members—including John and Bridgette Seasons of Haunted Summer—perform. Feuer explained how she started creating music. “I studied creative writing in college,” Feuer said during a recent phone interview. “I…
02 Sep 2016
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As we begin to (hopefully?) enjoy slightly cooler temperatures, there are a lot of hot events taking place ’round these parts throughout the month of September. Fantasy Springs Resort Casino has a great schedule this month. At 8 p.m., Friday, Sept. 2, iconic comedy duo Cheech and Chong will be performing. Their marijuana humor made them a huge deal—and their jokes have stood the test of time, as many younger people are now laughing at their special brand of silliness. Oh, yeah, Dave’s not here, man. Tickets are $29 to $59. At 8 p.m., Friday, Sept. 9, Toto will take the stage. There aren’t too many bands whose members can claim 200 Grammy nominations and performances on 5,000 albums between them. Toto just might be one of the most underappreciated bands of all time. Tickets are $29 to $59. At 8 p.m., Friday, Sept. 16, there will be a double…
05 Sep 2016
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When Dinosaur Jr. reunited in 2005 after an eight-year hiatus, the members intended to play together for a little while and again head their separate ways. More than a decade later, Dinosaur Jr. remains together. The band will be appearing at the Desert Stars Festival at Pappy and Harriet’s Pioneertown Palace on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 23 and 24. Dinosaur Jr. released its first album, Dinosaur, in 1985, and all of the band’s albums since—including Green Mind, Where You Been and Without a Sound, which were recorded with limited or no involvement from Lou Barlow and/or Murph—have received some degree of critical acclaim. In 1997, frontman J. Mascis decided to retire Dinosaur Jr. However, in 2005, Mascis acquired the rights for the band’s first three releases from SST Records so he could re-release them on Merge Records. That process began a dialogue between the three original members—and sparked the reunion.…
15 Aug 2016
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Giorg Tierez has thrown a “Burning Bash” to celebrate his birthday in each of the past for years. This year, Tierez had big plans for the Burning Bash—but when those plans fell through, the party was nearly cancelled. But after a quick regrouping and some help from Bart Lounge, Burning Bash V is back on, and will take place at Bart on Friday, Aug. 26. During a recent interview, Tierez—formerly of the now-defunct band Burning Bettie, and currently the frontman of Monreaux—explained why his party is still called the “Burning Bash,” even though Burning Bettie broke up more than a year ago. “I guess the name just stayed,” Tierez said. “It’s summer; it’s hot; and it’s a birthday bash. So … it’s burning. This year, we took the birthday part out of it and are going more toward an event instead of a birthday bash.” He originally hoped to throw…
05 Aug 2016
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It’s been four years since Flo Rida released a full-length record—but that doesn’t mean the hip-hop artist is holding back new material. All along, he’s been dropping new music as singles and as promotional material—while continuing to tour and, yes, work on a new album. After a successful performance last year at Fantasy Springs, Flo Rida is returning to the area for a show at Morongo Casino Resort Spa on Friday, Aug. 12. The Florida-based rapper has worked with numerous big names and has taken the music world by storm by combining electronic dance music with his rap. During a recent phone interview, Flo Rida talked about his latest high-profile performance—July 31 at the Teen Choice Awards. “I was proud to be a part of it,” Flo Rida said. “That event was amazing. (I had) a chance to perform this year and have records that appeal to the level of…

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