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30 Oct 2020
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Some bands try to reinvent the figurative wheel; some try to master that wheel. And some bands ditch the wheel altogether—and do something completely different. The latter description fits Tumbleweed Timemachine, a three-piece band that calls the Joshua Tree area home. Usually, “three-piece” means guitar, bass and drums, but this three-piece features something a little different: The band is Skyler Fell on accordion and vocals, Steven Carthy on the upright bass, and Ryan Mussen on guitar. Tumbleweed Timemachine is set to perform at the Mon Petit Mojave drive-in venue in Joshua Tree on Saturday, Nov. 7. The band describes its music as a mix of “folk and punk,” and I recently talked to Fell and Carthy about the band’s music and upcoming show. “We like to play a lot of dark-carnival originals, country-twang tunes, and also some Eastern European klezmer music,” Fell said. “It’s accordion, standup bass and guitar. We…
21 Sep 2020
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One of the most exciting shows I’ve ever seen was the Oh Sees concert in August of last year at Pappy and Harriet’s Pioneertown Palace. The hour and a half spent in the mosh pit was one of the most frantic, fun and sweaty experiences of my life. A little more than a year later, the band returned to Pappy and Harriet’s for another show … but as you probably guessed, COVID-19 forced this concert to be presented differently. The Osees—the “h” and the space are on hiatus, in the latest name tweak by the band—recently announced a partnership with the Austin-based music festival Levitation to perform a multi-camera, full-length live show as part of Levitation’s new online concert series, known as the Levitation Sessions. The band recorded a full set of music at Pappy and Harriet’s, and the show will premiere at 5 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 26; it will…
20 Jul 2020
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Backyard shows—put on by teens, for teens—have been taking place for decades in the Coachella Valley. Unfortunately, COVID-19 restrictions have silenced the backyard show scene for now—but that doesn’t mean local youth have let their creative voices be silenced. Take, for example, the Coachella Valley Youth Music Fest, a two-day livestream charity showcase of nearly 20 local acts. From 3 to 5 p.m., Friday, July 24, and Saturday, July 25, tune in to to watch performances by Koka, Israel’s Arcade, Screams on Silent and others—including a live set from yours truly. Donations made during the event will go to Yemen Crisis Relief, Al Otro Lado, Campaign Zero, COVID-19 Relief, SNaP4Freedom and the NAACP. “I got the idea for it about three weeks ago; it was literally a shower thought,” said Anthony Noriega, 17, creator of the Coachella Valley Youth Music Fest, during a recent phone interview. “I saw that…
06 Jul 2020
True connoisseurs of great jazz know where to seek it out. They’ll haunt late night bars (at least when bars are a thing) and flip through bins of vinyl at ever-diminishing record stores. They create playlists on Spotify; Alexa already knows what they want to hear without having to be asked. Through July 17, Idyllwild will be the place where some of the most vaunted names in jazz, blues and R&B come together (virtually, at least) for the 26th edition of Jazz in the Pines, a popular annual fundraiser for the Idyllwild Arts Academy. This year, jazz-lovers don’t need to drive up the mountain to enjoy all the festival has to offer. In deference to the wicked Mr. COVID, the organizers have reimagined a hybrid event, with mostly virtual experiences to be enjoyed, along with a handful of outdoors, socially distanced, in-person events at Idyllwild restaurants. Through July 17, a…
21 May 2020
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Concert withdrawals have been hitting me hard. I can’t wait for the day when I can again enjoy music in a crowded venue—but for now, a couple in Joshua Tree has come up with a great idea: drive-in concerts. Jacqueline and Jeremie Levi Samson are spearheading the Drive-In Concert on the Mesa series. Every Sunday at sunset, music-lovers can drive up to Joshua Tree and indulge in a concert experience from their socially distanced vehicles. Jeremie Levi Samson is a renowned jazz violinist, and has played more than 1,500 shows all over the world. I spoke to the couple over the phone about the inception of the series—and the future of concerts in general. “March 21 was the first week that we did it, and we’ve been doing them every Sunday since, except for one,” Jacqueline said. “We weren’t sure that week what was going on with the stay-at-home order…
07 Mar 2020
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If I was in charge of HGTV, I would use PUP’s music as the soundtrack for the home-demolition processes in each show: Songs like “DVP,” “Reservoir” and “Back Against the Wall” make you just wanna go destroy things. Heck, the video for “Mabu” even features the guys destroying their car, in true punk-rock fashion. However, a handful of tracks are more somber, and may even bring a tear to your eye. “If This Tour Doesn’t Kill You, I Will,” “Sleep in the Heat” and “Dark Days” still bring that heavy sound, along with a little bit of sentimentality. It’s OK—it’s totally punk rock to cry. PUP has a story unlike any other, and I was excited to get the chance for an interview. The Toronto-based band’s decade of screams and headbanging could have been cut short a few times, yet here they are, about to play one of the biggest…
02 Mar 2020
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Many musicians will tell you that music comes first—but for Mattson 2, family reigns supreme. The Mattson 2 is identical twin brothers Jonathan and Jared Mattson, and they’re able to create soundscapes that sound like they’re coming from a larger group than a duo. With only a drum set and a guitar in tow, the two have been masterfully producing jazzy jams for more than a decade—and each track is packed with aesthetically pleasing grooves. Take a listen to tracks “Naima’s Dream” and “Black Rain.” The Mattson 2 are set to perform at Pappy and Harriet’s on Saturday, March 21. I recently spoke to them over the phone about the upcoming show, the art of improvisation and how they got their start. “Our mom signed us up for after-school lessons in junior high, mainly to keep us out of trouble while she was at work,” Jared said. “We were the…
27 Feb 2020
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It’s March in the Coachella Valley—but the weather isn’t the only thing getting hotter. Check out some of the fiery entertainment coming to us this month. The McCallum Theatre’s March schedule is packed. From Wednesday, March 4, through Sunday, March 8, you can catch Pink Martini, featuring singers China Forbes and Storm Large. The group's diverse catalog crosses multiple music genres—and there’s a reason why Pink Martini is one of the most popular acts ever to come to the McCallum. Tickets are $58 to $98. From Friday, March 13, through Sunday, March 15, witness Chicago The Musical. The longest-running Broadway musical ever is coming to Palm Desert for five performances only! Tickets are $65 to $125. At 8 p.m., Wednesday, March 18, all the way from the East Coast, it’s the New York Philharmonic String Quartet! Four musicians from the famous orchestra are coming to town for an evening of…

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