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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…
01 Aug 2016
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It’s again that time of year when Camper Van Beethoven, Cracker and fans of both bands take over Pappy and Harriet’s for a weekend known as the “Campout.” The 12th annual Campout will take place from Thursday, Aug. 25, to Saturday, Aug. 27. During a recent phone interview, Camper Van Beethoven and Cracker frontman David Lowery noted that the year since the last Campout has included a lot of downtime—and no new material for either band. “This is one of the first kind of years off we’ve had,” Lowery said. “The last two years, it’s been something coming out every year.” However, Lowery pledged that the next year won’t pass without new material: He said a new Camper Van Beethoven album is in the works. “We haven’t even really started writing songs or anything like that, at least not in a really serious way,” he said. “There are a few…
01 Aug 2016
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It’s always nice to be inside with air conditioning and cold beverages during the sweltering August heat. Well, here are some upcoming events where air conditioning and frosty drinks are abundant—as is great music. Fantasy Springs Resort Casino is hosting some big names this month. At 8 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 20, rapper Pitbull will be performing. It seems like every other hit pop song these days includes Pitbull on the track. After selling millions of albums and racking up numerous music awards, Pitbull is showing no signs of slowing down. Tickets are $69 to $129. At 8 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 27, former Van Halen frontman Sammy Hagar will be performing with a group that he’s calling The Circle. Joe Satriani and Chad Smith of the Red Hot Chili Peppers are currently unavailable to perform with him as the supergroup Chickenfoot, so Hagar has recruited Michael Anthony (who also played with…
28 Jul 2016
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They say that disco is dead—but if there’s one disco-era band that is still in high demand, it’s Earth, Wind and Fire. Founded in Chicago in 1971 by the great Maurice White, who died earlier this year, the band has been an innovator in the R&B genre while also finding its way into funk, jazz, psychedelic soul and, yes, disco. The group will be bring its high-energy show to Fantasy Springs Resort Casino this Friday, July 29. During a recent phone interview, bassist Verdine White explained what has kept Earth, Wind and Fire together despite various comings, goings, struggles—and now the death of Maurice White. “I think it’s obviously the music: People love the music,” White said. “They love what it is we’ve been doing, and now we’re seeing a younger generation of people who are coming to the shows. That’s an amazing thing. I think they’ve heard the songs…
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…

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