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27 May 2016
Deserted at the Palms came to Wonder Valley on Saturday, May 21, and the mini-festival represented the best of the indie, punk and dream-pop bands who spend much of their time earning their keep in the clubs up and down the Sunset Strip. The Palms is a small restaurant and bar owned by the Sibleys, located on Amboy Road; it’s one of the last buildings you see before you drive north on the well-known Palms Springs short cut to Las Vegas. Of course, many super music fans were present, like Echo Park native Patti Castillo, aka “Cave Girl,” who received this moniker during the Charles Bradley show at Pappy’s, for using a found rock to pound her tent stakes into the ground. Since camping was encouraged and free for this event, it was no surprise to run into Stewart as she pitched her tent with the help of a fellow…
23 May 2016
I had no idea who Charles Bradley was until a month ago, when Jesika Von Rabbit told me I had to go see his show at Pappy and Harriet’s. I trust Jesika, so I went to the Saturday, May 14, show—pulling a double-shift, of sorts, as I had also covered the Joshua Tree Music Festival that day. Yeah, I am slow to the train sometimes; I missed him at Coachella in 2015, too. For the uninitiated, as I was until Jesika’s advice: Bradley is a 67-year-old funk soul singer who started his entertainment career in 1967 as a James Brown impersonator. At Pappy’s, under a waxing moon, Bradley walked onstage and asked: “Brother and sisters, do you like going to church?” With that statement, Bradley launched into a show of pure optimism and joy. Charles and his Extraordinares preached about love, sin and hope during his hour-plus set, which included…
22 May 2016
Last weekend, great music came to the high desert during the 14th annual spring Joshua Tree Music Festival. Locals refer to this event as “our festival”—for good reason. Most of the festival staffers are friends and family members who volunteer their time to make the festival happen. The icing on this gluten-free cake is the talent of the promoter Barnett English, who brings in great musical acts from all over America and the world. Gene Evaro Jr., who recently toured with Elle King (Grammy nominee and JTMF alum), kicked things off on the Boogaloo Stage on Thursday. Gene is a homegrown star who gets better and better every time he performs. This is to say: When I saw him opening for King last year at the Observatory in Orange County he was amazing. Now you get that feeling that he could really become a star. Dam-Funk and the Light closed…
07 May 2016
Sexy-beast soul-singer Har Mar Superstar returned to the Pappy and Harriet’s stage for the third time last Saturday. “This is one of my favorite places in the world,” said Sean Tillmann aka, Har Mar Superstar, to the audience. He’s touring to promote his new LP, Best Summer Ever, released by Cult Records—a label founded by Har Mar’s longtime friend Julian Casablancas, of The Strokes. Opening for Har Mar Superstar was White Fang, fronted by Rikky Gage, who brought waggish stoner punk and was backed by some remarkable musicians. Body-confident Gage had no problems making onstage clothing changes through out his set as he sang about Bud Light—and being drunk. Catchy punk riffs had the audience moving as Rikky shared his love for tight white underwear. Har Mar Superstar brought a six-piece band, to the delight of his supporters—including some female audience members who were absolutely fawning over Tillmann. The Minnesota-born…
01 May 2016
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There are a lot of cool things to see at Stagecoach—and Pokey LaFarge was the coolest thing to see on Saturday afternoon in the Mustang Tent. The St. Louis-born and -raised performer is a true roots-music enthusiast. He’s not a revival act; he lives and breathes vintage music from the ’30s and ’40s. On Saturday, he was clad in a vintage button-down shirt, navy jeans cuffed around his cowboy boots, and a vintage black hat. He often wears suits with cuts from the ’30s and ’40s, as well as other vintage clothing. One thing’s for sure: He looked dressed and ready for Stagecoach. Starting his set with “Something in the Water,” Pokey LaFarge made it clear right away that his live show includes elements you don’t always hear on his records: In person, you can hear hints of big-band jazz, calypso, Latin, Americana and country-Western in his repertoire. The large…
30 Apr 2016
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There are no bells nor whistles to Emmylou Harris does. Her show includes just guitars, bass, percussion—and stunning vocals. This lesson was learned by those who stopped by her headlining performance in the Palomino Tent on Friday night at Stagecoach. For one hour, she mostly stood in the same place, played guitar and sang. And it was magnificent. As Emmylou opened her set with “Here I Am,” any doubts about the strength of the 69-year-old legend’s voice were immediately wiped away. From start to finish, her set was top-notch, and the sound in the Palomino Tent was great. While she didn’t draw a huge crowd like Lynyrd Skynyrd did a couple of years ago, or ZZ Top drew last year, she transfixed most of the attendees who were lucky to find spots close to the stage. One highlight was a song on which she collaborated with Mark Knopfler called “Love…
29 Apr 2016
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Stagecoach is known for a diverse lineup which often includes talented unknowns—but Tigerman WHOA takes “unknown” to a whole new level. I could not find a lineup listing for the band from Lynn, Mass. (beyond a list of first names on Facebook). I sent an interview request … which was returned as undeliverable. The phone number for the band? Disconnected. However, this wild Americana-meets-punk band is worth a look: With an upright bass, an electric guitar, a mandolin and some punk-style drumming, Tigerman WHOA kicks ass. As the band took the Mustang stage, the emcee said that what Tigerman WHOA does is unexplainable, so he’d let them come out and explain it for themselves. The first song was a fast number during which the mandolin really came through. The band then changed the gears a bit with a cover of “Will the Circle Be Unbroken?”—but with a kick in the…
27 Apr 2016
Pappy and Harriet’s hosted the final in-between Coachella show last Thursday, marking the end of three days of great performances. Before the scheduled 8 p.m. show, I met a couple from Echo Park who gave the impression that they spent most of their formative years in the Echo and Echoplex—legendary Los Angeles spots for music. I also met a younger gal from San Diego who was at the show after spending three days at Coachella’s first weekend. The best part of these in-between shows: They attract real music fans who want to see a performance—they’re not present to be seen. Opener Bob Moses is a partnership between Tom Howie and Jimmy Vallance—melding a DJ with original rock. The result: very danceable beats, especially on the dirt dance floor of the outdoor stage at Pappy’s. Miike Snow, the indie pop band from Sweden that played Sunday night at Coachella, had me…

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