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The Lucky 13

17 May 2020
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I have attended a lot of backyard shows in the Coachella Valley—and I have often seen (and shared) bills with Marni’s name on it. Nicolas Lara is the brainchild behind Marni, and has released many songs over the years—check out his stacked BandCamp page, alaraa.bandcamp.com/music. He just released a new song, “Boozer” which fits right in with the rest of his somber, acoustic-folk music. Learn more at www.facebook.com/Marnimusicc. Lara is the latest to take The…
11 May 2020
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One of the Coachella Valley’s most frequently gigging musicians is singer/keyboardist Krystofer Do. He has played at many of the valley’s venues (often without much in the way of clothing), and was regularly performing at Stacy’s in downtown Palm Springs before the shutdown. Do brings a unique spin to classic songs and his own brand of R&B music. His latest single, “Soul,” is an ’80s-style track about addiction that features some fantastic synth and vocal…
21 Apr 2020
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It’s been a while since we’ve heard from local indie rockers Rival Alaska. Formerly known as the Brosquitos and Sleeping Habits, the band features ample musical talent and determination. John Clark recently rejoined the group, and the band just released “Car Ride (Daydream),” a dance-y electronic jam perfect for a quarantine dance party. Learn more at www.facebook.com/therivalalaska. Clark is the latest to take The Lucky 13; here are his answers. What was the first concert…
19 Apr 2020
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Local thrash foursome Instigator has quickly gained cult success among valley residents and beyond. Seemingly every venue in town has had speakers blown by the long-haired rockers; the group’s first EP, Built to Defy, gained them fans around the county. On April 3, the band released debut album Necessary Evil, which shows a high level of thrash-metal bad-assery; learn more at www.facebook.com/instigatorofficial. On bass is Garrison Calkins, whose intricate and over-driven bass riffs are the…
27 Mar 2020
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Local rapper Kurlzzz is a part of the huge hip hop scene in the Coachella Valley. I recently saw him perform at The Hood Bar and Pizza in Palm Desert, and was amazed at how he was able to combine tight beats with a flow that was both funny and serious flow. Check out his song “Ice Cream” on all streaming platforms. (Warning: explicit lyrics.) Roos is the latest to take The Lucky 13; here…
25 Mar 2020
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If you’ve been to one of the backyard shows that take place behind the scenes in our valley, you may have come across Koka. In the likely event that you have not … the band’s unique brand of indie music has garnered the group tens of thousands of streams on SoundCloud, and Koka has made every show a packed-house sing-along. At the microphone is Edith Aldaz, whose great voice and catchy melodies have taken the…
18 Feb 2020
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Local band Pescaterritory has played together for less than a year, but the group is already quite popular—popping up at shows all over town, and even getting attention from radio stations in the United Kingdom. The attention is much-deserved, as the four teens excel with a stacked set list of original material mixed with covers of influential classic-rock songs. On guitar for the band is Jason Zembo, who is the latest to take The Lucky…
06 Feb 2020
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Local band Ocho Ojos has been the talk of the Coachella Valley for a couple of years now. With two performances at Coachella under their figurative belts, the eight-eyes clan has been on a roll, with no plans to stop. The band released single “Cali” late last year, and new track “Baile Trankis” arrived in late January. The unique blend of cumbia and psychedelic music makes for perfect party-time jams, as every show from the…

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