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Summertime in the Coachella Valley can be brutal—but those of us who live here year-round know that the local music scene never stops because of a little heat.

The Hood Bar and Pizza in Palm Desert, Kilo's Cantina in Thousand Palms, and Plan B Live Entertainment and Cocktails in Thousand Palms hosted many local rock shows during the summer—and the crowds often came out. The Hood Bar and Pizza, for example, hosted several weekend shows at which attendance was near capacity; the venue also launched and regular theme nights, including an open-mic night on Wednesday, and comedy night on Sunday.

Here are some photos of local musicians from shows that happened over the summer.

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February is the shortest month of the year—but it’s also the high season in the Coachella Valley, which means there’s a wealth of great shows you should keep in mind.

The Ace Hotel and Swim Club will be hosting a performance by L.A. Witch at 10 p.m., Friday, Feb. 6, in the Amigo Room. The psychedelic female trio has been playing shows with the likes of the Black Angels, The Melvins and Blonde Redhead. Admission is free. The Ace is also hosting a special Valentine’s Day weekend put on by The Do-Over, known as the Lovers x Heartbreakers Palm Springs Weekender, on Saturday, Feb. 14, and Sunday, Feb. 15. There will be a special lineup of surprise musical guests hosted by Haycock, Strong and Blacc. Admission is free. Ace Hotel and Swim Club, 701 E. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs; 760-325-9900; www.acehotel.com/palmsprings.

Local DJ duo The Deep Ones have started an open-mic night for DJs. What does this concept involve? Well, if you ever wanted to try your skills on a turntable and a mixer, you’ll get your chance at 8 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 26. Get more info on The Deep Ones’ Facebook page. Plan B Live Entertainment and Cocktails, 32025 Monterey Ave., Thousand Palms; 760-343-2115; www.myplanbbar.com.

The McCallum Theatre has a solid schedule for February—with shows on 24 of the month’s 28 days! At 8 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 3, A Prairie Home Companion host Garrison Keillor will be bringing his show featuring anecdotes from the American Midwest and other amusing portions of his life. Tickets are $45 to $75. At 8 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 7, Great American Songbook singer Michael Feinstein will perform while sharing the history of these famous tunes. Tickets are $65 to $95. If you’re looking for something to enjoy with the whole family, the Vienna Boys Choir will be performing at 8 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 19. The choir is split into four touring choirs of boys between the ages of 10 and 14; many are from Austria, but kids from other countries are included, too. Tickets are $25 to $65. McCallum Theatre, 73000 Fred Waring Drive, Palm Desert; 760-340-2787; www.mccallumtheatre.com.

Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa has great shows scheduled throughout the month. At 8 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 7, it will be hip to be square with Huey Lewis and the News. True story: I asked for a Metallica album for Christmas one year during my childhood—and my mother bought me Huey’s Sports album instead. Needless to say, I was not happy. Huey has been going since the late 1970s and has had quite a career. One of his more memorable moments was a cameo in Back to the Future, to which he contributed “The Power of Love.” Tickets are $40 to $80. If you had a great time at Air Supply’s Valentine’s Day performance at The Show last year, you’ll be happy to know they’ll be back to soft-rock your face off again, at 8 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 14. Tickets are $40 to $60. At 8 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 28, Mexican musician and composer Espinoza Paz will be appearing. Paz went back and forth between Mexico and the United States in the late ’90s when he was an aspiring songwriter and musician. He eventually found his calling and released his first album, El Canta Autor Del Pueblo, in 2008. Tickets are $65 to $85. The Show at Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa, 32250 Bob Hope Drive, Rancho Mirage; 888-999-1995; www.hotwatercasino.com.

Fantasy Springs Resort Casino’s February lineup is packed with great shows. At 8 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 7, you can relive the short reggaeton era (remember that?) with Yandel. He is half of the duo Wisin and Yandel, and he released his second solo album, De Lider a Leyenda, in 2013; a brand new album, Legacy, is slated to drop just before this show. Tickets are $39 to $69. Natalie Cole (above right) will be performing on Valentine’s Day, 8 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 14. The daughter of Nat King Cole was a big success in the ’70s before falling into drug addiction. She made a remarkable comeback in the late ’80s and has been going strong ever since. Tickets are $39 to $79. The great Burt Bacharach will be returning at 8 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 22. Bacharach has had 48 Top 10 hits over a 50-year period, and his songs have been recorded by Frank Sinatra, Linda Ronstadt, Dionne Warwick and Aretha Franklin. Tickets are $29 to $69. Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, 84245 Indio Springs Parkway, Indio; 760-342-5000; www.fantasyspringsresort.com.

Spotlight 29 Casino has a star-studded lineup this month. At 8 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 7, former Saturday Night Livewriter John Mulaney will be appearing. Mulaney was responsible for writing the “Weekend Update” portion of the show and created the character of Stefon! Tickets are $30 to $50. If you want a little edge on your Valentine’s Day, former Bad Company vocalist Paul Rodgers will perform at 8 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 14. He also performed with the members of Queen for five years. Tickets are $45 to $75. Martina McBride will be bringing her “Everlasting Tour” to Spotlight 29 at 8 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 26. The country vocalist has had a long and successful career, and her latest album, Everlasting, features duets with Kelly Clarkson and Gavin DeGraw. Tickets are $79 to $139. Spotlight 29 Casino, 46200 Harrison Place, Coachella; 760-775-5566; www.spotlight29.com.

Pappy and Harriet’s Pioneertown Palace will be busy during the month of February. At 7 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 10, Pappy’s will be hosting the first performance in 18-plus years of Babes in Toyland. The Riot Grrrl trio has had a rough go of it since disbanding. Frontwoman Kat Bjelland suffered a schizophrenic episode and had to be hospitalized in 2007; bassist Maureen Herman has written about a sexual assault that resulted in a pregnancy; and drummer Lori Barbero suffered from Lyme disease. Babes in Toyland is an intense band that will take you back to the days of grunge and alternative rock. Tickets are $20. At 8 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 21 singer-songwriter Brett Dennen (below) will be appearing. The Northern California folk singer has a unique voice, and his deep lyrics have landed him on the bill at the Newport Folk Festival, at Coachella and on various TV soundtracks. Tickets are $25. Pappy and Harriet’s Pioneertown Palace, 53688 Pioneertown Road, Pioneertown; 760-365-5956; www.pappyandharriets.com.

The Copa has had a steady season, and that trend continues in February. Leslie Jordan will be appearing at 8 p.m., Friday, Feb. 13, and Saturday, Feb. 14. Leslie may be short, but he’s a larger-than-life performer, guaranteed to be funny. Tickets are $25 to $45. At 8 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 21, actress and cabaret singer Emily Bergl will perform. You may remember Bergl from her appearances on Gilmore Girls, CSI: Miami and Law and Order: Criminal Intent, among other shows. Tickets are $20 to $40. Copa, 244 E. Amado Road, Palm Springs; 760-322-3554; www.coparoomtickets.com.

The Hood Bar and Pizza is hosting a couple of notable events. At 7 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 15, metal goddess and poet Otep will appear. Not only is Otep a poet and metal singer; she’s also a painter and writer. She’s been featured on HBO’s Def Poetry series. She also spoke at the 2008 Democratic National Convention. Advance tickets are $10, available at The Hood, and they’ll be $15 at the door. Word to the wise: Buy your tickets in advance. At 9 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 28, there will be a special birthday party for local hip-hop artist MC Manny G featuring EeVaan’ Tre and the Show, Thr3 Strikes and others. Admission is free. The Hood Bar and Pizza, 74360 Highway 111, Palm Desert; 760-636-5220; www.facebook.com/thehoodbar.

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Sleazy Cortez is “a newish three-piece band in the Coachella Valley,” according to the band’s only-occasionally updated Facebook page. “(The band features) rock and riffs, psychedelic funk and beyond, with a strong focus on improvisation. DIG IT.” Dig it yourself at 9 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 23, at Plan B Live Entertainment and Cocktails, 32025 Monterey Ave., in Thousand Palms. There is no cover. Also on the bill: Right On, Right On. For more information on the band, check out that aforementioned Facebook page; for more on Plan B, visit www.myplanbbar.com. One of those three Sleazy Cortez members is Indio’s Derek Timmons, 29, who installs Murphy beds by day, and plays around town in bands including Sleazy Cortez and the Town Troubles by night. Here are Timmons’ answers to The Lucky 13.

What was the first concert you attended?

Nine Inch Nails and A Perfect Circle in St. Louis, 2000.

What was the first album you owned?

Nine Inch Nails, Pretty Hate Machine, was probably the first cassette I purchased for myself after thoroughly absorbing my parents’ Lynyrd Skynyrd, ZZ Top, Queen, Elton John, Van Halen, etc. … Dang, I might have purchased Vanilla Ice and MC Hammer first, actually. D’oh!

What bands are you listening to right now?

New albums I’ve been hung up on are the latest ones by Baroness, Red Fang, The Sword, Clutch, Rob Zombie, Hank III, Vista Chino, Blaak Heat Shujaa, Soundgarden, Alice in Chains and Monster Magnet. I’ve been on a Misfits kick as of late, too, and posthumous Hendrix.

What artist, genre or musical trend does everyone love, but you don’t get?

Most pop, especially pop country; emo; and hip hop with no musicians present.

What musical act, current or defunct, would you most like to see perform live?

I am super-stoked to see Monster Magnet on Nov. 27 at House of Blues in L.A., especially now that they have Chris Kosnik from The Atomic Bitchwax on bass.

What’s your favorite musical guilty pleasure?

Can’t even admit to it.

What’s your favorite music venue?

Right now, The Hood in Palm Desert, to be honest. That’s where I’ve been getting my musical rocks off the most lately.

What’s the one song lyric you can’t get out of your head?

“Can’t get you out of my head,” by Kylie Minogue.

What band or artist changed your life? How?

Kyuss, among others. But when I bought (Welcome to) Sky Valley on cassette from the Piggy-Banc Pawn Shop in Vincennes, Ind., after band practice one day in high school, I found a kind of music that I didn’t even realize was what I had been attempting to play in my garage.

You have one question to ask one musician. What’s the question, and who are you asking?

“Like, how’d you get so awesome at playing the bass, bro?” to Les Claypool.

What song would you like played at your funeral?

Hmm. “Break on Through (to the Other Side)” by The Doors? Or maybe it would be more fun for my family and friends if it was “Everything Dies” by Type O Negative. Or maybe “Buried in the Backyard” by Cannibal Corpse.

Figurative gun to your head, what is your favorite album of all time?

That’s a tough one. ZZ Top’s First Album? That’s not my favorite at all, but it is a damn good one. Sky Valley from Kyuss? The Elephant Riders or Jam Room from Clutch? Suck on This from Primus? La Sexorcisto: Devil Music, Vol. 1 from White Zombie? This is an unfair question.

What song should everyone listen to right now

“N.I.B.” by Primus with Ozzy from Nativity in Black II. (Scroll down to hear it.) Or better yet, something by someone playing at your local bar—especially if it happens to be Sleazy Cortez, Town Troubles, Robotic Humans or Las Feas.

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Bassist Tim Scott joins Kirk “Caliente” Sorenson on guitar, and Kelly Heldenbrand on drums to make up The Stepping Stones. How does one describe the band’s sound? “The often dark, haunting vocal melodies are interwoven with guitar work that crosses several boundaries—sometimes metal, sometimes alternative, always inventive,” the band’s webpage says. “The dynamic, percussive accents in the live performance will leave you guessing.” If you want to find out what exactly this means, head to Plan B Live Entertainment and Cocktails, 32025 Monterey Ave., in Thousand Palms, this Saturday, Aug. 17, at 9 p.m. Admission is free. For more info on the show, call 760-343-2115, or visit www.myplanbbar.com. Scott, a financial planner and Southern California native who has lived in Palm Springs for a decade, was kind enough to take the time to answer The Lucky 13.

What was the first concert you attended?

Bo Donaldson and the Heywoods played my prom.

What was the first album you owned?

Chicago.

What bands are you listening to right now?

Foo Fighters, The Beatles, and Polysics.

What artist, genre or musical trend does everyone love, but you don’t get?

Gangsta rap.

What musical act, current or defunct, would you most like to see perform live?

The Beatles.

What’s your favorite musical guilty pleasure?

1970s English punk.

What’s your favorite music venue?

The Key Club (on the Sunset Strip). R.I.P.

What’s the one song lyric you can’t get out of your head?

867-5309!

What band or artist changed your life? How?

The Style Council opened me up to jazz.

You have one question to ask one musician. What’s the question, and who are you asking?

Kurt Cobain: “What were you thinking?”

What song would you like played at your funeral?

“Too Much Too Young,” The Specials.

Figurative gun to your head, what is your favorite album of all time?

Nevermind, Nirvana.

What song should everyone listen to right now?

“Can't Have Fun” at www.thesteppingstonesrock.com.

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On the Ghostlight Trio Facebook page, the band is described as “Honky Tonk Roadhouse Dieselbilly.” If you’re curious about what, exactly, that means, head to Plan B Live Entertainment and Cocktails, 32025 Monterey Ave., Thousand Palms, at 8 p.m., Saturday, April 27, when you can catch the band in action. Trio member Mike Behrman also told us that the band just released an album of original songs that will be available on Amazon, Pandora and Spotify, as well as on CD. Want to know more? Visit www.ghostlighttrio.com, or track’ em down on Facebook. Behrman, 54, is a writer who lives in Joshua Tree, and he’s been in the area for 16 years. He was kind enough to take the time between his writing and his music to answer The Lucky 13.

What was the first concert you attended?

Bob Seger.

What was the first album you owned?

Meet the Beatles!

What bands are you listening to right now?

Buck Owens, Jimmie Vaughan, and Imelda May.

What artist, genre or musical trend does everyone love, but you don’t get?

Death metal.

What musical act, current or defunct, would you most like to see perform live?

The Beatles

What’s your favorite musical guilty pleasure?

Old blues and honky tonk.

What’s your favorite music venue?

The Joshua Tree Saloon.

What’s the one song lyric you can’t get out of your head?

“Now, now, my darlin’, can I have a little a talk with you?” from “Love Me Darlin’,” Howlin Wolf (and originally “May I Have a Talk With You,” B.B. King).

What band or artist changed your life? How?

The Fabulous Thunderbirds. I saw them live in a small club on my 21st birthday, stood in front of Jimmie Vaughan, and thought playing roots music was the coolest thing you could do!

You have one question to ask one musician. What’s the question, and who are you asking?

John Lennon: “Got any songs you don’t want?”

What song would you like played at your funeral?

“Rumble,” Link Wray.

Figurative gun to your head, what is your favorite album of all time?

Help!, The Beatles.

What song should everyone listen to right now?

“The Girl Can't Help It,” Little Richard (while looking at a pic of Jane Mansfield). (Scroll down to hear it!)

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It’s called “Beer Pong and Acoustic Night,” and it’s going down at Plan B Live Entertainment and Cocktails, 32025 Monterey Ave. in Thousand Palms, at 8 p.m., Saturday, April 6. What else do you really need to know? How about some info on Rob Lawrence, one of the acoustic performers? The 29-year-old Palm Springs native and current Palm Desert resident was in Sol Jah Rock, and is currently focusing on solo reggae/rock, so says his ReverbNation page—which is a fine place to go for more information.

What was the first concert you attended?

Pearl Jam, at their reunion show in Seattle, Wash., when I was 14.

What was the first album you owned?

Green Day, Dookie.

What bands are you listening to right now?

Slightly Stoopid, NOFX, Rebelution, Authority Zero, Dirty Heads, the Expendables … the list could go forever.

What artist, genre or musical trend does everyone love, but you don’t get?

Country music is the only thing I really have never understood. But even it is starting to grow on me. I can listen to pretty much anything and find something to take from it.

What musical act, current or defunct, would you most like to see perform live?

Pink Floyd.

What’s your favorite musical guilty pleasure?

Watching live concert footage on YouTube for hours after everyone else passes out. (Laughs.) My friends think its weird, and my girlfriend hates it.

What’s your favorite music venue?

To play at locally, it would have to be The Date Shed. My favorite venue to see a show is definitely the Gorge in George, Wash.

What’s the one song lyric you can’t get out of your head?

Depends on the day. Seems to usually be something Top 40, just because I hear it all day at work!

What band or artist changed your life? How?

I'd say Slightly Stoopid, just because once I started listening to them, my writing took more of a turn from punk rock to reggae. And then reggae opened my mind to a whole new way of looking at life, a way of treating people: a more positive, happy and caring way of life that I am extremely thankful for.

You have one question to ask one musician. What’s the question, and who are you asking?

"Hey, yo, Fat Mike! Can I jam with you guys?"

What song would you like played at your funeral?

NOFX, The Decline.

Figurative gun to your head, what is your favorite album of all time?

Pink Floyd, The Dark Side of the Moon.

What song should everyone listen to right now?

NOFX, “The Decline.” (Scroll down to hear it.)

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Bassist Angel Chavez, 27, and his Wooden Nomad band mates have been spending a lot of time in the Coachella Valley as of late. The heavy-rock band recorded their new album, The Sound of Earth, in Palm Desert. Now that the album’s ready for public consumption, Chavez and company will be making the drive up from Oxnard to play a show at Plan B Live Entertainment and Cocktails, 32025 Monterey Ave., in Thousand Palms, at 9 p.m., Saturday, March 16. Also slated to be on the bill are Brain Vat, In the Name of the Dead, and Facelift. For more on Plan B, visit www.myplanbbar.com, or call 343-2115. For more on Wooden Nomad, visit www.facebook.com/WoodenNomad or soundcloud.com/wooden-nomad.

What was the first concert you attended?

Suicidal Tendencies.

What was the first album you owned?

Van Halen, Van Halen.

What bands are you listening to right now?

Greenleaf, Truckfighters, Soundgarden, and Kyuss.

What artist, genre or musical trend does everyone love, but you don’t get?

I don’t get the Justin Beaver dude, or whatever his name is …

What musical act, current or defunct, would you most like to see perform live?

I can’t wait to see Alice in Chains. Their new album (slated to be released in May) will be promising.

What’s your favorite musical guilty pleasure?

Adele. Ha ha ha; she’s rad, though!

What’s your favorite music venue?

The Roxy (in West Hollywood). It’s a crazy place to play.

What’s the one song lyric you can’t get out of your head?

“You want it all, all or nothing,” from “All or Nothing,” Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.

What band or artist changed your life? How?

Kyuss. Raw rock ’n’ roll with a killer singer. Haven’t been the same since.

You have one question to ask one musician. What’s the question, and who are you asking?

Tom Petty: Exactly how many takes to record “Refugee”?

What song would you like played at your funeral?

“Learning to Fly” by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.

Figurative gun to your head, what is your favorite album of all time?

Superunknown by Soundgarden.

What song should everyone listen to right now?

“100 Degrees” by Kyuss. Because that’s where we’re headed! Palm Desert! (Scroll down to hear it.)

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