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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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Summer is upon us—officially, even, as of the night of June 20. Why don’t you beat the heat and enjoy a great show or two?

Agua Caliente Casino Report Spa’s June schedule is a little light, but there are a couple of things worth mentioning (beyond a sold-out Moody Blues show on Saturday, June 3). At 7 p.m., Saturday, June 17, you’ll need to get your shout-outs to your “shorty in lockdown” ready, because the Art LaBoe Summer Love Jam will return. All joking aside, there’s some great music on the lineup this year. Funk legend ZAPP is one of the acts worth going to see, as the group has been sampled by several hip-hop artists, including Dr. Dre. Tickets are $45 to $65. If you never got to see Pink Floyd play a live show, you missed out, since the members have stated there will be no reunion—ever. But at 9 p.m., Friday, June 30, you can experience Pink Floyd’s music set to lasers at Paramount’s Laser Spectacular. Some of these laser shows with Pink Floyd’s music can be pretty cool—plus it beats sitting at home watching Netflix. Tickets are $20 to $30. The Show at Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa, 32250 Bob Hope Drive, Rancho Mirage; 888-999-1995;

Fantasy Springs Resort Casino has just one big show in June—but it’s huge. At 8 p.m., Friday, June 9, get ready for some serious laughs, because Chris Rock will be stopping by. Chris Rock has been incredible to watch over the years, given how well he always reflects the times in his stand-up routine. I still love the bit he did about Lil’ Jon and rap music, which has become one of his best-known standup moments. Tickets are $89 to $149. Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, 84245 Indio Springs Parkway, Indio; 760-342-5000;

Spotlight 29’s entertainment slate for June is also a little light, but there is one thing you won’t want to miss (aside from the Ziggy Marley show, which you can read about on Friday, June 2, here at At 8 p.m., Saturday, June 24, Los Chicos del 512 will be performing a tribute to Selena. The group will perform all of Selena’s music that you know and love. Tickets are $20. Spotlight 29 Casino, 46200 Harrison Place, Coachella; 760-775-5566;

Morongo Casino Resort and Spa has several great events on the calendar. At 9 p.m., Friday, June 2, Marlon Wayans will bring the funny; tickets are $23 to $29. Be sure to check out my interview with him here. That same night, at 10 p.m., Friday, June 2, power-pop band The Romantics (upper right) will perform. This is a show you should see if you’re a true rock ’n’ roll fan. The Romantics had a couple of big hit songs: “What I Like About You” and “Talking In Your Sleep.” The band’s lineup once included Blondie drummer Clem Burke; he’s no longer with the band, but three original members are! Tickets are $20. Keeping with the ’80s theme, at 10 p.m., Friday, June 16, new-wave band The Motels will be appearing. The Motels had one or two hits in the ’80s and then faded away, before re-forming in 1998. Martha Davis still fronts the band—and still believes in the music. Tickets are $20. Morongo Casino Resort Spa, 49500 Seminole Drive, Cabazon; 800-252-4499;

Pappy and Harriet’s Pioneertown Palace will be the place to go this summer for great live music—and the venue’s June calendar is packed. Read my interview with the Tijuana Panthers here; the band will perform at 9 p.m., Friday, June 2, and tickets are $15. At 8 p.m., Friday, June 9, Mick Rhodes and the Hard Eight will take the stage. Rhodes was once the front man of the Los Angeles punk band Human Therapy, and now performs in this spectacular alt-country band. If you can’t make it to the show, at least check out the band on the streaming services. I can almost guarantee you’ll like it. Admission is free. At 9 p.m., Saturday, June 10, New Orleans R&B/country band The Deslondes will be returning to Pappy and Harriet’s. The band’s New Orleans sound is timeless; The Deslondes really do have something going for themselves. After seeing the group perform at Stagecoach, I can tell you it’s a fun band to watch. Tickets are $15. At 9 p.m., Saturday, June 24, psychedelic rock band The Black Lips will be returning. The band’s shows are often pretty insane. While they’ve behaved themselves at Pappy and Harriet’s the last couple of times, they’ve been known to get naked, vomit, set things on fire and so on. War Drum front man Jack Kohler once told me a story about how when he worked for the Ace Hotel and Swim Club in Palm Springs, he was told to deliver shaving cream to the band’s hotel room—and found the band shaving a group of women from head to toe. Pappy and Harriet’s Pioneertown Palace, 53688 Pioneertown Road, Pioneertown; 760-365-5956;

The Purple Room has some familiar names returning in June. At 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday, June 2 and 3, America’s favorite dragapella group, The Kinsey Sicks, will be performing the Things You Shouldn’t Say show. Tickets are $30 to $45. At 8 p.m., Saturday, June 17, The Buddy Holly Review will do its thing. As a fan of Buddy Holly, I’ve been interested in this show; I’ve heard it’s a lot of fun. Tickets are $25 to $35. At 8 p.m., Friday, June 30, there will be a benefit for the American Cancer Society featuring Debby Holiday (below). Debby Holiday is a star on the rise with two hit singles, “Never Give Up” and “Key to Your Soul.” Tickets are $25 to $35. Michael Holmes’ Purple Room, 1900 E. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs; 760-322-4422;

The Hood Bar and Pizza has a couple of events, starring local bands, that are worth your consideration. At 9 p.m., Friday, June 2, there will be a metal show with Drop Mob, Perishment, Instigator and In the Name of the Dead. Considering how long as Drop Mob has been around, it’s good to see the band finally being noticed. Admission is free. At 9 p.m., Thursday, June 8, Courtney Chambers, Caxton, and 5th Town will take the stage. This should be a fun show; all of the bands are female-fronted—and rather talented. Admission is free. The Hood Bar and Pizza, 74360 Highway 111, Palm Desert; 760-636-5220;

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Local metal band In the Name of the Dead had a brief hiatus after front man Tetsuo Olivarez went under the knife for back surgery—but the band has recently risen from the dead (pun sort of intended) for a couple of recent gigs at Bart Lounge. For more information, visit Bassist Robert “‘Woody’” Wood recently answered the Lucky 13; here are his answers.

What was the first concert you attended?

311 and the Phunk Junkeez at (the University of California, Irvine) Bren Events Center in 1996.

What was the first album you owned?

Michael Jackson’s Thriller. The first CDs I ever bought were Nirvana’s In Utero, Nine Inch Nails’ The Downward Spiral, Pantera’s Far Beyond Driven, and Beck’s Mellow Gold (good old Columbia House). All of these albums have withstood the test of time, I might add.

What bands are you listening to right now?

I mostly listen to NPR, but when I turn the music on, it is mostly Gojira, Syrebris, Alice in Chains, Bad Religion, Dethklok, Satyricon and Sepultura lately.

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

I never understood the cult of Elvis. I never got that the Rolling Stones were something special. I don’t understand why everyone thinks the Red Hot Chili Peppers are so great. (Anthony Kiedis is quite possibly the worst lyricist ever.) Lately, I just do not get why people like Ghost; it baffles me. I also don’t get why Joe Wangler of Dali’s Llama answered in his Lucky 13 that he never liked Tool, and he’s a tool for not liking Tool.

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

I never got to see Alice in Chains with Layne Staley; that would be No. 1. GG Allin just for the show. Nirvana would have been great to see. And motherfucking Neil Diamond!

What’s your favorite musical guilty pleasure?

I don’t feel guilty for any of the music I like, but it is often surprising to people that I absolutely love Neil Diamond and Cat Stevens.

What’s your favorite music venue?

To see shows: SOMA in San Diego. To play at live: Schmidy’s Tavern was my favorite, and now I’d have to say Bart Lounge is a good spot.

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

“You’re Welcome” from the Moana soundtrack. Either that, or any main lines from any Sia song. (It’s music that my daughter loves, so I get to hear it all the time!)

What band or artist changed your life? How?

It sounds cliché for someone my age, but Nirvana. I first heard Nevermind when I was 12—just going into the angry-angst years. Then Bad Religion and Rage Against the Machine showed me that I could direct my anger and intellectualism into music. And Bieber; that little kid’s got moves!

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

I was going to say I would ask Sid Vicious if he really killed Nancy, but he wasn’t a musician, so … I would ask Ted Nugent to take a long walk on a short pier.

What song would you like played at your funeral?

I have three: “The Wind” by Cat Stevens; “Imagine” by John Lennon; and “Bro Hymn” by Pennywise. Maybe I would add “Disco Duck” for some levity.

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

Alice in Chains, Dirt. That album is the reason why I play bass.

What song should everyone listen to right now?

Gojira, “Stranded.” (Scroll down to hear it!)

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