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Splash House is coming to Palm Springs for the second time this summer, on Aug. 8 and 9. Once again, the venues will include the Hilton and the Saguaro, but this time around, 2014 Splash House venue the Hard Rock Hotel is back, with the Hacienda Cantina and Beach Club taking this one off.

Here are six can’t-miss acts at the August Splash House.


Matoma (right) is a big name in the tropical-house genre. Hailing from Norway (where there isn’t anything tropical), this DJ and producer started out as a pianist when he was a child. He grew tired of the classical-piano world and started to spend time remixing on his computer. One of his works, a remix of Notorious B.I.G.’s “Old Thing Back,” became a huge hit in Europe. Matoma’s tropical house style will be perfect poolside in the summer heat.


Goldroom is a former member of the popsynth band NightWaves; he’s also the co-founder of the record label Binary Entertainment. As a producer, he’s worked with acts including Bag Raiders, Futurecop!, Miami Horror and many others. This house DJ has a few different styles under his belt, including nu-disco and deep house. He’s been featured on MTV and BBC Radio, and has received rave write-ups from publications such as Pitchfork.

Yolanda Be Cool

With a name referencing Pulp Fiction, you figure this group has to be cool, right? These two guys have shared the stage with Pitbull, Justin Martin, Flo Rida and Jesse Rose. One of their remixes, “We No Speak Americano,” an Italian folk song with a funky beat, was an international hit. These guys do great remixes, and it’s sure that their live set will impress.

No Regular Play

No Regular Play is made up of Greg Paulus and Nick DeBruyn; they have known each other since the age of 8 and bonded over their love of hip-hop music. Paulus is a jazz-trumpet player, and DeBruyn is a master mixer who knows how to complement Paulus’ trumpet-playing. Yes, it’s a half-jazz/half-electronic-music act—and they occasionally throw in some Afro-Cuban rhythms to create some truly unique music.


Another tropical house outfit, Autograf has done attention-grabbing remixes of Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, Daft Punk and others. On top of making music, the group also makes sculptures, combining a love of music and the world of traditional art. “Future Soup” is a 500-pound piece of art that makes people think about the future, and unlimited potential. The members have talked about how they’d like to include sculptures in their live act. A Splash House must-see.

Eau Claire

Hailing from Washington, D.C., Eau Claire (below) is a producer and DJ who combines nu-disco and indie-dance into her repertoire. She currently has more than a million plays on her Soundcloud page, and she’s been the talk of the industry on various music blogs and in dance-music publications. She stays consistently busy and is always releasing remixes that impress.

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As we head into July, we can expect the summer to become even more unbearable. Therefore, we recommend these fun events to get you out of the house—and keep you cool.

The first thing worth mentioning: The Hacienda Cantina and Beach Club in Palm Springs is now open! At 9 p.m., Thursday, July 3, the venue will be holding a Pre-July 4th Party with DJs inside the Hacienda. There is no cover charge. On Friday, July 4, the Hacienda will continue the free party, this time at the pool, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. On Sunday, July 6, also from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., DJs Yolanda Be Cool (right) and Overjoy will be performing, and again, there is no cover. These events are for those 21 and older. Hacienda Cantina and Beach Club, 1555 S. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs; 760-778-8954;

The Desert AIDS Project is marking its 30th birthday with its annual Mid-Summer Dance Party at the Ace Hotel and Swim Club’s Commune from 8 p.m. to midnight, Friday, July 25. Playing at the event will be Independent resident DJ All Night Shoes, as well as Femme A; there will also be a special performance by Cameron Neilson of The X Factor. Tickets are $40 to $75; the late-night party pass, for entry after 10 p.m., is $20. For tickets or more information, call the Desert AIDS Project at 760-992-0440, or visit

Speaking of the Ace Hotel and Swim Club, the venue is offering some great events in the Amigo Room on top of the regular weekly and monthly schedule. At 10 p.m., Friday, July 4, Sean Wheeler and Zander Schloss will be performing an Independence Day show. If you have never seen Coachella Valley local and Throw Rag frontman Sean Wheeler perform with Circle Jerks and Weirdos bassist Zander Schloss, you should go: They are a fantastic acoustic duo who always put on a great show. Admission is free. At 10 p.m., Saturday, July 5, Stronghold Reggae will feature DJ Journee and Dash Eye. Again, admission is free. Check out the website for even more great events. Ace Hotel and Swim Club, 701 E. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs; 760-325-9900;

The Purple Room in Palm Springs has added a revue show, hosted by friend of the Independent Brian Wanzek and his famous alter ego, Bella da Ball. Act II will follow The Judy Show on Sunday nights at 8:30 p.m. There’s no cover. The Purple Room, 1900 E. Palm Canyon Drive; 760-322-4422;

Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa has one July music event worth mentioning. The Go-Go’s will be stopping by as part of the “Replay America” tour at 8 p.m., Saturday, July 26. Also performing will be Patty Smyth and Scandal, Martha Davis and the Motels, and Cutting Crew with Naked Eyes. Tickets are $65 to $170. The Show at Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa, 32250 Bob Hope Drive, Rancho Mirage; 888-999-1995;

Fantasy Springs Resort Casino has a slate of excellent events in July. At 8 p.m., Saturday, July 5, Art Garfunkel (right), half of the legendary Simon and Garfunkel, will be performing. After staying away from the stage for a few years, Garfunkel is back, and this should be a great show. Garfunkel released his last solo album, Some Enchanted Evening, back in 2007, but he has dates booked through the summer, so we’re keeping our fingers crossed that we’ll be hearing more from Garfunkel going forward. Tickets are $29 to $59. Korean rapper Kim Jong-Kook and Haha have teamed up for a summer tour and will be stopping by at 8 p.m., Saturday, July 12. Tickets are $45 to $110. If you’re a fan of The Voice, you’ll be happy to know that The Voice Tour will be here at 8 p.m., Saturday, July 26. Tessanne Chin, Will Champlin, Dia Frampton and others will take the stage. Tickets are $39 to $79. Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, 84245 Indio Springs Parkway, Indio; 760-342-5000;

Spotlight 29 has some nice tribute acts booked in July. Gregory Wolfe will be performing a tribute to Rod Stewart at 8 p.m., Saturday, July 5. Tickets are $20. Dean Colley will be paying tribute to Neil Diamond at 8 p.m., Saturday, July 26. Tickets are $20. Spotlight 29 Casino, 46200 Harrison Place, Coachella; 760-775-5566;

Pappy and Harriet’s Pioneertown Palace is shrugging off summer and putting on amazing shows throughout the season. At 8 p.m., Wednesday, July 2, Ronnie Spector will be performing. Spector, the famous ex-wife of music producer Phil Spector and former lead singer of the Ronettes, is the original bad girl of rock ’n’ roll. Tickets are $25. At 8 p.m., Saturday, July 19, the Los Angeles punk band X will be stopping by for … an acoustic performance? Strange! X’s lineup includes Exene Cervenka (who recently went crazy and claimed a recent Southern California mass shooting may have been a hoax), John Doe, Billy Zoom and DJ Bonebrake. Tickets are $27.50. At 8 p.m., Sunday, July 20, the indie-rock dance group !!! (Chk, Chk, Chk, below) will be stopping by. !!! is one of the most energetic and entertaining bands touring today. At an intimate venue like Pappy’s, their show is going to be insane. Tickets are $17. Pappy and Harriet’s Pioneertown Palace, 53688 Pioneertown Road, Pioneertown; 760-365-5956;

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