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30 Oct 2017
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Greater Palm Springs Pride has featured a variety of fun musical acts over the years—but none have been more fun than GayC/DC, which will be playing at Pride for the third year in a row on Sunday, Nov. 5, on the U.S. Bank Stage. During a recent phone interview, lead vocalist Chris Freeman—also the bassist/vocalist of the legendary queercore band Pansy Division—said Los Angeles-based GayC/DC came about as a result of his participation in an all-male tribute band to the Go-Gos called the Gay-Gays. He told a fascinating tale about how he met one of the band’s guitarists, Steve McKnight. “We weren’t really working or doing anything, and our singer said, ‘I’m done. I don’t really want to do anything anymore, and I’m kind of tired of it,’” Freeman said. “(The rest of us) thought, ‘What else could we do with the word “gay” in there?’ Our guitar player, Karl…
24 Oct 2017
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Joe Bonamassa was opening shows for B.B. King when he was 12 years old. It’s therefore no surprise that Bonamassa is today a budding blues legend in his own right. In fact, Joe Bonamassa is now one of the biggest names in blues. He’s put out 12 studio albums, along with 15 live records—and he’ll be performing at The Show at Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa this Thursday, Oct. 26. Bonamassa is well-known for his love of the 1959 Gibson Les Paul guitar. “All the iconic music that was played—that’s the sound,” Bonamassa said. “All those blues records that I loved and the music I grew up listening to: the Les Paul is the Stradivarius of electric guitars. They’re the perfect combination of craftsmanship, materials and design. They weren’t popular in 1959, and it was a failing brand. Les Paul didn’t even like them in 1959, and in 1964, the…
17 Oct 2017
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Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider is a fiery, creative force—and the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree: The same can be said about his son, Jesse Blaze Snider. Jesse Blaze Snider has found success in many different areas of the entertainment industry, and is slated to bring his show to the Desert Moon Metal Festival in Morongo Valley on Sunday, Oct. 22. But first, a note of caution: Sunday’s headliner, Jack Russell’s Great White, pulled out of the festival earlier this week, saying he had not been paid. The promoter, Paul Allen, apologized on Facebook—at one point saying only one or two tickets had been sold—and insisted the show would go on. Pictures posted of the decidedly unconventional festival site have also raised eyebrows. Therefore, you may want to proceed with caution—by watching the festival’s Facebook page for updates, for starters. Anyway, back to Jesse Blaze Snider: He said…
06 Oct 2017
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The band is called Twin Peaks. Is the name related to that awesome David Lynch show? Nope. Twin Peaks is named after … a Texas based sports bar and restaurant chain? Yep. After turning in awesome performances at Coachella in April, the Chicago natives will be performing at Desert Daze in Joshua Tree on Saturday, Oct. 14. The band’s sound is hard to describe. When I initially heard Twin Peaks, I thought the group sounded like the Rolling Stones meets Bruce Springsteen … but the band is also incorporating garage rock and psychedelic rock. During a recent phone interview, lead vocalist and guitarist Clay Frankel explained how the band formed. “We all grew up together and knew each other in high school, and we started a band, playing for a year or two, but none of us really took it seriously until we dropped out of college,” he says. Twin…
05 Oct 2017
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This year’s Desert Daze lineup includes a lot of psychedelic-rock and garage-rock bands—but it also features an impressive array of R&B and soul singers. One of the R&B/soul highlights is Lee Fields and the Expressions, which will be performing at Desert Daze on Friday, Oct. 13. Fields has enjoyed increasing popularity in recent years—but his recording and performing career goes back to 1969. Over the years, he’s toured with Kool and the Gang, Hip Huggers, Little Royal and many other groups. When I called Fields and asked how he was doing, he responded: “Good. I love it when people ask me that, and I can say that I’m doing good, because I know there are a lot of people in the world who aren’t doing good.” Fields explained how his career started as he was growing up in North Carolina. “I got into singing when I was about 14 years…
03 Oct 2017
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People who love rock ‘n’ roll should thank their lucky stars that JD McPherson exists and makes records. The Broken Arrow, Okla., native on Oct. 6 will be releasing his third record, Undivided Heart and Soul—and this album will put to shame those articles on the Internet about rock ‘n’ roll being dead. He’ll also be performing at Pappy and Harriet’s on Thursday, Oct. 12. During a recent phone interview, McPherson said he and his band aimed big with Undivided Heart and Soul. “You’re asking about a Tolstoy-length tragedy right there,” McPherson said with a laugh. “It was a tough one to do, and a tough one to try and cross the finish line with. There was the usual band infighting and drama; there was self-doubt—and two false starts, one of which that burned through half of our budget.” The recording sessions took place at a legendary Nashville recording space.…
29 Sep 2017
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Traffic is increasing on Highway 111. Pumpkin spice lattes (ew!) are here. Yep … fall has arrived, and that means season is here, too—and October has plenty of events great for locals, snowbirds and tourists. The McCallum Theatre is reopening for the season—and it is opening with a bang. The first event of the McCallum’s season, at 8 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 7, features comedian/actor Bill Murray performing with cellist Jan Vogler, violinist Mira Wang and pianist Vanessa Perez. This collaboration will meld Bill Murray’s love for classical music with the world of literature. Tickets are $57 to $107. At noon, Sunday, Oct. 22, the McCallum will be holding its Sixth Annual Family Fun Day. The event will feature Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo Live. Tickets are $10 to $30. At 8 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 28, get in the spirit (no pun intended) with Dia de Los Muertos Live. The Day of the…
28 Sep 2017
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There aren’t a lot of singer-songwriters in the local music scene—but thanks to a new arrival, the desert now has one more. Meet Andrew Victor. After years of touring and playing in clubs, he is ready to start playing in the local music scene. He’ll be performing at a show in Yucca Valley on Thursday, Oct. 5, at a warehouse space called Hell, with friends Anna Tivel, Claire Wadsworth and Nigel Roman. During a recent interview at the Ace Hotel and Swim Club before a performance, Victor discussed his music. “It’s definitely drawn from folk music,” Victor said. “It’s been (formed though) years of touring and meeting tons of people from all sorts of different groups. It is its own thing, especially earlier on, (when it) was a bit more jazzy, but it’s definitely folk-based. Live, it’s starting to turn a bit more gritty, which I like a little bit.…