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07 Aug 2015
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Warning: The Campout, the popular Pappy and Harriet’s Labor Day Weekend staple, is being held a week early this year, Aug. 27 through Aug. 29. However, David Lowery—the frontman of hosting bands Camper Van Beethoven and Cracker—promises the move is just for this year, and that the event will be as good as ever. During a recent phone interview, Lowery discussed the fact that Cracker is often viewed as a mainstream band, thanks in part to the hit single “Low.” Cracker released a new album last year, Berkeley to Bakersfield. “I think for Cracker in general, a lot of people seem to think of us in a more mainstream perception than an alternative-rock band from the ‘90s. In actuality, that’s a very short kind of piece of our career, which has stretched on for about 25 years now,” he explained. “We’re a fairly eclectic group; we play a lot of…
07 Aug 2015
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While most bands rest on occasion, the Melvins keep on going. The band released a new album in 2013, and then another one in 2014. They’ll be back at Pappy and Harriet’s on Wednesday, Aug. 26. During a recent phone interview, frontman Buzz Osborne discussed that 2014 album, Hold It In, and how it came to feature not only Jeff Pinkus, the bassist for Butthole Surfers, but also Paul Leary, the guitarist for Butthole Surfers. Hold It In is a fantastic album that combines the Melvins’ traditional sound with some oddities—in a good way. “I always wanted to do a record with those guys,” Osborne said. “I’ve always loved the Butthole Surfers, so it seemed easy to do. We ran it by Pinkus, and it just seemed like it was going to be a good thing. When we got Pinkus, we were just going to do a fun EP, but…
06 Aug 2015
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If you were ever a novice guitar player, one of the first songs you learned was probably “Smoke on the Water” by Deep Purple. The famous band, an early influence to heavy metal, will be stopping by the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino on Saturday, Aug. 15. The list of Deep Purple’s accomplishments and accolades is lengthy, to say the least. The band was called “the globe’s loudest band” by the Guinness Book of World Records in 1975, and has sold 100 million records worldwide. As one would expect about a band that’s been around more than 45 years, there have been numerous lineup changes through the years. The band is touring with longtime members Ian Gillan (vocals), Roger Glover (bass) and Ian Paice (drums). Also on board: Steve Morse, who has been playing guitar with Deep Purple since 1994; and legendary keyboardist and organist Don Airey, who has been with…
03 Aug 2015
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In 1980, Redd Kross put out its first EP and played its first show—opening for Black Flag. The name was a joke referencing the cross scene in the movie The Exorcist. The band’s early music was inspired a lot by pop culture, and from there, the band members enjoyed both a modest amount of success and hardship. Some 35 years after the band’s formation, Redd Kross will be appearing at Pappy and Harriet’s on Friday, Aug. 7. When the McDonald brothers, Jeff and Steven, formed the group, they were quite young. In fact, Steven McDonald (who also plays in Off!) was only 12 years old at the time. Through the years, the Redd Kross lineup has included Greg Hetson (Circle Jerks, Bad Religion), Dez Cadena (Black Flag, Misfits), Vicki Peterson (The Bangles, Psycho Sisters) and Jack Irons (Red Hot Chili Peppers). In 1980, Los Angeles was in the midst of…
03 Aug 2015
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Question: What do you get when you combine Glen Matlock from the Sex Pistols, Clem Burke from Blondie, James Stevenson from the Cult and Gene Loves Jezebel, and Gary Twinn from Supernaut? Answer: You get a supergroup called The International Swingers, which will be making its second appearance at The Hood Bar and Pizza on Friday, Aug. 7. The idea of The International Swingers was pitched to Gary Twinn by Australian promoter Bicci Henderson. While the idea seemed crazy at first, the band has proven to be a fine success, leading to an EP and a recently released album. During a recent phone interview, frontman Gary Twinn discussed how The International Swingers came to exist. “Many years ago, I had a career in Australia as sort of a pop star, so every now and again, I would sort of go over there and play some shows. I was asked to…
31 Jul 2015
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August is the final full month of summer, and there are a surprising number of great shows taking place during the month that you won’t want to miss. Fantasy Springs Resort Casino’s August is, simply put, awesome. So many events … so much awesome. At 8 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 15, hard-rock and heavy-metal pioneers Deep Purple (above) will be appearing. If you don’t know “Smoke on the Water” or “Perfect Strangers,” and you call yourself a music fan, something is wrong with you. Tickets are $49 to $79. At 8 p.m., Friday, Aug. 21, it’ll be an ’80s throwback night when New Edition stops by; however, it’s unknown whether Bobby Brown will be taking part, with the recent death of his daughter Bobbi Kristina. Either way, it should be an interesting show. Tickets are $49 to $79. You’ll be happy to know that Diana Krall (right) is returning to the…
22 Jul 2015
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Flo Rida has taken the hip-hop world by storm thanks to his innovative work featuring elements of house music. He’ll be stopping by Fantasy Springs on Saturday, Aug. 1. The genesis of Flo Rida’s career occurred when he was in the ninth-grade. His brother-in-law was affiliated with the legendary Miami bass/hip-hop group 2 Live Crew. “In ninth grade, my brother-in-law took me to meet Luther Campbell for the first time,” he said during a recent phone interview. “I actually did a rap for him, and Luther told me I had something. “I continued to pursue my career, and I performed with Fresh Kid Ice in Hawaii, and I toured with him for almost a year or two. That’s the connection I have with 2 Live Crew. When I actually performed with Luther Campbell, I was about 15; with Fresh Kid Ice, I was about 19.” The name Flo Rida serves…
21 Jul 2015
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Emi Sunshine has gotten a lot of attention from the national media. However, you wouldn’t know it when you talk to her: The ukulele prodigy sounds like a typical 10-year-old. Of course, typical 10-year-olds don’t headline shows at places like Pappy and Harriet’s Pioneertown Palace. That’s exactly what she’ll be doing at 9 p.m., this Saturday, July 25. Emi Sunshine is an Americana performer from East Tennessee. The singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist performs what has been called “old-time” music, with inspirations from the Louvin Brothers, Tom Petty, Johnny Cash, the Carter Family and many others. But when she’s off stage, she likes video games, her pets, and her collection of colorful clothing. During a recent phone interview, she explained how she became interested in playing the ukulele. “No one really made me take it up,” she said. “It’s just when I was really little, I really liked the sound of…