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20 Jul 2015
I got to Pappy and Harriet’s early for the sold-out Built to Spill show. As I waited out back, one of the bouncers was helping a small, green-shirted hipster who took the band’s name literally: He’d spilled something unrecognizable all over his beard, shirt and shorts. “He was nice, though,” bouncer Matthew said as he returned to his post. Some people apparently can’t handle their Pappy’s. By 8 p.m., fans started to rush inside for the 10 p.m. show. The band was already onstage, jamming through three songs, which got some thinking the show had started early. However, it was just a long sound check that served as a preview of Built to Spill’s 16-song set. The show marked a return to the desert for Built to Spill after performances at Coachella this year. It was not the first time Built to Spill has been to Pappy’s: The band played…
17 Jul 2015
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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 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 Goldroom is a former member of…
14 Jul 2015
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I asked Alex Harrington what attendees of his show tonight at Chill Bar could expect. “No fewer than three arrests, and six broken windows. Two fires as well,” said the Independent resident DJ. Of course, Harrington was joking: No chaos is planned for the show at the Arenas Road venue; in fact, the show will be a force for good. Harrington’s concert is the second in this month’s Tuesday-night series of shows in the NestEggg Food Bank Summer Concert Series. The series was arranged by Brian Blueskye, the assistant editor of the Coachella Valley Independent and a volunteer at the LGBT Center of the Desert, which operates the food bank. Last week’s show—an amazing performance by EeVaan Tre and the Show—raised a modest $175, a figure organizers (including yours truly) hope to far surpass tonight. According to the LGBT Center of the Desert, it costs $10 to provide a food…
07 Jul 2015
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The soul of New Orleans is a force in the music of the Deslondes—with some vintage country music thrown in, too. You won’t want to miss them when they perform at 8 p.m., Friday, July 17 at Pappy and Harriet’s Pioneertown Palace. “The music scene in New Orleans is pretty eclectic, and there’s a lot of live music,” said bassist Dan Cutler during a recent phone interview. “What we were mostly involved in, for a lack of a better word, was Americana. (The residents of New Orleans are) big fans of musical history as well as history in general. I feel like there have been a lot of different styles of American music over the years, and they’re appreciated in New Orleans.” He explained that New Orleans has both traditional venues and nontraditional venues. “Traditional jazz, brass bands and stuff like that—everyone loves it,” he said. “I think the big…
06 Jul 2015
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Built to Spill guitarist Brett Netson admitted that the recording process seems to be getting tougher—even though the group’s now been around for more than two decades. “I think as the time goes on long enough, you have to obviously come up with something new—and the more you do, the more difficult it is to come up with something new,” Netson said during a recent phone interview. “It seems to be a slower process, and I don’t even know why. What you hope for as you get older is to have a more refined record—qnd ideally, that’s what happens. On a bad day, you make a crappy record. We do the best we can do.” Built to Spill will be performing at Pappy and Harriet’s on Thursday, July 16, to support the band’s new album, Untethered Moon. It took a surprisingly long time for the album to come to fruition.…
03 Jul 2015
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It’s a light month for live music in the Coachella Valley—although the Coachella Valley Independent and I are doing our part to fill the entertainment void. We’re holding a series of benefit shows for the NestEggg Food Bank at Chill Bar Palm Springs; call it the NestEggg Food Bank Summer Concert Series. At 8 p.m., Tuesday, July 7, EeVaan Tre and the Show will be performing. At 8 p.m., Tuesday, July 14, Independent resident DJ Alex Harrington will get the crowd dancing. At 8 p.m., Tuesday, July 21, Derek Gregg of The Hive Minds will turn in a solo show. At 8 p.m., Tuesday, July 28, DJ Aimlo will be featured. Each show is free, but we’re asking for a donation of $5 or more—all of which will go straight to the food bank! Chill Bar, 216 E. Arenas Road, Palm Springs; 760-327-1079; chillbarpalmsprings.com. You won’t want to miss the…
19 Jun 2015
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Ideation has been around the desert for a while, as frontman/guitarist John Marek has gotten in and out of other projects. However, it’s finally Ideation’s time: The band made it to the final round of the contest to play at the Tachevah Block Party, and has been enjoying steady gigs since the winter. Ideation has a sound that’s close to ’60s garage rock, and the Marek talks to the audience much like Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones does. Marek is quite animated as he struts while playing guitar riffs in between vocals; in fact, other musicians have expressed appreciation for Marek’s stage presence and vocal style. “Ideation has been around for, like, seven years, but with different lineups,” Marek said during a recent phone interview. “It’s kind of been my baby, and I’ve made all these songs, and other people hop along and help write the songs—or, I should…
19 Jun 2015
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If you’ve ever watched an old horror movie featuring a carnival or a haunted house, you’ve heard spooky organ music. Meet Herb Lienau, a man who is bringing that spooky music back, thanks to his one-man carnival-organ-music show, called Herbert. Herbert will be performing at the Bat Country Summer Slam at the Palms in Twentynine Palms on Saturday, July 4. Yes, he’ll be wearing his trademark creepy mask. I recently spoke with Lienau at his business in Palm Desert, and we discussed the history of punk rock in the Coachella Valley during the early to mid-’80s. Lienau was very much part of that scene: He played in bands with desert rock greats Scott Reeder (Kyuss), Alfredo Hernandez (Kyuss, Queens of the Stone Age), Mario Lalli (Fatso Jetson), Gary Burns (Deadbolt) and Sean Wheeler (Throw Rag, Sean and Zander), just to name a few. After living in Los Angeles and performing…