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01 May 2015
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May is here, which means the Coachella Valley is quieter, with less traffic and temperatures starting to rise. However, locals know the truth: The Coachella Valley never sleeps, and there are plenty of great things going on to see and do. At 1 p.m., Saturday, May 2, the Desert Daze festival will be taking place at the Sunset Ranch Oasis in Mecca. The bill includes Warpaint (right), RJD2, Deap Vally, Minus the Bear and many others. General admission tickets are $55. Sunset Oasis Ranch, 69520 S. Lincoln St., Mecca; desertdaze.org. The Joshua Tree Music Festival is back, coming Thursday, May 14, through Sunday, May 17 to the Joshua Tree Lake Campground. The Last Internationale, The Floozies, Airtist and many others will be performing. Single-day passes start at $60 to $90; it’s $180 for a four-day pass. Joshua Tree Lake Campground, 2601 Sunfair Road, Joshua Tree; www.joshuatreemusicfestival.com. Fantasy Springs Resort Casino…
29 Apr 2015
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L.A. Witch is a band on the rise. Sade (vocals, guitar), Irita (bass, organ) and Ellie (drums) have toured the U.S. and Mexico with a dark, psychedelic rock sound—and they’re part of the Desert Daze lineup on Saturday, May 2, at the Sunset Ranch Oasis in Mecca. During a recent phone interview, all three members discussed how L.A. Witch formed. “We’re all from Los Angeles,” Sade said. “Irita and I met through a mutual friend, and we all worked for the same company. Irita had been jamming with friends, and they were looking for a guitarist, and that mutual friend introduced us, and we met up and started playing together. “Ellie wasn’t in the band until about a year ago; we lost our drummer because she moved to New York.” L.A. Witch’s dark, psychedelic sound came naturally, the members explained. “We don’t consciously try to sound like anything specific,” Irita…
21 Apr 2015
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ABBA is one of the most successful music groups in the history of the world. Active from 1970 to 1983, the band sold millions of albums and toured the world—and thanks in part to the hit musical Mamma Mia!, ABBA remains wildly popular. Now ABBA is being honored by the Palm Springs Gay Men's Chorus, which will be performing ExtrABBAganza at the Jewish Community Center of Palm Springs on Saturday, April 25, and Sunday, April 26. David Sanchez, the president of the Palm Springs Gay Men's Chorus, explained the inspiration for doing ABBA. "Every year, we try to do something different that will be appealing to our supporters who come to our concerts,” he said. “We've been doing shows that were about our gay history, our gay culture, and some of the struggles we've been through in the past within the gay community. This year, we decided we were going…
20 Apr 2015
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Steve Earle will tell you that he’s an outsider in country music, despite a wildly successful career—including a stop at Stagecoach on Friday, April 24. At the age of 14, he ran away from home while in San Antonio, Texas, so he could follow his idol, Townes Van Zandt. In 1974, he moved to Nashville, where he began writing songs and playing bass for Guy Clark. He joined the music publishing company Dea and Carter and wrote hit songs for Johnny Lee and Carl Perkins. Eventually, Earle signed a seven-record deal with MCA Records. His Copperhead Road included a single, with the same name, about the Vietnam War; it would go on to be one of his biggest hits. Politics, broken relationships and historical perspectives are all common themes in Earle’s records, and he’s known for his left-wing political stances. During a recent phone interview from Nashville, where he was…
21 Apr 2015
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Mark your calendars: On Saturday, May 16, The Last Internationale will headline the 13th Annual Spring Joshua Tree Music Festival. The Last Internationale is a powerful trio of modern-day musical revolutionaries who ride the cusp between hard rock and folk-protest music. They move from aggressive rock riffs with arousing vocals to acoustic ballads with sweet melodies. TLI sound like what might happen if Joan Baez and Bob Dylan joined forces with Rage Against the Machine—and it works. Delila Paz’s illuminating lyrics exposing social injustice are poignant and lucid. Guitarist Edgey Pires emboldens Delila’s socially relevant lyrics with gritty rock tones, forming an aggressive rhythm section punctuated by the forceful drum chops of Brad Wilk, formerly of Rage Against the Machine. Paz and Pires began as a duo in New York. They wrote their first songs protesting violations against the labor force and human rights. Their first gigs were protest rallies…
17 Apr 2015
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Deap Valley is a powerful rock-based duo that’s stunned audiences with their live performances. Lindsey Troy (vocals, guitar) and Julie Edwards-Pirrone (drums) have been to incredible places—and will be at the Desert Daze festival on Saturday, May 2, at the Sunset Ranch Oasis in Mecca. The Independent caught up with Julie Edwards-Pirrone while she was DJ’ing at the Ace Hotel and Swim Club in Palm Springs. She is the wife of the founder of Desert Daze, Phil Pirrone, aka JJUUJJUU. I asked her what inspired her and Troy to perform as a two-piece. “I don’t really know the answer to that,” said Edwards-Pirrone. “The only other band I’ve been in was a two-piece, and to me, it seemed very normal. The music Lindsay did before me, she did with her sister. It was a very normal way for us to work, and we just went with it.” It was important…
17 Apr 2015
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While the 2015 Stagecoach headliners are larger than life, there are a lot of other acts you should include in your schedule. Here are our suggestions. Friday, April 24 Lindsay Lou and the Flatbellys It’s always a good thing to hear the upright bass and banjo at Stagecoach. Featuring singer-songwriter Lindsay Lou, this folk group has a beautiful sound—and Lindsay Lou can sing. The Lone Bellow These days, the term “alt-country” is (over-) used to describe country music that doesn’t fall in with the mainstream. Well, The Lone Bellow is often described as an alt-country band, so take that for what it’s worth. Hailing from Brooklyn, N.Y., this group has some great tunes that are heartfelt—and isn’t afraid to rock. Steve Earle Sugarland wrote a song called “Steve Earle” for a reason: The chorus goes “Steve Earle, Steve Earle, please write a song for me.” He’s one of the best…
14 Apr 2015
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The Devil Makes Three is used to being “the odd band out”—yet that has not stopped the band from enjoying a lot of success since its founding in 2002. After touring with big names such as Willie Nelson, and playing at festivals such as Austin City Limits, Bonnaroo and Lollapalooza, the band will be sharing its folk-bluegrass sound with the crowd at Stagecoach on Saturday, April 25. The Devil Makes Three’s members—Pete Bernhard (vocals, guitar), Lucia Turino (upright bass) and Cooper McBean (banjo, guitar)—originally hail from Brattleboro, Vt. During a recent phone interview, Bernhard talked about the band’s name. “To be honest, it was just sort of convenient, because there were three of us,” Bernhard said. “When we first started the band, we were all arguing over what the name should be, and no one could agree—and we had already recorded our first album. We were really needing to put…