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03 Feb 2015
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For more than 45 years, Paul Rodgers has been one of the most powerful voices in all of rock music. The front man of Bad Company has also fronted Free and The Firm; he can also say that he’s performed with the members of Queen. He’ll be stopping by Spotlight 29 for a Valentine’s Day performance on Saturday, Feb. 14. Paul Rodgers is originally from Middlesbrough, a large industrial town in the northeast region of England. “It was heavy industry,” Rodgers said during a recent phone interview. “It was shipbuilding, steelwork and chemicals. It was very bridge-y as I remember it. It’s changed an awful lot now, because a lot of the shipbuilding went to Japan, and the steelworks went to other places—but chemicals are still there, actually. We had the most amazing sunsets because there are so many chemicals in the air.” Rodgers credited the atmosphere in Middlesbrough for…
02 Feb 2015
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Dengue Fever is a mosquito-borne tropical disease. It’s also the name of a Los Angeles-based band that plays Cambodian-psychedelic rock and will be spending its Valentine’s Day at Pappy and Harriet’s Pioneertown Palace. Before the Khmer Rouge devastated the country in the late 1970s, Cambodia had a thriving psychedelic-rock scene, influenced by what was playing on U.S. Armed Forces Radio during the Vietnam War. Unfortunately, many of Cambodia’s psychedelic-music pioneers were victims of the Killing Fields. However, in recent years, the genre has enjoyed a comeback, of sorts; a recording from the pre-Khmer Rouge era by Ros Sereysothea, “Jam 10 Kai Theit,” resurfaced in recent years. (She died in 1977, at the age of 29.) Sinn Sisamouth, a psychedelic-rock figure from the pre-Khmer Rouge days, died in 1976, yet his music remains popular there today. Dengue Fever was started in 2001 by organist Ethan Holtzman and his brother Zac after…
31 Jan 2015
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February is the shortest month of the year—but it’s also the high season in the Coachella Valley, which means there’s a wealth of great shows you should keep in mind. The Ace Hotel and Swim Club will be hosting a performance by L.A. Witch at 10 p.m., Friday, Feb. 6, in the Amigo Room. The psychedelic female trio has been playing shows with the likes of the Black Angels, The Melvins and Blonde Redhead. Admission is free. The Ace is also hosting a special Valentine’s Day weekend put on by The Do-Over, known as the Lovers x Heartbreakers Palm Springs Weekender, on Saturday, Feb. 14, and Sunday, Feb. 15. There will be a special lineup of surprise musical guests hosted by Haycock, Strong and Blacc. Admission is free. Ace Hotel and Swim Club, 701 E. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs; 760-325-9900; www.acehotel.com/palmsprings. Local DJ duo The Deep Ones have started…
16 Jan 2015
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Guy Worden (aka Trevor Worden) is developing a reputation as a DJ who is certainly willing to support a good cause. In late 2013, Worden put together a successful benefit show called “Art for the Homeless” for the Coachella Valley Rescue Mission. At 9 p.m. on Valentine’s Day, Saturday, Feb. 14, he’ll be doing another show for the mission at The Hood Bar and Pizza. Worden has been a DJ for 16 years, after originally starting in the San Diego area. He’s made a name for himself in the Coachella Valley thanks to appearances at various local festivals, as well as his art-themed shows at which he collaborates with other DJs. However, giving back to the community is also important to him. He explained his admiration for the Coachella Valley Rescue Mission. “Last year, when I started the Art for the Homeless show, I called over there, and I got…
09 Jan 2015
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Hip-hop has always offered insights into the realities of racial barriers, urban life and American political issues—and Sage Francis has thoroughly embraced these roots on the way to becoming an influential figure not just in hip-hop, but also spoken-word and poetry. Sage Francis will be performing at the Date Shed at 9 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 24, fresh off a European tour. Sage Francis (Paul William Francis) grew up in Providence, R.I. After hearing Run-DMC and Public Enemy when he was 8 years old, he began writing his own lyrics. At the age of 12, he began sneaking out of his house to take part in rap battles. He later DJ’d at the infamous CBGB club in New York. During a recent Skype interview from Helsinki, Finland, where he was performing, he reminisced about CBGB. “Every week I would DJ, there was a poetry slam happening there, and I was living…
07 Jan 2015
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In 2011, Hanni El Khatib released his debut album Will the Guns Come Out—and ever since, he’s been a rising star in the indie-rock world. He’ll be heading to Pappy and Harriet’s Pioneertown Palace on Friday, Jan. 16, to promote the release of his third record, Moonlight. El Khatib seemingly appeared out of nowhere with Will the Guns Come Out in 2011. His music has since been included on the soundtracks for Hung, Suits, Californication and United States of Tara. His sound is a mixture of blues, classic rock and even punk. During a recent phone interview, he explained how he was guided by his love of music. “I like everything,” El Khatib said, “everything from classic rock to the Delta blues to hip-hop to electronic music. I’m very wide in my influences.” While his sound is based in the blues, he said he doesn’t consider himself to be a…
01 Jan 2015
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It’s time to put away the ugly holiday sweaters, throw away the wrapping paper and embrace the new year—including the fact that season is in full swing. The McCallum Theatre is hosting some excellent events, as always. At 8 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 7, the red-headed stranger, Willie Nelson will be returning for another performance at the McCallum. He’s 81, and it seems like nothing can slow him down. Tickets are $65 to $100. At 8 p.m., Friday, Jan. 16, America’s Got Talent contestant Jackie Evancho will be stopping by. She was only 10 years old when she competed on the show in 2010 and has since seen a great deal of success, including becoming the youngest person to ever play at the Lincoln Center. Tickets are $55 to $125. At 8 p.m., Friday, Jan. 23, iconic actor Hal Holbrook will be performing Mark Twain Tonight. For 59 years (!), Holbrook…
15 Dec 2014
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There have been a bunch of great holiday-themed concerts around the valley—and just five days before Christmas, the Coachella Valley Symphony will performing Holiday Magic at 7 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 20, at the Helene Galen Performing Arts Center at Rancho Mirage High School. The Coachella Valley Symphony is a local 50-piece orchestra that generally performs four to six concerts per year. The Holiday Magic concert this year will include a special guest: vocalist Patricia Welch, a musical-theater star who has performed with Yul Brynner and Robert Goulet. There will also be a guest conductor, John Mario Di Costanzo, who was the principal tour conductor for Jackie Evancho’s Dream With Me and Songs From the Silver Screen tours. During a recent phone interview, Alana Joos, the orchestra manager and a percussionist, said the selection of the music was a collaborative process. “Many times, the conductor will choose the entire program, but…