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20 Sep 2014
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At the height of the grunge movement, the Dandy Warhols were bucking the trend and pushing forward with an innovative psychedelic sound that included elements of rock and pop. Two decades later, the Portland, Ore., band is still on the road, and will play at the Desert Stars Festival on Saturday, Oct. 4, at Pappy and Harriet’s Pioneertown Palace. The story of the Dandy Warhols starts in 1994. Courtney Taylor-Taylor (vocals, guitar) and Peter Holmström (guitar) were looking to start a band. After Taylor-Taylor’s girlfriend didn’t work out on bass, he replaced her with Zia McCabe. Their early shows in Portland were provocative and featured nudity—along with music that gained the attention of Tim/Kerr Records, which released the band’s 1995 debut, Dandys Rule OK. Soon after, the band signed with Capitol Records. A rumor circulated that Capitol spiked the band’s second record because it didn’t have any apparent hits on…
15 Sep 2014
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The name “Hank Williams” is legendary. However, that name has put a lot of pressure on Hank Williams III (aka Hank 3) as he’s tried to follow in the footsteps of his grandfather and his father. However, he’s found success by playing country his own damn way—and throwing in a little heavy metal, too. He’ll be stopping by Pappy and Harriet’s Pioneertown Palace for a show on Sunday, Sept. 28. Shelton Hank Williams was born in 1972 in Nashville, Tenn. Despite his famous and successful father, Williams did not grow up in a life of privilege: He was raised in a working-class home by his mother, and his father was absent for most of his life. He grew up listening to country music, of course, but also got into punk music; he’s talked in the past before about how his mother would disapprovingly burn those punk records. Due to a…
12 Sep 2014
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Authority Zero formed two decades ago in Mesa, Ariz., and through five albums and many tours with some of the biggest names in music, the band’s reggae and skate-punk sound has helped it stand out. The band will be stopping by The Hood Bar and Pizza for a show on Saturday, Sept. 27. Authority Zero came together in 1994 as a trio consisting of guitarists Bill Marcks and Jerry Douglas, and drummer J.W. Gordon. The three put out songs that didn’t have basslines or even vocals until 1995, when Jason DeVore visited Douglas from his home state of Wyoming. The band members soon learned DeVore had the ability to write effective songs quickly—and he became the band’s singer. Over the years, the band has seen members come and go, but DeVore remains the frontman. During a recent phone interview done right after Authority Zero’s recent European tour, DeVore talked about…
05 Sep 2014
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The Hood Bar and Pizza in Palm Desert has become known in recent years for both its incredible bookings of big-name punk-rock bands and its support of local music. Now, the venue may become known for another thing: a fantastic electronic dance music night. On Saturday, Sept. 20, The Hood will be hosting Fresh Sessions Live, hosted by Independent contributor All Night Shoes (Alex Harrington), with special guests Synthetix and Coffee Blvckk. (The Independent is also a sponsor of the event.) During a recent interview, Harrington and Jack Kohler, the booking agent for The Hood, said the idea for the EDM night developed in part due to a successful birthday bash for Synthetix back in July. They realized that creating a regular dance-music night might be a good idea, especially since the eastern Coachella Valley doesn’t have a lot of music venues. “It was my idea, but Jack encouraged it,”…
03 Sep 2014
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David Lowery, the frontman of Camper Van Beethoven and Cracker, doesn’t think some musicians fully understand their rights. “A lot of the younger artists don’t realize that the pay was considerably higher about 15 years ago,” he said. “It’s kind of like a one-two punch. First, you’re affected by online piracy, where that knocked off about a third of our income, and then the thing that’s happened lately—and none of us saw coming—is that our share from online streaming services is so low.” Lowery is bringing Camper Van Beethoven and Cracker to the bands’ 10th annual Campout at Pappy and Harriet’s Pioneertown Palace, from Thursday, Sept. 11, through Saturday, Sept. 13. During a recent phone interview with the Independent, the former Redlands resident said that while he loves streaming music, there is a big downside to it. “I have Beats Music on my phone; my kids have it on their…
01 Sep 2014
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It’s time to celebrate the beginning of the end of summer with some great events! Fantasy Springs Resort Casino has some big names scheduled for September. Funny man George Lopez will be stopping by at 8 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 6. The Mexican-American comedian’s impressive career has included his own talk show, several sitcoms and various other acting credits. Tickets are $39 to $99. If that’s not a big enough name for you, sit down, because Diana Ross will be returning to the Coachella Valley for a performance at 8 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 20. The former Supremes singer is a Motown legend and R&B powerhouse. At 70 years old, she’s still going strong. Tickets are $49 to $109. Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, 84245 Indio Springs Parkway, Indio; 800-827-2946; Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa has a couple of excellent events worth mentioning. The first one: Janelle Monae is performing at 9…
20 Aug 2014
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Robbie Waldman’s WAXY may be the next great American rock band to come out of our California desert. Waldman has a lengthy local history, but he has used this project to truly hone his skills as a writer and performer. In its earliest incarnation, the ever-evolving band had a different feel and vibe: A group with a softer underbelly fueled by acoustic instruments has evolved into a full-blown desert stoner-rock band with a heavy rhythmic infrastructure, poetic lyrics and gorgeous hard-rock vocals offered up by Waldman. With a collection of memorable, melodic, heavy psych-rock songs under their belts, the members of WAXY have worked their way to the top of the Coachella Valley's original rock-music scene—which is no easy accomplishment. In fact, the band is about to embark on tours to Australia and then Europe. The band's most recent record, Without Any Explanation Why, is a true stoner-rock classic that…
18 Aug 2014
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The members of Burning Bettie have distinctly individual personalities and different musical backgrounds—and all of those differences have served the band well, as it’s become one of the Coachella Valley’s most popular bands. The group is holding is third “Burning Bday Bash” on Saturday, Aug. 23, with a daytime pool party at The Curve Hotel in Palm Springs, which will include The Hive Minds, Femme A, Synthetix, Independent resident DJ All Night Shoes and others. The party will then move to Bar, also in Palm Springs, with performances by Thr3 Strykes, Spankshaft, Deadend Paradox and, of course, Burning Bettie. During a recent interview, frontman Giorg Tierez, lead guitarist Frank Michel and drummer Josh Ballard remembered when they were trying to develop bands via Craigslist. “Giorg had a posting that I originally responded to,” said Michel. “I saw his influences and all that, and saw that they matched up to mine.…