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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; www.fantasyspringsresort.com. 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.…
18 Aug 2014
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In 2004, Matisyahu began to capture the curiosity of the music press and American audiences, thanks to his talent and his sheer uniqueness: He was a Hasidic reggae singer. In the decade since, much has changed. He’ll be performing at Bhakti Fest in Joshua Tree on Thursday, Sept. 4. Matisyahu was born Matthew Miller in 1979 and grew up in West Chester, Pa. He attended Hebrew school, and after taking part in a program during high school in Israel that offered young people the chance to experience their Jewish heritage, he dropped out of school. “When I was 17 years old, I left home and hitchhiked around the country, mainly to follow the band Phish,” Matisyahu said during a recent phone interview. “I went to a Phish concert when I was 16 and really fell in love with their music. When I was 17, I worked at a summer camp,…
15 Aug 2014
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When L.A. punk scene was gaining national attention in the 1970s and ’80s that was both good and bad, Rikk Agnew was there. Today, he remains a popular figure in the Southern California music world, and he will be performing at the Bat Country Labor Day Blast at the Palms Restaurant in Twentynine Palms on Sunday, Aug. 31. Agnew played with some of the biggest names in L.A. punk: He an early member of The Detours, Social Distortion, D.I., and the Adolescents. During a recent phone interview, Agnew said he had a feeling that punk music would go on to take the world by storm. “It was so fresh; it was so honest; and it was a true resurgence of roots rock ’n’ roll,” Agnew said. “It was not just in sound, either; it was DIY and for the love for it—just wanting to have fun, be in there, and…
08 Aug 2014
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Harper Simon has one of the most famous last names in the music world: He’s the son of Paul Simon. However, his music more than stands on its own—and you can see for yourself when he stops by Pappy and Harriet’s Pioneertown Palace on Friday, Aug. 15, in support of his sophomore album, Division Street. During a recent phone interview, Simon—who is notoriously press-shy—said he loves the process of making music. “I have a lot of respect for musicians, engineers and producers, to where I’m a fan,” Simon said. “That’s the main reason I do it. All the rest—such as the promotion, the press and the performing—is all part of the job. I’m not saying I don’t like that part of it, but it’s not what I find most gratifying.” His self-titled debut album (released in 2010) and Division Street (released last year) show that Simon is not shy when…
08 Aug 2014
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You’d never expect for the worlds of psychedelic rock and spaghetti Westerns to mix—but to the members of the band Spindrift, they go hand and hand. The group will be performing and showing their new film Spindrift: Ghost of the West at Rock Formations II on Saturday, Aug. 23, at the Palms Restaurant in Twentynine Palms. Spindrift formed in 1992 in Delaware. With influences such as The Doors, Hawkwind and My Bloody Valentine, the band was a heavy experimental rock group with a sound that was a far cry from that of their current incarnation. After losing two original members in the early part of the last decade, the group rebranded. “In the 2000s, we moved from Delaware to Los Angeles,” said frontman Kirpatrick Thomas during a recent interview. “At that point, we obviously had lineup changes and (a change in) playing style as well. We went from the experimental…
04 Aug 2014
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Michael Durazo, the frontman of Slipping Into Darkness, called me one recent day with welcome news: The band’s independently released first album was finally finished. We met at a location in Desert Hot Springs, and he put a copy of Shurpedelic in my hand. Others will be able to experience the excitement I felt at that moment on Saturday, Aug. 9, at Schmidy’s Tavern in Palm Desert, where the band will be celebrating the album’s release. Also included on the bill will be local bands Facelift, CIVX and Waxy. Slipping Into Darkness, the Desert Hot Springs band that played on the main stage at Coachella in 2013, has long been at work on Shurpedelic. During a recent interview, Durazo and guitarist Adrian Carreno explained the delays. “We had a bunch of setbacks,” Durazo said. “We had a change in band members, band members moving away, and money (problems). We recorded…