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04 Nov 2014
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The Dum Dum Girls have been receiving critical acclaim and dazzling audiences with a unique low-fi, indie-pop sound since the group’s formation in 2008. See what all the fuss is about on Saturday, Nov. 15, when the Dum Dum Girls will bring their stage show to Pappy and Harriet’s Pioneertown Palace. The Dum Dum Girls began in Los Angeles as a DIY recording project by frontwoman Dee Dee Penny (aka Kristin Welchez). In 2010, the Dum Dum Girls put out a debut album, I Will Be. It wasn’t long before Sub Pop Records discovered the band and re-released the album, which had initially been put out by HoZac Records. Pitchfork gave the album an incredible 8.2/10 rating. The follow-up album, Only in Dreams, was also a critical success. Too True, released earlier this year, features the hit single “Are You Okay?” which was offered by Starbucks as a free download—exposing…
31 Oct 2014
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Season is here! Let’s celebrate with some great events. Greater Palm Springs Pride takes place Friday, Nov. 7, through Sunday, Nov. 9. There are a ton of related musical performances—many of those taking place at the new festival location in downtown Palm Springs. Get all the details at www.pspride.org. The Ace Hotel and Swim Club will be celebrating Greater Palm Springs Pride with special events on Friday, Nov. 7, and Saturday, Nov. 8. Offerings include performances and sets by JD Samson, W. Jeremy, Sparber, Amber Valentine, Nark, Chelsea Starr and Victor Rodriguez; Murray Hill is the host. There will also be pop-ups from Wacky Wacko and Peggy Noland. Admission is free. Ace Hotel and Swim Club, 701 E. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs; 760-325-9900; www.acehotel.com/palmsprings. The Hacienda Cantina and Beach Club will be having Pride pool parties Friday, Nov. 7, through Sunday, Nov 9. DJs scheduled to perform include Aaron…
30 Oct 2014
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In the 1990s, Lagwagon was the talk of the underground punk scene. However, the band never attained the mainstream success that contemporaries like Rancid and Green Day did. Nonetheless, Lagwagon is still around; in fact, the band just released a new album, Hang, and will be appearing at The Date Shed on Friday, Nov. 7. Lagwagon formed in 1990 in Goleta, just outside of Santa Barbara. The name is a reference to frontman Joey Cape’s mother, who drove a station wagon and was never on time to pick up him and his brother from school. During a recent phone interview, Cape talked about the relative lack of a punk-rock scene in the Santa Barbara area when he was growing up. “Things were so different back then,” Cape said. “There were a lot of bands in the ‘80s from the Ventura, Santa Barbara and Oxnard area through a scene called nardcore.…
13 Oct 2014
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If you want proof that an indie band can make it increasingly big in today’s music world, look no further than Chicano Batman, the Los Angeles outfit that will be playing at Schmidy’s Tavern on Monday, Oct. 20. Chicano Batman originally came together as a trio, put together by Bardo Martinez (guitar, vocals and keyboard), Eduardo Arenas (bass, guitar) and Gabriel Villa (drums) in 2008, The band fused Latin music styles, as well as space-psychedelia, American soul and even electric-jazz instrumentals. The group gained attention first in Los Angeles, and later in other markets throughout the Southwest. In 2011, the band became a four-piece, adding Carlos Arévalo (guitar). “I’ve known Bardo (Martinez) since I was 20 years old,” Arévalo said during a recent phone interview. “He had been a fan of a band that I was in, and we always talked about playing music together. What prevented us from doing…
10 Oct 2014
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Well-Strung is a classical quartet known for two things: what the group calls “popsical” music—they combine pop music with a classical sound. Second, they’re known for being, well, gorgeous. See for yourself when they play at the Fifth Annual Center Stage event, benefitting the LGBT Community Center of the Desert, on Friday, Nov. 7. First violinist Edmund Bagnell explained where the idea for the group came from. “Christopher Marchant (second violinist) was working in Provincetown, Mass., a few summers ago, doing a different show, and he would busk, which is playing violin on the street,” Bagnell said during a recent phone interview. “Our manager saw him performing, and together they came up with the idea of putting together a string quartet. “It evolved from there. I would say what we do has changed a bit in the past three years we’ve been together.” They quickly rose in popularity in both…
01 Oct 2014
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October is here, and in theory, we should begin to get some relief from the oppressive heat. In theory. Fantasy Springs Resort Casino has two excellent events coming up that you probably shouldn’t miss. First, the Experience Hendrix Tour will be coming through at 8 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 11. The lineup is packed with big names, including Buddy Guy, Billy Cox, Zakk Wylde, Jonny Lang and many others. As you can probably guess from the name, the tour pays homage to Jimi Hendrix, and has been going for more than a decade. Tickets are $29 to $69. And now for something completely different: Cheech and Chong and WAR will be stopping by at 8 p.m., Friday, Oct. 24. Cheech and Chong are the comedy world’s biggest stoners, of course, thanks in part to films such as Up in Smoke, Cheech and Chong’s Next Movie, and Nice Dreams. And if anybody…
19 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…