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01 Aug 2014
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As we head into August, there’s cause for celebration: Fall, and more reasonable temperatures, are approaching! There’s another reason to celebrate: What’s traditionally been the slowest month in the Coachella Valley is actually packed with great things to do. The Hacienda Cantina and Beach Club is the new hot spot in town. The Hacienda has announced that it will now have “Swim Club” every Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. with DJs performing poolside. Admission is free for those 21 and older. Hacienda Cantina and Beach Club, 1555 S. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs; 760-778-8954; The Palms Restaurant, up in Twentynine Palms, is hosting two great shows put on by High Desert Underground Productions. (Full disclosure: The Independent is a sponsor of these shows, and we’re selling tickets to them in the Independent Market at Rock Formations II, starring Spindrift and the great Jello Biafra, starts at…
25 Jul 2014
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The first Splash House, in 2013, proved that Tyler and Kelly McLean’s theory was correct: Summer events can be quite successful in Palm Springs. The second Splash House, held in June of this year, was also a rousing success—so much so that Splash House No. 3 is taking place just two months later, Friday through Sunday, Aug. 8-10. The pool party/EDM festival will return to the Hard Rock Palm Springs, The Saguaro and the Hacienda Cantina and Beach Club with a lineup including A-Trak, Chromeo, Cut/Copy, Viceroy and many others. “The first one was a lot of learning lessons,” said Tyler McLean, who dreamed up the concept with his sister, Kelly. “It was our first foray into this concept of a pool festival. The details that go into hosting an event through three different venues and transporting people to each venue—it was an interesting project, for sure. I think we…
14 Jul 2014
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Up-and-coming artist Jeremiah Clark has played at LGBT festivals and has opened sold-out shows for other artists throughout the country—and he’ll be bringing his show to the Purple Room in Palm Springs on Saturday, July 26. Clark’s songs are deep, inspired by artists such as Sarah McLachlan, Alison Krauss and Tracy Chapman. They are usually sad in theme, but very powerful and sung with a soulful voice that can fill up a room and grab an audience. Clark grew up in a devoted Southern Baptist family in Memphis, Tenn. Music was all around him. “I would say my grandparents were more religious than my own parents,” Clark said during a recent phone interview. “My grandfather was a minister of music in the Southern Baptist church for about 30 years. … Being from the South, it’s part of your everyday life.” During his childhood, he was deeply inspired by Christian music.…
08 Jul 2014
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Since !!! (Chk Chk Chk) formed in 1996, the Sacramento outfit has been giving crowds something they’ve never heard before. The band has toured the world with groups such as the Red Hot Chili Peppers and has become a favorite on the festival circuit—and !!! will be performing a can’t-miss show at Pappy and Harriet’s on Sunday, July 20. Of course, the story of how the band’s name came to be has been discussed before at great length, so let’s get that out of the way: !!! (Chk Chk Chk) was inspired by the subtitles displayed during the clicking sounds of the Khoisan language in the 1980 comedy film The Gods Must Be Crazy. The !!! sound has been defined as “dance-punk,” and the group has been known for putting psychedelic guitar sounds to funk rhythms and dance music. Song lyrics tend to be on the punk-rock side. Lead singer…
30 Jun 2014
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As we head into July, we can expect the summer to become even more unbearable. Therefore, we recommend these fun events to get you out of the house—and keep you cool. The first thing worth mentioning: The Hacienda Cantina and Beach Club in Palm Springs is now open! At 9 p.m., Thursday, July 3, the venue will be holding a Pre-July 4th Party with DJs inside the Hacienda. There is no cover charge. On Friday, July 4, the Hacienda will continue the free party, this time at the pool, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. On Sunday, July 6, also from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., DJs Yolanda Be Cool (right) and Overjoy will be performing, and again, there is no cover. These events are for those 21 and older. Hacienda Cantina and Beach Club, 1555 S. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs; 760-778-8954; The Desert AIDS Project is marking…
07 Jul 2014
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Buzz Osborne, the heavy riff guitarist for the Melvins, has gone acoustic. He recently recorded an acoustic album, just released, titled This Machine Kills Artists, and he’ll be bringing his one man acoustic show to Pappy and Harriet’s Pioneertown Palace on Thursday, July 31. During a recent phone interview, Osborne didn’t offer many details on the name of the album, released in early June by Ipecac Records. In fact, he turned the tables by asking me what came to mind when I heard the title; I told him it reminded me of “This machine kills fascists,” a statement famously written on Woody Guthrie’s guitar. “The thing with Woody Guthrie is I never knew if he meant the guitar, or if he meant him,” Osborne said. “He never got specific, and people just sort of assumed. I think he assumed that music has the power to do something of that nature—or…
13 Jun 2014
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I talked to Alf Alpha at the Coachella Valley Art Scene gallery after he had just returned from a trip to Arizona, where he'd made some DJ appearances for Adidas. “I got to fly a helicopter,” he said, somewhat mysteriously. Now that he’s back home, he’ll be performing as part of Splash House on Sunday, June 15, at the Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs. Alf Alpha—aka Rafael Lopez—said his DJ name came from a friend who put him on the flier as such for his first-ever live performance, a show in Cathedral City during his junior year of high school. “He said, ‘Give me something to run with.’ I explained that because my name was Rafael, people called me ‘Rafa,’ ‘Rafy’ and other names,” Lopez said. “I told him, ‘Hey, what if we put ‘Alpha Ralfa?’ He looked at me said, ‘I don’t know; I’ll figure it out.’ He went…
30 May 2014
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The heat is here. The snowbirds have gone home. But great events are taking place in June for the ample number of us who remain. The first big event worth mentioning is the second annual Splash House. The three-day event featuring pool parties and world-class DJs at three different venues returns this year with an amazing lineup, from Friday, June 13, through Sunday, June 15. The venues this year are the brand-new Hacienda Beach Club, the Hard Rock Hotel, and the Saguaro. The lineup includes Moby (right), Purity Ring, Neon Indian and many others. Tickets start at $103. For more information, visit The Hard Rock Hotel has a great new weekly event. Flirt is a Thursday show hosted by friend of the Independent Bella da Ball. Each week revolves around music, entertainers, dancing, partying and rocking, and includes local personalities Marina Mac, Sassy Ross, Jersey Shore and others. The…