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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…
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; www.haciendacantina.com. 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 CVIndependent.com.) 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…