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03 Nov 2017
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In 2012, “Even If It Breaks Your Heart” by the Eli Young Band called dominated country-music radio, reaching No. 1 on the country charts. That song was written by singer-songwriter Will Hoge, who has released 10 studio albums of his own. He will be appearing at Pappy and Harriet’s on Friday, Nov. 10. During a recent phone interview, Hoge said that after 10 albums, he still feels that recording is a struggle. “The recording process as far as the studio goes gets a little easier,” Hoge said. “Trying to not be redundant and do the same things over and over? That becomes a little harder. But I’m lucky that I have a wife and kids who keep me full of fresh ideas, so that really helps. “I’m trying to become more concise as I grow as an artist, and I’m trying to really get to the point of the songs—emotionally,…
02 Nov 2017
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After Cults released Static in 2013, the duo of Madeline Follin and Brian Oblivion had not only broken up as a couple; they were also creatively spent. Therefore, Cults took a break. While Follin and Oblivion’s romantic relationship is over, Cults is now back with its third album, Offering; it has a much more upbeat feel and is some of the band’s best material to date. Cults be stopping by Pappy and Harriet’s on Saturday, Nov. 4. During a recent phone interview with Madeline Follin and Brian Oblivion, they discussed how Offering got its name. The album starts with the title track. “The song actually came before the title for the record,” Follin said. “We wrote the song, and when we were outside in the middle of recording one day, somehow we had all separately decided we’d name the album Offering after the song. We all just kind of decided…
31 Oct 2017
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November is my favorite month of the year. The summer heat is finally fading; more and more snowbirds are clogging Highway 111 (OK, that part is a mixed blessing, at best); and I get to enjoy a turkey dinner or two with friends and family while watching football. Oh, and there are shows galore! The McCallum Theatre has some great events in November you won’t want to miss. At 7 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 5, comedienne Paula Poundstone will be performing. If you grew up in the ’80s and ’90s, you remember her numerous appearances in film and television. Today, she’s best known as a regular on NPR’s Wait Wait ... Don’t Tell Me! Tickets are $22 to $47. At 8 p.m., Friday, Nov. 17, CV 104.3 radio’s Jimi Fitz will be performing as part of Jimi Fitz and Friends, which will feature local acts Faults of Andreas, John Stanley King,…
30 Oct 2017
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Greater Palm Springs Pride has featured a variety of fun musical acts over the years—but none have been more fun than GayC/DC, which will be playing at Pride for the third year in a row on Sunday, Nov. 5, on the U.S. Bank Stage. During a recent phone interview, lead vocalist Chris Freeman—also the bassist/vocalist of the legendary queercore band Pansy Division—said Los Angeles-based GayC/DC came about as a result of his participation in an all-male tribute band to the Go-Gos called the Gay-Gays. He told a fascinating tale about how he met one of the band’s guitarists, Steve McKnight. “We weren’t really working or doing anything, and our singer said, ‘I’m done. I don’t really want to do anything anymore, and I’m kind of tired of it,’” Freeman said. “(The rest of us) thought, ‘What else could we do with the word “gay” in there?’ Our guitar player, Karl…
24 Oct 2017
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Joe Bonamassa was opening shows for B.B. King when he was 12 years old. It’s therefore no surprise that Bonamassa is today a budding blues legend in his own right. In fact, Joe Bonamassa is now one of the biggest names in blues. He’s put out 12 studio albums, along with 15 live records—and he’ll be performing at The Show at Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa this Thursday, Oct. 26. Bonamassa is well-known for his love of the 1959 Gibson Les Paul guitar. “All the iconic music that was played—that’s the sound,” Bonamassa said. “All those blues records that I loved and the music I grew up listening to: the Les Paul is the Stradivarius of electric guitars. They’re the perfect combination of craftsmanship, materials and design. They weren’t popular in 1959, and it was a failing brand. Les Paul didn’t even like them in 1959, and in 1964, the…
17 Oct 2017
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Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider is a fiery, creative force—and the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree: The same can be said about his son, Jesse Blaze Snider. Jesse Blaze Snider has found success in many different areas of the entertainment industry, and is slated to bring his show to the Desert Moon Metal Festival in Morongo Valley on Sunday, Oct. 22. But first, a note of caution: Sunday’s headliner, Jack Russell’s Great White, pulled out of the festival earlier this week, saying he had not been paid. The promoter, Paul Allen, apologized on Facebook—at one point saying only one or two tickets had been sold—and insisted the show would go on. Pictures posted of the decidedly unconventional festival site have also raised eyebrows. Therefore, you may want to proceed with caution—by watching the festival’s Facebook page for updates, for starters. Anyway, back to Jesse Blaze Snider: He said…
06 Oct 2017
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The band is called Twin Peaks. Is the name related to that awesome David Lynch show? Nope. Twin Peaks is named after … a Texas based sports bar and restaurant chain? Yep. After turning in awesome performances at Coachella in April, the Chicago natives will be performing at Desert Daze in Joshua Tree on Saturday, Oct. 14. The band’s sound is hard to describe. When I initially heard Twin Peaks, I thought the group sounded like the Rolling Stones meets Bruce Springsteen … but the band is also incorporating garage rock and psychedelic rock. During a recent phone interview, lead vocalist and guitarist Clay Frankel explained how the band formed. “We all grew up together and knew each other in high school, and we started a band, playing for a year or two, but none of us really took it seriously until we dropped out of college,” he says. Twin…
05 Oct 2017
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This year’s Desert Daze lineup includes a lot of psychedelic-rock and garage-rock bands—but it also features an impressive array of R&B and soul singers. One of the R&B/soul highlights is Lee Fields and the Expressions, which will be performing at Desert Daze on Friday, Oct. 13. Fields has enjoyed increasing popularity in recent years—but his recording and performing career goes back to 1969. Over the years, he’s toured with Kool and the Gang, Hip Huggers, Little Royal and many other groups. When I called Fields and asked how he was doing, he responded: “Good. I love it when people ask me that, and I can say that I’m doing good, because I know there are a lot of people in the world who aren’t doing good.” Fields explained how his career started as he was growing up in North Carolina. “I got into singing when I was about 14 years…