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The Lucky 13

22 Sep 2020
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Some of the valley’s most prominent rock and R&B groups sound a whole lot sweeter thanks to David Morales. His guitar-work skill level is matched only by his work ethic, as you couldn’t go far without seeing Morales on a bill (pre-pandemic, of course). He is the latest to take the Lucky 13; and here are his answers. What was the first concert you attended? I believe it was Pedro the Lion at the El…
17 Sep 2020
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Local-music aficionados may know Luke Sonderman from his days in Minor Emergency and other bands formed by the Academy of Musical Performance. However, this young drummer and his brother, Jake, recently started a new venture—a recording studio. Sondy Studios offers different plans for recording and producing both bands and individual singer/songwriters. Visit sondystudios.com for more info. Luke Sonderman is the latest to take the Lucky 13; here are his answers. What was the first concert…
20 Aug 2020
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Our music scene is rather tight knit in part because so many bands share members; it can feel like a big family when you catch a show featuring a few people pulling double duty. Nick Willman is a young drummer who actually pulls triple duty, as his chops are spread among Silver Sky, Pescaterritory, and Instigator. He is the latest to take the Lucky 13; here are his answers. What was the first concert you…
17 Aug 2020
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Many patrons of the Guitar Center in Palm Desert have been helped by a tall dude with a blonde ponytail. As soon as that dude clocks out, he’ll be rocking with his band, Cody White and the Easy Ride. The group’s music is available on SoundCloud, and it offers a nice blend of twangy rock along with White’s Neil Young-esque vocal delivery. He is the latest to take the Lucky 13; here are his answers.…
17 Jul 2020
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Hammer of the Ozz is one of the heaviest bands to come out of the Coachella Valley in recent years. What started as a Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath cover band has evolved into a four-piece hard-rock group with a blistering debut album, Hot as the Sun, available at hammeroftheozz.bandcamp.com, that was released earlier this year. The band features Paul Forrester on bass; he is the latest to take The Lucky 13, and here are…
10 Jul 2020
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Israel’s Arcade is Israel Pinedo’s indie-punk brainchild, with every song written and recorded by him. He melds the basics of punk rock with the structure and dreamy effects of indie bands, a style which has garnered him much success on streaming platforms. His latest release, “Car Crash,” brings a more new-wave approach to his music, with an electronic drum beat and filtered vocal blending joining his patented reverb guitar and synth lines. Pinedo is the…
19 Jun 2020
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When FrankEatsTheFloor—my band, I should disclose—came onto the local scene a few years ago, the valley was introduced to Aleks Romo. His guitar-playing expertise has been a huge asset, as his styles range from intricate indie-rock lines to hard-hitting punk chords. I should also disclose one more thing: On top of being an excellent guitar player, he is also my best friend. For more on FrankEatsTheFloor, visit www.facebook.com/FrankEatsTheFloor. Romo is the latest to take The…
15 Jun 2020
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Scott McLaughlin is nothing but a positive influence on the local music scene. When he’s not helping people at the Record Alley, he’s making music with Americana rock-group Reborn by the Sunshine (rbtsmusic.com). McLaughlin is the latest to take the Lucky 13; here are his answers. What was the first concert you attended? MC Hammer, because I was too legit to quit, and, yes, my twin brother and I had some parachute pants. My mom…

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