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03 Oct 2016
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Slipping Into Darkness is known for its wild reputation—but the popular local band wants you to know it has a mature side, too. The group is currently working on a follow-up to 2014’s Shurpadelic. See what the members have been up to at The Hood Bar and Pizza on Friday, Oct. 21, when the band performs with Chicano Batman. Nigel Dettelbach explained where the band stands in the recording process. “It’s currently in the works,” Dettelbach said. “We were contemplating different studios to go into, and different offers and ways to go about it. With Adrian (Carreño) living out of the country, it’s harder for us to get together. We have about three or four songs recorded, and we have another six to record. Then it’s off to mixing and mastering. This album is Slipping Into Darkness, but a lot more mature.” Dettelbach said the Desert Hot Springs band has…
30 Sep 2016
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Desert Trip. Desert Daze. The Joshua Tree Music Festival. Alice Cooper. Clint Black. Welcome to the start of season, folks: It’s a blissfully crazy music month here in the Coachella Valley. The McCallum Theatre is up and running for the 2016-2017 season. It all begins at 8 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 15, with Aida Cuevas and Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles. Cuevas is a Latin Grammy winner who has been at it for more than 30 years, and she’s accompanied by what is being billed as America’s first all-female mariachi ensemble. Tickets are $27 to $87. At noon, Sunday, Oct. 23, the McCallum will celebrate its Fifth Annual Family Fun Day. There will be fun, games and a performance of B—The Underwater Bubble Show, about a character named Mr. B who is transported to a magic world of bubbles. Tickets are $9 to $25. At 8 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 29, Sue…
28 Sep 2016
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In the 1990s, the band Spain enjoyed a taste of mainstream success. However, as the music industry began its massive shift after the dawn of the new millennium, frontman Josh Haden felt creatively spent, which led to a hiatus. However, Spain was not done: Haden would later revive the band, with all new members but himself. The group is now promoting its latest album, Carolina. Spain will be playing at Pappy and Harriet’s Pioneertown Palace on Thursday, Oct. 6. During a recent phone interview, Haden explained the hiatus. “People ask me that question, and I’m never really sure how to answer it,” Haden said. “I think that music is supposed to put the listener into either a different state of mind, or a state of mind that brings them closer to the truth of something—the truth about themselves, the meaning of life, or even the temporary escape from day-to-day issues…
19 Sep 2016
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Sloan has been around for 25 years—and chances are, you’ve never heard of the band. If you lived in Canada, it might—or might not—be a different story: The Toronto outfit has released 11 albums, been nominated for 10 Juno Awards, and won one. The group will be appearing during the Desert Stars Festival at Pappy and Harriet’s on Friday, Sept. 23. During a recent interview, Jay Ferguson (guitar) said that while Sloan has a following in Canada, he doesn’t feel they’re hugely successful. “We’re not huge anywhere,” Ferguson said. “We’ve managed to make a living for 26 years, and we’re not really huge in Canada. There’s this massive misconception in the States (among people who) don’t know our band that well who say, ‘I hear they’re huge in Canada and can’t make inroads in the United States.’ We’re like a cult band. The people who know us anywhere in the…
15 Sep 2016
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In recent years, Jesika von Rabbit has focused on her solo career—but her popular band, Gram Rabbit, reunites every year around Halloween for a celebration at Pappy and Harriet’s Pioneertown Palace. The queen of the High Desert and her Gram Rabbit bandmates—Ethan Allen (guitar) and Todd Rutherford (guitar, bass, programmer)—will be performing on Friday, Oct. 28, and Saturday, Oct. 29, at Pappy and Harriet’s. If you can’t wait to get a dose of JVR, she’ll be performing a free show with the Sunday Band at Pappy’s this Sunday, Sept. 18. During a recent phone interview, von Rabbit explained why she and her busy bandmates can’t quite walk away from Gram Rabbit. Rutherford works as a music producer, while von Rabbit and Allen have their own music projects. “I think we’re very dynamic, versatile and a bit of a spectacle,” von Rabbit said. “We mix up our sound a lot, which…
08 Sep 2016
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During the 1980s, a lot of memorable R&B groups came and went—but Shalamar left more of a lasting impression than most. In fact, the band continues to influence R&B groups to this day. Micki Free, a former member of Shalamar, now makes great music on his own—including a lot of Native American music. He’ll be stopping by Morongo Casino Resort and Spa on Friday, Sept. 23, with blues-rock band American Horse. During a recent phone interview, Free discussed growing up in Germany. “My stepfather was in the military,” Free said. “I spent probably 10 years in Germany. They usually do 2-3 years of duty, rotate back home, and they can go back out if they want. We ended up in the same place in three tours of duty in Germany, and I loved it there. It was an awesome place. We met the most awesome people because of the people…
02 Sep 2016
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Daiana Feuer is well-known in the Los Angeles music scene—and she’s no stranger to the desert. The L.A.-based freelance journalist and frontwoman of Bloody Death Skull also organizes a festival in Wonder Valley known as Deserted at the Palms. Finally, she’s a DJ, and is resuming a residency at the Ace Hotel and Swim Club, with sets in the Amigo Room starting on Friday, Sept. 2, and continuing on Sunday, Sept. 11 and 18. Bloody Death Skull shows are unique, to say the least. Feuer fronts the band on vocals and also plays the ukulele. The members are also known to dress up in costumes, and a female member often sits on the floor playing with action figures as the other members—including John and Bridgette Seasons of Haunted Summer—perform. Feuer explained how she started creating music. “I studied creative writing in college,” Feuer said during a recent phone interview. “I…
02 Sep 2016
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As we begin to (hopefully?) enjoy slightly cooler temperatures, there are a lot of hot events taking place ’round these parts throughout the month of September. Fantasy Springs Resort Casino has a great schedule this month. At 8 p.m., Friday, Sept. 2, iconic comedy duo Cheech and Chong will be performing. Their marijuana humor made them a huge deal—and their jokes have stood the test of time, as many younger people are now laughing at their special brand of silliness. Oh, yeah, Dave’s not here, man. Tickets are $29 to $59. At 8 p.m., Friday, Sept. 9, Toto will take the stage. There aren’t too many bands whose members can claim 200 Grammy nominations and performances on 5,000 albums between them. Toto just might be one of the most underappreciated bands of all time. Tickets are $29 to $59. At 8 p.m., Friday, Sept. 16, there will be a double…