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25 May 2016
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Seattle is best-known in the music world for indie-rock and grunge—but the latest big thing to come out of the city is an electronic-music duo. Odesza will be headlining the June edition of Splash House, a pool party and EDM event taking place Friday through Sunday, June 10-12, at the Riviera and the Saguaro in Palm Springs. Nighttime parties will take place at the Palm Springs Air Museum. Odesza—named after a sunken vessel that belonged to Harrison Mills’ uncle—popped up in 2012 after Mills met Clayton Knight while in college at Western Washington University. The duo started releasing material via SoundCloud—and it wasn’t long before they achieved 1 million plays. Odesza earned a 2016 Grammy nomination, for Best Remixed Recording, for “Say My Name (RAC Mix)” featuring Zyra. During a recent phone interview, Harrison Mills (aka Catacombkid), discussed what has influenced Odesza. “(Clayton Knight, aka BeachesBeaches) and I grew up…
12 May 2016
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Queensrÿche endured a turbulent and ugly two-year period after parting ways with vocalist Geoff Tate in 2012. However, thanks to legal clarity and the addition of vocalist Todd La Torre, Queensrÿche is back and better than ever. The new-and-improved Queensrÿche will be performing with former Motley Crue frontman Vince Neil at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino on Saturday, June 11. The drama over the 2012 split was big news in the heavy-metal community. The rift occurred when Tate’s wife was fired as the band’s manager, and his stepdaughter was fired from running the band’s fan club. These moves led to some physical altercations during the 2012 tour; the other Queensrÿche members then fired Tate—and the end result was two different bands performing as Queensrÿche until 2014, when Tate lost rights to the name in a settlement. The revamped Queensrÿche has released two albums: a self-titled album in 2013, and Condition Human…
11 May 2016
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Haunted Summer can mean one of two things: • A truly bad ’80s movie based on Lord Byron. • A fantastic band to come out of Los Angeles’ indie-music scene. Haunted Summer—the band, that is—will be performing at Deserted at the Palms event, to be held at the Palms Restaurant in Twentynine Palms on Saturday, May 21, with acts such as Bloody Death Skull, The Dead Ships, The Garden and many others. Formed in 2012 by married couple John and Bridgette Seasons, Haunted Summer’s psychedelic pop sound caught on quickly and landed the band high-profile gigs at the El Rey Theatre and a tour with the Polyphonic Spree. The group released a five-track EP titled Something in the Water and has been working on a new album while consistently touring. The band performed in Palm Springs not too long ago—at the Independent’s Nov. 17 benefit for gay-bashing victims George and…
09 May 2016
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Ruben Romano is the drummer and part of the creative force behind two of the most beloved stoner-rock bands in America, Fu Manchu and Nebula. But Romano then put down the drum sticks, picked up the guitar, and built one of the hottest stoner-rock bands to come onto the scene in a decade: The Freeks. With two albums under the members’ belts and a third on the way, the band is one of the most engaging live psychedelic-rock bands in the country. The first, self-titled album had a guest cast of musicians that included Jack Endino and John McBain (Monster Magnet), Bernie Worrell (Talking Heads/Parliament) and former Kyuss bassist Scott Reeder (Nebula/The Obsessed/Sun and Sail Club). The self titled album takes listeners on a transcendental journey woven by beautiful instrumentation that leaves psychedelic trails. Full On, released in 2013, became an instant classic. It draws on Romano’s hard rock and…
29 Apr 2016
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May means the big festivals are behind us, and traffic is starting to ease. Unfortunately, May also usually means a drop in entertainment offerings at our local venues. This month is indeed a little slow, although there are still some great events going down. The McCallum Theatre will host a few shows before signing off until the fall. At 3 p.m., Sunday, May 8, An Afternoon at the Popera is a presentation by the Coachella Valley Symphony and the California Desert Chorale featuring selections by artists from Bublé to Bizet. Sounds like a great local event! Tickets are $27 to $67. At 4 p.m., Sunday, May 15, the McCallum will close out the season with a performance by the All Coachella Valley High School Honor Band. You’ll get to hear a selection of music picked by guest conductor H. Robert Reynolds, of the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of…
12 Apr 2016
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Falcons is one of new DJs that’s changing the game by creating different sounds and techniques. Influenced by Southern hip-hop and a hard-work ethic, he’s played at clubs and festivals around the world. After playing at Coachella in 2015, Falcons is returning to play at the Coachella-affiliated Day Club, on Friday, April 15, at the Hilton Palm Springs with Mr. Carmack, Tokimonsta and others. Falcons (aka Michael Graham) grew up in Texas and Oklahoma, and has said many times that the music of the South gave him a lot of inspiration. “I feel like growing up with that stuff has given me more of an emphasis on soul music, and songwriting is really different there,” Falcons said. “My family is quite musical, and … blues music, soul music and things like that sneak into my sound palette naturally. I think growing up with the radio down there inspired me a…
11 Apr 2016
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Jim Lauderdale has written some of the best songs you’ve ever heard, for artists including the Dixie Chicks, Elvis Costello and many others. As far as his own music goes … well, Jim Lauderdale has written some of the best songs you’ve most likely never heard. This dichotomy is a shame, because Lauderdale is both a great songwriter and a fine performer. See for yourself when he plays at Pappy and Harriet’s Pioneertown Palace on Saturday, April 23. During a recent phone interview, Lauderdale explained his formula for a good song. “I’d say that it’s a few different things,” Lauderdale said. “It’s something that moves another person in some way, whether that be emotionally or in a groove way that makes them want to dance or move—something that makes you enjoy when you hear it, and makes you want to hear it again or sing along.” For inspiration, Lauderdale holds…
10 Apr 2016
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While the Sex Pistols were promoting “Anarchy in the U.K.,” The Damned were threatening to “Smash It Up.” In 2016, The Damned are marking their 40th anniversary—and the celebration includes a stop at Coachella, on Saturday, April 16, and Saturday, April 23. Formed in London in 1976, the original lineup included Dave Vanian (lead vocals), Captain Sensible (bass, now guitar), Brian James (guitar) and Rat Scabies (drums). While punk at the time was rather political, the Damned played more of a gothic style of music. In fact, the band was first gothic-style group to make a name for itself in the punk genre. In 1984, Captain Sensible left the band to focus on a solo career. Other members of the original lineup disappeared through the years, but the Damned kept on going. Captain Sensible rejoined the group full-time in 1996, and with Vanian and him as the remaining original members,…