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06 Apr 2017
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Brightner’s last full-length record, Hummingbird, was largely acoustic. Headroom, Brightener’s Kickstarter-supported follow-up, is quite different. Returning home after a brief tour, Brightener will celebrate the release of Headroom on Friday, April 7, at the Art Pop Gallery in Palm Springs. During a recent interview, Brightener mastermind Will Sturgeon talked about the successful Kickstarter campaign, which recently surpassed the $7,500 goal. “It’s been going well,” Sturgeon said. “I did a Kickstarter a couple of years back for the first full length, Hummingbird. I prepared a lot for it and was very successful. We’ve hit over our goal, which is incredible. “Artistically, it took me six years to record that record (Hummingbird). That led to a sense of really wanting to be immediate with the next one. I really loved doing the Kickstarter thing last time, and I didn’t have funding coming from anywhere else, so that made it easier to produce…
05 Apr 2017
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T.S.O.L. helped define the Los Angeles punk scene after the band’s start in 1978. However, its initial punk success was short-lived: After frontman Jack Grisham, drummer Todd Barnes and keyboardist Greg Kuehn left in 1983, T.S.O.L. (True Sounds of Liberty) reconfigured as a rock band. After a legal battle over the name, Grisham became part of T.S.O.L. again in 1999, with Kuehn rejoining in 2005. They’ve been performing together ever since—and recently released a new album, The Trigger Complex. T.S.O.L. played the first-ever concert that Coachella promoter Goldenvoice put on, so it’s appropriate that T.S.O.L. will be playing Coachella on Sunday, April 16 and 23. During a recent phone interview with Grisham while he was in traffic driving home to Huntington Beach, he was an open book. Grisham’s history includes a love for drugs and alcohol, legal issues, a marriage to a 16-year-old girl in Mexico, and eventually sobriety, which…
04 Apr 2017
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Before Nirvana took the world by storm, a band from Dayton, Ohio, called Guided by Voices was creating innovative post-punk rock—what would come to be known as “alternative rock.” Guided by Voices will finally be appearing at Coachella for the first time on Friday, April 14 and 21. The history of Guided by Voices is a bit hard to explain. Robert Pollard founded Guided by Voices in 1983. The group, amidst varying lineups, broke up in 2004, reunited in 2010, broke up again in 2014, and reunited last year. The prolific band has produced music that one could call lo-fi, psychedelic rock, garage rock, punk rock and post-punk rock. The group has released 23 albums (not counting various “unofficial” releases), at one point putting out as many as three albums in one year. The current lineup includes Robert Pollard (lead vocals), Doug Gillard (guitar), Bobby Bare Jr. (guitar), Mark Shue…
03 Apr 2017
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Since the Los Angeles-based band Chicano Batman started in 2008, the group has taken a long and interesting path to success—and after years of independent EPs and album releases, the group recently signed with ATO Records. On the heels of new album Freedom Is Free, which dropped March 3, the group will be making its second appearance at Coachella on Saturday, April 15 and 22. During a recent phone interview with guitarist Carlos Arévalo, he discussed the recording of Freedom Is Free. “The album was recorded in January 2016 over the span of two weeks,” Arévalo said. “The album was recorded at the Diamond Mine studio in Long Island City, N.Y., with the producer, Leon Michels. Leon Michels is a former member of the Dap-Kings and played with Sharon Jones when he was 16 years old. He’s appeared on numerous recordings, and he was a member of the Black Keys.…
29 Mar 2017
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The biggest month for music in the Coachella Valley is here, thanks to Coachella and Stagecoach—and even if you’re not going to either of the fests, there are still plenty of other things to do. The McCallum Theatre has a variety of shows in April, the last big month in the theater’s 2016-2017 season. At 8 p.m., Thursday, April 6, the daughter of Lucy and Desi, Lucie Arnaz will be performing her favorites from the Great American Songbook, backed by the Desert Symphony. Tickets are $67 to $115. At 8 p.m., Friday, April 7, get ready to laugh with Rita Rudner. Rudner is a legendary comedienne and will have you in stitches. Tickets are $37 to $87. At 8 p.m. Saturday, April 22, actress and singer Kristin Chenoweth will perform songs from Glee, Wicked and various Broadway standards. Tickets are $57 to $97. McCallum Theatre, 73000 Fred Waring Drive, Palm…
23 Mar 2017
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Earth, Wind and Fire. Rick James. The Commodores. These were all big names back in the ’70s and ’80s—people who created music that made people want to dance. However, no act made people want to celebrate more than Kool and the Gang. The R&B and funk band made numerous songs that became disco staples—and the group is still going, with four original members among the current 12-piece band. Kool and the Gang will be performing at Spotlight 29 this Saturday, March 25. During a recent phone interview with Robert “Kool” Bell, one of the topics we discussed was the group’s 1979 hit “Ladies Night,” which has been featured in many films, and is used by Eagles of Death Metal as an intro song at some concerts. Bell said he did not expect the song to become such a big hit. “I’m happy that it did, but I’m surprised to some…
20 Mar 2017
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Tower of Power is one of the most beloved bands to come out of the ’70s soul and R&B scene—and the band keeps on going, despite loss and tragic events over the years. Tower of Power is playing a sold out concert with Average White Band at The Show at Agua Caiente Casino Resort Spa on Saturday, April 1. During a recent phone interview with saxophonist and vocalist Emilio Castillo, he explained what he loves about R&B music. “R&B music is basically soul music, and it’s music that moves you emotionally,” Castillo said. “A lot of people say that Tower of Power is the greatest funk band in the world, but funk is a very small part of R&B. There’s also the heart-wrenching ballads, finger-popping shuffles and medium tempo love songs, and they all move you emotionally.” Some people say that today’s newer R&B lacks the same appeal and style…
16 Mar 2017
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Chris Shiflett is best known as the guitar player for the Foo Fighters—but he’s been spending an increasing amount of time writing and performing country music. His solo country project, Chris Shiflett and the Dead Peasants, will be playing at Pappy and Harriet’s on Thursday, March 30. During a recent phone interview, Shiflett talked about the recording of his third country album, West Coast Town, slated for release on April 14. “I made it last summer out in Nashville,” Shiflett said. “I went out there and worked with a producer named Dave Cobb. He’s been a producer for things I’ve been a big fan of, like Chris Stapleton and Jason Isbell, Sturgill Simpson and a lot of other stuff. It was a pretty different experience for me. The way Dave Cobb operates is a bit different than how I’ve made records in the past. It’s a good effect.” Shiflett explained…