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19 Apr 2015
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National media sources have repeatedly pointed out that Coachella 2015 is heavy on electronic dance music. However, it seems logical that if AC/DC is a headliner, the rest of the festival is also going to have a large rock presence—and that certainly proved to be the case on Saturday, April 18. Around 2 p.m., Perfume Genius caught our attention on the Outdoor Stage. Perfume Genius, aka Mike Hadreas, was wearing in a long, white Betty Boop T-shirt, black fishnet stockings and lipstick. His music was down tempo, and the bass—strong enough to at times shake the ground—drove some of the songs. His dancing looked like something someone would do in his bedroom when no one was watching. His performance was provocative—in a good way. Around 3 p.m., Royal Blood took the Outdoor Stage in front of a large crowd that had gathered to catch a glimpse of this rock duo…
18 Apr 2015
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Coachella 2015’s second weekend kicked off at 11 a.m., Friday, April 17, with a bang for local music fans. Alchemy—which also played at Tachevah earlier this week, and at Coachella’s first weekend—launched the weekend on the Outdoor Stage. While their Tachevah performance was good, their Coachella performance was even better. Vocalist Andrew Gonzalez noted that the audience was much better this week—and some fans even started a mosh pit during the performance. After Alchemy, Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger took to the Outdoor Stage. The band is fronted by Sean Lennon and Charlotte Kemp Muhl; it was a homecoming, of sorts, since they met at Coachella 10 years ago. Their music at times sounded like Deep Purple, with a little bit of Pink Floyd thrown in. Lennon made reference to a couple of the band’s music videos, once claiming: “You’ll like it if you like nipples.” After Ghost of…
13 Apr 2015
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Jesika Von Rabbit has worked hard over the last year to establish herself as a solo artist and complete work on her debut solo effort, Journey Mitchell. The work has paid off. While she’s performed some of the Journey Mitchell songs live over the past year, others made their debut on the album. It opens up with the haunting instrumental “Metanoia,” which features barely heard messages about taking a journey. After about a minute, a few distorted notes lead into “Glamorous Misery,” a song Von Rabbit has been recently using to open shows. It’s a mix between psychedelic-pop and a dance song. Another well-known live track is “Psychic Spice,” on which Von Rabbit declares, “I’M PSYCHIC!” before a chorus of “woooo” starts. (Scroll down to hear the song.) Jesika and her grundles have been known to put on an amusing dance routine to this song. “Glamorous Misery,” “Spooky Action” and…
02 Apr 2015
The band Cracker held its first “Spring Training Camp” last Sunday, March 29, at Pappy and Harriet’s. “Spring Training Camp” is a term coined by Cracker fans—proudly known as the Crumbs—who considered this concert to be in preparation for Campout 11, set for Aug. 27-29 at Pappy and Harriet’s. The Crumbs are a merry band of Cracker music fans who are the happiest group of people I have ever had the pleasure of meeting at a concert. Fans came from across the U.S.A. to see their beloved band in a packed house at Pappy and Harriet’s. The connection between Pappy’s and Cracker is strong; in fact, the gold record for Cracker’s Kerosene Hat hangs on Pappy’s Wall of Fame. It was recorded a few steps away on a neglected sound stage that’s a relic of Pioneertown’s glory days as a film location for Cowboy serials. Lead singer David Lowery acknowledged…
29 Mar 2015
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Despite the absence of Davy Jones and Michael Nesmith, Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork managed to put on an outstanding two-hour performance as The Monkees at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino on Friday night, March 27. Some of the fans in attendance were in their teens during The Monkees’ rise to fame in the ’60s—but The Monkees have a multigenerational audience, and a good percentage of the crowd consisted of younger folks. Davy Jones died in 2012, and Michael Nesmith decided not to take part in the current Monkees tour, so Dolenz and Tork were left to carry the show. Before The Monkees took the stage, the video wall in the background played an intro that included footage of the television show, as well as modern-culture references to the group, including clips of the group’s music playing on television shows such as Breaking Bad and Mad Men. Also included: Tork’s cameo…
22 Feb 2015
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Child actress and singer/songwriter Bethany Cosentino started Best Coast with guitarist Bobb Bruno in 2009—and they immediately became the talk of the Los Angeles music scene. On Friday night, Best Coast played a sold-out show at Pappy and Harriet’s Pioneertown Palace—and made it clear there’s nowhere for them to go but upward. Best Coast’s sound mixes lo-fi, garage rock and surf pop—and I even hear some country-Western as well. Best Coast attracts a typical indie Los Angeles music crowd—as well as a lot teenage girls. Such was indeed the case at Pappy’s Friday night. Opening band Lovely Bad Things put on a loud performance with a deep bass sound. The punk-pop group was a hit with the audience. The band’s legit pop-punk sound has earned the group slots on tours with acts such as Dinosaur Jr., King Tuff and The Cribs. Best Coast’s intro track was the Metallica’s “Battery.” Kudos…
16 Feb 2015
You may have been first introduced to Dengue Fever on HBO’s True Blood during a 2008 episode in which Bill was driving Sookie home from the vampire bar. They were listening to the car radio and she asked, “Can we turn this down? What language are they speaking, anyhow?” Well, Sookie, that language is Khmer. Dengue Fever brought pop-psychedelic Cambodian grooves to a capacity crowd at Pappy and Harriet’s on Valentine’s Day. The band was playing its 10th show in 10 days in support of the group's new record, The Deepest Lake, on Tuk Tuk Records. There was not chance in hell that you were getting into the show without a ticket. Pappy’s had security chief Rick, a Viking of a man, sitting outside, ready to break the bad news to the holiday hipster migration that did not plan ahead. Also present: Willie Garson, of Sex in the City fame,…
12 Feb 2015
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Babes in Toyland disbanded in 2001, and since then, each of the three members have endured some truly hard times. Perhaps these challenges played a role in the band announcing its reunion last summer; who knows? What is known is this: Kat Bjelland, Lori Barbero and Maureen Herman selected Pappy and Harriet’s Pioneertown Palace as the venue for their first show together in almost two decades—and Babes in Toyland is back with a vengeance. The sold-out crowd slowly trickled into Pappy’s throughout the evening. Los Angeles female duo Deap Vally—featuring guitarist/vocalist Lindsey Troy and drummer Julie Edwards—was the perfect opening act for Babes in Toyland: Deap Vally’s heavy rock riffs, power drumming and screeching vocals pleased the crowd. Troy took the time to say that she and Edwards were “fucking proud to be opening for Babes in Toyland.” After a quick equipment-setup break, Babes in Toyland took the stage. Bjelland…