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It’s that time of the year again: Coachella and Stagecoach are here, and things are crazy before the season begins to wind down. Consider April to be last call before the summer heat comes.

I will be throwing my third NestEggg Food Bank Benefit Show, this time at the Coachella Valley Art Scene, at 8 p.m., Saturday, April 4. On the bill: John Robbins, The Rebel Noise, Alchemy and CIVX. There will also be a closing DJ set by Pedro Le Bass. The Rebel Noise and CIVX have recently had to reshape after changes to their lineups—but both bands are back and sound great. There will also be raffle items. Admission is $10, and all proceeds go to the NestEggg Food Bank. Coachella Valley Art Scene, 68571 E. Palm Canyon Drive, Cathedral City; www.thecoachellavalleyartscene.com.

The McCallum Theatre is concluding its season with a couple of great locally focused events. At 8 p.m., Saturday, April 11, the McCallum will host a special anniversary gala for the The Desert Symphony. The gala will be hosted by Jason Alexander of Seinfeld fame. Tickets are $65 to $125. At 6 p.m., Wednesday, April 22, Jewish Family Service of the Desert will be presenting Michael Childers’ production of One Night Only, which features music from the ’60s. Tickets are $75 to $195. McCallum Theatre, 73000 Fred Waring Drive, Palm Desert; 760-340-2787; www.mccallumtheatre.com.

Fantasy Springs Resort Casino will host Marie Osmond at 8 p.m., Saturday, April 4. She performed with her brother Donny under the name “Donny and Marie”; that led to a variety show during the late ’70s. She’s recorded 35-plus albums and has appeared on Broadway. Tickets are $39 to $79. At 8 p.m., Saturday, April 25, Earth, Wind and Fire (first below) will be performing. One of those disco groups that defied “Death to Disco,” EW&F has been inducted into the Rock ’n’ Roll Hall of Fame, earned eight Grammy awards and sold 90 million albums worldwide. Tickets are $49 to $79. Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, 84245 Indio Springs Parkway, Indio; 760-342-5000; www.fantasyspringsresort.com.

The Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa only has one big music event scheduled in April, but it’s a good one: At 8 p.m., Saturday, April 4, it’ll be time to boogie with Kool and the Gang. Since 1964, the band has sold 70 million albums worldwide. Tickets are $45 to $65. The Show at Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa, 32250 Bob Hope Drive, Rancho Mirage; 888-999-1995; www.hotwatercasino.com.

Spotlight 29 has a couple of events worth mentioning in April. At 8 p.m., Friday, April 3, you can enjoy a personal evening with Barbara Eden (above right), of I Dream of Jeannie fame. The actress has had an acting career for six decades—and she has a lot of stories to tell. Tickets are $25. At 8 p.m., Saturday, April 18, R&B singer Keith Sweat will be stopping by. With several hit singles in the late ’80s and early ’90s, Sweat became a household name. Tickets are $30 to $45. Spotlight 29 Casino, 46200 Harrison Place, Coachella; 760-775-5566; www.spotlight29.com.

Morongo Casino Resort Spa is the place to be in April. At 9 p.m., Friday, April 3, Lily Tomlin will be performing. She’s as busy as ever, with rumors of a possible 9 to 5 sequel and various television appearances. This is a great time to see her live. Tickets are $49 to $59. You’ll be happy to know Margaret Cho will be returning to the area at 9 p.m., Friday, April 24. The Korean comedienne includes anecdotes from her family and personal issues in her comedy. Just a warning: She can get raunchy. Tickets are $35 to $45. Morongo Casino Resort Spa, 49500 Seminole Drive, Cabazon; 800-252-4499; www.morongocasinoresort.com.

Pappy and Harriet’s Pioneertown Palace looks ready to open the outdoor stage for the spring/summer season, so there are probably some great outdoor shows coming. At 7 p.m., Saturday, April 11, The Evangenitals will be returning to Pappy’s for a free show. If you missed them back in December, don’t miss them again. I can guarantee there will be plenty of laughs. At 7 p.m., Tuesday, April 14, Jenny Lewis will be performing in between Coachella performances. Tickets are $25. At 7 p.m., Thursday, April 16, Jamie xx from The xx will be performing. Tickets are $35 to $45. Pappy and Harriet’s Pioneertown Palace, 53688 Pioneertown Road, Pioneertown; 760-365-5956; www.pappyandharriets.com.

The LED Day Club will be featuring performances during both weekends of Coachella at the Hilton Palm Springs. On Thursday, April 9, Chromeo will be doing a DJ set; on Friday, April 10, Panda Funk will be appearing; on Saturday, April 11, Odesza will be doing a DJ set; on Sunday, April 12, Flosstradamus will be appearing. On Thursday, April 16, CHVRCHES will be doing a DJ set; on Friday, April 17, Porter Robinson will be doing a DJ set; on Saturday, April 18, Skrillex and “friends” will be appearing (that guy has friends?); and on Sunday, April 19, DJ Snake will perform. A four-day pass to the event is $125 per weekend (which is really not bad); day passes vary. Hilton Palm Springs, 400 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way, Palm Springs; leddayclub.frontgatetickets.com.

The Hood Bar and Pizza has a couple of notable events taking place in April. At 6 p.m., Thursday, April 9, Fishbone will be performing at an outdoor show. The Pedestrians, which now features Machin’s David Macias on guitar, will be opening. Tickets are $25 pre-sale and $35 at the door. My suggestion: Get your tickets now! Remember McLovin from Superbad? Or “The Motherfucker” in Kick-Ass? Well, Christopher Mintz-Plasse will be bringing his band Bear on Fire (second below) to The Hood at 9 p.m., Saturday, April 18. Local bands Caxton and War Drum will also be on the bill, and admission is free. The Hood Bar and Pizza, 74360 Highway 111, Palm Desert; 760-636-5220; www.facebook.com/thehoodbar.

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The Rebel Noise just released new album I Hear You via Soundcloud, offering fans higher-quality versions of the songs the band has been playing for local audiences since the group moved to Palm Springs from Paso Robles in 2011.

It’s hard to believe that frontman Leo Rodriquez has only been playing guitar for about three years. His ability to front a band seems to have come naturally to him, a fact proven by the quality of I Hear You.

The album starts off in the same way as many of The Rebel Noise’s shows: “Possessed” begins with feedback, guitar buildup and then Rodriquez screaming—before he soulfully hums and sings about the one who possess his soul. Then, of course, he returns to full-blown screaming. The band had a recording of this track posted on the Soundcloud page before, but this newer version definitely sounds tighter and more intense.

A highlight of many Rebel Noise live sets, “No Love” follows “Possessed.” The muffled vocals and intense blues-guitar by Rodriquez and Collin Pintor could give the White Stripes and the Black Keys a run for their money. On “She’s Got First,” the rhythm section of Ashley Pintor on drums and Ben Travis on bass makes the song stand out with delightfully heavy riffs.

The Rebel Noise does not hold back in its songwriting—yet the band is not afraid to slow things down while keeping the unique rhythms and hard-rocking guitar riffs going; “Human Like Me” and “Sixes” are prime examples of this. However, if you’re expecting ballads, there are none. That’s just fine.

If you’ve ever caught Rebel Noise shows, you know “1988” is often the band’s go-to closing number—and appropriately, it’s the song that concludes I Hear You. The song begins with Rodriquez singing, “I was young yesterday, playing games and staying awake, it was 1988, the year I came awake.” The song seems quite personal: Rodriquez was born in 1988, and the lyrics touch upon his childhood memories and the people in his life. While the song is sentimental, it ventures into heavy territory when Rodriquez belts out lyrics.

I Hear You shows how far The Rebel Noise has come in just three years. The group was close to winning the battle of the bands at the Date Festival, and made it to the final round of a battle of the bands in Corona at the M15 Concert Bar and Grill. The band is now embarking on a tour of California, playing venues such as the Slide Bar in Fullerton and the Escondite in Los Angeles.

Scroll down to hear I Hear You.

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October is here, and in theory, we should begin to get some relief from the oppressive heat.

In theory.

Fantasy Springs Resort Casino has two excellent events coming up that you probably shouldn’t miss. First, the Experience Hendrix Tour will be coming through at 8 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 11. The lineup is packed with big names, including Buddy Guy, Billy Cox, Zakk Wylde, Jonny Lang and many others. As you can probably guess from the name, the tour pays homage to Jimi Hendrix, and has been going for more than a decade. Tickets are $29 to $69. And now for something completely different: Cheech and Chong and WAR will be stopping by at 8 p.m., Friday, Oct. 24. Cheech and Chong are the comedy world’s biggest stoners, of course, thanks in part to films such as Up in Smoke, Cheech and Chong’s Next Movie, and Nice Dreams. And if anybody asks, Dave’s not here, man. Tickets are $29 to $69. Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, 84245 Indio Springs Parkway, Indio; 800-827-2946; www.fantasyspringsresort.com.

Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa has two fine events scheduled. The Beach Boys will be performing at 9 p.m., Friday, Oct. 3. Former Beach Boys frontman Brian Wilson came through the Coachella Valley in late August, so a performance by the Beach Boys should be a nice follow-up; however, keep in mind that technically, Mike Love is the only original member of this group of Beach Boys, although Bruce Johnston, a touring member since 1965, is also part of the lineup. There’s no word on whether or not John Stamos will be performing on the drums. Tickets are $45 to $75. Creedence Clearwater Revisited will be performing at 9 p.m., Friday, Oct. 17, featuring Creedence Clearwater Revival members Stu Cook (bass) and Doug Clifford (drums). The group formed in 1995 to play a couple of shows that a friend of theirs wanted to put on—and then they decided to tour. This did not sit well with Creedence Clearwater Revival frontman John Fogerty; Fogerty filed suit against Cook and Clifford, forcing them to perform under a different name until the courts ruled in favor of Cook and Clifford. Tickets are $40 to $60. The Show at Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa, 32250 Bob Hope Drive, Rancho Mirage; 888-999-1995; www.hotwatercasino.com.

Morongo Casino Resort Spa has a couple of events worth mentioning. They’re back: Thunder From Down Under returns to Morongo at 9 p.m., Friday, Oct. 3. Tickets are $25. If mostly naked men aren’t your thing, you’ll be happy to know that Paquita la del Barrio will be performing at 9 p.m., Friday, Oct. 24. The renowned singer has been fighting sexism in Mexico since 1970—and she’ll put you on the spot if you give her any flak. This is a show definitely worth checking out. Tickets are $59 to $69. Morongo Casino Resort Spa, 49500 Seminole Drive, Cabazon; 800-252-4499; www.morongocasinoresort.com.

The Purple Room reopened as The Purple Room Restaurant and Stage just before Labor Day. Machin’, The Judy Show and The Michael Holmes Trio still have their usual weekly residencies, and the fine folks there have added the David Ring Duo on Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. They play jazz and old favorites from the American Songbook. There is no cover. The Gand Band will be ending their snowbird season in Chicago and returning to the Purple Room at 8:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 3. Tickets are $10. The Gand Band is also leading some themed events in October, such as Tiki Chic on Friday, Oct. 10, and an ’80s Halloween on Friday, Oct. 31. The Purple Room Restaurant and Stage, 1900 E. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs; 760-322-4422; www.purpleroompalmsprings.com.

The Copa in Palm Springs has a full calendar in October. At 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 2, and 8 p.m., Friday, Oct. 3, Suzanne Westenhoefer will be appearing. Known as a panelist on GSN’s I’ve Got a Secret, and for her LOGO Television comedy special A Bottom on Top, this lesbian comedian will have you laughing for sure. Tickets are $20 to $40. At 8 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 11, Gloria Loring will be stopping by. The actress and singer has released several albums and helped compose the theme songs for Diff’rent Strokes and The Facts of Life. Fun fact: She was married to Alan Thicke—and is Robin Thicke’s mom. Tickets are $40 to $60. Jazz singer/songwriter Tony DeSare will be appearing at 8 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 18. DeSare’s songs have appeared in films such as The Tooth Fairy and My Date With Drew. Tickets are $20 to $40. Copa, 244 E. Amado Road, Palm Springs; 760-866-0021; www.copapalmsprings.com.

Pappy and Harriet’s Pioneertown Palace has booked several great shows. Dawes will be stopping by at 8 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 11. The Los Angeles folk-rock band has played the late-night talk shows, performed with Jackson Browne at an Occupy Wall Street event, and received acclaim from critics and fans alike for their albums. Tickets are $25. At 8 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 15, The New Pornographers (above) will be performing an outdoor show. The band’s blend of pop and indie-rock has made them popular since they formed in 1999. If that’s not enough to convince you, consider the lineup: Neko Case, Dan Bejar of Destroyer, Kathryn Calder of Immaculate Machine, John Collins of The Evaporators, Todd Fancey of Limblifter, and independent filmmaker Blaine Thurier. Wow. Tickets are $30. Tycho with Com Truise will be at Pappy’s at 7 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 26. Tycho is a well-known ambient-music artist and producer, and Com Truise is a solid name in dance music. Tickets are $25. Pappy and Harriet’s Pioneertown Palace, 53688 Pioneertown Road, Pioneertown; 760-365-5956; www.pappyandharriets.com.

The Hard Rock Hotel’s schedule is heating up. At 7:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 24, it will be “Dive-In Movies” night, with the Palm Springs Film Society screening the Talking Heads concert film, Stop Making Sense, in the pool area. It’s a perfect pairing of venue and film, isn’t it? Admission is free. BB Ingle will be having his Annual Halloween Bash at 8 p.m., Friday, Oct. 31. I can vouch for the fact that it’s a lot of fun. Tickets are $20 in advance, or $30 at the door; 21 and older only. Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs, 150 S. Indian Canyon Drive, Palm Springs; 760-325-9676; www.hrhpalmsprings.com.

Bar is hosting a special event at 9:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 9. The Rebel Noise will be playing the first show of the band’s California tour for the hometown crowd. Also on the bill are CIVX and former War Drum guitarist John Marek. Admission is free. Bar, 340 N. Palm Canyon, Palm Springs; 760-537-7337; www.barwastaken.com.

The Hood Bar and Pizza has two events that should not be missed. At 8 p.m., Friday, Oct. 3,punk veterans Guttermouth will be returning to The Hood. The controversial and humorous punk band puts on an excellent show. Tickets are $10. At 8 p.m., Friday, Oct. 31, the Koffin Kats (below) will be stopping by for a Halloween show. The Detroit psychobilly group’s performance would be a perfect way to celebrate Halloween. Admission is free. The Hood Bar and Pizza, 74360 Highway 111, Palm Desert; 760-636-5220; www.facebook.com/thehoodbar.

The Date Shed is back with an encouraging calendar of events going into 2015. At 9 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 11, rapper and producer Warren G will be performing. In 1994, his song “Regulate” was a major hit. Tickets are $25. The Date Shed, 50725 Monroe Street, Indio; 760-775-6699; www.dateshedmusic.com.

Here’s some advance notice about an early-November event: Celebrate the Day of the Dead on Saturday, Nov. 1, and Sunday, Nov. 2, at the Dia De Los Muertos festival in Coachella, at Rancho Las Flores Park. Scheduled to perform are Chicano Batman, Noel Torres, Banda Nachos, La Santa Cecilia, La Bikina and others. There will be food vendors, art exhibitions, and many other things Day of the Dead. This is a great event for all ages. Tickets start at $20. Rancho Las Flores Park is located at 48350 Van Buren St. in Coachella. For more information, visit www.diadelosmuertosusa.com.

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The members of The Rebel Noise moved from their hometown of Paso Robles to the Palm Springs area in 2011—and only then did they have the idea to start a band.

Since that fateful decision, they have been a band on the rise—and they’ll be performing on Thursday, April 3, with War Drum and Brothers Weiss at Bar in Palm Springs.

The Rebel Noise is Leo Rodriquez (guitar, vocals), Collin Pintor (guitar), Ben Travis (bass) and Ashley Pintor (drums). The move to Palm Springs started with a job offer made to Collin Pintor.

“My company has two offices, and one of them is down here,” Collin Pintor said. “We vacationed here all the time when we were kids, so it just kind of made sense to make a move. It was a good time for me. The rest of the band followed about a year after.”

But they weren’t yet a band at the time. In fact, the only one who had played in a band was Ashley Pintor, who had been in an all-girl band in the Paso Robles area.

“We played a couple of shows,” Ashley Pintor said about her old group. “One of them was this saloon, and we actually opened up for the Kottonmouth Kings, which was super-weird, because our music style did not mesh at all. But that was it, and it lasted for about half a year.”

Another surprising fact about The Rebel Noise: Leo Rodriquez has only been playing the guitar for about two years.

“When we were all living up north, I didn’t know how to play guitar,” Rodriquez said. “I had just picked up my acoustic guitar and was learning major chords, and that was about it. I didn’t even sing or anything. (Collin and Ashley) used to jam all the time, and I’d just sit there in their band room and listen to them play. I couldn’t jam, because I didn’t know how to play anything. I stole my little sister’s acoustic guitar, and Collin showed me my first chords—and I would just play the shit out of it.”

Rodriquez moved to the area and had two weeks off between jobs; he used that time to learn how to sing and play guitar. He said he even wrote his first “terrible song.”

“We were blown away,” Collin Pintor said about Rodriquez’s musical talent. “We could see the potential. That was always one thing we were missing—a singer. We came out and we’re like, ‘What in the hell? You’ve never sang before? Ever?’”

Rodriquez said the band’s sound has been developing ever since.

“Every recording that we do, every new song that we write, it gets tighter and tighter, and it sounds better and better,” he said.

All the hard work by Rodriquez and his band mates has paid off, leading to some great songs and a unique sound that offers a mix of blues and hard rock. One of the band’s songs, “Possessed,” starts off with Rodriquez singing gently—and then shifts to full-on insanity, with a blast of heavy guitar and Rodriquez screaming. (Scroll down to see a video.)

“We actually just wrote that one,” Rodriquez said. “It was kind of on a whim. (Collin) had a lick, and we were just like, ‘We could write this song right now.’ We wrote that song in one practice.”

Rodriquez said the band members try to emphasize a diversity of sounds in their songs.

“It’s important for us to use dynamics in our songs,” Rodriquez said. “You can’t just rock out the whole time. It kind of becomes numb at that point. We like to bring it way up and bring it back all the way down to the floor again. We always do that.”

When they look back on their first live show—at the Dillon Roadhouse, two years ago—they cringe.

“We probably practiced for about two months before we played that show,” said Collin Pintor.

Rodriquez remembers that Michael Durazo from Slipping Into Darkness helped them land the gig. And how’d it go?

“We sucked really bad,” Rodriquez said. “I remember being so nervous before that show that I was shaking onstage, but it was fun, and it was a good first-show experience. I even have one video of one of our songs, and I watch it just to see how far we’ve come. Every time I watch it, I can only watch about half of it before I have to shut it off.”

In the two-plus years of The Rebel Noise’s existence, the band has earned love from many local bands.

“People are into the music scene here, which is nice,” said Collin Pintor. “The other bands here are really cool. We’ve met some of the bands where it feels like it’s very competitive, and they’re standoffish. But usually when we play down here, we hear, ‘Hey, that was a really good show; looking forward to your next one.’”

They also have the support of their neighbors around their home in Palm Springs. In fact, a neighbors’ daughter might end up on the cover of their debut album, which they hope to have ready during the summer.

“She’s actually listening to our song through a pair of headphones,” said Ashley Pintor. “She busted up her chin and has a Band-Aid on her chin looking all hardcore. It’s seriously awesome.”

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The Rebel Noise is hitting the road. The four-piece Palm Springs rock band was formed in 2011 by brother-and-sister team Collin Pintor (lead guitar) and Ashley Pintor (drums), as well as Leopoldo Rodriquez (guitar/vocals); Ben Travis (bass) later joined the fold. The group is heading for San Diego, Santa Barbara and Atascadero later this month to share music and make new friends and fans. They’ll be back on local stages soon—including a New Year’s Eve show at Schmidy’s Tavern in Palm Desert. In the meantime, follow them and hear their music at www.reverbnation.com/therebelnoise and www.facebook.com/the.rebel.noise. Travis, 42, was recently was kind enough to answer The Lucky 13, as was Ashley Pintor, 29.


Ben Travis

What was the first concert you attended?

The Charlie Daniels Band with Molly Hatchet as openers. I was, like, 7 or 8, and have no clue why my parents would take me to that.

What was the first album you owned?

Devo (the one where they are wearing flower pots on their heads).

What bands are you listening to right now?

The Black Angels, Korn, Oasis, Buckcherry, and Tom Petty.

What artist, genre or musical trend does everyone love, but you don’t get?

Jazz.

What musical act, current or defunct, would you most like to see perform live?

Led Zeppelin.

What’s your favorite musical guilty pleasure?

I am a sucker for pop music.

What’s your favorite music venue?

Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Colorado.

What’s the one song lyric you can’t get out of your head?

“I’m on the night train; I can never get enough,” Guns N’ Roses, “Night Train.” I had various images about that lyric in high school until I read later on in life it was about Izzy and Slash drinking $2 bottles of cheap wine called Night Train.

What band or artist changed your life? How?

Kurt Cobain. (He showed) how simple songs can be great songs.

You have one question to ask one musician. What’s the question, and who are you asking?

I have so many questions for so many musicians, it’s hard to answer.

What song would you like played at your funeral?

Not sure about that. I can see the intro to “Hells Bells” being played at some point, though. That would be badass.

Figurative gun to your head, what is your favorite album of all time?

Guns N’ Roses, Appetite for Destruction. That album was my anthem in my teenage years.

What song should everyone listen to right now?

Man, that varies (depending) on everyone’s situation and condition at the moment.


Ashley Kay Pintor

What was the first concert you attended?

The Ataris.

What was the first album you owned?

It’s really sad that I’m having difficulty remembering this. I was a late bloomer with music. Possibly No Doubt.

What bands are you listening to right now?

Band of Skulls, The Kills, Band of Horses, The Dead Weather, Daft Punk, TOKiMONSTA. Umm, everything.

What artist, genre or musical trend does everyone love, but you don’t get?

I don’t mean to offend, but it’s got to be country. Sorry, guys. I’m not a hater; I just really don’t get it.

What musical act, current or defunct, would you most like to see perform live?

Nirvana, whether it be Unplugged or the Live and Loud concert they played in Seattle. Either way, I know it would be legend—wait for it—dary!

What’s your favorite musical guilty pleasure?

As of late, I hate to admit this: Katy Perry! It makes me want to go put whipped cream on my boobs and top them off with cherries.

What’s your favorite music venue?

I would have to say the Mesa Amphitheatre.

What’s the one song lyric you can’t get out of your head?

“If you want to sing out, sing out. And if you want to be free, be free, ’cause there’s a million things to be. You know that there are.” Ohhh, Cat Stevens.

What band or artist changed your life? How?

I would have to definitely say there are two: Postal Service got me through some pretty insane moments in my life. I wont get “emo” right now. Second, the Foo Fighters. Because of Dave Grohl and also getting to meet Taylor Hawkins, my love for music has gone through the roof. The energy and love for music the men in that band have is incredible, and they continue to out-do themselves with each new album.

You have one question to ask one musician. What’s the question, and who are you asking?

Dave Grohl: “Can I buy you a beer?”

What song would you like played at your funeral?

Foo Fighters, “Everlong” (acoustic, of course).

Figurative gun to your head, what is your favorite album of all time?

Foo Fighters, The Colour and the Shape.

What song should everyone listen to right now?

Umm … I’ll answer that at our next show. ;)

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Eric Taylor, 32, the guitarist and vocalist for Campaigning for Zeros, grew up in Healdsburg (in Northern California), and now calls Coachella home. Catch the Best Buy warehouse supervisor at a solo acoustic show on Friday, March 1, at the Red Barn, 73290 Highway 111 in Palm Desert. The free show is also slated to include Rob Lawrence from Sol Jah Rock doing a solo acoustic set, and full sets from Blared the Surface and The Rebel Noise.

What was the first concert you attended?

Green Day at the Henry J. Kaiser Convention Center in Oakland in 1994.

What was the first album you owned?

Michael Jackson, Bad, on cassette.

What bands are you listening to right now?

Green Day, ¡Tré!; Pearl Jam, Backspacer; Led Zeppelin, Coda; Unwritten Law, Swan; and The Strokes, Angles.

What artist, genre or musical trend does everyone love, but you don’t get?

I am tired of hearing about Taylor Swift. I don't see what the big deal is.

What musical act, current or defunct, would you most like to see perform live?

I would have loved to see Nirvana.

What’s your favorite musical guilty pleasure?

It would have to be trance music. I still have an album by Mars and Mystrë, from the Bay Area.

What’s your favorite music venue?

The Fillmore in San Francisco.

What’s the one song lyric you can’t get out of your head?

The lyric that is currently stuck in my head is the chorus of "Nevermind" by Unwritten Law: "I never get what I want when I want to. I never do what I need when I need to. I never say what I mean when I see you. I guess you're never gonna know so never mind."

What band or artist changed your life? How?

Michael Jackson changed my life. I met him in 1989, after I had been shot in a school shooting. All the injured students and their families ended up getting a promo pack with a shirt, signed picture and a copy of Bad. I listened to that tape nonstop for a couple years. That's what led to me playing music.

You have one question to ask one musician. What’s the question, and who are you asking?

I would ask Daniel Johns from Silverchair if there is any chance the material they were recording before they called it quits would ever be released.

What song would you like played at your funeral?

"Nugget" by Cake should be played!

Figurative gun to your head, what is your favorite album of all time?

Nirvana, Nevermind.

What song should everyone listen to right now?

"Never Trade You" by the local band The Rebel Noise. (Scroll down to hear it.)

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