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The Lucky 13

11 Dec 2014
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Yucca Valley’s Gojiro Island formed in 2011. The band, which recently released a demo, has played at venues including Bobby Furst's Furstworld, Kokopelli's Kantina, The Palms Restaurant and The Hood Bar and Pizza. Gojiro (go-GEE-row) Island includes Lisa Diaz (vocals), Paco Diaz (drums), David Diaz (guitar), William Porter (bass) and Michael Callan (saxophone and Theremin). For more information, visit www.facebook.com/gojiroisland or www.reverbnation.com/gojiroisland. Paco Diaz recently endeavored to answer The Lucky 13. What was the first…
18 Nov 2014
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The Los Angeles-based Paul Chesne Band is a regular at Pappy and Harriet’s Pioneertown Palace. After playing there at the Campout with Camper Van Beethoven and Cracker in September, the Paul Chesne Band will return to Pappy’s for New Year’s Eve. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/paulchesneband or www.paulchesne.com; to make reservations for the Pappy’s New Year’s Eve bash, get details at pappyandharriets.com. Paul Chesne was kind enough to answer The Lucky 13. What was the…
10 Nov 2014
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Nigel Dettelbach has great taste in music, as this Lucky 13 questionnaire proves. This is no surprise, considering Dettelbach is the bassist for Slipping Into Darkness, one of the Coachella Valley’s best-known bands. The group released the album Shurpedelic in August and has been spending much of November on tour throughout California and Mexico. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/slippingintodarknessmusic. Here are the aforementioned answers by Dettelbach to The Lucky 13. What was the first concert…
17 Oct 2014
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JF//Discord, aka Jeremy Ferguson, is one of the most unique DJs in the Coachella Valley music scene. Influenced by music in various metal genres, he has a unique house sound that is dark and yet brilliantly put together. He’ll be performing at B.B. Ingle’s Annual Halloween Bash at the Hard Rock Palm Springs on Friday, Oct. 31. For more information, visit his Facebook page at www.facebook.com/JFDiscord1, or his SoundCloud page at soundcloud.com/jfdiscord. What was the…
14 Oct 2014
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Since winning the Battle of the Bands at The Hood Bar and Pizza in August (I was a judge of the contest), San Jacinto’s Grand Scovell has began gathering more of a following here in the Coachella Valley. Catch them live this Saturday, Oct. 18, at The Hood; also playing at the free 9 p.m. show are Accustomed to Nothing and Brain Vat. You can find Grand Scovell on Facebook at www.facebook.com/grandscovell. Grand Scovell’s frontman,…
25 Sep 2014
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Justin Ledesma (vocals, guitar) is the main creative force behind the blues-rock band Sunday Funeral, which has been entertaining local crowds since 2007. Learn more about Sunday Funeral by visiting the band's website at www.sundayfuneral.com, or head to Schmidy’s Tavern on Friday, Sept. 26, to watch them play a free show with Burning Bettie and Cosmic Jellyfish. Ledesma—who also plays in a Dresden Dolls tribute band, The Caesareans—was kind enough to answer the Lucky 13.…
09 Sep 2014
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Shane Wetzel has logged many years in the local music scene. Once a member of the Hellions, Wetzel is currently the frontman and guitarist of Subourbon Outlaw. The band has played shows in San Diego and Anaheim, and recently took part in the Battle of the Bands at The Hood Bar and Pizza. (I was a judge, by the way.) Catch Subourbon Outlaw at Schmidy’s Tavern, 72286 Highway 111, in Palm Desert, this Saturday, Sept.…
28 Aug 2014
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Shawn Mafia is a well-known figure in the Joshua Tree music scene. He recorded an album at Rancho de la Luna, has played many shows at Pappy and Harriet’s, and recently changed his band’s name from Shawn Mafia and the 10-Cent Thrills to Gutter Candy. There’s a long-standing rumor about his day job—that he’s a funeral director in Yucca Valley. Get more info at www.shawnmafia.com. Shawn was excited to take the Lucky 13; here are…