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14 Dec 2015
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Meet Alfa Cologne, a local musician who says he “writes loves songs to promote his perfume line.” To quote his Facebook bio: “Alfa Cologne records songs using his girlfriend's iPhone, an acoustic guitar and whatever he finds to make music (brooms, leaves, dogs barking, laugh tracks) in Southern California, where he picked up surfing on couches.” Alfa Cologne has performed at venues including the Coachella Valley Art Scene and Whole Foods. For more information, visit…
23 Nov 2015
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Paulina Angel is an LGBT-equality activist who lives in Indio. She’s also a singer-songwriter who has been performing since the age of 5. However, she took a lengthy break from live performance—but returned to the stage for the first time in many years at Chill Bar for the George and Chris Zander Benefit Concert, organized by the Independent, on Nov. 17. For more information, check out www.facebook.com/paulinaangelmusicofficial. What was the first concert you attended? Cover…
19 Nov 2015
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The members of Indio’s Drop Mob are proud to call themselves a “nu-metal band.” Influenced by groups such as Rage Against the Machine, the Beastie Boys and Limp Bizkit, Drop Mob has a fantastic metal sound—with a hip-hop edge. Get more information at www.reverbnation.com/dropmob5. Drop Mob’s MC, Gabe Perez, recently endured The Lucky 13. What was the first concert you attended? My first rap concert was MC Hammer, LOL! My first rock concert was Godsmack…
29 Oct 2015
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Stephen “Fish” Ellsworth is one of the more famous bartenders at The Hood Bar and Pizza, known for his exceptional bartending knowledge, his fast service—and his shenanigans while behind the bar. Fish is newly engaged, and he recently shared the news that his fiancée will be having a baby, so be sure to tip him well. He was kind enough to answer the Lucky 13, and here are his (rather brief) answers. What was the…
26 Oct 2015
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Venus and the Traps have been around for just about a year, but this surf-rock band from the East Valley is quickly gaining notoriety. The group has played gigs at The Hood Bar and Pizza, Bart Lounge, the Coachella Valley Art Scene and other venues. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/venusandthetraps. Frontwoman Venus (Perla Martinez) was kind enough to answer the Lucky 13; here are her answers. What was the first concert you attended? George Thorogood,…
01 Oct 2015
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After Andrew Allan-Bentley was appointed the rabbi at Temple Sinai in Palm Desert, the Hive Minds was without a bassist for live shows—that is, until Matt Styler came along. Styler’s bass-playing has definitely given the Hive Minds sound a boost. Visit thehivemindsmusic.com for a list of upcoming gigs. Styler was kind enough to answer The Lucky 13. What was the first concert you attended? Tom Petty, but I wasn’t quite born yet. I was still…
14 Sep 2015
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Will Sturgeon is better known in the music world as Brightener. Most of the work on Brightener’s recordings comes from Sturgeon, but he also includes his sister Abigail Sturgeon on backing vocals, and guitarist Aman Alem. Brightener has a low-fi sound that’s perfect for Southern California, and Sturgeon’s songwriting skills are top-notch. For more information, visit www.brightener.org. Will Sturgeon was recently kind enough to answer the Lucky 13. What was the first concert you attended?…
11 Aug 2015
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Ehren Groban is known for being both the guitarist of War Drum and a member of former Kyuss frontman John Garcia’s band; Groban has played shows around the world with both bands. War Drum will be playing with Jesika Von Rabbit and Ideation at 9 p.m., Friday, Aug. 28 at Schmidy’s Tavern in Palm Desert. For more information on War Drum, visit the band's Facebook page. Here are Ehren’s answers to the Lucky 13. What…