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The Lucky 13

18 Feb 2016
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Meet Tommy Locust. You can catch him spinning most weekends at Chill Bar Palm Springs, where he’s the resident DJ and marketing jedi. He’s a lifelong Southern Californian and former Mr. Palm Springs Leather who’s been a DJ for 14 years. He’s also a huge comic-book nerd—and you can see him performing as DJ Deadpool on most Saturdays for the next month or two. (Full disclosure: He’s also an Independent contributor.) For more information, visit…
05 Feb 2016
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Monreaux frontman Giorg Tierez told the Independent late last year that the band was still a work in progress, in large part because the band lacked a permanent guitarist. However, the band’s rhythm section is rock-solid: Tierez struck gold when he put bassist Chris Dub and drummer Ryan Diaz together. Monreaux’s rhythm section has been the talk of the local music scene, and Diaz’s drumming is impressive to watch; see for yourself Saturday, Feb. 6,…
22 Jan 2016
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Rogue Ogre formed in 2015 and has played a handful of shows at the Palm Canyon Roadhouse in Palm Springs. In 2016, Rogue Ogre plans on having more of a presence in the Coachella Valley. For more information on Rogue Ogre, visit www.facebook.com/rogueogre. Xan Abyss (vocals, bass, synth), Don Browne (guitar, bass, vocals) and Pat Toft (drums) took the Lucky 13 as a group; here are their answers. What was the first concert you attended?…
18 Jan 2016
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If you’re a fan of local music, chances are you’ve met Frank Skalsky. He’s a regular at shows by groups including Remnants of Man, Bridger, Sean and Zander, and Sweat Act. We recently asked Skalsky to endure the Lucky 13; here’s what he had to say. What was the first concert you attended? The Cult with Dangerous Toys and Bonham on the Sonic Temple Tour, New Years Eve 1989, Long Beach Sports Arena. What was…
18 Dec 2015
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Sunday Funeral has been rocking in the Coachella Valley for many years now. Co-fronting the band with lead guitarist/vocalist Justin Ledesma is rhythm guitarist/vocalist Brian Frang. Sunday Funeral recently added drummer Grant Gruenberg to the mix. Sunday Funeral was recently part of two battle-of-the-bands contests that took place at The Hood Bar and Pizza. For more information, visit www.sundayfuneral.com. Brian Frang and Grant Gruenberg were kind enough to answer the Lucky 13; here are their…
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…