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The Lucky 13

22 Jul 2014
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DJ Aaron C is one of the valley’s busiest DJs. With more than 20 years of experience, including a stint as a radio DJ on KUCR FM 88.3, Aaron C has been known to mix genres in his DJ sets. He performs at the Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa, Copa, Bar and the Hacienda Cantina and Beach Club. For more information, including a list of upcoming gigs, visit djaaronc.com. Here are his answers to The…
13 Jun 2014
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According to the band’s official Facebook page, The Sex Kittens have been around “on and off” since 1994. Dmitry “Vitamin D” Owens (vocals, guitar) and Neal “The Deal” Mashburn (vocals, drums) describe their sound as “psychosexxxy funkified metallic grooves that make the boobies shake and the booties move,” and have recently played at the now-shuttered Clinic Bar and Lounge in Palm Springs, and Plan B Live Entertainment and Cocktails in Thousand Palms. Here are Dmitry…
09 Jun 2014
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The Hive Minds are on a roll. Derek Gregg (vocals/guitar) and Sean Poe (drums) won a local battle of the bands at the National Date Festival; they have been busy recording a new album; and they have kept a busy schedule of local gigs. Speaking of gigs: Derek will be hosting an open-mic night at The Hood Bar and Pizza, 74360 Highway 111, in Palm Desert, at 9 p.m., Wednesday, June 11. Here are Derek’s…
20 May 2014
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Bobby Nichols is one of the better-known musicians to come out of the Joshua Tree music scene. Bobby Nichols and the Inner Planetary Monks are an acid-jazz group with some astounding instrumentals that echo Medeski Martin and Wood, and Miles Davis in the electric era. Here are Nichols’ answers to The Lucky 13. What was the first concert you attended? The Who during the Live at Leeds tour when I was 14 years old. What…
13 May 2014
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Brandon Ray Henderson is an icon in the Coachella Valley music scene. On top of being a great bass-player, he’s an accomplished guitar-player who has toured Europe with Brant Bjork, and was a founding member of Half Astro. He currently plays guitar in The Pedestrians, as well as a Misfits tribute band called Astro Zombies; finally, he plays bass for Parosella. However, he may be best known locally for his booking talents; he recently finished…
09 May 2014
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Jesika Von Rabbit is truly a legend of the high-desert music scene. She is the frontwoman of Gram Rabbit, and is now performing solo material. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/jesikavonrabbitmusic or www.gramrabbit.com. What was the first concert you attended? My first arena show was Metallica’s … And Justice for All tour. My first punk-rock show was The Dickies’ Killer Klowns From Outer Space tour. What was the first album you owned? Kiss, Destroyer. What bands…
02 May 2014
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SynthEtiX —aka Alvaro Sandoval—is a local DJ who has a unique house/techno sound. He frequently collaborates with Independent contributor All Night Shoes, aka Alex Harrington. He has performed at Clinic, Schmidy’s Tavern, Coachella Valley Brewing Co. and a variety of other local spots. For more information on SynthEtiX, visit www.facebook.com/SynthEtiX.Official; hear some of his mixes at www.mixcloud.com/SynthEtiX. What was the first concert you attended? Monster Massive (a Halloween-themed electronic dance music festival in Los Angeles),…
25 Mar 2014
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DJ Baz (Barry Martin) has great taste in music, and his sets tend to include a variety of types and genres; his answers to The Lucky 13 offer insights into his diverse musical tastes. Catch him Wednesdays from 8 to 11 p.m. at Azul Tapas Lounge, 369 N. Palm Canyon Drive, in Palm Springs. Visit www.azultapaslounge.com for more information on the place. What was the first concert you attended? The Beach Boys. I was working…