Bassist Angel Chavez, 27, and his Wooden Nomad band mates have been spending a lot of time in the Coachella Valley as of late. The heavy-rock band recorded their new album, The Sound of Earth, in Palm Desert. Now that the album’s ready for public consumption, Chavez and company will be making the drive up from Oxnard to play a show at Plan B Live Entertainment and Cocktails, 32025 Monterey Ave., in Thousand Palms, at 9 p.m., Saturday, March 16. Also slated to be on the bill are Brain Vat, In the Name of the Dead, and Facelift. For more on Plan B, visit, or call 343-2115. For more on Wooden Nomad, visit or

What was the first concert you attended?

Suicidal Tendencies.

What was the first album you owned?

Van Halen, Van Halen.

What bands are you listening to right now?

Greenleaf, Truckfighters, Soundgarden, and Kyuss.

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

I don’t get the Justin Beaver dude, or whatever his name is …

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

I can’t wait to see Alice in Chains. Their new album (slated to be released in May) will be promising.

What’s your favorite musical guilty pleasure?

Adele. Ha ha ha; she’s rad, though!

What’s your favorite music venue?

The Roxy (in West Hollywood). It’s a crazy place to play.

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

“You want it all, all or nothing,” from “All or Nothing,” Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.

What band or artist changed your life? How?

Kyuss. Raw rock ’n’ roll with a killer singer. Haven’t been the same since.

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

Tom Petty: Exactly how many takes to record “Refugee”?

What song would you like played at your funeral?

“Learning to Fly” by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.

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

Superunknown by Soundgarden.

What song should everyone listen to right now?

“100 Degrees” by Kyuss. Because that’s where we’re headed! Palm Desert! (Scroll down to hear it.)

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Jimmy Boegle is the founding editor and publisher of the Coachella Valley Independent. He is also the executive editor and publisher of the Reno News & Review in Reno, Nev. A native of Reno, the Dodgers...