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Jesika von Rabbit. Credit: Guillermo Prieto/

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 or

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 are you listening to right now?

Courtney Barnett, Django Django, Kendrick Lamar and The Pretenders.

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

Ahhh, I don’t particularly like the trend of being barefoot on stage. This is show business; put some shoes on!

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


What’s your favorite musical guilty pleasure?


What’s your favorite music venue?

Pappy and Harriet’s Pioneertown Palace.

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

Well, this is embarrassing to say, because I don’t even care for this song, but I can’t get “Diamonds” by Rihanna out of my head lately—most likely because it is a little on the annoying side.

What band or artist changed your life? How?

Metallica. As I mentioned, it was the first concert I attended. The production of their live show blew my mind. It was so powerful. The music was tough. The guys were black-clad, skinny-jeaned, superhero rock gods, and huge white pillars were breaking and crumbling to the ground while lightning and thunder artificially struck.

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

I want to ask Boy George if he really wants to hurt me.

What song would you like played at your funeral?

“Knights in White Satin,” The Moody Blues.

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

Ugh! So hard to decide. Beck, Midnite Vultures.

What song should everyone listen to right now?

“Avant Gardener” by Courtney Barnett, and “Dimestore Diamond” by Gossip. (Scroll down to hear them!)″
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Brian Blueskye

A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Brian Blueskye moved to the Coachella Valley in 2005. He was the assistant editor and staff writer for the Coachella Valley Independent from 2013 to 2019. He is currently the...