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Best of Coachella Valley 2019-2020 List of Finalists—and Information for Finalists

Best of Coachella Valley 2019-2020 List of Finalists—and Information for Finalists

Sep 30, 2019 09:48  |  Staff

Here is the complete list of 2019-2020 Best of Coachella Valley finalists, as determined by the readers of the Coachella Valley Independent .

This Final Round of voting will take place at CVIndependent.c...

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Best of Coachella Valley 2018-2019: Readers' Picks

Best of Coachella Valley 2018-2019: Readers' Picks

Nov 26, 2018 08:00  |  Staff

This whole process started back in August, when voting began in the first round of the fifth annual Best of Coachella Valley readers’ poll.

Now, after three months, two rounds of voting and ballots fro...

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Best of Coachella Valley 2018-2019: Staff Picks

Best of Coachella Valley 2018-2019: Staff Picks

Nov 26, 2018 07:59  |  Staff

Best Auto Service for Honesty’s Sake

Cam Stone’s Automotive

Cam Stone’s Automotive in Palm Desert is the kind of auto-service shop every woman dreams of—at least women (and men) like me who know little ...

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Building Kids Now: The Boys and Girls Clubs of Coachella Valley Make The Lives of 6,000 Children in La Quinta, Indio, Coachella and Mecca Better Every Year

Building Kids Now: The Boys and Girls Clubs of Coachella Valley Make The Lives of 6,000 Children in La Quinta, Indio, Coachella and Mecca Better Every Year

Nov 26, 2018 07:59  |  Kevin Fitzgerald

On a recent sunny but cool weekday afternoon, more than 200 children and teens, ages 7 to 18, were busy inside the President Gerald R. Ford Clubhouse at the Boys and Girls Clubs of Coachella Valley in...

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A Family Matter: Avenida Music's Success Has Been Part of the Plan Since Before Most of the Members Were Even Born

A Family Matter: Avenida Music's Success Has Been Part of the Plan Since Before Most of the Members Were Even Born

Nov 26, 2018 07:59  |  Brian Blueskye

For Avenida Music—voted as the Best Local Band by readers of the Independent in the annual Best of Coachella Valley poll—music revolves around family.

The band includes three brothers—and may be the only...

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The Kids Are Alright: Frank Eats the Floor's Matt King, 17, Is Pleasantly Surprised to Be the Readers' Choice as the Best Local Musician

The Kids Are Alright: Frank Eats the Floor's Matt King, 17, Is Pleasantly Surprised to Be the Readers' Choice as the Best Local Musician

Nov 26, 2018 07:59  |  Brian Blueskye

Matt King of Frank Eats the Floor was shocked when he learned he was voted Best Local Musician by the readers of the Coachella Valley Independent —beating out local greats including Giselle Woo and last...

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Best of Coachella Valley 2017-2018: Readers' Picks

Best of Coachella Valley 2017-2018: Readers' Picks

Nov 27, 2017 08:00  |  Staff

At long last … here are the results of the fourth annual Best of Coachella Valley readers' poll!

From all of us here at the Coachella Valley Independent , we’d like to thank the many, many readers who vo...

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Best of Coachella Valley 2017-2018: Staff Picks

Best of Coachella Valley 2017-2018: Staff Picks

Nov 27, 2017 08:00  |  Staff

Best Local Album

Thr3 Strykes, CMNCTN-BRKDWN

When I interviewed them last year, the members of Thr3 Strykes told me that putting together the album that would become CMNCTN-BRKDWN was a proving to be diffi...

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The Coachella music festival is a great thing for music fans who live in the Coachella Valley—even if those music fans don’t get anywhere near the Empire Polo Club during the festival—because a bunch of local venues go all-out to present great events and musicians during Coachella. For one example, check out BarChella, the two-weekend series of musical events being put on by Bar (340 N. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs; 760-537-7337; facebook.com/barwastaken). On Friday, April 12 (at 8 p.m.), and Saturday, April 13 (at 9 p.m.), BarChella will feature the “simplicity, style and groove” of DJ Mister Blaqk. Mister Blaqk’s real name is Sahil Kumar Dhingra, and the 23-year-old Anaheim native and current resident of downtown Los Angeles works in importing and exporting electronics when he’s not doing music. Learn more about Mister Blaqk at www.facebook.com/misterblaqkofficial and www.soundcloud.com/misterblaqk.

What was the first concert you attended?

The Hanson Brothers.

What was the first album you owned?

A Reggae Gold compilation featuring Sean Paul.

What bands are you listening to right now?

Bands that make her dance ... ha ha.

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

Country music.

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

Ace of Base.

What’s your favorite musical guilty pleasure?

Any soulful R&B love-making song.

What’s your favorite music venue?

Pacha Ibiza, in Spain.

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

“I Get So High,” from “You’re Making Me High,” by Toni Braxton.

What band or artist changed your life? How?

Usher and Ryan Leslie. When Usher released 8701, I was mind-blown by the way he infused R&B, hip-hop and dance music within an album all based around love. I like to put emotion into my performances, because it is a reflection of my strong personality.

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

Michael Jackson: “What was the inspiration behind your first solo album, Got to Be There?”

What song would you like played at your funeral?

“In da Club,” 50 Cent.

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

Duets: The Final Chapter, The Notorious B.I.G.

What song should everyone listen to right now?

Breach, “Jack” (original mix). (Scroll down to hear it.)

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Pablo Rocha, 32, was born in Palm Springs, and the automotive technician (it’s a “fancy way to say mechanic,” he says) has lived in the Coachella Valley his entire life. Local-music fans know Rocha as DJ Odysey, and they can catch him in action at 10 p.m., Friday, March 22, at Bar, 340 N. Palm Canyon Drive, in downtown Palm Springs. Admission is free (and the cocktails, while obviously not free, are fantastic, by the way). For more information on Bar, visit www.barwastaken.com; for more on DJ Odysey, visit soundcloud.com/DJ-ODYSEY.

What was the first concert you attended?

I’m a bit embarrassed to say … it was a Beach Boys concert, ha ha, with my dad while I was in middle school. The first event I attended by choice, on my own, was B-Boy Summit ’96. It wasn’t really a concert, but more of a hip-hop conference. Break-dancers, DJs, graffiti artists, rappers and hip-hop fans from all over the world would attend these—and they used to be free. I got to see some of the most well-known “underground” DJs play and stood onstage with them. Pretty exciting stuff for a 16-year-old kid.

What was the first album you owned?

The first album I can remember having is DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince, He’s the DJ, I’m the Rapper. I was a big fan of them as a kid, and I got into DJing because of this album. One side was all songs, and Side B was more Jazzy Jeff doing his own thing, scratching over beats. I still listen to this album from time to time. It’s a classic to me, and it played a huge part in what I do now.

What bands are you listening to right now?

I listen to all kinds of groups, and different genres of music. I’m a big People Under the Stairs fan, so a lot of times, I find myself listening to their catalog, old and new. I’m feeling Kendrick Lamar; I like his Section.80 album. His new one is also good. But I like more of a boom bap, golden-era hip-hop-type of sound. So I listen to more of ’90s hip hop or anything that sounds like it. I’ve also found myself listening to Marvin Gaye’s Here, My Dear album a lot lately. Very very, deep album.

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

The one genre of music that everyone loved but that I didn’t get was dubstep. It just never rubbed me the right way—but to each his own.

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

Like I said, I’m a big golden era (late ’80s-late ’90s) hip-hop fan. I’ve had the chance to see many of my heros from that era such as A Tribe Called Quest, De La Soul, KRS-One, Nas, Cypress Hill, Ice Cube, Xzibit, Mos Def and Talib Kweli, etc. The one person I have yet to see perform live would have to be Rakim.

What’s your favorite musical guilty pleasure?

I’ll get down to some ’80s freestyle music: Exposé, Trinere, Debbie Deb, Pretty Poison, Starpoint, etc.

What’s your favorite music venue?

I saw a really good show at Club Nokia at L.A. Live. The sound was great, and you get a good look at the stage wherever you stand.

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

“Thinkin’ of a master plan / Cuz ain’t nuthin but sweat inside my hand / So I dig into my pocket, all my money is spent / So I dig deeper but still comin’ up with lint,” Eric B. and Rakim, “Paid in Full.”

What band or artist changed your life? How?

I can’t name a single band or artist who changed my life, but I can tell you that hip-hop “culture” itself changed my life: everything that revolves around the music—of course, not what you see on TV now, but what it once was. Every genre of music, I think, there is a lifestyle that stands behind it. Hip-hop locked me in at the age of 6 or 7. I was always into break-dancing, and at age 9, I decided I wanted to be a DJ, not to mix, but to scratch! That’s all I wanted to do when I first started at 14. It can be compared to a guitarist or drummer jamming out and improvising. Same with the break-dancing, graffiti and emceeing. It all goes together: Hip hop is like Voltron! Ha ha. I honestly don’t know where I’d be without it.

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

I would ask J Dilla: “What was going through your head as you were in the hospital, on your death bed, creating your last album?” R.I.P. J Dilla.

What song would you like played at your funeral?

A Spanish Tex-Mex song by Ramon Ayala, “Entierrenme Cantando,” which translates to “Bury Me Singing.”

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

It would have to be The Pharcyde’s Bizarre Ride II the Pharcyde.

What song should everyone listen to right now?

Everybody should listen to my remix of Eric B. and Rakim’s classic “I Know You Got Soul.” Ha ha, I had to give my self a plug. (Scroll down to hear it.)

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