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05 Jun 2013
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The Vibe is known primarily as a cover band—but the band members are in the process of changing that. They are currently at work on their debut album, and they now play regularly at Palm Springs' Fireside Lounge. Patrick “Tricky” Mitchem, the band’s bass player, said multiple circumstances led to them forming as a group back in October 2012. Mitchem played in much-loved local band Dude Jones from 1999 to 2001 with Mark Gregg, and he’s known Mark’s son, Derek Gregg—who sings and plays guitar for The Vibe—since Derek was a kid. Mitchem left the valley for Florida, touring the country with various independent bands before moving back two years ago—around the same time Derek Gregg moved back to the valley from Oregon. The two spent some time playing and writing music, and decided to put a group together. Back when downtown Palm Springs’ Village Pub used to have Sunday…
20 May 2013
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When I asked Teddy Quinn to tell me about his life, he didn’t know exactly where to begin. The host of the famous open-mic nights at Pappy and Harriet’s and the Joshua Tree Saloon, and the owner and founder of Radio Free Joshua Tree, is a colorful figure of the high desert, and he’s been in the entertainment business for more than 50 years. In fact, the story of Teddy Quinn begins in Hollywood in the ’60s, where he was a child actor who made appearances on Bonanza, Bewitched and General Hospital. He also had a recurring role on the short-lived sitcom Accidental Family. “I retired of my own free will when I was about 12,” he said in a recent phone interview from Joshua Tree. “I was more interested in rock ’n’ roll, poetry and art. I wasn’t really into TV. Even before that, I was always into music;…
15 May 2013
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DJ Day, aka Damien Beebe, may be the hardest-working DJ in Palm Springs. He’s collaborated with the hip-hop group People Under the Stairs. He’s put out his own records. He’s traveled around the world for live performances. And he hosts the ¡Reunion! show at the Ace Hotel every Thursday night. Because of all of these efforts and more, he’s managed to become a prominent name in the hip-hop community. His recently released full-length album, Land of 1000 Chances, feels like a throwback to the hip-hop sound during its coming-of-age in the late ’70s and ’80s in New York City. You can feel the inspiration from Funkmaster Flex in his music, melded with modern influences, jazz and funk instrumentals, and vocalists singing soul and classic R&B. It’s a blend of the old-school with some unique modern underground. The story of Damien Beebe before he became DJ Day starts in Palm Springs.…
30 Apr 2013
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When I decided to attend Coachella and Stagecoach on behalf of the Coachella Valley Independent, editor Jimmy Boegle and I had some concerns about my physical limitations. A back injury that I suffered in 2011 has left me with problems with standing and sitting for long periods of time. While I was indeed concerned, I was confident that I was up to the task. However, by the third day of Coachella's second weekend, I was starting to really feel my physical limitations. I decided to visit promoter Goldenvoice’s ADA (Americans With Disabilities Act) Access Center, located in the lobby area of both Coachella and Stagecoach. I was given an ADA wristband, which allowed me access to the handicapped areas, where I could sit and watch each band from a comfortable distance. One of the things I’ve always loved to do is attend concerts. It’s an amazing experience to be able…
19 Apr 2013
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Tens of thousands of music-lovers are enjoying the debut day of Coachella 2013's second weekend. Independent music writer Brian Blueskye and photographer Noelle Haro-Gomez are on the scene, and will be there throughout the weekend. Check CVIndependent.com for regular updates. Below are some pics of the action from day 1; more will be added throughout the day. (Last updated at 7:45 p.m.) Enjoy!
13 Apr 2013
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If you are without a Coachella ticket, no worries: The Ace Hotel has you covered with the fifth annual Desert Gold event. Desert Gold is an 11-day festival that coincides with Coachella, and it started with a bang on Thursday night, with DJ sets in the Amigo Room featuring the Coachella Valley’s own DJ Day; BBC Radio personality Benji B; and Flying Lotus. DJ Day got the crowd pumping with his remixes of various rap songs and funky anthems. Benji B, known for a wide variety of sounds at the mixing board, started with a gentle instrumental and worked his way up to faster mixes before turning over the mixing board to Flying Lotus. As the evening progressed, standing space became hard to come by, but that didn’t stop crowd's urge to dance. Flying Lotus, grandnephew of Alice and John Coltrane, whipped the capacity crowd into a veritable frenzy with…
12 Apr 2013
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Local hip-hop group the Death Merchants picked Friday, April 12—which just so happens to be the first day of Coachella 2013—as the date on which to release their debut EP, #iDealDeath. There’s a reason for that. “We wanted to try to get it into as many hands as possible,” said David Lumpkin, aka DJ Lumps!, one of the four Death Merchants. “There are going to be hundreds of thousands of people here.” Lumpkin said the group has 500 copies of the CD now, with another 500 on the way before the second Coachella weekend—and the Merchants will be on hand at the Empire Polo Club to give them out. A download link will be available at their Facebook page as well. The EP features eight songs the Merchants have recorded over the two years of their existence, and the package definitely shows off the talent of the group, which consists…
26 Jan 2013
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After a flurry of rumors, parodies and anticipation, the lineup for Coachella 2013 was finally released earlier this week. While those of us here at the Independent have our own opinions on the lineups (No Daft Punk?! Damn it!), we'll shut up for now. Instead, we scoured the good ol' Weekly Wide Web for reactions. We did find a wee bit of consensus. For example, everyone was understandably bummed that some of the rumored headliners (Stones, Bowie, Daft Punk) were just rumors; and there's a surprising amount of consensus that the second-tier acts are rather strong. Here are eight bits of reaction worth noting, in no particular order: The Los Angeles Times' August Brown was surprised by the lack of EDM (electronic dance music) in the lineup. "One has to scroll down to the third line of any given day before a proper dance act is listed (some electro-leaning bands…

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