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25 Apr 2015
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It was a first for Pegi Young and her band, the Survivors—and she was more than happy to be there. Young has been in music since 1983, when she sang in The Pinkettes, a group that backed her now ex-husband, Neil Young. In 2007, she released her self-titled debut album. During an interview at Stagecoach, she expressed excitement for playing at the festival for the first time. “We are very excited to be here today,” Young said. “I’ve never been here before, but they really dress the place up great. People have been friendly, and they’ve checked our wristbands about 100 times. We’re in the right place!” In 2014, she released a new album, Lonely in a Crowded Room. “It feels like ancient history in my head. We recorded a bunch of it at Redwood Digital, and we did some sessions at Capitol, and we put in the backgrounds in…
20 Apr 2015
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For 11 years now, the Do LaB has been part of Coachella. It’s a festival within the festival that provides a smaller—and, some would say, more fun—Coachella experience. A lot of big names have played on the Do LaB stage, and the area has continued to grow. “Eleven years ago, the Do LaB was given the opportunity to build a dome on the fields of Coachella,” said Russell Ward, a spokesman for the Do LaB. “From there, they sort of snuck sound into it. It was initially just supposed to be a dome to cool out in a shaded structure. They ended up having a party in there, and it went really well. Goldenvoice had found out about it, and they talked to them afterward and said, ‘Hey, we heard you had a party in the middle of ours. What if we gave you more money, and you did it…
19 Apr 2015
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Three young homeschooled brothers from St. Joseph, Mo., played Coachella on Saturday—and proved that they belonged. Meet Radkey, a young band which has taken the Afropunk world by storm. After their Saturday, April 18, performance, bassist Isaiah Radke discussed their upbringing and their desire to play music. “That movie School of Rock actually is really inspiring, and that kind of made everyone excited about electronic instruments and stuff like that,” he said. What’s it like to make music with your two brothers? It’s not bad, Isaiah said, but he added that being younger than 18 poses a challenge. “It hasn’t been too bad, but it’s really hard to get shows at our age,” he said. “We got some in Kansas City and Lawrence, so it was really cool. There’s not too much pressure on us, and if there was, we didn’t really feel it. Otherwise, people would see us and…
18 Apr 2015
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Who knows how many couples have fallen in love after meeting at Coachella? For example, Breaking Bad star Aaron Paul met his wife at Coachella. That’s where Sean Lennon and Charlotte Kemp Muhl met, too—a meeting that led not only to romance, but to the birth of their band, Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger. “We met here 10 years ago by the fountain in the VIP tent,” said Lennon after their Coachella performance on Friday, April 17. “We didn’t start dating right away, but that’s when we became friends. We met through mutual friends. This festival used to be really relaxed, and it was just a friendlier vibe.” Muhl agreed. “There was definitely less people back then, and this was sort of a new festival,” she said. “It sort of felt like being in the wilderness in the desert, running into a stranger by a fountain in the desert.…
18 Apr 2015
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Sales of music have been on the decline—yet vinyl has enjoyed a recent resurgence, a fact that’s apparent on the third Saturday of April each year, a day now known as Record Store Day. A co-founder of Record Store Day, Michael Kurtz, explained the genesis of the idea during a recent phone interview. “At the time in 2007, all the media coverage of record stores was negative,” Kurtz said from his home in New York City. “They were all going out of business, and people used to talk about us being the equivalent of selling monkey whips. It was just a dark time. We modeled Record Store Day after free comic-book day after we saw the success they had bringing common folk into stores.” While the idea is to support local businesses and create enough sales to help them survive, Kurtz said there’s also a sentimental meaning to it beyond…
09 Mar 2015
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Aimlo has made a name for himself as a local DJ, thanks to gigs at the Ace Hotel, Bar, the Coachella Valley Art Scene and, most recently, the Purple Room. Now Aimlo is looking to make a name for himself as a producer—with his own record label. Aimlo, aka Anthony Araiza, sat down with the Independent and talked about his 15 years of experience as a DJ before a recent show at the Purple Room. “I was in second- or third-grade and going to family parties and seeing a DJ play those—and I was asking my parents every birthday and every Christmas for turntables,” Aimlo said. “Finally, when I was 15, my mom bought me some turntables and a mixer.” He laughed when asked about the quality of his first DJ turntables: Were they any good? “Not the ones she got me! She got me super cheap ones—plastic, super-lightweight, belt-driven…
06 Mar 2015
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La Quinta’s Alchemy has been around for several years, and has featured several different sounds. However, the band is finally coming into its own—as proven by the fact that the psychedelic-meets-indie-rock band will be on the roster for the Tachevah block party, after winning the first Tachevah showcase on Jan. 28 at The Date Shed. During a recent interview in La Quinta, guitarist Danny Gonzalez, keyboardist Roger Chavez and vocalist Andrew Gonzalez talked about the history of the band. “This is kind of a project we’ve had going on for about two or three years—maybe even four,” said Danny Gonzalez. “It was me and Eric (Lopez), the bass player, and Luis (Monroy), the drummer. We just started jamming and playing cover songs. We decided to play some shows and get this thing going. We went through a lot of singers. We found some who were actually willing to do it,…
20 Feb 2015
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To tell the story of the Yawning Sons, you have to head across the pond and first tell the story of the Sons of Alpha Centauri. The Sons of Alpha Centauri (pictured below) feature Marlon King on guitar, Nick Hannon on bass, Stevie B on drums and Blake on textures. They came up in Swale/Kent UK during the late 1990s and began exploring space and time with instrumental music that was expansive and conceptual. By 2004, the quartet had written 25 compositions. Several years later, the band began reaching out beyond the boundaries of their own project by producing splits on vinyl—records featuring two bands, one on each side. They began collaborating with instrumental stoner-rock bands from America, including West Virginia’s Karma to Burn—and the desert’s very own Yawning Man. Now we can finally get to the story of Yawning Sons. It’s a joint project of SOAC and desert-rock guitarist…