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19 Jun 2017
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The Flusters have achieved big things locally. Now, the band is working to achieve big things beyond the Coachella Valley. On June 1, The Flusters began an all-or-nothing, 30-day Kickstarter campaign to raise $20,000 in “seed money” by June 30. The goal is to boost the band as the members leave their day jobs to embark on a six-week, 20-city national tour, as well as release the Flusters’ second EP in the fall. The crowd-funding campaign has a lot of perks offered to those who donate, including new limited-edition merchandise and a copy of their new EP once it’s released. The campaign’s updates have included video footage of a private performance for a teenage girl, graduating from high school, whom band members called their “biggest fan”; the release of the music video for their song “Your Arms”; and a video of a mural of the band being painted by local…
24 May 2017
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A few years ago, metal band He Films the Clouds was starting to gain attention in the Coachella Valley music scene. Then the band just disappeared—only to resurface fairly recently. In fact, the reconstituted He Films the Clouds released a full-length album in April, titled As I Live and Breathe. During a recent interview in Palm Desert, front man Xavier Hernandez explained what happened to the first incarnation of the band, formed by guitarist Jacob Garcia, and talked about how he ended up becoming the band’s vocalist. The band also includes bassist Jordan Prince and guitarist Cameron Homa. “Jacob (Garcia) formed the band four years ago. He took it off the ground for a bit, and the band just fizzled out from member changes,” Hernandez said. “He ended up deciding to take a step back and focus on producing for a while. He was writing for a couple of years,…
16 May 2017
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In 1995, the Warped Tour was born. There were a handful of touring festivals then—but within a decade or so, all but the Warped Tour were gone. Now in its third decade, the punk-themed Warped Tour will visit more than 40 cities in 2017—with more traditional punk and hardcore bands on the lineup than in recent years. The Pomona date on Sunday, Aug. 6, is slated to include Adolescents, T.S.O.L., Hatebreed, Goldfinger, CKY, and Sick of It All—as well infamous metal band G.W.A.R. Kevin Lyman, the tour’s founder, sounded excited as we talked during a recent phone interview about the tour’s history, present and future. “We’ve built up a community,” Lyman said. “We haven’t changed the tour a whole lot, and it still feels like a backyard party for a lot of people. … We have so many three-day festivals, and we work on trying to make it economically available…
01 May 2017
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The 11th edition of Stagecoach is a wrap—and there was no better artist to close out the festival than Kenny Chesney … even if his fashion choices on Sunday were rather suspect. Chesney made his fourth appearance at the festival—and it was his third time as a headliner. Considering that his Blue Chair Bay rum is selling well, and he writes songs with which every Stagecoach attendee can relate (Beer! Trucks!), he was probably the most anticipated headliner of the weekend. When he took the stage on Sunday evening, he started off with “Beer in Mexico,” which was loud and electrifying. Chesney probably has more guitarists in his band than he needs, given most of the song consisted of guitarists trading solos. While Chesney likes to portray an image of a true-blue country musician, he performed in a pair of shorts and what appeared to be skateboard shoes, as well…
01 May 2017
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The Who played Desert Trip at the Empire Polo Club back in the fall—and selections from the band’s rock opera Tommy were some of the most popular songs. At Stagecoach, much of Tommy was once again played at the Empire Polo Club—albeit in a much different fashion. The HillBenders on Sunday played a bluegrass version of the album in its entirety—minus four or so songs, given the group had to trim things down to fit into an hour-long set. It’s worth noting that the band pressed on sans bassist Gary Rea, due to flooding in the Ozarks. After the performance, frontman Jimmy Rea discussed where the idea came from to record the entire Tommy album. “It was actually a friend of ours’ suggestion,” Jimmy Rea said. “He had been wanting to do it for 25 years and was messing around with it. His name was Louis Meyers, and he was…
01 May 2017
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If you were at the Smokey Barrel Stage at Stagecoach, you might have caught a set by Tarzanaland—which marked the first public performances by this band made up of music-industry veterans. The lead singer of Tarzanaland is Kelly Kidd, also of the Podunk Poets, a band which has performed at Stagecoach in the past. Joining Kidd in Tarzanaland is Thomas Gallmeier. Bassist Grady Hutt and guitarist Jake Kelly, both members of the Podunk Poets, backed Kelly and Gallmeier at Stagecoach—and at least one of those Podunk Poets may be increasing his involvement in Tarzanaland. Kidd and Gallmeier explained that Tarzanaland was created to fill the gaps in between Podunk Poets’ performances and recording sessions. “I’ve known Thomas for years and years, and we’ve been in and out of different projects.” Kidd said. “Thomas comes from the (electronic dance music) world, so I thought it would be fun to throw some…
30 Apr 2017
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On Day 2 of Stagecoach 2017, two music legends celebrated their birthdays. In recent years, Goldenvoice has booked some psychedelic rock bands with 1960s heydays to play the festival. On Friday, the Zombies played to a large crowd in the Palomino Tent; on Saturday, it was Tommy James and the Shondells. When Tommy James and the Shondells took the stage, they started with their 1971 hit “Draggin’ the Line.” I immediately noticed was how tight the band sounded—and how well James can still sing and play his guitar; it appears he’s taken care of himself over the years. James told the audience that in their time slot, they couldn’t perform their standard repertoire, but he promised everyone a good time with as many songs as possible. The band then launched into “Crystal Blue Persuasion.” At one point, the band endured some technical difficulties that went on for a few minutes.…
29 Apr 2017
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Stagecoach kicked off on Friday with a whole lot of interesting things going on—and I am not even talking about the happenings on the Main Stage. Son Volt played in the Mustang Tent in the afternoon—which created a schedule conflict for those (like me) who also wanted to see the Zombies play in the Palomino Tent next door. While the Zombies’ 1960s psychedelic rock ’n’ roll won over a crowd that nearly filled the Palomino Tent, Jay Farrar and the rest of Son Volt also put on quite a show, holding most of the crowd as the band played. Son Volt, coming off of a lengthy hiatus, actually played at the first Stagecoach in 2007. The group sounded magnificent, producing a stellar show that included edgier, rock-influenced stuff, as well as more country-sounding songs that included slide guitar. After the Zombies and Son Volt, “The Killer” himself, Jerry Lee Lewis,…