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07 Jun 2017
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When Classixx released debut album Hanging Gardens in 2013, the duo struck gold when single “All You’re Waiting For” became a nu-disco anthem. In 2014, Classixx (Michael David and Tyler Blake) co-headlined the Tachevah Block Party in Palm Springs with Fitz and the Tantrums. In 2016, the duo released sophomore album Faraway Reach, and this year, they made their second appearance at Coachella. This weekend, Classixx will be returning to the Coachella Valley and performing at Splash House’s after-party, After Hours at the Museum. The DJs are inspired by genres from disco to R&B, making them something of an oddity in the world of dance music. During a recent phone interview with Tyler Blake, he said that at times, he and David feel like they stick out like a sore thumb. “I think since we’ve been playing live a lot over the past couple of years, that we feel like…
05 Jun 2017
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Last fall, Nick Waterhouse released his latest album, Never Twice. It arguably marked a career high point: The album was a critical success, as Waterhouse’s retro ‘60s rock/R&B sound continued to evolve. The Pappy and Harriet’s regular will return to Pioneertown for a show at 9 p.m., Friday, June 23. During a recent phone interview, Waterhouse discussed the challenges, mishaps and frustrations in making Never Twice, an album that features a lot of new territory and different styles for him. In fact, Waterhouse said he almost abandoned the project altogether. “This album marked the conclusion of five years of doing what I had been doing,” Waterhouse said. “The first record (Time’s All Gone, from 2012) was a live set with the gang who couldn’t shoot straight backing me. The second record (Holly, from 2014) was when I was trying to figure out my place in the recording world. The studio…
02 Jun 2017
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Ziggy Marley is one of music legend Bob Marley’s sons—but his music is all his own. Marley has incorporated traditional folk elements into his reggae music, and has collaborated with artists such as Jake Shimabukuro, Willie Nelson, Paul Simon, Jack Johnson and Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea—among many others. Marley is returning to Spotlight 29 at 8 p.m., Friday, June 16. During a recent phone interview, Marley explained why he does what he does. “I keep it fresh by keeping an open mind and being humble,” Marley said. “It’s very inspiring to know what we do is something we are called upon to do. It’s always fresh, and there’s always a mission and a message behind what we’re doing. That’s what keeps me going—having a purpose.” Even after winning eight Grammy Awards, Marley expressed a modest attitude regarding his career success. “I don’t think I ever think about (success),…
01 Jun 2017
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Summer is upon us—officially, even, as of the night of June 20. Why don’t you beat the heat and enjoy a great show or two? Agua Caliente Casino Report Spa’s June schedule is a little light, but there are a couple of things worth mentioning (beyond a sold-out Moody Blues show on Saturday, June 3). At 7 p.m., Saturday, June 17, you’ll need to get your shout-outs to your “shorty in lockdown” ready, because the Art LaBoe Summer Love Jam will return. All joking aside, there’s some great music on the lineup this year. Funk legend ZAPP is one of the acts worth going to see, as the group has been sampled by several hip-hop artists, including Dr. Dre. Tickets are $45 to $65. If you never got to see Pink Floyd play a live show, you missed out, since the members have stated there will be no reunion—ever. But…
23 May 2017
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With a band name like the Tijuana Panthers, there has to be a great story behind it … right? The Long Beach garage-punk trio will be hitting the stage at Pappy and Harriet’s on Friday, June 2. During a recent phone interview, guitarist Chad Wachtel told me the story behind that infamous name. “The album we did a long time ago, called Max Baker, is actually named after someone with that name,” Wachtel said. “He used to own a liquor store. He lived across the street from Phil (Shaheen), and Phil grew up with this guy. He was pretty rough; he smoked a lot of cigarettes and drank mostly hard stuff. He unfortunately passed away a few years ago, but he used to take trips to Mexico, and one time, he got a porcelain panther in Tijuana and ended up in a knife fight. He came out of it and…
09 May 2017
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The year 2016 was going fantastically for Heart. The band had a new hit album on its hands, with Beautiful Broken reaching No. 9 on the Billboard Rock Albums chart. The band performed at the Royal Albert Hall with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, recording the obviously named Live at the Royal Albert Hall With the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and embarked on a tour with Joan Jett and Cheap Trick. Then, on Aug. 27, that fantastic streak came to a halt: Ann Wilson’s husband, Dean Wetter, reportedly assaulted Nancy Wilson’s two teenage sons after a concert in Auburn, Wash., resulting in his arrest. The sisters have each issued statements regarding the incident—and have decided to play as solo acts, for at least the time being. Ann Wilson will be performing at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino at 8 p.m., Friday, May 19. During a recent phone interview, Ann Wilson discussed her solo…
05 May 2017
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Teri Gender Bender is one of the great female rock front women—and she continues to kick ass and take names. Teri Gender Bender—her real name is Teresa Suárez Cosío—recently recorded and toured with the supergroup Crystal Fairy, which also includes At the Drive-In/Mars Volta guitarist Omar Rodriguez-Lopez, Melvins guitarist Buzz Osborne, and Melvins drummer Dale Crover. However, she’s best known for fronting Le Butcherettes, which will be performing at Pappy and Harriet’s Pioneertown Palace on Thursday, May 11. During a recent phone interview, Cosio started off by telling me that she’s always nervous during interviews. I broke the ice by telling her that the recent Crystal Fairy album was amazing, with incredible energy. “I’m just so grateful that we were even able to make that album,” Cosio said. “I never expected in my entire life—at 27 years old after listening to the Melvins since I was 12—that I’d be collaborating…
28 Apr 2017
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May is here! Congratulations on surviving the uptick in traffic during the festival season—and for dodging all of those confused snowbirds. Now, it’s time for the heat. Fortunately, there are some great shows coming up to help ease you into summer. The McCallum Theatre will go dark during the summer months. But before the curtain closes for the season, the theater is hosting several compelling shows. At 7 p.m., Friday, May 5, the Coachella Valley Symphony will join forces with jazz great Diane Schuur for Rhapsody and Blues. Tickets are $27 to $67. At 4 p.m., Sunday, May 7, there will be a performance by the All Coachella Valley High School Honor Band, conducted by Richard Floyd. Tickets are $10 to $12. McCallum Theatre, 73000 Fred Waring Drive, Palm Desert; 760-340-2787; www.mccallumtheatre.com. Fantasy Springs Resort Casino has a couple of events going on that are worth your consideration. At 8…