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30 Aug 2013
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Many of the crooners and pop singers who started their careers in the 1950s were taken by surprise when rock ’n’ roll took the world by storm—and therefore put a damper on their careers. However, a handful of singers managed to stay successful—and one of the most successful has been Bobby Vinton, now 78. The “Blue Velvet” crooner is performing at Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa on Saturday, Sept. 7. Bobby Vinton was born into a musical family in Canonsburg, Penn; his father, Stanley Vinton Sr., was a popular local bandleader. While Vinton was growing up, he was surrounded by music, and his parents encouraged his interest in music from an early age—although music was not his only interest. “As a kid growing up, big-band music was all I knew,” Vinton said during a recent phone interview. “My mother, of course, was a big influence on me. In fact, when…
20 Aug 2013
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It’s unfortunate that Ted Nugent is now known more for his political opinions and outrageous statements than his music. After all, he’s an icon of rock ’n’ roll whose onstage presence is just as powerful as his political presence—and he’s bringing his music to the Aqua Caliente Casino Resort Spa on Friday, Aug. 30. Nugent wasn’t made available for a phone interview, but he was willing to answer some questions for the Coachella Valley Independent via e-mail. He’s known as the Motor City Madman, an appropriate moniker given his history as a recording artist and stage performer. His career began in earnest in 1964 as a member of the Amboy Dukes. In 1968, the band—which was undeniably ahead of its time—released Journey to the Center of the Mind, a hard-rock classic which stood out in the era of psychedelic rock. Nugent is known for his opposition to drugs and alcohol,…
29 Jul 2013
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For her DJ pseudonym, Cici Ochoa combined her middle name, Ivanna, with the word that describes her point of view—that music is love. Ivanna Love will be closing out the American Cancer Society’s 24-Hour Dance Party, during the afternoon tea-dance portion of the event on Saturday, Aug. 3. Ochoa, who lives in La Quinta, has been DJing publicly since 2011, but she spent many years of honing her skills before she felt up to the task. “I learned to DJ in my bedroom, and after doing that for so many years, I just was like, ‘You know what? I think I need to get out there,’” Ochoa said. “Music has always been a huge passion of mine. After a while, I knew it was something I had to pursue. The love for music is just so central to my life that I need to be able to get people to…
30 Jul 2013
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There’s no better way in the Coachella Valley to cool off and have a good time than a pool party—and Splash House is putting on the biggest pool party of the summer in Palm Springs on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 10-11. However, Splash House is not just a pool party; it will also have a music-festival atmosphere. The event will be held at three locations located within five minutes of each other in Palm Springs: The Saguaro, Caliente Tropics and The Curve Palm Springs. Attendees will be able to move between the three venues by shuttle. The founders of Splash House are Palm Springs locals Kelly McLean and her brother, Tyler. “Palm Springs is trying to capture this up-and-coming market of young people who are looking for something to do,” said Kelly McLean. “This demographic of people doesn’t mind that it’s hot: They love the music, and they love our…
13 Sep 2013
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Skateboarding and punk rock have long been connected—but for the members of GFP, aka General Fucking Principle, they are both ways of life. The relatively new punk supergroup is scheduled to play at The Hood Bar and Pizza on Saturday, Sept. 21. GFP consists of former DFL (Dead Fucking Last) vocalist Tom Paul Davis, aka Crazy Tom; skateboarding legend and Dogtown Z-Boy Tony Alva on bass; Bad Religion and Circle Jerks guitarist Greg Hetson; and drummer Grant Garrison, who played with H.R. of the Bad Brains. Davis originally had the idea for GFP back in 2009. “We came together after I went to see The Germs and Suicidal Tendencies reunion concert in Los Angeles,” said Davis during a recent phone interview. “I had an itching to get back into music. I skated a pool before with Alva, and it just sort of came to me. I thought, ‘Hey, I should…
16 Aug 2013
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There are currently two versions of Queensryche—but the band’s driving force is undeniably Geoff Tate, and it’s his version of Queensryche that’s stopping at The Date Shed on Friday, Aug. 23. Queensryche began to develop in the late ’70s in Bellevue, Wash. The original lineup consisted of Geoff Tate (vocals), Michael Wilton (guitars), Chris DeGarmo (guitars), Eddie Jackson (bass) and Scott Rockenfield (drums). They recorded their first demo tape in 1981, which went on to gain the attention of radio stations around the world and led to a record deal with EMI. They released The Warning in 1984, followed by Rage for Order in 1986. In 1987, the band began recording Operation: Mindcrime, a concept album/rock opera that told the story of a drug addict and political radical who was frustrated with the world around him. “When the album was done, I felt very good about it,” said Tate during…
02 Sep 2013
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The members of local band Pssstols are serious about their music. But that doesn’t mean they don’t love to party—and they’re bringing the party to the Date Shed with a free show on Saturday, Sept. 7. When the band showed up for a recent interview in Rancho Mirage, they had plenty of stories to tell. Among the topics of discussion: a tale of two of the members partying with DJ Day some years ago, with one of the band members winding up in a children’s car seat; a recent radio interview they did in Los Angeles while intoxicated; and various hijinks with other local bands. Victor Aguirre (vocals), Joel Guerrero (drums), Jesus Escarrega (guitar), Salvador Gutierrez (guitar) and Nicholas Hernandez (bass) are longtime friends. Inspired by bands such as The Clash, Joy Division, Gang of Four, Foals and the Arctic Monkeys, Pssstols is a relatively new band that has found…
12 Aug 2013
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People are often amused (or bemused) by Jeremiah Saint’s “goth” appearance. However, Jeremiah Saint is even more amused by those people’s reactions to his appearance. He’s playing at The Hood on Thursday, Aug. 15, as a member of DieSineGration, a band which is playing its final show that night. Saint’s newly formed solo project, DECAYEDen, will open for DieSineGration. They will be followed by metal-band Sinister X. The 32-year-old Palm Desert resident refers to himself as a “band whore.” He’s been a part of several local groups, including Phase Theory, Regenerator (as a touring member) and DieSineGration. He has also worked as a producer and sound engineer, and has even written a book that can be found on Amazon.com. In other words, he’s a workaholic who stays busy. As for his new project DECAYEDen, he explained that he got the idea from a personal hardship. “It’s been in the back…