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27 Sep 2017
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In the 1990s, when the ska-revival movement was in full swing, you probably heard of a band called Reel Big Fish. Reel Big Fish made its way into the hearts of MTV viewers and rock-radio listeners with the 1997 hit single “Sell Out.” That ska-revival movement of the 1990s soon faded away, as did much of Reel Big Fish’s popularity. However, the band is still performing—and remains one hilarious good time. See for yourself when Reel Big Fish performs on Sunday, Oct. 8, as part of the Desert Oasis Music Festival at the Empire Polo Fields. Frontman Aaron Barrett is the only original member remaining in the band. However, Billy Kottage, the band’s trombonist since 2013, said during a recent phone interview that the band remains in high demand. “The Warped Tour is a huge reason for that,” said Barrett. “That’s been a staple throughout the band’s career. Certain bands…
14 Sep 2017
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Old Crow Medicine Show is one of the most successful modern folk bands—yet founding member Willie Watson decided he needed to walk away from the group in 2011. After struggling initially as a solo artist, Watson has hit his stride. In 2014, he released his first solo album, Folk Singer, Vol. 1—and this month, he’s releasing the much-anticipated follow-up, Folk Singer, Vol. 2. On Friday, Sept. 29, Watson will be appearing at Pappy and Harriet’s Pioneertown Palace. During a recent phone interview, he explained his love for the folk music he’s played most of his life. “It goes back to my early days when I first discovered it,” Watson said. “I was probably too young to realize exactly what it was and dissect it in a way to know how it was making me feel, but in the early days, I thought, ‘I really like this banjo thing, and I…
15 Sep 2017
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Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real may be the luckiest band in America. Make no mistake: The band, helmed by a son of Willie Nelson, has made a name for itself, in part, by playing excellent modern country music. However, the band has been blessed to back Neil Young (even during his performances at Desert Trip last year), and recently filmed scenes as Bradley Cooper’s backing band in the upcoming remake of A Star Is Born. Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real will be performing at Pappy and Harriet’s on Saturday, Sept. 30. During a recent phone interview, I learned right away that Lukas Nelson prefers to let the music do the talking: It wound up being one of the toughest and least-insightful interviews I’ve ever done. His bus had just arrived at a tour stop, and he seemed irritated; everything I asked him about was “great,” or…
12 Sep 2017
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In the early ’80s, REO Speedwagon dominated the radio waves. Songs such as “Keep on Loving You,” “Take It on the Run” and “Can’t Fight This Feeling” brought REO Speedwagon fame and success—and the band continues to ride the popularity of those hits today. REO Speedwagon has teamed up with Styx for several tours across the country; the band also toured with Def Leppard last year. The group even recently recorded a song with Pitbull, “Messin’ Around.” You can catch REO Speedwagon at Morongo Casino Resort Spa on Friday, Sept. 29. During a recent phone interview with bassist Bruce Hall, he said he couldn’t remember how many days this year the band has been on the road. “In this band, we don’t really stop touring. We just take little breaks,” he said with a laugh. “We don’t like to take too many days off. We do have families and like…
08 Sep 2017
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Over the past year, the local band Waxy seemingly disappeared. Recently, Waxy has resurfaced by playing a couple of shows. The band will also be playing at the Desert Stars festival at Pappy and Harriet’s, which takes place Friday, Sept. 22, through Sunday, Sept. 24. During a recent interview in Palm Desert, Waxy frontman Robbie Waldman discussed the band’s inactivity. “You could make the argument that we’re still kind of inactive,” Waldman said. “I’m always writing songs. Waxy has had a lot of people who have been in and out over the years. We started in 2006, and it’s sort of been our Achilles’ heel: We get some momentum; we do some really cool things; and then it comes to a screeching halt. I had a recording studio for 20 years that is now closed. It’s been back to basics. “Damien (Lautiero) and Jeff (Bowman) have kids and families, which…
04 Sep 2017
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When Garbage released its first self-titled album in 1995, it helped launch a career that has so far resulted in 17 million albums sold. The band will be stopping by Fantasy Springs Resort Casino on Friday, Sept. 15. Started by famed music producer Butch Vig, bassist/keyboardist Duke Erikson and guitarist Steve Marker out of the legendary Smart Studios in Madison, Wis., the group eventually encountered Scottish singer Shirley Manson—and the rest is history. During a recent phone interview, Vig said Garbage was quite different from the typical guitar/bass/drums bands that were dominating the radio in the 1990s. “Personally, I felt a lot of pressure when our debut album came out, because everyone expected it to sound grungy like Nirvana and Smashing Pumpkins,” Vig said. “Quite frankly, I lost interest in guitar/bass/drums and was looking into samplers to bring ways to paint sonic textures and colors in the studio. “That first…
30 Aug 2017
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Hang in there, because summer is almost over. The kids are back in school; it’s starting to feel a little bit like season; and there are plenty of great shows to see. Fantasy Springs Resort Casino has a full list of September events. At 8 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 2, former Traffic frontman Steve Winwood will be performing. Traffic is one of the most iconic British rock bands from the ’60s—and Winwood is a legend. Tickets are $49 to $89. At 8 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 16, it’ll be like rain on your wedding day, a free ride when you’ve already been paid, and the good advice you didn’t take when Alanis Morissette stops by. Alanis has had a fascinating career, going from You Can’t Do That on Television to a period as of the biggest pop-stars of the ’90s. Plus, it’s kinda weird that “You Oughta Know” is most likely about…
14 Aug 2017
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A language barrier has not kept Swedish band Dungen from finding ample success in America. The band has performed at Bonnaroo and Coachella; played on Late Night With Conan O’Brien; and won the acclaim of American music critics. The band’s psychedelic rock sound has much to like, and at times will head into progressive rock and even free-form jazz. The band will be appearing at Pappy and Harriet’s on Saturday, Aug. 19. During a recent phone interview during a tour stop in Northern California, frontman Gustav Ejstes expressed happiness about again touring in the United States. “It’s amazing, and we’re truly grateful every time we get to play here again,” Ejstes said. “We enjoy being here where it’s super-warm. We were by the coast last night, and it was a little chilly, but it’s very beautiful, and there are a lot of great people here.” In 2013, the band was…