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03 Apr 2017
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Since the Los Angeles-based band Chicano Batman started in 2008, the group has taken a long and interesting path to success—and after years of independent EPs and album releases, the group recently signed with ATO Records. On the heels of new album Freedom Is Free, which dropped March 3, the group will be making its second appearance at Coachella on Saturday, April 15 and 22. During a recent phone interview with guitarist Carlos Arévalo, he discussed the recording of Freedom Is Free. “The album was recorded in January 2016 over the span of two weeks,” Arévalo said. “The album was recorded at the Diamond Mine studio in Long Island City, N.Y., with the producer, Leon Michels. Leon Michels is a former member of the Dap-Kings and played with Sharon Jones when he was 16 years old. He’s appeared on numerous recordings, and he was a member of the Black Keys.…
29 Mar 2017
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The biggest month for music in the Coachella Valley is here, thanks to Coachella and Stagecoach—and even if you’re not going to either of the fests, there are still plenty of other things to do. The McCallum Theatre has a variety of shows in April, the last big month in the theater’s 2016-2017 season. At 8 p.m., Thursday, April 6, the daughter of Lucy and Desi, Lucie Arnaz will be performing her favorites from the Great American Songbook, backed by the Desert Symphony. Tickets are $67 to $115. At 8 p.m., Friday, April 7, get ready to laugh with Rita Rudner. Rudner is a legendary comedienne and will have you in stitches. Tickets are $37 to $87. At 8 p.m. Saturday, April 22, actress and singer Kristin Chenoweth will perform songs from Glee, Wicked and various Broadway standards. Tickets are $57 to $97. McCallum Theatre, 73000 Fred Waring Drive, Palm…
23 Mar 2017
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Earth, Wind and Fire. Rick James. The Commodores. These were all big names back in the ’70s and ’80s—people who created music that made people want to dance. However, no act made people want to celebrate more than Kool and the Gang. The R&B and funk band made numerous songs that became disco staples—and the group is still going, with four original members among the current 12-piece band. Kool and the Gang will be performing at Spotlight 29 this Saturday, March 25. During a recent phone interview with Robert “Kool” Bell, one of the topics we discussed was the group’s 1979 hit “Ladies Night,” which has been featured in many films, and is used by Eagles of Death Metal as an intro song at some concerts. Bell said he did not expect the song to become such a big hit. “I’m happy that it did, but I’m surprised to some…
20 Mar 2017
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Tower of Power is one of the most beloved bands to come out of the ’70s soul and R&B scene—and the band keeps on going, despite loss and tragic events over the years. Tower of Power is playing a sold out concert with Average White Band at The Show at Agua Caiente Casino Resort Spa on Saturday, April 1. During a recent phone interview with saxophonist and vocalist Emilio Castillo, he explained what he loves about R&B music. “R&B music is basically soul music, and it’s music that moves you emotionally,” Castillo said. “A lot of people say that Tower of Power is the greatest funk band in the world, but funk is a very small part of R&B. There’s also the heart-wrenching ballads, finger-popping shuffles and medium tempo love songs, and they all move you emotionally.” Some people say that today’s newer R&B lacks the same appeal and style…
16 Mar 2017
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Chris Shiflett is best known as the guitar player for the Foo Fighters—but he’s been spending an increasing amount of time writing and performing country music. His solo country project, Chris Shiflett and the Dead Peasants, will be playing at Pappy and Harriet’s on Thursday, March 30. During a recent phone interview, Shiflett talked about the recording of his third country album, West Coast Town, slated for release on April 14. “I made it last summer out in Nashville,” Shiflett said. “I went out there and worked with a producer named Dave Cobb. He’s been a producer for things I’ve been a big fan of, like Chris Stapleton and Jason Isbell, Sturgill Simpson and a lot of other stuff. It was a pretty different experience for me. The way Dave Cobb operates is a bit different than how I’ve made records in the past. It’s a good effect.” Shiflett explained…
06 Mar 2017
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Even though Duran Duran began in 1978 and was one of the most popular new wave bands of the 1980s, the band’s current music still sounds cutting-edge. Duran Duran will be returning to the Coachella Valley to perform at The Show at Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa on Friday, March 17, and Saturday, March 18. During a recent phone interview with bassist John Taylor, he explained what has kept Duran Duran going. “I guess it’s some kind of tenacity,” Taylor said. “It’s some kind of belief in the group ethos. I left for a few years, so I can’t take responsibility for it. Fortunately, Nick (Rhodes) and Simon (Le Bon) didn’t; otherwise, there wouldn’t have been anything to go back to a few years later when I wanted to come back. You have to have a pretty strong belief in this group thing, am I right?” In 2015, Duran Duran…
28 Feb 2017
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When the Beach Boys released Pet Sounds in May 1966, neither the band’s fans nor the music world in general were ready. Brian Wilson, the band’s frontman and main songwriter, will be performing the album in its entirety on Saturday, March 18, at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino. Pet Sounds today is considered one of the greatest rock albums ever made, and a significant milestone in psychedelic music. For the Beach Boys, a group that had previously written songs about fun, surfing, the beach and the California lifestyle, Pet Sounds was both a departure and a turning point. Brian Wilson suffered a nervous breakdown while on a plane during the band’s 1964 tour; after that, he opted not to tour with the band. While the band performed in Japan, Wilson began recording the album with session players, most of which were part of the legendary Wrecking Crew, including bassist Carol Kaye,…
27 Feb 2017
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Coachella and Stagecoach are just around the figurative corner—but March is bringing local music fans a lot of amazing shows to tide them over. The McCallum Theatre’s fantastic season just gets better: The theater is dark just two days in March. At 8 p.m., Monday, March 6, you can experience Benny Goodman’s legendary 1938 concert with the Salute to Benny Goodman at Carnegie Hall. This all-star tribute features some of today’s most talented jazz musicians. Tickets are $37 to $77. And now for something completely different: At 3 and 7 p.m., Sunday, March 12, John Cleese of Monty Python fame will be appearing. The comedy legend will be telling stories from his autobiography, which also covers some of his best work, such as Life of Brian, The Holy Grail and A Fish Called Wanda. Tickets are $57 to $97. At 8 p.m., Friday, March 31, Art Garfunkel will be performing.…