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01 Nov 2016
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They call it “Queercore”—punk-rock music that takes on the issues of the LGBT community. One of the best-known Queercore bands is Pansy Division—and on Sunday, Nov. 6, the band will play in downtown Palm Springs as part of Greater Palm Springs Pride. After Pansy Division formed in San Francisco in 1991, the band was incorrectly billed as the first gay punk band. In reality, Queercore has been around since the early ’80s and included bands such as The Dicks, Fifth Column, Big Man, and The Apostles. During a recent phone interview, frontman Chris Freeman mentioned an encounter with another Queercore band that would eventually become an Alternative Tentacles labelmate. “I was working at Wells Fargo when we had just started playing our first shows,” Freeman said. “I’d get packages from this girl who would come in; I thought this chick just rocked. I didn’t know who she was, but she…
31 Oct 2016
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When Ozomatli formed in 1995, the band’s melding of Latin, hip hop and rock music blew some people’s minds. The same thing can be said about the band’s political activism. Ozomatli will be appearing at the Date Shed on Saturday, Nov. 12. Ozomatli has seen a lot of prominent members come and go over the years. Original members Chali 2na and Cut Chemist left and joined hip-hop group Jurassic 5, for starters. Still, Ozomatli has continued on and diversified its sound to include various forms of world music. As a result, Ozomatli remains one of the best bands in America to go see live. During a recent interview, saxophonist Ulises Bella discussed the band’s transformation. “I think it’s obvious that … our personal lives and our musical influences started to change through our travels, and just keep expanding,” Bella said. “Of course, the Latin and the hip hop is our…
01 Nov 2016
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Eight years ago, Josh Heinz and his wife, Linda Lemke Heinz, started the Concert for Autism. In the years since, the concert has grown to become one of the most anticipated charity music events of the year. The Ninth Annual Concert for Autism will take place on Friday, Nov. 18, and Saturday, Nov. 19 at the Tack Room Tavern in Indio. The Hellions, The Flusters, Machin’, House of Broken Promises and many, many others are scheduled to perform during the two-night event. The couple is well-known in the local music scene thanks to their work in Blasting Echo and 5th Town. They’re also the parents of autistic children; in fact, that common thread in their lives led to them meeting each other. During a recent interview, Heinz discussed the many challenges that he and his wife face on a daily basis. “The tough thing is that Linda’s son, Christopher, who…
17 Oct 2016
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During the ’70s, KISS captured the attention of teenagers worldwide, appearing on lunchboxes and as action figures—all while selling millions upon millions of records. After longer than four decades, the band remains a big deal. KISS will be performing at Morongo Casino Resort and Spa on Sunday, Oct. 30. KISS was truly innovative, with four distinct and powerful personalities in its early days. In fact, all four members recorded their own solo albums in 1978. During a recent phone interview, frontman and guitarist Paul Stanley said that when KISS first started out, those strong and different personalities led to some difficult times—which in turn led to the departure of both Ace Frehley and Peter Criss. Original member Gene Simmons, of course, remains in the band. “I think initially what propelled the band in the beginning was the combustibility of the band,” Stanley said. “The four of us were all so…
11 Oct 2016
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When CIVX and frontman/bassist Nick Hernandez parted ways, Hernandez seemingly disappeared from the local music scene. Well, Hernandez has resurfaced—and with the help of some members of local group Alchemy, he has a new band in tow. Kayves has recently played a handful of shows and just released a new song, “Distant Lights,” on Bandcamp. During a recent interview, both Hernandez (guitar/lead vocals) and guitarist Danny Gonzalez discussed how Kayves grew out of a jam session. “It started probably a year and a half ago,” Hernandez said. “Me and (Kayves guitarist) Oscar Rico, who is from Los Angeles—he went to one of my old band’s shows. We talked, and we decided to jam; we hadn’t seen each other in a while. We’d get together and record stuff on the computer. “I’d go to Alchemy shows every once in a while, and I told Danny we should jam and just see…
04 Oct 2016
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In 2013, Steve Grand maxed out his finances to make a video for his song “All-American Boy.” He uploaded it to YouTube—and the rest, as they say, is history. Grand will perform at Center Stage, a benefit for the LGBT Community Center of the Desert, on Friday, Oct. 28, at the Riviera Resort and Spa. During a recent phone interview, he discussed what he originally planned to do with “All-American Boy.” (Scroll down to watch the video.) “I had something very specific in mind that I wanted to accomplish,” Grand said. “I wanted to tell a story of love between two men. I wanted the backdrop of it to be very earthy, traditional, American and safe. I also wanted to contrast that with the idea that people have or had in their heads that homosexuality is something that wasn’t part of the American dream. I wanted to bring that to…
03 Oct 2016
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Slipping Into Darkness is known for its wild reputation—but the popular local band wants you to know it has a mature side, too. The group is currently working on a follow-up to 2014’s Shurpadelic. See what the members have been up to at The Hood Bar and Pizza on Friday, Oct. 21, when the band performs with Chicano Batman. Nigel Dettelbach explained where the band stands in the recording process. “It’s currently in the works,” Dettelbach said. “We were contemplating different studios to go into, and different offers and ways to go about it. With Adrian (Carreño) living out of the country, it’s harder for us to get together. We have about three or four songs recorded, and we have another six to record. Then it’s off to mixing and mastering. This album is Slipping Into Darkness, but a lot more mature.” Dettelbach said the Desert Hot Springs band has…
30 Sep 2016
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Desert Trip. Desert Daze. The Joshua Tree Music Festival. Alice Cooper. Clint Black. Welcome to the start of season, folks: It’s a blissfully crazy music month here in the Coachella Valley. The McCallum Theatre is up and running for the 2016-2017 season. It all begins at 8 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 15, with Aida Cuevas and Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles. Cuevas is a Latin Grammy winner who has been at it for more than 30 years, and she’s accompanied by what is being billed as America’s first all-female mariachi ensemble. Tickets are $27 to $87. At noon, Sunday, Oct. 23, the McCallum will celebrate its Fifth Annual Family Fun Day. There will be fun, games and a performance of B—The Underwater Bubble Show, about a character named Mr. B who is transported to a magic world of bubbles. Tickets are $9 to $25. At 8 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 29, Sue…