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The Lucky 13

01 Oct 2015
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After Andrew Allan-Bentley was appointed the rabbi at Temple Sinai in Palm Desert, the Hive Minds was without a bassist for live shows—that is, until Matt Styler came along. Styler’s bass-playing has definitely given the Hive Minds sound a boost. Visit for a list of upcoming gigs. Styler was kind enough to answer The Lucky 13. What was the first concert you attended? Tom Petty, but I wasn’t quite born yet. I was still…
14 Sep 2015
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Will Sturgeon is better known in the music world as Brightener. Most of the work on Brightener’s recordings comes from Sturgeon, but he also includes his sister Abigail Sturgeon on backing vocals, and guitarist Aman Alem. Brightener has a low-fi sound that’s perfect for Southern California, and Sturgeon’s songwriting skills are top-notch. For more information, visit Will Sturgeon was recently kind enough to answer the Lucky 13. What was the first concert you attended?…
11 Aug 2015
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Ehren Groban is known for being both the guitarist of War Drum and a member of former Kyuss frontman John Garcia’s band; Groban has played shows around the world with both bands. War Drum will be playing with Jesika Von Rabbit and Ideation at 9 p.m., Friday, Aug. 28 at Schmidy’s Tavern in Palm Desert. For more information on War Drum, visit the band's Facebook page. Here are Ehren’s answers to the Lucky 13. What…
10 Aug 2015
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With a sound that combines surf rock and indie rock, The Flusters is a new local group that is winning over crowds of various ages after shows at The Hood Bar and Pizza, and a performance at Doo Wop in the Desert. For more information, visit Frontman and guitarist Douglas VanSant was kind enough to answer the Lucky 13. What was the first concert you attended? I remember going to the Y-100 FEZtival in…
21 Jul 2015
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Two years ago, I did an article on a band from Palm Springs called Forfeit Your Skies. The band was reeling after the theft of a bunch of equipment. Today, the band is still largely intact, but with a new name: Cloud District. The hardcore group will be playing a free show at The Hood Bar and Pizza on Saturday, Aug. 15. For more information, visit the band’s Facebook page. Alex Sanchez, the guitarist for…
17 Jul 2015
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Charlie Ellis is best known as the frontman of Mighty Jack, but he also recently took part in a reunion show with local surf-rock group The Phantoms. Mighty Jack mixes punk, surf rock, lounge and rock—an interesting combination that makes them stand out in the Coachella Valley music scene. For more information, visit Charlie Ellis was kind enough to answer the Lucky 13; here are his answers. What was the first concert you attended?…
08 Jun 2015
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Local DJ Tomas DeLa Noche always puts on an interesting show when he’s behind the mixing board. His house-music sets are catchy and feature insanely good dance beats; after well-received sets at the Coachella Valley Art Scene and The Hood Bar and Pizza (with Independent resident DJ Alex Harrington), Tomas DeLa Noche is making an ever-bigger name for himself in the Coachella Valley. For more information, check out What was the first concert you…
05 Jun 2015
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Remember Shawn Mafia and the 10 Cent Thrills? That band is now known as Gutter Candy. Fronted by Jersey Dagger (aka Shawn Mafia) on vocals, and featuring Lixx Candy on guitar, Sin Balls on drums, and newest-member D.D. Gunz on bass, Gutter Candy plays regularly at the Joshua Tree Saloon and recently performed at Schmidy’s Tavern in Palm Desert. Gutter Candy performs a blend of heavy metal and punk with a lot of comedy thrown…