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The Lucky 13

14 Oct 2014
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Since winning the Battle of the Bands at The Hood Bar and Pizza in August (I was a judge of the contest), San Jacinto’s Grand Scovell has began gathering more of a following here in the Coachella Valley. Catch them live this Saturday, Oct. 18, at The Hood; also playing at the free 9 p.m. show are Accustomed to Nothing and Brain Vat. You can find Grand Scovell on Facebook at www.facebook.com/grandscovell. Grand Scovell’s frontman,…
25 Sep 2014
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Justin Ledesma (vocals, guitar) is the main creative force behind the blues-rock band Sunday Funeral, which has been entertaining local crowds since 2007. Learn more about Sunday Funeral by visiting the band's website at www.sundayfuneral.com, or head to Schmidy’s Tavern on Friday, Sept. 26, to watch them play a free show with Burning Bettie and Cosmic Jellyfish. Ledesma—who also plays in a Dresden Dolls tribute band, The Caesareans—was kind enough to answer the Lucky 13.…
09 Sep 2014
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Shane Wetzel has logged many years in the local music scene. Once a member of the Hellions, Wetzel is currently the frontman and guitarist of Subourbon Outlaw. The band has played shows in San Diego and Anaheim, and recently took part in the Battle of the Bands at The Hood Bar and Pizza. (I was a judge, by the way.) Catch Subourbon Outlaw at Schmidy’s Tavern, 72286 Highway 111, in Palm Desert, this Saturday, Sept.…
28 Aug 2014
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Shawn Mafia is a well-known figure in the Joshua Tree music scene. He recorded an album at Rancho de la Luna, has played many shows at Pappy and Harriet’s, and recently changed his band’s name from Shawn Mafia and the 10-Cent Thrills to Gutter Candy. There’s a long-standing rumor about his day job—that he’s a funeral director in Yucca Valley. Get more info at www.shawnmafia.com. Shawn was excited to take the Lucky 13; here are…
25 Aug 2014
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Local DJ Guy Worden is known for creating and mixing a unique style of dance music. Originally from San Diego, Worden started his DJ career in underground clubs and at parties more than a decade and a half ago; today, he frequently tours (and plays local gigs, too). He has a passion for hosting charity events and live art shows, and his goal is to inspire people with music and art. For more information, visit…
29 Jul 2014
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Chris Long, the frontman of Boycott Radio, has music in his blood. On top of fronting rock band Boycott Radio (www.facebook.com/boycottradio)—which has performed at The Hood Bar and Pizza, Schmidy’s Tavern and other venues—Long hosts Beer Pong every Wednesday night at The Hood. Here are his answers to The Lucky 13. What was the first concert you attended? I saw James Taylor at the Coors Amphitheater (in Chula Vista) in 1996. I knew right away…
21 Jul 2014
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DJ Aaron C is one of the valley’s busiest DJs. With more than 20 years of experience, including a stint as a radio DJ on KUCR FM 88.3, Aaron C has been known to mix genres in his DJ sets. He performs at the Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa, Copa, Bar and the Hacienda Cantina and Beach Club. For more information, including a list of upcoming gigs, visit djaaronc.com. Here are his answers to The…
13 Jun 2014
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According to the band’s official Facebook page, The Sex Kittens have been around “on and off” since 1994. Dmitry “Vitamin D” Owens (vocals, guitar) and Neal “The Deal” Mashburn (vocals, drums) describe their sound as “psychosexxxy funkified metallic grooves that make the boobies shake and the booties move,” and have recently played at the now-shuttered Clinic Bar and Lounge in Palm Springs, and Plan B Live Entertainment and Cocktails in Thousand Palms. Here are Dmitry…