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13 Nov 2018
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High-desert ska band Spankshaft put out the long-awaited album Beasts and Goddesses earlier this year—and it was well worth the wait. Despite a series of recent lineup changes, including the departure of drummer Russel Waldron and bassist Brent Simpson, Spankshaft is soldiering on, including shows at Record Alley in Palm Desert on Saturday, Nov. 24, and The Hood Bar and Pizza on Friday, Dec. 28. For more information, visit Speaking of soldiers: One of…
08 Nov 2018
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Off Kilter performed at the September CV Independent Presents show at The Hood Bar and Pizza with The Bermuda and Kosha Dillz. It was the duo’s first full live set (after some open-mic appearances at The Hood and the Big Rock Pub)—and they were fantastic. They recently arrived in the Coachella Valley from Santa Cruz; hopefully, there’s more to come. For more information on Off Kilter, visit T-Lick of Off Kilter was kind enough…
19 Oct 2018
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DJ Alex Harrington dropped his new album, Stargazer, in early October—and within two weeks, the album had already generated 250,000 streams and a whole lot of buzz. The album is a fantastic production from start to finish with a lot of nu-disco awesomeness. For more information on Alex Harrington, visit The former Independent contributor was kind enough to answer the Lucky 13; here are his answers. What was the first concert you attended? Hoobastank…
16 Oct 2018
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If you've never listened to Daytime Moon before, you really should fix that. This majestic three-piece band—which includes Brent Simpson, formerly of Spankshaft—incorporates several different genres into the music. The band will perform at the Beatnik Lounge on Wednesday, Oct. 17, and The Saguaro on Friday, Oct. 26. For more information on Daytime Moon, visit Brent Simpson was kind enough to answer the Lucky 13; here are his answers. What was the first concert…
13 Sep 2018
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Michael Anthony, aka Mikey Sick Boy, has been playing at open-mics and local shows for quite a while around the Coachella Valley. Sadly, that’s about to come to an end—because he is moving to Orange County for a new job. He will be having a last hurrah of sorts when he plays at the Tack Room Tavern during the Concert for Autism on Friday, Oct. 19, and Saturday, Oct. 20. What was the first concert…
06 Sep 2018
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Sticky Doll is a fascinating new addition to the Coachella Valley music scene. Originally from the Los Angeles area, Sticky Doll's founding members, El Sancho and Cynna Luchia, are now located in Joshua Tree, and recently recruited High Desert drummer Dani Diggler (known as Dani Doll). I recently caught Sticky Doll's show at The Hood Bar and Pizza and was blown away by the makeup, the punk-rock sound and the props. Sticky Doll will be…
21 Aug 2018
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If you haven’t yet caught a set by When Tides Turn, you’re missing out: The band beautifully mixes together the melodic and aggressive sides of metal. Catch them at 8 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 13, at Kilo’s Cantina in Thousand Palms, performing along with Annabelle Asylum, Instigator, Ormus and Decapitate the Kause. For more information, visit When Tides Turn frontman Jacob Garcia, was kind enough to answer the Lucky 13; here are his answers. What…
25 Jul 2018
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Mega Sun's lineup includes three very talented musicians—and if any one thing stands out, it’s Chris Rivera's guitar work. A recording from Mega Sun is currently in the works with producer Mike Doling (of the band Snot), and the band is currently raising funds to finish it; find details at Chris Rivera was kind enough to answer the Lucky 13; here are his answers. What was the first concert you attended? Mötley Crüe's Shout…