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17 Apr 2015
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Cathedral City’s CIVX has been in a period of transition. After the departure of bassist and lead vocalist Nick Hernandez, guitarist Dillion Dominguez took over lead vocals, and Clay Samalin and his bass guitar joined the group. After taking a few months off, CIVX is back and has recently played at the Purple Room and the Coachella Valley Art Scene. Learn more at Samalin was kind enough to answer the Lucky 13; here are…
10 Apr 2015
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Alex Newell is best known for playing Wade “Unique” Adams on Fox’s recently concluded Glee. He stole hearts playing the transgendered teen after earning a spot on the show by finishing as a runner-up on The Glee Project. Today, the 22-year-old singer and actor is getting ready for one of April’s biggest Palm Springs events: White Party Weekend. Newell will join performers including LeAnn Rimes, Natalie La Rose and others at the White Party’s Sunday…
20 Mar 2015
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During the 1960s, rock ’n’ roll—and, specifically, the British Invasion—took the world by storm. One of the big British Invasion bands was the Animals, led by Eric Burdon. Burdon not too long ago released a new album, ’Til Your River Runs Dry, and the Animals will be appearing at Stagecoach on Sunday, April 26. For more information, visit or Here are his answers to the Lucky 13. What was the first concert you…
19 Mar 2015
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Indie band Chicano Batman has won over audiences with a blend of various forms of Latin music—combined with American soul music. Now, Goldenvoice has taken notice: Chicano Batman earned a slot at Coachella, and will be playing on Sunday, April 12 and 19. Learn more at Bassist Eduardo Arenas was kind enough to take some time out of the band’s busy touring schedule to answer the Lucky 13. What was the first concert you…
13 Feb 2015
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Organic Junk Fude is an amusing electronic/rap group with plenty of funny lyrics—and they’re in the midst of a resurrection: The group existed during the mid-2000s and is now back on stage. (See some videos here.) The group is slated to play a show with the Yip-Yops at the Purple Room, 1900 E. Palm Canyon Drive, in Palm Springs, at 11 p.m., Friday, March 6. Organic Junk Fude members Tendo, Pigeon Toad and Shadow Man…
09 Feb 2015
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By day, Freddy Jimenez is a talented screenprinter; by night, he’s the drummer for Tribesmen, the Coachella-based all-instrumental band. Jimenez’s drumming is extremely technical and compliments the Tribesman sound nicely. The band is recording an album that the members hope to have out soon. For more information, visit and What was the first concert you attended? Coachella 2003, for the White Stripes and Red Hot Chili Peppers. What was the first album you…
23 Jan 2015
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Shortly after Blown Speaker Gospel formed in 2011, the band faced a nightmare: One of the band members passed away suddenly. However, the band decided to continue on—inspired to create a unique sound. The Riverside band plays shows throughout the Inland Empire and the Coachella Valley. For more information, visit or Frontman Armando Peredia recently tackled The Lucky 13. What was the first concert you attended? Incubus at the UC Riverside Barn. It…
19 Jan 2015
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Nathan Kazmer is the drummer for various bands, but he’s been spending much of his music time lately with Eevaan Tre’ and The Show. While he was living in Provo, Utah, he played in a four-piece trumpet group that was popular in the ’60s and ’70s (before his time with the group) called The Brunson Brothers. For more info on Eevaan Tre’ and The Show, visit or Here are Kazmer’s answers to The…