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The Lucky 13

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…
22 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…
09 Jun 2014
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The Hive Minds are on a roll. Derek Gregg (vocals/guitar) and Sean Poe (drums) won a local battle of the bands at the National Date Festival; they have been busy recording a new album; and they have kept a busy schedule of local gigs. Speaking of gigs: Derek will be hosting an open-mic night at The Hood Bar and Pizza, 74360 Highway 111, in Palm Desert, at 9 p.m., Wednesday, June 11. Here are Derek’s…
20 May 2014
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Bobby Nichols is one of the better-known musicians to come out of the Joshua Tree music scene. Bobby Nichols and the Inner Planetary Monks are an acid-jazz group with some astounding instrumentals that echo Medeski Martin and Wood, and Miles Davis in the electric era. Here are Nichols’ answers to The Lucky 13. What was the first concert you attended? The Who during the Live at Leeds tour when I was 14 years old. What…
13 May 2014
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Brandon Ray Henderson is an icon in the Coachella Valley music scene. On top of being a great bass-player, he’s an accomplished guitar-player who has toured Europe with Brant Bjork, and was a founding member of Half Astro. He currently plays guitar in The Pedestrians, as well as a Misfits tribute band called Astro Zombies; finally, he plays bass for Parosella. However, he may be best known locally for his booking talents; he recently finished…