Local Music Spotlight

The Purple Gang

By | May 24, 2012 at 9:36 pm | 521 comments

by Lucinda Perez Like the song suggests, the town is getting painted… and all that jazz. The Coachella Valley isn’t getting painted any old color though, the desert rock scene is being painted purple. The bandits responsible? None other than The Purple Gang. Nick...

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Beach Boys to Perform at Fantasy Springs

Beach Boys to Perform at Fantasy Springs

By | May 22, 2012 at 10:29 pm | 1,377 comments

By Marissa Willman The Beach Boys are bringing their good vibrations to Fantasy Springs Resort Casino this Saturday as part of their global 50th Anniversary Tour that will reunite the iconic musicians for the first time in more than 15 years. The legendary American rock...

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The Hellions by Lucinda Perez

By | May 16, 2012 at 10:08 pm | 1,218 comments

With years of experience and contributing to the sound of the desert music scene under their belt, The Hellions will join other local bands and musicians in giving back to their community at the 5th annual Concert for Autism. “Josh Heinz (of Blasting Echo) is a good friend...

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5th Annual Concert for Autism:  My, How You Have Grown!

5th Annual Concert for Autism: My, How You Have Grown!

By | May 16, 2012 at 12:20 am | 2,219 comments

By D. Arment Back in 2008, local musician Josh Heinz was lead singer and songwriter for the band Dufreign. As a father of an autistic son, he wanted to combine his love for playing live music with his need to spread awareness of Autism Spectrum Disorder. He decided that the...

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Joshua Tree Music Festival Heats Up This Weekend

Joshua Tree Music Festival Heats Up This Weekend

By | May 15, 2012 at 11:46 pm | No comments

By Marissa Willman The low desert’s music festivals have come and gone. Now, it’s time for the high desert to transform into a musical experience at this weekend’s Joshua Tree Music Festival. Festival founder and organizer Barnett English intentionally gave the...

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Support and Education for Local Music and Arts

Support and Education for Local Music and Arts

By | May 15, 2012 at 11:40 pm | 2,534 comments

._By Selma Grows This week we introduce the locally founded Public Benefit Corporation Support and Education for Local Music and Arts, fondly called S.E.L.M.A. by the Coachella Valley community. Late 2007 a simple lunchtime conversation between two friends about the...

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Meet CAXTON- ‘The Benefit Band’

By | May 9, 2012 at 10:19 pm | 2,189 comments

by Amanda Dorta This week we showcase a local four piece band named CAXTON, Coachella Valleys first official “Benefit Band” to be recognized by the Support and Education of Local Music and Arts charity. These socially conscious members of our community are all under thirty...

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The Town Troubles

By | May 9, 2012 at 10:19 pm | 1,196 comments

by Lucinda Perez “I’m not sure how to describe our music,” Bolin Jue admits about his band, The Town Troubles. “Some sort of two-piece, new desert rock, stampede of noise,” he guesses is how others might describe their music. “I try not to limit anything that...

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Eve To Adam

Eve To Adam

By | May 8, 2012 at 8:53 pm | No comments

“I’m calling from Baton Rouge, LA,” stated Taki Sassaris, lead singer/ guitarist and songwriter for the band Eve to Adam. “It’s our first day off in a week from being out on tour with Creed. We started April 1st and we’ve been everywhere. These guys really know how...

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Hello, Old Friend

Hello, Old Friend

By | May 1, 2012 at 10:54 pm | No comments

In a moment of desperation, I sold part of my soul. But then late one night … By Jimmy Allen In the spring of 1994, my band Puddle of Mudd was on the verge of success. We were getting massive airplay on 98.9 The Rock in Kansas City, with a catchy yet simple song I wrote...

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Rocker Aaron Lewis is a Country Boy

Rocker Aaron Lewis is a Country Boy

By | May 1, 2012 at 10:53 pm | No comments

by Tracy Dietlin After a long successful career as the front-man for the rock band Staind, Aaron Lewis decided to go country. I’m not talking about just doing a country duet during a guest appearance on an awards show. I mean hunkering down and establishing himself as a true...

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Jekkel

By | April 25, 2012 at 8:41 pm | No comments

Whatever happened to Jekkel? Ten years ago pop-punk rockers Jekkel were one the desert’s most accomplished young bands. Having been together since they were barely teenagers in middle school, Jim Cathcart (vocals and guitar), sister Katie Cathcart (drums and vocals) and their...

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Split Lip Rayfield Ready for Stagecoach

Split Lip Rayfield Ready for Stagecoach

By | April 24, 2012 at 11:28 pm | 1,989 comments

By Marissa Willman An eclectic mix of a mandolin, a banjo and a homemade gas-tank bass, the guys of Split Lip Rayfield are ready to bring their seamless harmonies and manic bluegrass to the Stagecoach Festival this weekend. Originally hailing from Kansas, the band has 120...

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The Unforgiven to Reunite at Stagecoach

The Unforgiven to Reunite at Stagecoach

By | April 24, 2012 at 11:25 pm | 1,059 comments

By Marissa Willman Armed with their spaghetti western outfits and western-inspired songs, The Unforgiven is returning to its Inland Empire roots for a special reunion performance at the Stagecoach Festival this weekend. The country rock band formed in the Inland Empire in...

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Wild and Crazy Banjo

Wild and Crazy Banjo

By | April 24, 2012 at 11:22 pm | 1,200 comments

Steve Martin—yes, THAT Steve Martin—and the Steep Canyon Rangers head for Stagecoach By Stephen Seigel If any modern artist in the pop-culture pantheon deserves to be bestowed with the title “Renaissance Man,” it is Steve Martin. Not only is he an author of novels...

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Not Just Another Sunday

By | April 19, 2012 at 10:05 pm | 1,248 comments

Not Just Another Sunday The final day of Coachella’s first weekend wowed this first-time attendee BYLINE   At this point, it is well-known that the resurrection of Tupac Shakur via hologram was the highlight of the closing night of the first weekend of the...

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At The Drive In

At The Drive In

By | April 17, 2012 at 9:44 pm | 2,109 comments

By Nate Jackson Legendary post-hardcore outfit At the Drive-In is reuniting to perform at Coachella this year. But the group -- whose members Omar Rodríguez-López and Cedric Bixler-Zavala eventually splintered to join Mars Volta -- didn't know what expect when, in November,...

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Coachella Fest – Set Times

Coachella Fest – Set Times

By | April 12, 2012 at 8:57 pm | 729 comments

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Michael Keeth’s new album, Shed The Skin

By | April 11, 2012 at 12:10 am | 457 comments

Michael Keeth’s new album, Shed The Skin, is the definition of simple. It’s all him: his voice, his acoustic guitar, a second acoustic guitar to add depth to the mix and honest songwriting. There isn’t any flashiness or over production here. And that seems to be the...

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Coachella Fest

Coachella Fest

By | April 10, 2012 at 11:38 pm | 657 comments

With so many great artists scheduled to play at Coachella this year, here are a few strongly-recommended acts that should be on the top of any music lover's list. I have selected a few acts scheduled to perform on each day. FRIDAY The Black Keys - With one foot in the...

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Coachella, Brought to You by the Letter ‘B’

Coachella, Brought to You by the Letter ‘B’

By | April 10, 2012 at 11:34 pm | 440 comments

We look to the second letter of the alphabet for some can’t-miss acts  It’s nearly 4 a.m. in the Milwaukee casino Potawatomi, and the roulette wheel isn’t cooperating. Justin Vernon, the lead singer of Bon Iver, is in his second stack of chips totaling $200, and...

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Coachella Preview

Coachella Preview

By | April 10, 2012 at 11:30 pm | No comments

By Jesse Every year 50-60,000 music goer’s lineup at Coachella for the opportunity to see the biggest names in music play all in one venue. All while hundreds of thousands more revel in jealousy sitting at home. From the main stage to the side shows, Coachella offers both...

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Desert Legends Come Together for One of Their Own- R.I.P. “Britt Killen”

Desert Legends Come Together for One of Their Own- R.I.P. “Britt Killen”

By | April 5, 2012 at 12:35 am | 504 comments

We have movie legends, sports legends, music legends and here in the CV we have the pioneers of the desert rock movement who we consider “Desert Rock Legends.” Herb Lienau, Alfredo Hernandez, and Zach Huskey are a few of the musicians who some say haven’t gotten enough...

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Ogressa’s Warts and All

Ogressa’s Warts and All

By | April 5, 2012 at 12:02 am | 576 comments

Ogressa’s Warts and All by Jack St. Clair   Ogressa’s Warts and All contains the deep, low guitar riffs that have been a staple of Zach Huskey’s music for the better part of two decades in Dali’s Llama. The music would sound at home on any of that band’s...

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DJ ATHON

DJ ATHON

By | March 31, 2012 at 10:16 pm | 563 comments

Music Matters By Rachel Montoya   Music is an important part of our daily lives. We have all grown up listening to music on the radio and many of us were fortunate enough to participate in music classes in school. However, in recent years, many musical programs in...

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Dinah Shore Weekend

Dinah Shore Weekend

By | March 28, 2012 at 7:35 pm | 503 comments

Dinah Shore Weekend with Mariah Hanson’s Club Skirts With two separate promoters of The Dinah Shore Weekend having been in direct competition for the past six years, there has been a certain amount of confusion. In the early days, the event was a joint venture between...

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BRANDON RAY HENDERSON

BRANDON RAY HENDERSON

By | March 28, 2012 at 6:54 pm | 413 comments

by Tracy Dietlin       As a 6th grader Brandon Ray Henderson’s first instrument of choice was to play the drums, however the school music program made him play trumpet for 6 months before he could play them. He continued to play the snare drum...

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Steel Magnolias

Steel Magnolias

By | March 28, 2012 at 6:44 pm | 1,307 comments

at the Palm Canyon Theatre by Lola Rossi-Meza         The Coachella Valley is filled with many choices of entertainment, so I ask, when was the last time you enjoyed live theatre? We are fortunate to have a very inspiring play at the...

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