Local Music Spotlight

The Hive Minds CD Release Party at La Quinta Brewing Co. on June 10th

The Hive Minds CD Release Party at La Quinta Brewing Co. on June 10th

By | June 3, 2016 at 1:11 am | No comments

By Morgan James The Hive Minds are on fire as they gear up for the release of their album Really Don't Mind the Waiting on June 10th at La Quinta Brewing Co. The band impressed as they played live for the Presidential Campaign Rally in Cathedral City on Wednesday, whereby...

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L.A. DJ DUO BIXEL BOYS MAKING A SPLASH IN THE DESERT

L.A. DJ DUO BIXEL BOYS MAKING A SPLASH IN THE DESERT

By | June 3, 2016 at 1:10 am | No comments

By Kaitey Marie A new DJ duo is dominating the Los Angeles music and fashion scene, and they’re heading to the Coachella Valley next week. The Bixel Boys, Ian Macpherson (29) and Rob May (31), are Splash House veterans – but this year, they’re running their own stage...

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World Renowned “Ted Quinn Reality Show” at Pappy and Harriet’s Says Goodbye to Quinn and Hello to a New Era

World Renowned “Ted Quinn Reality Show” at Pappy and Harriet’s Says Goodbye to Quinn and Hello to a New Era

By | May 28, 2016 at 2:05 am | No comments

By Lisa Morgan It would be impossible to talk about the wonderful evolution and magic of the now world renowned Pappy and Harriet's, recently voted "Best Live Music Venue" at the Coachella Valley Music Awards, without mentioning its equally beloved "Teddy" Quinn.  Monday...

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Introducing the Desert Soul Club: A Palm Springs Mod / Soul / Funk Dance Party!

Introducing the Desert Soul Club: A Palm Springs Mod / Soul / Funk Dance Party!

By | May 28, 2016 at 2:04 am | No comments

The Desert Soul Club is Palm Springs’ monthly mod /soul /funk dance party, bringing the True Sounds of Mod to the low desert. Created by DJ Bobby California and “DJ Lee” Joseph, the heart and soul of the Club is based on irresistible dance grooves from a universe of...

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Eclectic Pop Music to Invade the Yucca Valley Music Festival

Eclectic Pop Music to Invade the Yucca Valley Music Festival

By | May 28, 2016 at 2:03 am | No comments

Mosey Bravo will perform in concert in Yucca Valley California as part of the Towns Summer Music Festival.  Mosey Bravo is a pop rock band with catchy all-original music and a big vocal and guitar sound. The bands style melds folk /country rock, 60’s British pop, with reggae...

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Unity Frenzy

Unity Frenzy

By | May 28, 2016 at 2:02 am | No comments

By Morgan James One love. A unity of all people. Peace in a chaotic world. All themes of Reggae music popularized in the 1960's. Cut to 2016 in the Coachella Valley where the Desert Reggae scene has grown from a small, underground movement into the mainstream with bands like...

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Scarlet Lady

Scarlet Lady

By | May 19, 2016 at 11:20 pm | No comments

By Morgan James Desert Native, Luna Elizabeth Thorn, is creating a huge buzz around the Coachella Valley as she performs her live original music along with drummer, Marco Thoma, as their band, Scarlet Lady. Luna's dynamic vocal range includes aggressive screamo elements which...

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The CV Showcase Finals Winner Is… BRIDGER

The CV Showcase Finals Winner Is… BRIDGER

By | May 12, 2016 at 7:42 pm | No comments

By Esther Sanchez After 20 local musical acts battled over five months of preliminary rounds it came down to one kick-ass night at the Hard Rock Hotel. Saturday night, finalists Razor J & the Blades, Wicked Jed, Monreaux, Murkocet and Bridger all gave performances worthy...

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Louis Alexander

Louis Alexander

By | May 12, 2016 at 6:51 pm | No comments

By Morgan James Composer, Producer, Engineer, and killer bassist Louis Alexander is on track to make a huge splash as he begins his career composing music for video games. Louis also produces and engineers music as well as plays bass in live bands and inspires high school...

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Ludacris

Ludacris

By | May 6, 2016 at 2:18 am | No comments

By Noe Gutierrez With Coachella and Stagecoach 2016 now over, the desert has little time to go into music detox.  Grammy award winning artist and actor, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges will be performing at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino on Saturday, May 14, 2016 at 8 p.m....

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THE CIRCLE – Super Band

THE CIRCLE – Super Band

By | May 6, 2016 at 2:16 am | No comments

FEATURING SAMMY HAGAR, MICHAEL ANTHONY, JASON BONHAM & VIC JOHNSON SET TO ROCK FANTASY SPRINGS IN AUGUST Rock & Roll Hall of Famer SAMMY HAGAR and his supergroup, THE CIRCLE, featuring Michael Anthony, Jason Bonham and Vic Johnson will be performing a blowout concert on...

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Jeffrey Schoonover aka “Scoonz”

Jeffrey Schoonover aka “Scoonz”

By | May 6, 2016 at 2:13 am | No comments

By Morgan James Making our dreams into a reality! Isn't this what we all wish to do? Realizing our dreams takes a huge leap of faith, a great sacrifice, or the courage to face our worries and fears. I recently read a Facebook post from Jeffrey Schoonover aka "Scoonz"...

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Local Band’s Turn on National Stage Got Us All ‘Flustered’!

Local Band’s Turn on National Stage Got Us All ‘Flustered’!

By | April 29, 2016 at 1:12 am | No comments

By Joni Wright In a year and a half, The Flusters have propelled themselves from a relatively unknown band to local stardom on the Outdoor Stage of the country’s biggest music festival. This talented lineup consists of Doug VanSant Jr. on lead vocals/guitar, Danny White on...

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Carlos “2Toxic” Cruz

Carlos “2Toxic” Cruz

By | April 29, 2016 at 1:10 am | No comments

By Morgan James Carlos "2Toxic" Cruz is an independent performing artist, songwriter, and engineer who has worked to build a career in music. His consistent successes and networking web over his career thus far, have opened the doors for his current transition into music...

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Academy of Musical Performance

Academy of Musical Performance

By | April 21, 2016 at 5:28 pm | No comments

Announces NEW Location for Summer Program and Prepares for May 7 Open Call Academy of Musical Performance (AMP), a Coachella Valley Community Trust program, announced a new location for its second annual summer Youth Music Performance Camp to be at Shadow Hills High School...

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KCOD CoachellaFM

KCOD CoachellaFM

By | April 21, 2016 at 5:09 pm | No comments

By Morgan James With The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Annual Festival happening right now in the valley, excitement abounds as coverage from all local media is frenzied. Driving among the lines of hurried Coachella goers with windows down, music up, laughing carelessly, I...

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The Bermuda: A Trifecta of Dope

The Bermuda: A Trifecta of Dope

By | April 21, 2016 at 4:56 pm | No comments

By Esther Sanchez Friends since childhood, this trio of emcees has been honing their skills as lyricists, producers and performers for the past couple of years and now they are chomping at the bit to be heard. Feeling as though they are as ready for the local scene as the...

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Epoch Momentous

Epoch Momentous

By | April 14, 2016 at 1:44 pm | No comments

By Morgan James The lights dim, the stage is set, audience hushed. An enigmatic, booming voice announces his love for the Coachella Valley and enthusiastically thanks all of the performers and fans who have come for the show. Over the last year I have watched Abel Lujan put...

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Jim Lauderdale: The “King of Broken Hearts” and His All Star Band

Jim Lauderdale: The “King of Broken Hearts” and His All Star Band

By | April 14, 2016 at 1:38 pm | No comments

Come to Pappy and Harriet’s, Pioneer Town, Saturday, April 23rd. Doors Open: 7pm. Tickets: $15. By Lisa Morgan There are two schools of thought when it comes to Americana and country music icon, Jim Lauderdale.  Some describe him as a founding father of Americana for his...

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TWO TITANS OF METAL, VINCE NEIL AND QUEENSRŸCHE, SET TO ROCK FANTASY SPRINGS

TWO TITANS OF METAL, VINCE NEIL AND QUEENSRŸCHE, SET TO ROCK FANTASY SPRINGS

By | April 7, 2016 at 3:49 am | No comments

Fantasy Springs Resort Casino knows how to rock, and two of the biggest names in music, Vince Neil and Queensrÿche, are joining forces for one unforgettable night of heavy metal at the Special Events Center at Fantasy Springs on Saturday, June 11th. International superstar,...

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Desert Roots Music

Desert Roots Music

By | April 7, 2016 at 3:48 am | No comments

Desert Roots Music is adding another option to the already rising star of live performances in the Coachella Valley with a series of house concerts. We will be presenting intimate performances to offer a more personal entertainment experience. Rather than a show, Desert Roots...

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Daytime Moon

Daytime Moon

By | April 7, 2016 at 3:37 am | No comments

A Young Band With An Old Soul By Esther Sanchez A few weeks back I was at our beloved, Schmidy’s Tavern checking out my boys from Right On, Right On when I was lucky enough to catch a group I had yet to experience. It was already close to midnight when the last band of the...

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Untamed

Untamed

By | April 7, 2016 at 3:35 am | No comments

By Craig Michaels We are a generation ambitious for adventure and seeking new experiences. On April 9 — the weekend before Coachella Fest — experience what it means to be untamed. The rock opera “Untamed” is coming to the Palm Desert Amphitheater at Civic Center...

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Razor J

Razor J

By | April 7, 2016 at 3:29 am | No comments

By Morgan James Performance artist, Razor J, wows with impressive musical talents that span several instruments and genres of music. I first met musician, Juan Espino aka Razor J, almost 2 years ago when he played for an excited crowd at the CV Open Mic Competition. Since...

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CV Music Showcase Semi-Finals Heat Up

CV Music Showcase Semi-Finals Heat Up

By | April 7, 2016 at 3:28 am | No comments

Remaining, Coveted Spot Goes To Monreaux By Esther Sanchez It was a nail-biting battle last Sunday night at the Hood Bar in Palm Desert. For the past several months, bands have assembled and thrown their hearts on the stage for all to see and hear in order to win the chance...

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Schmidy’s Tavern “End of the World Festival”

Schmidy’s Tavern “End of the World Festival”

By | March 30, 2016 at 5:12 pm | No comments

Bands and friends come out to say a fond farewell to Schmidy's Tavern at the "End of the World" event this past weekend. Photos By Scott Pam & Steve Young [maxgallery...

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Hundred Forms!

Hundred Forms!

By | March 30, 2016 at 5:06 pm | No comments

By Morgan James Wow! 2 minutes into a song and I am immediately transported to my 90's era childhood, grooving aside my bedroom stereo to ethereal tunes of Smashing Pumpkins and Mazzy Star. The perpetuating rhythm drones sweetly as lyrical melodies take me away to slower...

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Open Call Auditions for Local Youth to have the “Rock Band Experience”

Open Call Auditions for Local Youth to have the “Rock Band Experience”

By | March 30, 2016 at 5:00 pm | No comments

By Lisa Morgan When: April 2 and May 7 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Where: Indio High School Performing Arts Center Who: Students completing the 6th grade through 11th grade in June 2016 Why: Because some kids just gotta rock! Sign up for the open call  at www.ampcv.com (It is...

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¡Reunion! 6 Year Anniversary Farewell

¡Reunion! 6 Year Anniversary Farewell

By | March 24, 2016 at 9:34 pm | No comments

A Beloved Tradition in the Coachella Valley Music Scene is Ending By Esther Sanchez For the past 6 years, Thursday nights at The Amigo Room in the Ace Hotel and Swim Club have been an oasis of top-notch music and the chillest of vibes in an intimate environment. ¡Reunión!...

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Los Lonely Boys

Los Lonely Boys

By | March 24, 2016 at 9:25 pm | No comments

By Noe Gutierrez “Give a little more Take a little less The truth’s gonna find you if you don’t confess Fight a little harder Dig a little deeper Can anybody hear what I’m saying?” -Taken from the song “Give A Little More” off the Los Lonely Boys most...

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ZUN – A Collaboration Made in Neo-Psychedelic Experimental Desert Rock Heaven

ZUN – A Collaboration Made in Neo-Psychedelic Experimental Desert Rock Heaven

By | March 24, 2016 at 8:57 pm | No comments

By Lisa Morgan  (Feature Photo above by Katrin Saalfrank) This collective soundscape is nothing short of transcendent and mesmerizing. It is the brilliant gathering of troubadours and the culmination of their respective careers dedicated to innovative music. The decadent...

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Becoming “Hollace”:  For The Love of Music

Becoming “Hollace”:  For The Love of Music

By | March 24, 2016 at 8:45 pm | No comments

By Lisa Morgan While much attention has been paid to the Southern California desert’s legendary rock scene, and deservedly so, several younger bands have been emerging under their long cast shadow.  With the heavy sonic textures and innovative spirit passed down to them by...

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The Hive Minds

The Hive Minds

By | March 24, 2016 at 8:36 pm | No comments

By Morgan James The Hive Minds haven't even released their new EP, but the album is already generating buzz throughout the Coachella Valley. "The Hive Minds definitely have something special!" exclaims Trevor Stone of MIX 100.5FM Palm Springs after listening to The Hive Minds...

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Jefferson Starship’s Craig Chaquico

Jefferson Starship’s Craig Chaquico

By | March 24, 2016 at 8:30 pm | No comments

Shares 50 Years of Chart Topping Music and His Quest to be Reunited with His Stolen Instruments By Lisa Morgan The Grooves at Westin will be presenting a musical opportunity that no classic rock, jazz or new age music lover should miss.  For the last five decades, world...

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GRAMMY-WINNING HIP-HOP ARTIST LUDACRIS COMING TO FANTASY SPRINGS

GRAMMY-WINNING HIP-HOP ARTIST LUDACRIS COMING TO FANTASY SPRINGS

By | March 17, 2016 at 3:54 am | No comments

The career of multitalented Chris “Ludacris” Bridges can best be described as remarkable. With 17 Grammy nominations, 3 Grammy wins, and over 19 million records sold in the United States, Ludacris is a force to be reckoned with, and he’s bringing that force to The Special...

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