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I Rock Photos was founded by Guillermo Prieto to cover the music scene in California. Based in the Golden State, Guillermo has contributed to national publications including Rolling Stone, Spin and Billboard Magazine.I ROCK PHOTOS is a collaborative effort which counts on the wonderful recommendations of the thousands of blog followers who visit I ROCK PHOTOS everyday along with the contribution of Artistic Director Leslie M. Place. Re-Blog and spread the word.I Rock Photos is fan focused so if you have a recommendation on the next new great band or if you want your favorite band featured on I Rock Photos drop I Rock Photos a message in the "Ask Me Stuff!" box or e-mail gprieto1@verizon.net Ask me Stuff!

Interstate ten diverges near Palm Springs in the mega metropolis of Los Angeles and the band X took the road less travelled up highway sixty two to Pappy and Harriet’s and after 37 years of music and exploring it made all the difference for a enchanted evening beneath the desert stars.

 

As you pull into Pappy and Harriet’s you are guided to the sandy parking lot next to the faux western town left over from the black and white cowboy serials made famous by Gene Autry. As I walked towards the rear entrance in the corner of my eye you could see John Doe relaxing on the porch of the P and H’s green room aka the “little house” which is just part of the former movie set. Doe wearing a flowered shirt and patent leather boots was out stretched and appeared tranquil for this new voyage for X.

 

Seven hundred plus people lined up early in order to try to get close to the stage. Chief Doorologist Beth a veterano of wrist banding kept the line orderly as she calmly juggled a will call list, guest list, media list and random questions from the helm of her fold up table which serves as the ticket booth at Pappy’s. As the doors opened the X fans rushed to stake their claim front and center of the stage.

 

Waiting for the show to start a young teenager was at the side of the stage with a small picture frame being bordered by her father who was wearing a well worn Who tour shirt. Exene was milling around wearing a cowboy hat as this teen approached her with her father. I overheard this proud father introduce his daughter Exene and to the Queen of Punk as she gave her the framed gift after sharing a private moment which created a permanent memory for this young X admirer.

 

For the first time John Doe, Exene Cervenka, Billy Zoom, and D.J. Bonebrake performed an acoustic set. This was not a wholly unplugged show. But if X calls it an acoustic show then by decree its and acoustic show. Doe did not exchange his well-worn colossal Fender P bass for a Mexican guitarron but his electric bass was smaller. Zoom swapped his retina burning Gretsch Silverjet with a red Gretsch hollow body and he performed while on a comfortable bar stool minus his signature leather biker jacket. Billy Zoom an expert in the restoration and re-creation of tube amps revealed a new-fangled Billy Zoom designed proto-type acoustic amplifier.  Exene Cervenka in the center of the stage was ready to rock. Bonebrake was Bonebrake all full of glee but he also brought along a Musser xylophone.

 

Bonebrake took the lead by bumping on his drums for the start of “Hungry Wolf “replacing the hammering which he is know for. You could tell this was a special night. I spotted legendary rock n’ roll photog Todd Nakamine squeezing a spot next John Doe’s normal place on stage. But this was a new night to a new renaissance for punk rock royalty, Doe and Zoom switched placements to make room for additional soft percussion mellowing a customarily rowdy punk rock show. Also present was Greg Edwards of Autolux and Failure watching the show with his young daughter on his shoulders.

 

John Doe told the audience that “This is fucking scary doing something different after thirty six years” and how “we rehearsed the hell out of this” referencing the new ‘acoustic’ approach. Doe introduced “Drunk in my past” by reminding the audience that this song was not autobiographical. X worked through their set smoothly only briefly pausing to discuss transitions between the new interpretations of their work. You can tell that X was happy to be at Pappy and Harriet’s sharing that X does play bars on occasions and some are actual shitholes and not as nice so he dedicated a song to Pappy’s. I am sure there will be some argument about what is acoustic but X has never been a conventional punk group because they always infused country, folk, and Americana elements to their material. Ten songs into their set we heard a new version of the melodic “White Girl” from X’s second album Wild Gift ranked by Rolling Stone as the 334th greatest album of all time. They concluded this appearance with “Devil Dog” reminding their fellow punkers that they remain a hard driving influence in the punk world.

 

 

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Nina Diaz is coming to LA. from her Facebook page:
"Los Angeles!!!! Next week is my FREE show at Levitt Pavillion in MacArthur Park as part of the BMI Summer Nights Series! 
Friday, July 25th!!! 
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Nina Diaz is coming to LA. from her Facebook page:

"Los Angeles!!!! Next week is my FREE show at Levitt Pavillion in MacArthur Park as part of the BMI Summer Nights Series! 

Friday, July 25th!!! 

RSVP here: http://bit.ly/levitt-nina 

AND SHARE!!!!”

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Last Saturday in Long Beach, the 1st Annual Horton’s Hayride came to Pine Street in the downtown area. The hayride included hot rods and rockabilly music. The Reverend Horton Heat brought an opry style format with various artists rotating in to support the headliner.

Some called this a replacement to the Hootenanny, which decided to take the year off. If the Hootenanny promoters thought rockabilly was dead in So Cal they definitely got it wrong.

Getting into the show became part of a challenge when officials lowered the capacity of the venue on the day of the concert leaving some ticket holders outside. Some tempers flared when fans could not get in. Greasers and vintage gals were pressed up against the security barrier as some tried to dance and others formed a mosh pit in the center of the pack.

Jim “Reverend Horton” Heath, Jimbo Wallace, and Scott Churilla took the stage with smiles as the audience hailed. The set list included “Psychobilly Freakout,” “It’s Martini Time,” “Jimbo Song,” and their new hit “Let me teach you how to eat” from their newest album REV out on Victory Records. The unofficial fourth member of Heath’s posse Deke Dickerson sang “Psycho Therapy” in memory of the passing of Tommy Ramone that drove the throng crazy as he high fived admirers alongside the stage.

 At your regular Rev show, you have Jim Heath singing a cover of “Jezebel” written by Wayne Shanklin. Jello Biafra surprised fans by singing this classic as Heath, Wallace and Churilla supported him during Biafra”s four-song turn at the mic on Saturday.

Based on the reaction of the fans I would suspect that we would see another Hayride next year that will be bigger and better minus the growing pains of a new event.

 

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I always recommend yoga prior to crowd surfing. Sometimes you have to get to the front no matter what. A highly motivated fan crowd surfing at the 1st Annual Horton’s Hayride on Pine Avenue in Long Beach.
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I always recommend yoga prior to crowd surfing. Sometimes you have to get to the front no matter what. A highly motivated fan crowd surfing at the 1st Annual Horton’s Hayride on Pine Avenue in Long Beach.

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Jello Biafra at the 1st Annual Horton’s Hayride on Pine Avenue in Long Beach. The Hay Ride went Opry style during the Reverend Horton Heat’s set alternating with guest appearances. Jello was backed by the Reverend Horton Heat while Jello performed vocals on Jezebel, John Dillinger, Holiday in Cambodia and Too Drunk to F#ck.
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Jello Biafra at the 1st Annual Horton’s Hayride on Pine Avenue in Long Beach. The Hay Ride went Opry style during the Reverend Horton Heat’s set alternating with guest appearances. Jello was backed by the Reverend Horton Heat while Jello performed vocals on Jezebel, John Dillinger, Holiday in Cambodia and Too Drunk to F#ck.

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Well Hung Heart has a FREE show at the Slide Bar in Fullerton on Sunday. Fresh off an appearance at the Warped Tour this band will rock your mouse ears off. Not in the Face is also on the bill
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Well Hung Heart has a FREE show at the Slide Bar in Fullerton on Sunday. Fresh off an appearance at the Warped Tour this band will rock your mouse ears off. Not in the Face is also on the bill

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So on the 19th music magic is going to happen at Pappy and Harriet’s. X will play an acoustic set under the stars. Not sure what John Doe is going to use instead of his well worn bass I suggest a Mexican guitarrón but only time will tell. Clear your Saturday and treat yourself to one of the most iconic punk bands of all time. 
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So on the 19th music magic is going to happen at Pappy and Harriet’s. X will play an acoustic set under the stars. Not sure what John Doe is going to use instead of his well worn bass I suggest a Mexican guitarrón but only time will tell. Clear your Saturday and treat yourself to one of the most iconic punk bands of all time. 

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Reverend Horton Heat will be at the 1st Annual Horton’s Hayride on Pine Avenue between Broadway and 3rd on Long Beach on July 12 only $10.00. A replacement to the Hootenanny this new event will provide an excellent line up:
Jello Biafra
The Supersuckers
Lee Rocekr
Slim Jim Phantom
Deke Dickerson
The Chop Tops
Gamblers Mark
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Reverend Horton Heat will be at the 1st Annual Horton’s Hayride on Pine Avenue between Broadway and 3rd on Long Beach on July 12 only $10.00. A replacement to the Hootenanny this new event will provide an excellent line up:

Jello Biafra

The Supersuckers

Lee Rocekr

Slim Jim Phantom

Deke Dickerson

The Chop Tops

Gamblers Mark

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Peter Murphy’s guitarist Andee Blacksugar at the El Rey on Saturday in LA.
Peter Murphy announced on the Peter Murphy’s Facebook page the South American dates have been rescheduled for September. 
Next stop Mexico City on July 9th.
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Peter Murphy’s guitarist Andee Blacksugar at the El Rey on Saturday in LA.

Peter Murphy announced on the Peter Murphy’s Facebook page the South American dates have been rescheduled for September. 

Next stop Mexico City on July 9th.

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Peter Murphy wrapped up his California leg of his tour yesterday at the El Rey introducing his fans to new material from ‘Lion’, produced by Killing Joke’s Martin Youth Glover.
The El Rey was packed with old and new fans wearing classic Bauhaus shirts and many familiar faces from fans I see every-time I come to LA. 
Peter Murphy sprinkled a few Bauhaus songs including “Telegram Sam.” Peter ended the show with “Ziggy Stardust” leaving his goth posse wanting more.
Next stop Mexico City on July 9th.
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Peter Murphy wrapped up his California leg of his tour yesterday at the El Rey introducing his fans to new material from ‘Lion’, produced by Killing Joke’s Martin Youth Glover.

The El Rey was packed with old and new fans wearing classic Bauhaus shirts and many familiar faces from fans I see every-time I come to LA. 

Peter Murphy sprinkled a few Bauhaus songs including “Telegram Sam.” Peter ended the show with “Ziggy Stardust” leaving his goth posse wanting more.

Next stop Mexico City on July 9th.

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© Guillermo Prieto 2014

As I drive around LA this weekend I am hearing Deap Vally slowly taking over. This is good very good.

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As I drive around LA this weekend I am hearing Deap Vally slowly taking over. This is good very good.

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The very cool and hot Dee Dee Penny at Coachella this year. Have you noticed I am a big fan of the Dum Dum Girls.
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The very cool and hot Dee Dee Penny at Coachella this year. Have you noticed I am a big fan of the Dum Dum Girls.

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Maria “Poni” Silver of the Ettes. Love the Ettes!
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Maria “Poni” Silver of the Ettes. Love the Ettes!

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So excited to see Peter Murphy tonight at the El Rey in LA.
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So excited to see Peter Murphy tonight at the El Rey in LA.

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