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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 Creative 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 a message in the "Ask Me Stuff!" box or e-mail gprieto1@verizon.net Ask me Stuff!

So I spent Sunday in the middle of the Mojave at the Palms saw this amazing band called the Castagne’s a glam punk band that can rock. Composed of the brother and sister Philippe and Marjolaine Castagne they hail originally from Rosemère, Quebec but they feel like they grew up in Seattle during the explosion of grunge. 

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Marjolaine Castagne of the Castagne’s at the Palms on Sunday. Marjolaine is half of the brother and sister duo that blew everyone away last Sunday.  

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Brian Wilson and Al Jardine of the Beach Boys at Fantasy Springs last night. Excellent show from members of America’s band. 

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Jeepers creepers where did she get those peepers? You can ask Jesika Von Rabbit and the rest of Gram Rabbit for the only two Gram Rabbit shows of 2014 on October 31st and November 1, 2014.
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Jeepers creepers where did she get those peepers? You can ask Jesika Von Rabbit and the rest of Gram Rabbit for the only two Gram Rabbit shows of 2014 on October 31st and November 1, 2014.

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I heard from a reliable source that there are only a handful of tickets left for Campout X featuring Cracker and Camper Van Beethoven Annual 3-night music festival. The festival is Thursday, September 11-Saturday 13, 2014 at Pappy and Harriet’s 53688 Pioneertown Road, Pioneertown, CA 92268.
Johnny Hickman’s Lucky Number Seven guitar. The Black Gibson Les Paul Standard should be considered the fifth member of Cracker. This bad boy was literally paid for with blood.
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I heard from a reliable source that there are only a handful of tickets left for Campout X featuring Cracker and Camper Van Beethoven Annual 3-night music festival. The festival is Thursday, September 11-Saturday 13, 2014 at Pappy and Harriet’s 53688 Pioneertown Road, Pioneertown, CA 92268.

Johnny Hickman’s Lucky Number Seven guitar. The Black Gibson Les Paul Standard should be considered the fifth member of Cracker. This bad boy was literally paid for with blood.

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The Murder City Devils topped the FYF show by opening Pappy and Harriet’s on a Wednesday night to a capacity crowd.
Spencer Moody used every part of the stage hanging from the edge of a concrete beam as he ignited punk fans. The kids put on their moshing shoes testing the security barrier that tried to keep Moody a distance from his followers. But this wooden Maginot Line did not keep the Murder City Devils from getting close and personal with their hoard of fanatics as they sang some Seattle punk rock classics.
The Murder City Devils finished their West Coast swing in support of their new record that dropped on August 5, 2014, titled “The White Ghost Has Blood on Its Hands Again.”

The Murder City Devils will be at Double Door (Riot Fest Pre-Party) Thursday, September 11 at 7:00pm in Chicago, Illinois.

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The Murder City Devils topped the FYF show by opening Pappy and Harriet’s on a Wednesday night to a capacity crowd.

Spencer Moody used every part of the stage hanging from the edge of a concrete beam as he ignited punk fans. The kids put on their moshing shoes testing the security barrier that tried to keep Moody a distance from his followers. But this wooden Maginot Line did not keep the Murder City Devils from getting close and personal with their hoard of fanatics as they sang some Seattle punk rock classics.

The Murder City Devils finished their West Coast swing in support of their new record that dropped on August 5, 2014, titled “The White Ghost Has Blood on Its Hands Again.”

The Murder City Devils will be at Double Door (Riot Fest Pre-Party) Thursday, September 11 at 7:00pm in Chicago, Illinois.

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Jello Biafra last Saturday at the Palms in Wonder Valley. 
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Jello Biafra last Saturday at the Palms in Wonder Valley. 

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The Murder City Devils fresh off an appearance at FYF will be at Pappy and Harriet’s on Wednesday and at the Glasshouse in Pomona tonight. I always wondered if there was ever a market for one time use microphones.
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The Murder City Devils fresh off an appearance at FYF will be at Pappy and Harriet’s on Wednesday and at the Glasshouse in Pomona tonight. I always wondered if there was ever a market for one time use microphones.

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Jello Biafra and Jesika Von Rabbit of Gram Rabbit singing “Ring of Fire” Saturday Friday at the Palms. Jesika has her Grim Rabbit shows coming up at Pappy and Harriet’s in October. 
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Jello Biafra and Jesika Von Rabbit of Gram Rabbit singing “Ring of Fire” Saturday Friday at the Palms. Jesika has her Grim Rabbit shows coming up at Pappy and Harriet’s in October. 

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 If you start your journey from the Hollywood Bowl and drive east for 162 miles you will find yourself in Wonder Valley in the Mojave Desert at a gastro pub called the Palms Restaurant. Even though I understand their veggie omelette is yummy and filled with kale I was not there to become a vegan. I was there to ‘boogie down.’ The David Lynch inspired setting was unadulterated for the Rock Formations Number 2. This was the second day of a two-day Mojave residency for Spindrift and Jello Biafra who were at Pappy and Harriet’s the day before. So I knew I was going have a great time. So when you are in the Mojave and you want to party in the Mojave you must have Jesika Von Rabbit as your musical muse. But for future reference let’s go over what you need to ‘kick it up’ in the desert:

  • Attractive Women in Floppy hats.
  • Jesika Von Rabbit
  • Spindrift
  • Jello Biafra
  • Sand
  • Beer
  • Scorpions

Since I am unskillful in the way of the desert I got a late start but I arrived in time to see Spindrift start their performance at the outdoor stage which comprised of repurposed material which was lit by vintage theatre stage lights with an old aluminum skinned bus parked back stage. I kept on scanning the crowd for the ghost of Tuco with no luck; I immersed myself in a sonic bowl of psychedelic spaghetti courtesy of Spindrift. As the godfather of punk ambled on stage with Jesika Von Rabbit of Gram Rabbit you had the formula for an astounding gathering in the desert. Jesika Von Rabbit and Jello Biafra sang a faultless version of “Ring of Fire.” Jello Biafra deputized Spindrift to be his backing band as he sang “Police Truck,” “Holiday in Cambodia,” and “California Über Alles.” I overheard a young woman with pirates, skulls, an evil Disney queen tattooed on her arm say with joy, “I am having a moment hear, I am having a real moment.”

When Jesika Von Rabbit took the stage for her one woman show, she brought along her dancing machine Larry Von Horn sans the Grundles who got stuck in traffic, JVR improvised and subbed in audience members to sit in during her closing set. Jesika Von Rabbit was perfect, can’t wait to see her at the Grim Rabbit shows at Pappy’s in October.

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Does the desert make the band or does the band make the desert I do not know. But when Spindrift returned to Pappy and Harriet’s it was a perfect fit.

Before the show started I was talking to a Dead Kennedy fan wearing his well wore DK shirt excited to see Jello Biafra. The conversation evolved into a discussion of quantum physics something you would never expect at the desert outpost as we began to chat about parallel universes, when Jello Biafra entered the room.

Biafra’s spoken word performance was an intellectual journey about such topics as our obsession with our smart phones and our religious fascination with guns. As I heard his poetry I thought about how spot on he has always been with his social commentary while writing such punk hits as “Police Truck,” “Holiday in Cambodia,” and the timeless recession proof song “Soup is Good Food.”

As Jello left Spindrift took their places and instantly connecting to our reality. The Ennio Morricone inspired work had me thinking that Tuco, Angel Eyes, and Blonde were standing next to me in hyperspace. To say that Spindrift killed it would be an understatement. As I lost myself in the music I started to feel a little anxious thinking that their music was too good and I was being lured into a secret vampire den out of a Quentin Tarantino movie. But I was grounded back to reality when Jello Biafra came back on stage to join Spindrift with Jesika Von Rabbit of Gram Rabbit. This super group set included  “Police Truck” which was very appropriate due to the current events in Ferguson and the Dead Kennedy’s mega hit “Holliday in Cambodia.” Spindrift ended their set with a wonderful version of Miserlou. As I left I thought about E.E. Cummings, “listen: there’s a hell of a good universe next door; let’s go.”

Spindrift and Jello Biafra will be in the middle of the desert galaxy at the Palms for a mini festival called Rock Formations tonight it is a must see.

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Jello Biafra will be at Pappy and Harriet’s this Friday with Spindrift. Can’t wait until Friday. Pappy and Harriet’s is a few hours east of LA near Palm Springs. 
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Jello Biafra will be at Pappy and Harriet’s this Friday with Spindrift. Can’t wait until Friday. Pappy and Harriet’s is a few hours east of LA near Palm Springs. 

Click on the link for details:

http://pappyandharriets.com/events/spindrift-w-special-guest-jello-biafra-dj-set-spoken-word-and-onstage-live-spindrift-dj-victo

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© Guillermo Prieto 2014

Beck’s “Song Reader” presented by Warby Parker via Capital Records a collection of sheet music now interpreted by various artists is out now. The 20 songs were initially released in sheet-music form. This various artist album includes Jeffy Tweedy, Laura Marling, Jack White, and Norah Jones.

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Beck’s “Song Reader” presented by Warby Parker via Capital Records a collection of sheet music now interpreted by various artists is out now. The 20 songs were initially released in sheet-music form. This various artist album includes Jeffy Tweedy, Laura Marling, Jack White, and Norah Jones.

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© Guillermo Prieto 2014

Antemasque is the third collaboration between vocalist Cedric Bixler-Zavala and Omar Rodriguez-Lopez of Mars Volta. Antemasque had a throw back punkish rock vibe last Sunday at the Observatory. Cedric used a mic cord like a bull whip as he ran and leaped about the stage delighting a sold out crowd. Epic performance by Antemasque.

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Antemasque is the third collaboration between vocalist Cedric Bixler-Zavala and Omar Rodriguez-Lopez of Mars Volta. Antemasque had a throw back punkish rock vibe last Sunday at the Observatory. Cedric used a mic cord like a bull whip as he ran and leaped about the stage delighting a sold out crowd. Epic performance by Antemasque.

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© Guillermo Prieto 2014