Concrete Blonde to webcast Joshua Tree concert 

Some artists thrive on bustling urban life. Not Johnette Napolitano. The feral frontfox for Concrete Blonde has left the big city far behind in favor of a rustic live/work space out in the desert of Joshua Tree.

But when the group tours, she goes great-guns into it, all over the world. The band recently returned from exotic China, where they were one of only two American outfits invited to play a two-day West Lake Music Festival in the Zhejiang Province city of Hangzhou. But now she’s arrived at a unique solution that will allow her to play to all of her fans around the globe without ever leaving home.

This Sunday, at 6 p.m. (we know, we know — it’s “Breaking Bad”/“Entourage”/“Curb Your Enthusiasm” night!) Concrete Blonde will be playing a live-streaming concert from Joshua Tree’s Rancho De La Luna studio. It’s not free. But the site uses its own “notes” currency, which can be purchased via credit card (ten “notes” = a dollar) then used to purchase tickets.

Currently at work on a new album after last year’s 20th anniversary “Bloodletting” tour, Napolitano and crew are looking at this little diversion as a experiment, possibly foreshadowing more similarly-streamed shows. Keep track at

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