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Jesika von Rabbit, the former front-woman of Joshua Tree’s hi-desert trailblazers Gram Rabbit has released her second solo album Dessert Rock the follow-up to her 2015 release Journey Mitchell, both on Dionysus Records. While Journey Mitchell is laden with new wave-influenced synths, keyboard melodic and infectious dance beats, Dessert Rock is an avalanche of appetizing amalgams that incorporate hints of calypso, sci-fi, psychedelic, rock, electro, and funk. You are going to want seconds after sampling this dessert!
Jesika’s solo endeavor began with her performing literally solo with two dancers and has evolved into a full band line-up that includes former Gram Rabbit guitarist, and independent producer Ethan Allen, and bassist Lee Joseph. JvR has toured with Eagles of Death Metal, performed at Desert Daze and has shared the stage with a diverse roster of acts including Wanda Jackson, Cat Power, and Crystal Method. Dubbed “The Queen of the Hi-Desert”, Jesika even has a menu item named after her, at the world-renown Pappy & Harriet’s in Pioneertown, CA., the delicious “ Nachos von Rabbit”.
“She is drop dead gorgeous and has an absolutely incredible voice. But von Rabbit is more than a pretty chick singer. She is an innovative creator and expressionist as well as one hell of an entertainer… Her show is brilliantly nonsensical; a sonic and visual spectacle that is unlike any other and you cannot take your eyes away. She is an artist that you just have to keep coming back to see because you evolve every time you do.” – Coachella Valley Weekly
Jesika von Rabbit’s original compositions have been licensed to CSI, Life, The Real World, Sons of Anarchy, Crash, Hit & Miss, Crazy Stupid, Love and War Inc., and an upcoming episode of Grace and Frankie, as well as a commercial spot for Fruit of the Loom that aired during the 2012 Summer Olympics.
12/10/19: In the past two weeks, JESIKA von RABBIT wins Best Musician in the Coachella Valley Independent, makes the cover of the Coachella Valley Weekly, and releases a new video for the holidays!
Jesika von Rabbit has won the Best Musician in the Coachella Valley in the Coachella Valley Independent, and the week after made the cover of the Coachella Valley Weekly! All just in time for the video and single release of her version of”Blue Christmas” Jesika von Rabbit and producer Jessica Janos a/k/a The Jesicult, have cooked up a fabulous holiday treat, a video for Jesika’s newly recorded cover of Elvis’s “Blue Christmas.” The video is a psychedelic dreamscape, adorned with hand-selected and authentic Joshua Tree weirdos, and is Jesika’s first-holiday video since Gram Rabbit’s “California Christmas”. Scroll down to the video section.
11/17/19: JESIKA von RABBIT / JASON NUTTER “Joshua Tree” video wins Best Music Video award at the 2019 Yucca Valley Film Festival.
The Jessica Janos produced music video for the song “Joshua Tree” has won Best Music Video at the first Yucca Valley Film Festival. The video was up against several entries. von Rabbit and Janos have worked together on numerous videos, with more to come!
9/7/19 JESIKA von RABBIT featured in Desert Dudes art exhibition
Jesika von Rabbit is the only female musician featured in an art show, Desert Dudes, an artistic tribute to ‘Desert Rock’ — a series of surreal portraits featuring the more notable musicians (Brant Bjork, Josh Homme, Mario Lalli, et al.) who created and defined this infamous genre of music, often recording at the world-famous Rancho De La Luna recording studio in Joshua Tree, CA.
7/4/19 JESIKA von RABBIT teams up with JASON NUTTER of MUSIC HEALS INC. for a video/single “Joshua Tree”
This Americana flavored song and video titled “Joshua Tree” will transport you to the middle of the Mojave with its’ eerie and Lynchian vibe. Musician Jason Nutter, founder of Music Heals Inc. Palm Springs which provides musical instruments and programs to special needs kids, has teamed up with Joshua Tree’s Jesika von Rabbit for a beautiful roots track interpreted for video by director Jessica Janos. Video posted in the video section below.
12/1/18 JESIKA von RABBIT COVER STORY IN PALM SPRINGS LIFE MAGAZINE
Jesika von Rabbit is featured in a cover story in the prestigious Palm Springs Life Art and Culture Magazine. The story includes a video interview which was sent to the magazine’s mailing list and is featured below.
9/14/18 JESIKA von RABBIT RELEASES SECOND SOLO ALBUM
Jesika von Rabbit’s second post Gram Rabbit solo album, “Dessert Rock”, is released on LP/CD via Dionysus Records and digital via Royal Order. Positive reviews of the LP appear in the L.A. Weekly and other local and national publications.
7/10/18: JESIKA von RABBIT BEGINS SOUTHERN STATES TOUR
Today, Jesika von Rabbit hits the Southern US states from Tucson to Atlanta, touring with long time friends Spindrift
6/1/18 JESIKA von RABBIT WINS BEST FRONTWOMAN AWARD
In an annual music award event held by the Coachella Valley Weekly on May 31, Jesika von Rabbit was presented with an award for Best Frontwoman in the Coachella Valley!
5/30/18: SYMPATHY FOR THE RECORD INDUSTRY RELEASES A JESIKA von RABBIT 45 RPM RECORD!
The revived Sympathy for the Record Industry label will release Jesika’s nocturnal version of “Do You Really Want to Hurt Me” on June 8. The flip side, “Din Ho” is a non-LP track about Chinese fast food mixed with a side of Pop Culture celebrity, No MSG! The record can be purchased at JVR shows, via mail order from Dionysus Records at this link, and is distributed to shops by ILD Distro, www.ildistro.com/
5/26/18: NEW JESIKA von RABBIT DIGITAL SINGLE RELEASE
Spark your Speakers with Jesika von Rabbit’s Slick Summer Single “Make Me Feel Better” from her forthcoming second solo album to be released soon! Produced by Ethan Allen, the middle-eastern tinged song blends electro, psychedelia, and hip hop into a sexy dance track.
“Make Me Feel Better” iTunes link
“Make Me Feel Better” Bandcamp link
5/13/18: JESIKA von RABBIT TO TOUR WITH SPINDRIFT
A Southwestern tour with Jesika von Rabbit and L.A.’s Spindrift, a psychedelic spaghetti western band, will take place in July 2018. See dates below.
3/13/18: JESIKA von RABBIT NEWS
A 45 RPM release featuring “Do You Really Want to Hurt Me” and an exclusive B-side will be released this Spring on the recently revived Sympathy for the Record Industry label.
The recording of a new Jesika von Rabbit album, her second as a solo artist, is complete and will be released this Summer.
In February, BuzzBands L.A. debuted a new Jesika von Rabbit video, “Innuendo”, see video section below.
Jesika von Rabbit will be opening two shows for Crystal Method, on April 19 at the Hard Rock in Palm Springs, and on April 27 at Alex’s Bar in Long Beach.
11/8/17: JESIKA von RABBIT JAM IN THE VAN SESSION POSTS
Jam in the Van invited Jesika von Rabbit to perform three songs for their cameras, Jam in the Van recorded the first public appearance of Jesika with her new full band. Check it out at this link.
10/17: JESIKA von RABBIT LIT THE AFTERNOON ABLAZE AT DESERT DAZE 2017.
Backed by a solid rock band led by producer extraordinaire Ethan Allen, she plants her Korg front and center and proceeds to rock out with an ever-revolving collection of delightful weirdos swirling around her… – Buzzbands L.A.
Desert Daze didn’t have many iconic performers. Joshua Tree’s own Jesika von Rabbit provided one of Saturday’s highlights with an early afternoon set… with a recently supplemented band showing off the greatness of her new solo material – Desert Sun
5/24/17: BOY GEORGE TWEETS JESIKA von RABBIT VIDEO
and then tweets a photo of young Jesika holding a Boy George poster!
5/23/17: JESIKA von RABBIT NEWS – SINGLE AND VIDEO!
Jesika von Rabbit releases her first single/video of 2017, a haunting and beautiful cover of “Do You Really Want to Hurt Me” by The Culture Club. Once again, von Rabbit takes a cover tune into new dimensions. Produced by Ethan Allen, the poppy reggae becomes a river-deep, emotional ballad, with accompanying video shot by director Jessica Janos.
von Rabbit is currently working on her second full-length solo album with producer Ethan Allen.
12/14/16: JESIKA von RABBIT NEWS – SINGLE AND VIDEO!
Ghosteye Pictures presents Jesika von Rabbit’s new video “Going Down” which was shot, cut, and directed by Giuseppe Asaro. The video was filmed live at Harvard and Stone in Hollywood on July 14, 2016. “Going Down” is the latest collaboration between Ms von Rabbit and Italian director Mr. Asaro. The two have worked together on and off for a decade, with Asaro directing the videos for Gram Rabbit’s “Final Clap Fever”, “Shiny Monster”, “Candy Flip”, “Lost in Place”, “Wheels in Motion” just to name a few. Many songs by Gram Rabbit can also be found on the soundtrack of Giuseppe Asaro’s latest feature film Thrill Kill. Giuseppe Asaro: Instagram @novusx, www.thrillkillfilm.com
11/15/16: JESIKA von RABBIT WINS BEST MUSICIAN IN THE COACHELLA VALLEY FOR THE SECOND YEAR IN A ROW
Music Heals Everyone Interview Coachella Valley Weekly
Palm Springs Life Arts and Culture Cover Story and Video: Joshua Tree songstress Jesika von Rabbit sweetens the gritty desert rock scene
Desert Magazine Ahead of Joshua Tree Music Festival, the ‘Queen of the High Desert’ dishes on new music
L.A. Weekly feature: Jesika Von Rabbit Is Accessible and Avant-Garde
Coachella Valley Weekly Dessert Rock Album Review
Palm Springs Life – Pappy & Harriet’s Music and Magic in the Mojave with numerous Jesika von Rabbit quotes
Buzzbands L.A. Video Premiere: Jesika von Rabbit Innuendo
Jesika von Rabbit plays Pappy & Harriet’s and Preps for Her New Album
CV Independent: The Queen is Coming
Buzzbands L.A. Desert Daze 2017 coverage
Desert Sun Desert Daze 2017 coverage
CV Independent Desert Daze 2017 coverage
LA Weekly Desert Daze 2017 coverage
CV Weekly Desert Daze 2017 coverage
Jesika von Rabbit has been identified with the high desert before it was a scene
Buzzbands L.A.: Video Jesika von Rabbit Going Down
National Parks Cosmic Vibes Abound -Joshua Tree/Gram Parsons piece with Jesika von Rabbit quote and photo
That Hi-Desert Sound / The Mojave Project
Jesika von Rabbit interview with Coachella Magazine
Journey Mitchell album review in LA Record
Journey Mitchell album review in Coachella Independent
Washington City Paper review Jesika von Rabbit opening for Eagles of Death Metal at 9:30 Club
LA Weekly Jesika von Rabbit Party Pick of the Week
Palm Springs Fine Art Benefit at Melissa Morgan Fine Arts review
The 13: featuring Jesika von Rabbit – Rocket Sports and Entertainment
No Country for Nashville review: Jesika von Rabbit and Eagles of Death Metal at Cannery Ballroom
After trailblazing high-desert rock as the front woman in her band Gram Rabbit, Jesika now steps out on her own with a solo project, Journey Mitchell. Part pop princess parody, part desert gypsy, Jesika takes us on a strange trip. Journey Mitchell is laden with new wave influenced synths, keyboard melodics and infectious dance beats. But make no mistake, this is not a collection of pop songs that induce a brief sugar high; Jesika von Rabbit wants to penetrate and disturb you. The undercurrent of Gothic industrial baselines, ghostly echoes and Jesika’s hallowing voice, leaves resin in your system that will bewitch you long after the music fades.— Coachella Magazine
Danceable, commercial and first-to last-catchy, this albums assortment of deliciously sweet and pretty poisons indicates von Rabbit rapidly Wonkafying, cybernizing, and de-rusticating. She may well have more reinventions in her than David Bowie. — Ron Garmon, L.A. Record
Jesika von Rabbit appears in Cindy Lauper’s “Funnel of Love” video filmed at Pappy & Harriet’s!
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5/23: Stoned and Dusted Festival Pappy & Harriet’s Pioneertown
5/17: Joshua Tree Music Festival
5/2: The Redwood with The Alleycats
3/24: Fashion Week El Paseo Palm Desert
2/27: JvR DJ set at Hyatt Palm Springs
2/22: The Redwood with Fatso Jetson
2/19; Supporting The Frogs featuring Evan Dando at The Roxy, WLA
2/20: JvR DJ set at Hyatt Palm Springs
2/15: The Alibi Palm Springs with Black Crystal Wolf Kids
2/13: Elinor Long Beach
2/6: JvR DJ set at Hyatt Palm Springs