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For her part, Bejarano plans to continue working with longtime associate Hatcher. The two have already begun writing and rehearsing material for another project. It's not clear if the as-yet-unnamed group will remain a duo or expand its lineup; however, the music will stray from the Riot Grrl sound of Chula and that of its predecessor, Slugger, and head toward a more acoustic/Latin direction.

Bejarano and Hatcher plan to record material before playing out, which would put the group's official debut at least a few months down the road. Wimmer currently has no musical plans and may in fact be leaving the Valley, while Brogan will continue to stay active with his other band, the Sundrops.

Cry, Baby: Singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, producer, actor -- James Intveld's résumé is more than impressive. A key member of the L.A. honky-tonk scene, his credits include stints as a member of the Blasters, a pair of critically lauded albums, as well as providing the singing voice of Johnny Depp's character in John Waters' Cry-Baby.

Local pop-punks Chula: We shan't work together again.
Local pop-punks Chula: We shan't work together again.
James Intveld: A career spent stepping in for the Blasters and Johnny Depp.
James Intveld: A career spent stepping in for the Blasters and Johnny Depp.

Possessing an unmistakable teardrop croon and estimable talents as both a writer and performer, Intveld's relative anonymity is almost criminal when compared to the success of similar, though lesser, artists like Chris Isaak.

For those who've missed Intveld during his frequent Arizona stops, the pompadoured singer makes his return to the Valley to perform at the Rhythm Room on Thursday, January 20.

Intveld is currently completing work on his third album, a follow-up to his 1997 self-titled release (Ichiban). He also recently co-produced the major-label debut of his friend and fellow musical revivalist Dale Watson.

Despite the wealth of recording-related activities, Intveld did find time to land work as an actor in the upcoming network miniseries The Beach Boys: An American Family. In it, he plays the role of famed session drummer, Wall of Sound member and Brian Wilson collaborator Hal Blaine. The job wasn't much of a stretch for Intveld, who also lists drummer as part of his credentials, having recently fronted his own swing band from behind the kit. The ABC tele-pic is set to air Sunday, February 27, and Monday, February 28.

Intveld says his new album should be finished by the end of the month and ready for a CD release party at Austin's Continental Club during this year's South by Southwest festival. Although he hasn't ruled out the possibility of inking a record deal, Intveld adds that he will likely release the disc independently before shopping it to a label.

James Intveld is scheduled to perform on Thursday, January 20, at the Rhythm Room. Showtime is 9 p.m.

Contact Bob Mehr at his online address: bmehr@newtimes.com

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