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Blues Blood

Rising rock act Rival Sons—featuring Fontana’s own Jay Buchanan—is going places Remember the name Rival Sons because this is one of the hottest bands out there right now. At least according to iconic Led Zeppelin guitaris...


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Eat Me

Sex Issue: Exploring the connection between love, sex and food There is a very close relationship between love, sex and food. Very sensory-driven experiences, having sex and eating food and sweets are the two most satisfying hu...


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From the Heart

Indie rock sibling duo Tegan and Sara goes electro and yearns for the ’90s Ironically, the very trepidation that may have reined in indie rock duo Tegan and Sara over its 18-year career is propelling them—thanks to a huge i...



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Taking Flight

UCR’s ARTSblock Embraces Your Inner Astronaut with “Free Enterprise” This year, companies like XCOR Aerospace, Inc., Space X, and Virgin Atlantic will make ground-breaking history: private citizens will be allowed to trav...


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As the Snow Flies

The Coolest Destinations for Wintry Wanderings! The Inland Empire isn’t exactly known for its vacation destinations like, say, Los Angeles or Laguna Beach, but that’s not to say we don’t have our share of tourist traps wo...


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Strictly Bidness

Funny Man? Dramatic Actor? Black Doug? Mike Epps says he’s ready to show Hollywood who he really is Comedy may have saved Mike Epps’ life. Sure, many performers believe comedy rescued them from the wrong path, but Epps’ t...



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A Cask of Laughs

Beer Geek Radio talks brews and, well, more brews It’s two days before Christmas and Brad Grider and Steven Isaak are rolling a large canvas suitcase full of audio equipment through a dark parking lot in Rancho Cucamonga. Gri...


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Ring Leader

A kinder, gentler Mike Tyson turns his storied life into a one-man show There are two types of performers that a smart ass is better off not heckling: comedians and ear-biting boxing champs. Nevertheless, the so-called “Badde...


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The Beat Goes On

NIGHTCLUB ISSUE: Join us as we visit the Ghosts of Nightclub Past . . . and Present! Back in the early ’80s, Fullerton band Berlin rode the alternative radio success train onboard a synth-pop single called “The Metro,” wh...



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The Plot Thickens

Is a federal case against four homegrown “terrorists” actually based on compelling evidence—or just a bunch hearsay and Facebook “likes?” An underground jihadi e-zine made for a Western audience, Facebook activities, ...


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Holiday Gift Guide

They say The End is coming—so here are a few ideas to make your Doomsday gift-giving a bit more meaningful Exactly when or how is where it becomes a little hazy. No doubt you’ve heard that the Mayans predicted the…


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Bath Salts: The New Hard Drug or Just Something for the Youngsters?

The Bath Salts craze seems strangely familiar Bath salts? Bath salts? If it’s a fair proposition that 95 percent of drug stories in the mainstream media are utter crap—Reefer Madness springs to mind-then what are we to make...



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The Biggest Tour

Asking Alexandria risks it all to ascend to the top of the bill Asking Alexandria’s appearance as a top headliner at California Metalfest, scheduled for Nov. 24 at the NOS Event Center in San Bernardino, will be a little bit&...


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Old School

After an 18-hour day producing music for Kanye West and other A-listers, hip-hop producer Hit-Boy still calls the IE home Hit-Boy, born Chauncey Hollis, looks like he just woke up. The producer-rapper is clad in a white tee, Ni...


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The Other Side of the Tracks

The Inland Empire’s racing and motorsports history runs deep Racing, whether in cars or motorcycles or other vehicles; whether it’s along ovals, strips or just plain dirt, is in our DNA in Southern California. You can thank...



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Red Hot

No longer a D-lister, Kathy Griffin’s earns an A+ Kathy Griffin has been taking her clothes off lately. A lot. On Late Night with David Letterman. On the cover of her new video. On New Year’s Eve in Times Square…


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Voices of Our Past

Unexplained shadows and unknown voices roam the Inland Empire Disembodied voices pleading for help—or delivering dire warnings. Objects that move when nobody is around. Mysterious blips, flashes of light or images occurring a...


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What’s in a Name?

Omar Rodriguez Lopez is one prolific musician—even his band is billed under multiple titles “It’s a band—that’s something I haven’t been in for over 11 years.” Fans of Omar Rodríguez López might be surprised to ...



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Saving Sara

If Sara Kruzan is the childhood victim of sexual exploitation—why is she being treated like a criminal? Few can understand the life of horror that led Sara Kruzan to pull the trigger that killed George Gilbert “G.G.” Howa...


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BEST OF IE 2012

There’s no shame in having a little fun to liven up the boring, non-working days of your life, and the IE has plenty of fun to go around. To those people who tell others to “grow up” and quit going…


Arts and Entertainment

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

BEST AIR SHOW March Field AirFest The March Field AirFest is one of the best air shows in the country and definitely a sight to see. Anyone from a die-hard aviation fan to a casual enthusiast will be blown away…



Bars&Clubs

BARS & CLUBS

BEST BAR HOPPING/PUB CRAWLING AREA Downtown Riverside Downtown Riverside has the party vibe only a college town can provide. Whether you start off at Worthington’s and end up at Lake Alice . .  or maybe Arts is your startin...


Eats&Treats

EATS & TREATS

BEST BAKED GOODS [Desi]gn Cakes & Cupcakes Desi, the CSUSB alum and the IE’s go-to girl for all things sweet, narrowly lost her bid to host the ESPYs on The Cupcake Wars, but those who have tasted the award-winning baker...


People&Places

PEOPLE & PLACES

BEST BARTENDER Jessi Snell at Redlands Underground She’s hot, she’s smart and she’s got the right moves both in front of and behind the bar. So it should come as no big surprise that a pole dancer who also happens…



Shopping&Services

SHOPPING & SERVICES

BEST AUDIO/ELECTRONICS STORE JR Audio If your car needs a serious electronics makeover, then consider taking your set of wheels to JR Audio in Norco where the company’s stock-in-trade includes Bluetooth installations, navigat...


Sports&Rec

SPORTS & RECREATION

BEST BIKE TRAIL Santa Ana River Trail Just think of the Santa Ana River Trail as the 91 Freeway of bicycling. The 30-mile bicycle path—which starts in Corona and follows the 91 and the Santa Ana River all the way…


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On the Road

Wilco’s Jeff Tweety discusses the band’s controversial early years and love of touring From a distance, alt-country kingpin Wilco could look like a freewheeling minstrel criss-crossing the country to bring its rootsy fare t...



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The New NORML?

The country’s oldest legalization group calls medical marijuana a “sham,” alienates its own members—and sells out, critics say Say what you want about the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, it’s ...