Past Stories

ALL MARBLES

Redlands band All Marbles—yep, another Redlands group; it’s practically Seattle circa 1989 over there—are great by association, since they hang out with such worthy IE aural notables as Bad News for the Toros,...


STAY SICK!

In 1976, singer Lux Interior and guitarist Poison Ivy Rorschach were penniless civilians, scraping the scummy bottom layer of survival in Manhattan, rotting their brains on a steady diet of low-grade monster movies and feverish...


A THORN FOR EVERY HEART

This Chino Hills band released its first full-length CD, Things Aren’t So Beautiful Now, in 2004, a debut rife with conflict and contrast. Songs like "Pretty When You Cry" and "A Night To Remember, A Mornin...



THE JOSHUA TREE ROOTS MUSIC FESTIVAL

Yeah, there’s something cool going down in Joshua Tree. Again. Look, it’s not our fault that the gamut of great indie art, music and culture in the IE seems to be connected to the High Desert—if Rancho Cucamon...


BEST THING SINCE HAIR METAL!

Emo might just be the dividing line between generations of rockers. While bands like Rites of Spring, Moss Icon and Heroin always managed to avoid being labeled as emo, it seems that now there’s no stop to the hordes of&h...


BAD NEWS FOR THE TOROS

Redlands trio Bad News for the Toros make rock & roll like the Feelies used to (they were a great band if you were in college in the ‘80s—look ‘em up sometime, kids), lathered up with fuzzy guitars, delici...



DESERT HOLIDAY

Oh baby, there ain’t nothing better than a down-in-the-dirt, head-in-the-clouds rock & roll fest, and this little shindig, with some 30 bands laying it down over the course of three days, stacks up as one mad mutha of...


SOMETIMES SALVATION

It was easy for an older generation to make fun of the Black Crowes when they first broke back in 1990. Their debut, Shake Your Money Maker, was shameless redunda-rock—equal parts Stones and Faces knock-offs, with some st...


YOUNG DOLLA

Some people with anti-social tendencies hole up in a shack in the mountains and, a la Ted Kaczynski, believe that society is shutting them out and shutting them up.  Moreno Valley rapper Young Dolla was similarly afflicted...



SOJOURNER TRUTHS

Twinkies were a defense for a murder binge The killer had high sugar count but now he’s on the mend He sold his soul to the Hostess, she turned his brain to mush The lawyer said, “Sure he killed ‘em,…


BAND OF THE WEEK

Every halfway decent college town needs a great stoner band, so Ojos Rojos might as well be Claremont’s (the name translates as “red eyes,” which pretty much explains everything). As stoner bands go, they lean...


RETURN OF THE GREIVOUS ANGEL

Country-rock pioneer Gram Parsons has become the quintessential post-mortem superstar—not all that famous in life, but legendary in death. If you were to scan his resume at the time he died, that list may not seem too imp...



HESSIANS APLENTY!

This Saturday, KROQ will take over the Hyundai Pavilion with yet another installment of their Inland Invasion, which, much like years past, has an uninspiring line-up that mocks those who shell out the gobs of cash required to ...


WELCOME TO THE BUNGLE

Rock & roll stardom can exact a terrible toll. It killed Gene Vincent (and Jim, Jimi, Janis), it turned Elvis Presley into a chemically-fueled doughboy, John Lennon into a heroin-gorging shut-in and Bono into a strutting, s...


BAND OF THE WEEK

The Cabookies have a cute name, one that alternately denotes both traditional Japanese theater and chocolate-chipped, high-caloric goodness. But the Fontana band is actually pretty scary—a trio of fierce musicians who scr...



BAD REPUTATION

Joan Jett? The ultimate rock & roll badass, she’s an archetypal, almost mythic figure, one assuredly on a cultural and artistic par with her boldest predecessors, and if there were a Mount Rushmore for female American...


BONES

Baton Rouge, Louisiana rhythm insurgents Michael Miller and Scott Campbell’s Bones is one weird-ass band, a twosome that has very little in common with updated hippie rock pretensions of the White Stripes, and one that di...


DESERT BLOOM

Take Cracker, Camper Van Beethoven and a bunch of their friends, plop them down in Pioneertown for a couple of weekend nights, give it a name—like, oh, The Second Annual Cracker/Camper Van Beethoven Campout—and see ...



ATOM THA IMMORTAL

It almost feels insulting to brand Riverside’s Atom tha Immortal as a rapper, because there’s so much more going on here than mere beats and rhymes. He’s an eloquent essayist, political activist, Biblical scho...


JAMMIN’ BREAD

   As ska’s third wave became nothing more than a small ripple on the musical surface of the late ‘90s, many bands began to water down their sound by relying on power-pop and punk rock gimmicks to stay afl...


CEREBRO NEGRO

In a region where too many bands are as cookie-cutter as the tract homes, a good ska band is like a refreshing oasis in a desert of punk/metal sameness. Like the 7-piece Fontana ska en espanol outfit Cerebro Negro, who…



IT’S A DAMNED, DAMNED, DAMNED, DAMNED WORLD

When the Damned hit the Key Club bandstand Sunday, expect a combination of unhinged, explosive punk and high atmospheric drama, an unusually potent amalgam that’s wholly particular to them, and one that’s made them ...


Band of the Week

The epic eight-bit struggle between space pirates and Earth-born intergalactic bounty hunters immediately come to mind when people—mostly sunshine-deprived video game nerds—think of Metroid. But IE music geeks know ...


THIS IS NOT A SHOW REVIEW

At 10:30 last Friday night I was at the Vibe, and the place should have been packed—three decent-drawing bands were on tap (Los Creepers, Genghis Con-Job and Viva Hate) but the place was a goddamned ghost town.  That&rsq...



AMERICAN ROOTS PUNK CHAMBER MUSIC

If the late Tiny Tim (Herbert Khaury) and his rendering of the old-time pop standard “Tip-Toe Through the Tulips” is your reference point for the ukulele, you owe it to yourself to check out the Boulder Acoustic Soc...


Band of the Week

Stokley is the only group in the IE cocky enough to post groupie applications on its website. The five-piece also tout their dynamic songwriting abilities about as much as their dashing good looks. But the band can back up thei...


DROPPIN’ DAISIES

On June 24, concert producer Pasquale Rotella ordered two helicopters to fly over a crowd of 15,000 people during the Electric Daisy Carnival at San Bernardino’s NOS Events Center. Few folks on his staff at Insomniac Even...



REDNECK JESUS

Sporting long hair, a braided and beaded beard, earrings, 300-plus tattoos and his trademark rebel-flag-emblazoned Flying V guitar, David Allan Coe is the walking definition of infamy. With a résumé including hard...