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Walking the Line

Crafting honest American music It’s becoming increasingly rare to walk into a bar or nightclub and see a live band on the bill. More often than not, the expectation in the digital age is to find the modern equivalent of…


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Lights and the Windows

MEMBERS: Stefan Ross (vocals/keys/guitar), Devin Stannard (guitar/keys/MIDI sequencing), Brian Lewis (guitar/keys/MIDI sequencing), Austin Wallace (bass/loops) and Isaac Arias (drums). CITIES OF ORIGIN: Chino and Ontario. KINDR...


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Breath of Life

Imagine Dragons fires up another Sin City success story There must be something about going slowly crazy—and quickly broke—in Sin City that either brings out the best in an artist or destroys them for good. After a few year...



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J. Grizz

MEMBERS: John “J. Grizz” Piscopo (lead vocals/guitar), Michael Shanks (keyboards), Rob McElwaine (drums) and Steve Vandemon (bass). CITIES OF ORIGIN: La Verne, Claremont and Whittier. KINDERED SPIRITS: Grateful Dead, Sublim...


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Classical Masters

Riverside County Philharmonic schools us in extraordinary greatness Classical music is set apart from all other forms—folk, pop, techno, etc.—in that it is an inherent challenge for all parties involved. Composers challenge...


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Lil’ A and the Allnighters

Members: Alex “Lil. A” Woodson (harmonica, vocals), Anthony “AC” Contreras (guitar), Bill Bates (guitar), Kenny Huff (bass) and A.J. Martel (drums). Cities of Origin:  Ontario and Pomona. Kindred Spirits / Influences:...



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COMMITTED

Heavy Punk Legends Suicidal Tendencies are back in action! In Los Angeles’s long, esteemed punk history few bands have risen to such levels of success and infamy as Venice Beach’s Suicidal Tendencies (ST). Blasting out of t...


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The Blackout Experiment

  MEMBERS: Ryan Yeager (guitar), Brodie Johnson (bass), Jeff Stewart (drums) and Chris West (vocals). CITIES OF ORIGIN: Riverside KINDRED SPIRITS: “All the members listen to different stuff which brings a unique sound, but i...


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Hold Fast

Punk at its finest—back in Riverside The Conditionz are an anomaly in the world of punk rock. Bands form and fall apart, merge and splinter and sell out quite frequently. Throughout the shifting landscape of American music, T...



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The Shadow Principle

MEMBERS: Reza Moosavi (guitar), David Tomkins (bass/vocals) and Kurt Berens (drums). CITIES OF ORIGIN: Upland. KINDRED SPIRITS: “We are always individually listening to and being inspired by different artists and genres, whic...


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Oh, that Sweet Southern Sound

Stagecoach Music Fest offers great goodies for all At the end of each April, hipster fedoras are replaced by cowboy hats at Indio’s Empire Polo Club field as country music’s Stagecoach picks up where the rocking Coachella l...


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SLANDERUS

MEMBERS: Jason Kennedy (guitar, back-up vocals), Nathanil Tabor (drums) and Allen Alamillo (lead vocals, keyboard). CITIES OF ORIGIN: Ontario and Avenal, CA. KINDERED SPIRITS: Dream Theater, Machine Head, System of a Down, Iron...



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Dazed and Amused

The pilgrimage to inspiration No one expects a music festival to be convenient. The tickets are expensive (for the majority of those attending), the elements are on their worst behavior and there isn’t a klean kanteen large e...


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This Year’s Guide to Coachella Music

If you’re planning to attend America’s greatest modern musical spectacle, the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival in mid-April, you may wonder inwardly if a few more holograms, like that memorable one of Tupac Shakur...


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Carbon Atlas

MEMBERS: Aaron Hauck (guitar, vocals), Eric Strege (bass, vocals) and Ryan Sarehkhani (drums) CITIES OF ORIGIN: Livermore, Palm Springs and Walnut KINDRED SPIRITS: The Protomen, Apollo 18, Circa Survive, Thrice (Alchemy Index e...



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Back to Our Roots

Paul Chesne Band Evokes the Americana in All of Us If you listen to any amount of Paul Chesne Band music, you’re going to hear a plenty of songs about girls and a lot of songs about Jesus. Sometimes, both…


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Ultra Gash Inferno

MEMBERS: Ultra Gash Inferno CITIES OF ORIGIN: Palm Springs. KINDERED SPIRITS: Franz Liszt, George Frideric Handel and Richard Wagner. RECENT RELEASES: Mental/Physical (Feb. 2013) WEBSITES: ultragashinferno.bandcamp.com. FREQUEN...


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A Date with Daedelus

We get some one-on-one time with the electro-rock star just before he mesmerizes the masses at The Glass House When Alfred Weisberg-Roberts, who performs under the name Daedelus, plays live, he doesn’t exactly perform the kin...



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The Rare

MEMBERS: Nicho Searls (vocals/guitar), Myke Akers (bass) and Patrick Brown (drums). CITIES OF ORIGIN: Apple Valley and Orange County KINDRED SPIRITS: “That’s a hard question because we pull from so many different styles but...


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Swaying and Smiling

Leftover Cuties are lighting up the IE with its bright and vibrant sound. It’s not often that a band is able to imbue its music with its surroundings in such a way that the group’s songs take your imagination to…


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Curtiss King

CITY OF ORIGIN: San Bernardino KINDERED SPIRITS: “It’s a tie between three, I’d say. Because my introduction to music wasn’t necessarily through hip-hop. It was really through R&B: Sade, Erykah Badu and Jill Scott. ...



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The Story We Don’t See

Pop-punk band The Story So Far opens up about live performances, hard work and adventure. As they return with a sophomore album and a likely packed show at Pomona’s Glass House on March 16, maturing pop-punkers The Story So F...


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Quitapenas

MEMBERS: John D (Accordion, Percussion, Ukulele), Dany Choco Gomez (Guitar, Vocals, Ukulele), Toto Chavez (Sax, Vocals, Percussion, Ukulele), Oskar Rivas (Bass, Guitarron, backup vocals), Mark Villela (Guacharaca y Guache, back...


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Going Home with Pride

The Ghost Inside pushes forward with passionate vigilance  By For Jonathan Vigil, vocalist with L.A. metalcore meteors The Ghost Inside, headlining Pomona’s Glass House on March 8 feels like a homecoming. “Two of the best ...



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Skin Tones

Young buck rapper Kid Ink gets ready to drop bars for UCR’s Heat Music Festival Ever since he moved to the majors earlier this year, rapper Kid Ink may have to change his name to just Ink—hip-hop scribes and critics…


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Write Our World

MEMBERS: Ezra Echt (vocals), James Osyris (lead guitar), Thinzar Pyre (rhythm guitar), Eddy Medrano (bass) and Garrick William (Drums). CITIES OF ORIGIN: Pomona, Walnut, Upland, Colton and San Bernardino (respectively). KINDRED...


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Keep Calm and Carry On

20+ Years of bringing Ska to the Masses If you’re into Ska music, then you know of Madness, The Specials, and later No Doubt and Sublime as being the bands to help push Ska to the mainstream.                 ...



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Mad n Mack

MEMBERS: Madison Marie (vocals), Mackenzie Paige (vocals), Dylan Roy (drums), John Minn (guitar), Nick Hall (guitar) and Jaime Martinez (bass.) CITY OF ORIGIN: Rancho Cucamonga KINDRED SPIRITS: “Our influences include (but ar...