Past Stories

Palmtrees, Paparazzi and Pistols

Nestled in a Palm Springs strip mall, M Modern gallery’s minimal exterior conceals the extensive collection of avant-garde art within. Boasting pieces from some of the most cutting-edge members of the low-brow art movemen...


Palm Springs International Film Festival

As the Oscars rapidly approach, count on studio heads to schmooze with critics and wax philosophical about their latest flicks, drinking in the adulation of star-drunk fans under warm desert skies and rolling greens. The annual...


The Cork Pops in Wine Country

You could be perfectly content, parked on the couch with a nice bottle of cheap bubbly and the boob-tube plastered on the Clarkless New Year’s Rockin’ Eve 2008 (sorry Ryan, but you’re no Dick) . . . or you cou...



Janiva Magness

It ain’t exactly a cake walk to be a white chick blues singer, but in the case of  sultry chanteuse Janiva Magness, skin tone scarcely counts at all. First thing, Magness was born and raised in Detroit, not only one&...


Civet at Electric Chair

Civet at Electric Chair, December 22 Let’s just face it, kiddies. There’s no getting around the fact that ‘Girl Groups’ are, nine times out of ten, a disastrous misfire. Whether it’s the dopey shri...


Gris Grimly’s A Prairie Nightmare

Gris Grimly’s A Prairie Nightmare at the M Modern thru December  One of M Modern’s newest exhibits—A Prairie Nightmare—is like a glucose-trip to a dark and mysterious place where the things that go ...



Mad Marionettes and Buckingham Burlesque at Biacci’s

Not since the pairing of pornography-and-photography, gin-and-cigarettes, or sadism-and-masochism have the forces of the universe brought together a combination that’s both as satisfying and hedonistic as the rock/burlesq...


Matt Coleman

Riverside’s distinctive retro-pickers Hobo Jazz got their start innocuously enough, as many bands do, at various open mic nights and impromptu performances in and around the Riverside area. The trio unleashed an infectiou...


Jonathan Davis, Godhead

Jonathan Davis’ band, Korn, were a jolting bolt of originality when they married hip-hop’s bop to lugubrious hesher heft in the mid-’90s. Korn have since made millions while barely embroidering this basic cros...



Shonen Knife

Japan’s Shonen Knife has always appeared as the fulcrum in the seesaw of notable, gnarly and moderately perplexing female-fronted rock acts hailing from the other edge of the Pacific. On one side, you’ve got Melt Ba...


The 16th Annual Indio Tamale Festival

What comes wrapped in bundles of gold and green, is savory, sweet and good to eat for each of the 12 days of Christmas? Why, it’s the seductively spicy charms of the tamale, of course, and this weekend marks the…


It’s A Wonderful Life at the LifeHouse Theater

If only the holidays could be as breezy and cheesy as Bad Santa and Fred Claus. Alas, while the economy tanks (according to our seasoned economic pro’s doom and gloom pronouncements) and Americans continue to see home val...



SOCIAL DISTORTION

First famous as the innocuous-looking youngster in the touring documentary, Another State of Mind, traveling with Youth Brigade and Minor Threat, Mike Ness was the only one to achieve superstardom, the only one who cannot walk ...


LITTLE WILLIE G. & THEE MIDNIGHTERS

From Ritchie Valens and Chan Romero to ? & the Mysterians and Los Lobos, the rich legacy of Chicano rock & rollers has been consistently kick ass, and the dazzling mid-60s East Los Angeles break out by bands like Cannib...


DEMOCRACYFEST

If you aren’t happy with the state of the States, but have no interest in another stodgy, yawny, vanilla political event. Fear not, my socially-aware IE’ers, for DemocracyFest 2006 kicks off with a Thursday night po...



THE DUO TONES

The surf guitar sound launched rock & roll’s ax standard into a bold new era, one where velocity, effects and sheer shoot-the-curl audacity collided together with spectacular results. There was so much more than just ...


HOOTENANNY 2006

Time once again for the annual Hootenanny, undoubtedly the West Coast’s largest, longest-running pompadourk rally. Although past years have featured most every high-profile rock & roll architect still able to ignite t...


TOM CRUISE BOBBLE-COUCH NIGHT

Gotta hand it to the marketing peeps working for the Lake Elsinore Storm. When we were in Arkansas two weeks ago, we opened up the local paper to find that this Tom Cruise Bobble-Couch Night promotion made ink there. So…



RICO RODRIGUEZ

While the Jamaican trombonist Rico Rodriguez is perhaps best known for his early-’80s stint with two-tone ska wonderboys the Specials, both his résumé and capabilities far outstrip whatever flimsy merits tha...


THROW RAG

Rock & roll sweats. It’s not highfalutin or pristine. It’s dirty, even nasty sometimes, and so is Sean Wheeler, a.k.a. Sean Doe, lead singer of Throw Rag, a band nautically obsessed enough to claim the Salton Se...


PEACE FEST 2006

You had the appetizer, now it’s time for the main course. Inland Empire HardCore and Axis of Justice IE, the same folks who brought you the June 4th social-action symposium Who Would Jesus Deport?, present Peace Fest 2006...



NOTIFY THIS! : NO ON 85

You don’t need a license to have a baby—any girl who hits puberty can do it. The unfortunate girls who do get pregnant (peer pressure? Rape?) would benefit from the loving support of their parents as they face the t...


RIVERSIDE GHOSTWALK

There is a plethora of ways to be scared this Halloween: Knott’s Scary Farm, watching an old classic like Evil Dead 2, or just imaging what Speaker of the House Denny Hastert looks like naked—all options scaling upw...


GHOST HUNTING WITH THE RIP

If you’ve ever wondered whether that ominous presence breathing down your neck is just a figment of the imagination or whether loved ones who’ve passed into the afterlife ever leave their earthly existence, then thi...



BILL MAHER

As a provocateur who specializes in inflammatory improv, Bill Maher’s dedication to keeping after-the-fact records of precisely what he said and where seems idiosyncratic.  His files aren’t compiled to protect him ...


DEVO

Ohio has produced a startling number of powerhouse musical forces—jazz/R&B genius Jimmy Scott, shock-rock pioneer Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, hard country thug Johnny Paycheck, the Cramps’ Lux Interior, the Pre...


THE 4TH ANNUAL LAKE ELSINORE ART & WINE FESTIVAL

Did you say buzz? If you’ve got a hankering for that elated feeling (the one that makes the sun shine brighter and the birds chirp merrier), join the thousands of like-minded carousers this weekend in picture-perfect Lake...



UK SUBS

Packages like the Fiend Fest are ultimately depressing; a Frankensteined-together load of marginal acts topped off by semi-ghost bands trying desperately to bolster the punk rock “legacy.”  But enough about the...