Past Stories

JOEL PENNER

The jazz grooves of Joel Penner are so pleasing to the ear that it’s easy to overlook how sophisticated his sound can be. Influenced by the big band and bebop records of the ‘40s and ‘50s, Penner and his talen...


OKTOBERFEST!

Those civic-minded folks in Lake Arrowhead Village are at it again—so air out your lederhosen and dust off the accordion, because we are smack-dab in the middle of Southern California’s only free Oktoberfest. Featur...


MERLE HAGGARD

Induction to the Country Music Hall of Fame is a high and genuine honor, and when Merle Haggard got the nod some 10 years ago, he handled it in a way that, for a brief moment, just about gave all…



2AZZ1

“Nothing can be further removed/Not everyone wants to be soothed.” I remember taking to heart those words sung by British rocker Graham Parker in 1983’s “Passive Resistance.” At the time, much of p...


PALM SPRINGS WRITERS CONFERENCE

Writing can be a solitary, isolating, and frequently frustrating activity for the vast majority of us. Writers don’t “hang out” together anymore, except perhaps in cyberspace, which ain’t exactly like sh...


MARLEY’S GHOST

Just what the hell is “folk music?” Is it the hollers and spirituals of African-American slaves? The 19th-century minstrelsy of Dan Emmet? Is it the blues Howlin’ Wolf brought out of the cotton fields, the tor...



THE NATIONAL DAY OF MASS RESISTANCE

On October 5, The World Can’t Wait organization has planned a “national day of mass resistance” in downtown Los Angeles. Their motto is “The world can’t wait—drive out the Bush Regime,”...


PALM SPRINGS WRITERS CONFERENCE

Writing can be a solitary, isolating, and frequently frustrating activity for the vast majority of us. Writers don’t “hang out” together anymore, except perhaps in cyberspace, which ain’t exactly like sh...


PONTE WINERY GRAPE STOMP

Ahhh . . . the potent aroma of blackberries, raspberries, and tannins—with just a hint of dirty feet. Yes, it’s time to don some old clothes and scrub those tootsies for a smashing good time at Ponte Winery’s ...



WAYNE NEWTON

Multi-instrumental pop overlord Wayne Newton is one of the last of a classic 20th-century breed—the old-school nightclub entertainer—and it’s a tradition he upholds with such unflagging vigor that Newton, at t...


ARETHA FRANKLIN

To merely call Aretha Franklin a soul singer would be woefully inadequate; she’s more than just the Queen of Soul, she’s a force of nature, an artist of such power and originality who had a pervasive impact on mid-&...


KID VEGAS

Dismissing IE indie rockers Kid Vegas as your typical prefab punky melodic power-pop band would be a big mistake. Sure, all of the characteristics are there: catchy hooks and choruses, vocal harmonies, and extensive use of the ...



FISHBONE

Los Angeles powerhouse Fishbone have perfected a singular sound, one fraught with the deep, syncopated allure of funk, the communicative power of jazz, and the flat-git-it, riff-slinging craziness of straight-up hard rock&mdash...


THE BEAT

The ska-fueled 2-Tone juggernaut that electrified the UK circa ‘79 (and quickly spread to the US) was an ideally-timed jolt to the increasingly moribund state punk rock found itself lapsing into, one that enabled 2-Tone s...


TEMECULA VALLEY FILM AND MUSIC FESTIVAL

The Temecula Valley International Film and Music Festival started 12 years ago with only 600 in attendance. Last year, Temecula teamed with nearly 10,000 tourists in town to soak up some films and dig its musical offerings. Thi...



LILY-FEST

Who would have guessed that social responsibility and altruism could be so freakin’ cool? Those crazy folks over at Inland Empire HardCore, the ones who brought you Who Would Jesus Deport? and PeaceFest, are at it again.¬...


SUPERBAD

First off, let’s define our terms for you kiddies who are empty of irony and born without a sarcastic bone in your body: It’s bad as in good. Like the Michael Jackson song, like Michael himself, back when he was&hel...


THE SONY HD 500

We’ll never forget the 1979 Daytona 500, which turned us on to the glory of NASCAR. On the final lap, Cale Yarborough and Donnie Allison smashed into each other while going for the lead. Their Oldsmobiles hit the wall, an...



CARLOS GUITARLOS

They don’t call him Guitarlos for nothing—the cat wields his ax with flabbergasting skill, a mix of sophisticated technique and sheer musicality that allows him to employ a long-range artistic reach spanning a spect...


JAMES BROWN

Even though it’s been over 20 years since James Brown scored a number one hit (the Rocky IV soundtrack-generated “Living in America”), and his most high-profiled recent occasion in the spotlight was that insan...


RICKIE LEE JONES

IE residents have the rare opportunity to witness a world-class act in a small, local venue when Rickie Lee Jones, Duchess of Coolsville, brings her sultry presence, smoky vocals and A-1 songwriting to the warm and comfy enviro...



INDIO TAMALE FESTIVAL

Santa knows his route has hit Southern California when the kiddos leave him plates of gingerbread, milk, and plump, savory tamales.¬† This weekend, over 100,000 pilgrims will pay homage to the holiday’s spiciest treat by ...


THE FAINT

Amid the musical miasma that was the mid-‘90s Omaha, Neb. rock scene, a band of self-proclaimed “lite-rockers” formed Norman Bailer and churned out generic indie-rock ditties that were ultimately uninspiring a...


THE INLANDIA FESTIVAL

“Highway 66 is the main migrant road,” wrote John Steinbeck in The Grapes of Wrath, his migrant worker social commentary. It is “the path of people in flight, refugees from dust and shrinking land . . . 66 is ...



4 KINGS OF R&B

Truth in advertising—that’s the bare facts on this quartet. With the Impressions’ Jerry “Iceman” Butler, silk-hat-topped killer Gene “Duke of Earl” Chandler and soulful crooner Ben E. K...


Sly Boogy at Faces

Rappers in the Inland Empire aren’t necessarily tough to come by, but finding one that consistently delivers solid songs and the occasional club-banging anthem or two is a bit more difficult. Rialto-born rhyme-sayer Sly B...


Second Annual Active Bling Fest

I made the conscious decision to stop watching skate videos after a few scant hours spent laughing at some poor kids (and some not-so-poor pros) spend 15 minutes pulling off amazing feats of acrobatic sportsmanship only to be f...



DOKKEN

At times it seems as if the basic pathology behind, and outright need for, heavy metal has been lurking somewhere deep within mankind since the days of the Neanderthal. The sound’s core appeal–the cataclysmic guitar...