Past Stories

VOODOO GLOW SKULLS

When Riverside titans the Voodoo Glow Skulls formed in the late ’80s, the most exciting rock & roll related events in town were the occasional revival-style tent worship services conducted by ’50s-era big beat-t...


Art, by Tonka

A man, a building, a bulldozer: now that is my idea of art. If kids aren’t interested enough in art, perhaps it’s because we don’t show them enough of it that looks like Jason Middlebrook’s “Live ...


STEPHEN MALKMUS & THE JICKS

Stephen Malkmus, please don’t try to whip the world into shape. Just keep twisting tales, telling bedtime ditties about Jenny and the Ess Dogg. Whisper sassy sweet nothings about former sexed-up senator Bob Packwood and R...



POMONA TATTOO & BODY ART EXPO

Depressed about being the only one of your friends without a colorful nautical star tattoo adorning your bicep? Searching for a tattoo that can both fit in the small of your back and express your innermost beliefs and ideologie...


CALIFORNIA RABBIT AND CAVY SHOW

Rabbits put themselves on the map three millennia ago when Phoenician sailors landed on the Iberian Peninsula and saw scores of furry creatures skittering about. They dubbed this port i-shepan-ham—Land of the Rabbits&mdas...


PIERS FACCINI

Singer/songwriter/guitarist Piers Faccini is unafraid to capture our imagination with subtlety and grace, demonstrating that you don’t necessarily have to be loud to get heard. In a style reminiscent to John Hammond, Jack...



CARLOS MENCIA

“We’re voting for anyone who promises to put a 50-foot barbed-wire electric fence from Texas to California,” vowed Maxim magazine when they voted Carlos Mencia the 12th worst comedian of all time. But loathe h...


COCHINA FEST

In high school, my psychology teacher would sometimes break away from paraphrasing Noam Chomsky and launch into fantastic tales of the hippie-saturated Claremont that she grew up in. She regaled us with stories of how she bucke...


THE TEMECULA VALLEY BALLOON AND WINE FESTIVAL

Cha ching! It’s that time of year again when clean, wide-open Lake Skinner readies itself for the 30,000-plus revelers soon to descend upon it. The occasion is the annual Temecula Valley Balloon and Wine Festival, a three...



10’ors

This show is an exercise in vocabulary. When we first heard about it, awesome was the only word that came to mind. See, Jim Greco—a.k.a. Jimmy Volume—is pretty glammed out and awesome in a pseudo-Marc Boland kind of...


First Annual Inland Empire Jazz Festival

Just the mere fact that a jazz festival even exists in our oft-forgotten neck of the woods is reason enough to merit its support. With many seasoned performers booking nights at ritzy Westside or Orange County beach locations, ...


DAVIE ALLAN & THE ARROWS

When the veteran fuzz guitar avatar Davie Allan gets to work, expect a head-spinning barrage of technical perfection, raw, misfit distortion and shrewdly interjected melodic nods to the seemingly incongruous likes of Henry Man...



Portugal. The Man

Portugal. The Man is somewhat of an enigma. From their pesky, esoteric name—simultaneously trying to evoke a sense of bigger-than-life hugeness ­and intimate personability­—to the fact that all but one of the band...


STARS

Like fellow Canucks Metric, who passed through SoCal last month, Montreal’s Stars exist somewhere between cult status and mainstream, err, stardom: critically respected, enduring, and with enough fans to fill theatres wor...


The Art of Food and Wine in Palm Desert

If ever there was a reason to make a long-awaited jaunt into California’s hot, blustery desert, the time would be now when falling temperatures have less likelihood of reducing humans to shriveled raisins and California&r...



Gretchen Wilson

Country music owes Gretchen Wilson a tremendous debt of gratitude. The white trash siren who electrified trailer parks coast to coast with her 2005 smasheroo "Redneck Woman" also symbolically broke the back of Nashvi...


Music With Passion–the Sultry Stylings of Debbie Voltura

My first experience with jazz was a lot like most people’s initial encounter—smooth, modern swill. It wasn’t Kerouac’s half-mad bop, and it certainly wasn’t causing anyone to blow their beautiful t...


The Joshua Tree Roots

  </p>For many years it seemed that the few souls who stopped over at Joshua Tree were either sun-baked desert rats, bohemian artsy types, drug-addled hippies or extraterrestrials traveling via saucer. As this year&...



The 2007 Chocolate, Wine & Jazz Festival

Tired of decay and destruction? Take your mind off the monstrosities Mother Nature has unleashed and escape to Crossroads Riverview Park in Corona this weekend, where excellent wine, hors d’oeuvres and dessert await in a ...


Baby Tattooville

 Over the weekend, the historic Mission Inn Hotel will be transformed into a hub of the current pop surrealist art scene, hosting the Baby Tattooville event. Featuring such heavyweights as Gary Baseman, Luke Chueh, Frank K...


WHITMAN

In October of 2006, Whitman, a Riverside-based noise-folk one-man outfit, was living in a small house that he shared with a stripper he didn’t know and the stripper’s he’s-here-all-the-time-he-should-pay-bills...



Tokyo Police Club at The Glass House

“Do your neighbor a favor,” say the mouths of babes. “Steal their morning paper.” More than an adolescent prank, Canada’s Tokyo Police Club are committing social commentary. Songs like “Cheer...


The Joshua Tree Roots Music Festival

For many years it seemed that the few souls who stopped over at Joshua Tree were either sun-baked desert rats, bohemian artsy types, drug-addled hippies or extraterrestrials traveling via saucer. As this year’s edition of...


: HAIL THE JEW DAWN!

The Hanukkah Tour, a definitely unorthodox yet artistically kosher package of Hebrew noisemakers, aims to celebrate the Festival of Lights with a lunatic zeal. It features the very first visit to US shores by Yidcore, a ferocio...



THE PALM SPRINGS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

 One of the Southland’s glitziest, most prestigious film fests kicks off next week, and the best thing is that you don’t have to hop on a plane and endure sleepless nights on a cold airport floor. Where else ca...


BONNIE RAITT

Redheaded guitar slinger Bonnie Raitt—offspring of mid-century Great White Way fixture John—was born with perhaps the most bafflingly inappropriate background for one who has spent decades trading in the blues. Desp...


WIFE SWAP

 Meet the Caddels of Corona—Steve and Jinxi, just your average IE homebodies trying to raise three kids. Average, except maybe for the awesome full-arm tats, cool piercings and free-thinking atheist worldview. And th...



HELMET

 With the plethora of Seattle bands that broke into the early-‘90s rock mainstream, it’s a little baffling that the new alternative sound precluded almost any band that didn’t call the city home. The then...