Past Stories

EDWARD COLVER

Pomona-birthed Edward Colver is an artist, a keen chronicler of chaos in the style of Hieronymus Bosch and Sandro Botticelli, only without the depictions of heaven and God and angels mucking about. But hell? Yeah, that’s ...


ASLEEP AT THE WHEEL

Western Swing is easily the deadest of dead 20th-century country music idioms, but for a brief span—roughly 1930 to the mid-‘50s—it provided hillbilly with a jazz-like legitimacy and widespread, mainstream app...


PLAGUES AND PLEASURES ON THE SALTON SEA

If you listen to the residents of Bombay Beach—a hardscrabble bunch with a love of Hawaiian prints and beer—their beloved (if catastrophic) Salton Sea was created by either the Colorado River, irrigation overflow, o...



The Punk Rock Barbecue

You know those irritating people who are always dismissively saying “That’s so punk rock” about something? Here’s your chance to show them what’s really up. After you enter In Cahoots on Sunday, po...


CONSPIRACY OF THOUGHT RELEASE PARTY

If you didn’t know this by now—and really, you should—Conspiracy of Thought are one of the IE’s best bands, a foursome whose intricate, metal-rooted music runs far deeper than you might think. That is, i...


THE RIVERBOAT GAMBLER

Virginia rockers the Candy Snatchers surged onto the ‘90s punk scene and stripped their music down to its core, taking out all the platitudes and ignoring the trends and focusing on creating raw, energetic rock that laude...



THE PEOPLE’S HEARING AGAINST POLLUTION

For decades, a miles-long plume of toxic perchlorate—the main ingredient in rocket fuel—has been creeping through the ground below Rialto and contaminating its water supply. The chemical was discovered 10 years ago,...


HEY, BABY, IT’S THE FOURTH OF JULY

Unless you’re gay, non-Christian, have a questionable immigration status, want to take drugs, smoke cigarettes, pay for sex, actually use your freedom of expression, want to circumvent the mechanized corporate entertainme...


THE ALBUM LEAF

Band geeks, you’ve found your messiah. The Album Leaf’s James LaValle, multi-instrumentalist and tone poem bard, brings his San Diego folktronica to the small stage after a few years touring with Sigur Ros. Now he&r...



Clean Air, Clear Stars music fest & benefit

Despite it being a glorified chalkboard presentation on global warming, and having some seriously misleading “facts,” Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth still managed to grab America’s attention and help fo...


HE PUNK ROCK LUAU

We could’ve headlined this pick This week in Desperation Squad news, since our lovely newspaper has given the Pomona punkers huge swaths of ink lately—and indeed, this mere mention is their third in three weeks. We&...


1ST AMENDMENT TATTOO GRAND RE-OPENING PARTY

A bunch of people will be hanging around the Q-Club Billiard Hall in Temecula—literally. Saturday night, 1st Amendment Tattoo is hosting a live human suspension show as part of their grand re-opening extravaganza. A guy d...



Culver City Dub Collective

Culver City Dub Collective is a loose posse of players united by a common yen for exotic rhythms, tight, bright execution, and freethinking creativity. The refreshingly unconventional brainchild of drummer Adam Topol and guitar...


Temecula Valley’s Vine 2 Wine Tasting Tour

The rules of etiquette for the normal wine tasting venture goes something like this: walk into the tasting room; sample whatever the vintner has on hand; swirl, swish and spit; buy a bottle of your favorite (or shuck it) and&he...


Peter Case

The path that brings Peter Case to the Folk Music Center tonight has been extraordinarily unorthodox: he started his musical career as a self-propelled rock & roll rebel in mid-1970′s Los Angeles, a period in that cit...



The Bangles at Morongo Casino

Emerging out of the same LA punk scene that brought you the hardcore Runaways and the-once-hardcore-but-eventually-softer-focus Go-Gos, the Bangles started out the early 80s as dues-paying members of the Paisley Underground, ch...


The Murder Junkies at the Vibe

Rock & roll stardom is all too often achieved through simple crowd-pleasing mediocrity, yet the far more desirable ranking—infamy—requires a more profound, balls-to-the-wall effort. The late shock-punk master GG...


Moon Party at San Bernardino County Museum

Has it really been 398 years since Galileo invited the Romans back to his crib in Padua to the inaugural Moon Party? Gosh time flies. I paraphrase history a bit, but back in those early days his telescopic spyglass magnified&he...



Vettes

The Chevy Corvette is an iconic vehicle in American–and international–mechanized culture. From its famous fiberglass body (which was a novel application upon its introduction), to its easily identifiable trademark r...


Escape the Fate at the Glass House

More and more screamo/metalcore bands are becoming the cartoonish ’80s hesher heroes depicted on their ironically hip retro t-shirts. Fists-aloft choruses; widdly guitars; increasingly, err, "involved" haircuts;...


Creedence Clearwater Revisited

The questionable practice of the touring  "ghost band" has been in place for decades—ever since big name swing bandleaders like Benny Goodman and Count Basie began dying—but lately it has become a ste...



Sarah Silverman at the Pala Events Center

Comedians aren’t a very sexy bunch, generally speaking. Males are usually unkempt louts who look like they subsist on Doritos, beer and Hostess products. Females of the species tend to be sexless Sapphics with brassy long...


The 13th Annual Temecula Valley International Film & Music Festival

When you think of the Temecula Valley, the word sedate pops into mind–nice, quiet hot air balloon rides across semi-arid mesas, vineyard hopping in open convertibles, bottomless bottles of chilly inebriants keeping the he...


PEACE FEST

What’s that? A free festival for artsy environmental types and their kids who’re frustrated with the environmental damage caused by a complacent suburban lifestyle and therefore eager to change their wanton wasteful...



JIMMY EAT WORLD

Arizona’s Jimmy Eat World are to emo (the sensitive side of post-punk/hardcore that exploded out of the underground at the turn of the Millennium) what Def Leppard are to heavy metal: both bands took an organic, visceral ...


The Smiths’ tribute band

Tribute bands are usually a sucker’s bet, a sure indication that somewhere along the road you’ve lost any discernment whatsoever with the pop-culture nuggets you’ve let dissolve on your metaphorical palate. Th...