Feature Stories

Split Lip Rayfield Ready for Stagecoach

Split Lip Rayfield Ready for Stagecoach

By | April 24, 2012 at 11:28 pm | 1,989 comments

By Marissa Willman An eclectic mix of a mandolin, a banjo and a homemade gas-tank bass, the guys of Split Lip Rayfield are ready to bring their seamless harmonies and manic bluegrass to the Stagecoach Festival this weekend. Originally hailing from Kansas, the band has 120...

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The Unforgiven to Reunite at Stagecoach

The Unforgiven to Reunite at Stagecoach

By | April 24, 2012 at 11:25 pm | 1,059 comments

By Marissa Willman Armed with their spaghetti western outfits and western-inspired songs, The Unforgiven is returning to its Inland Empire roots for a special reunion performance at the Stagecoach Festival this weekend. The country rock band formed in the Inland Empire in...

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Wild and Crazy Banjo

Wild and Crazy Banjo

By | April 24, 2012 at 11:22 pm | 1,200 comments

Steve Martin—yes, THAT Steve Martin—and the Steep Canyon Rangers head for Stagecoach By Stephen Seigel If any modern artist in the pop-culture pantheon deserves to be bestowed with the title “Renaissance Man,” it is Steve Martin. Not only is he an author of novels...

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Meet the Desert’s ‘Low-Budget Jesse James’

Meet the Desert’s ‘Low-Budget Jesse James’

By | April 17, 2012 at 10:01 pm | No comments

By Marissa Willman Maybe you’ve seen him at his tattoo shop in Palm Desert. Maybe you’ve seen him teaching spin classes at Gold’s Gym. Or maybe you saw him spitting cow hearts into a bucket from a tank of cow blood on national television last year. Wherever you’ve...

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A Cause Close to Home

A Cause Close to Home

By | April 17, 2012 at 9:45 pm | 1,579 comments

The Lumpy’s Scramble for Autism raises funds for families in need By D. Arment April is Autism Awareness month, and among the walks for autism and other fundraisers in the valley is one of the most anticipated and successful events of the year: The Lumpy’s Scramble for...

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At The Drive In

At The Drive In

By | April 17, 2012 at 9:44 pm | 2,109 comments

By Nate Jackson Legendary post-hardcore outfit At the Drive-In is reuniting to perform at Coachella this year. But the group -- whose members Omar Rodríguez-López and Cedric Bixler-Zavala eventually splintered to join Mars Volta -- didn't know what expect when, in November,...

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Coachella Fest

Coachella Fest

By | April 10, 2012 at 11:38 pm | 657 comments

With so many great artists scheduled to play at Coachella this year, here are a few strongly-recommended acts that should be on the top of any music lover's list. I have selected a few acts scheduled to perform on each day. FRIDAY The Black Keys - With one foot in the...

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Coachella, Brought to You by the Letter ‘B’

Coachella, Brought to You by the Letter ‘B’

By | April 10, 2012 at 11:34 pm | 440 comments

We look to the second letter of the alphabet for some can’t-miss acts  It’s nearly 4 a.m. in the Milwaukee casino Potawatomi, and the roulette wheel isn’t cooperating. Justin Vernon, the lead singer of Bon Iver, is in his second stack of chips totaling $200, and...

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Coachella Preview

Coachella Preview

By | April 10, 2012 at 11:30 pm | No comments

By Jesse Every year 50-60,000 music goer’s lineup at Coachella for the opportunity to see the biggest names in music play all in one venue. All while hundreds of thousands more revel in jealousy sitting at home. From the main stage to the side shows, Coachella offers both...

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KCOD Radio

KCOD Radio

By | April 10, 2012 at 11:24 pm | 722 comments

In Spring 2011, College of the Desert oceanography professor Bob Pellenbarg donates radio broadcast equipment, spurring the Student Journalist Society, a club at College of the Desert founded by staff members of The Chaparral to take the first steps of building KCOD. On March...

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Desert Legends Come Together for One of Their Own- R.I.P. “Britt Killen”

Desert Legends Come Together for One of Their Own- R.I.P. “Britt Killen”

By | April 5, 2012 at 12:35 am | 504 comments

We have movie legends, sports legends, music legends and here in the CV we have the pioneers of the desert rock movement who we consider “Desert Rock Legends.” Herb Lienau, Alfredo Hernandez, and Zach Huskey are a few of the musicians who some say haven’t gotten enough...

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KRAFT NABISCO PROVIDES FANTASTIC FINISH

KRAFT NABISCO PROVIDES FANTASTIC FINISH

By | April 5, 2012 at 12:08 am | 425 comments

by Mike Livingston; Co-Host, The CaddyShack Radio Show Do we know how to host a major or what, people??!! The Coachella Valley and Mission Hills Country Club in particular looked absolutely spectacular all week and weekend-long (especially if you have 40’ or bigger, HDTV)....

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Castelli’s Restaurant

Castelli’s Restaurant

By | April 5, 2012 at 12:03 am | 483 comments

Not many restaurants can boast having over 20 years of success in the Coachella Valley.  Castelli’s Restaurant has been a local’s favorite for 24 years, and is the place to be if you want to impress your guests with amazing food and unparalleled ambiance.  It was my...

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Ogressa’s Warts and All

Ogressa’s Warts and All

By | April 5, 2012 at 12:02 am | 576 comments

Ogressa’s Warts and All by Jack St. Clair   Ogressa’s Warts and All contains the deep, low guitar riffs that have been a staple of Zach Huskey’s music for the better part of two decades in Dali’s Llama. The music would sound at home on any of that band’s...

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Snake Jagger

Snake Jagger

By | April 4, 2012 at 11:59 pm | 1,065 comments

Art Scene: Snake Jagger by Kylie Knight Snake Jagger has spent his whole life inspired and creatively influenced by the raw nature and beautiful desert landscapes of the Coachella Valley and surrounding areas. Many know his work through his depiction of surreal desert scenes...

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