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By Rich Henrich What happens when four kids grow up on their parents vinyl record collection in a small Michigan town famous for Bavarian culture and the world’s largest Christmas store? The world receives a gift called Greta Van Fleet. Rising from the campfire smoke above the ashes of a history from a midwestern state that has given the world,...
Performing at Coachella Saturday, April 21 at 7:20 on the Mojave Stage By Tracy Dietlin There’s no denying that Tash Sultana’s electrifying performance at Weekend 1 of Coachella was one of the best of the weekend. This one woman show is a phenomenal talent and a force to be reckoned with. Sultana came out and played so many instruments it was hard to...

HIGHLY SUSPECT

BY NOE GUTIERREZ Hailing from Cape Cod and currently Los Angeles based, HIGHLY SUSPECT closed out Coachella Music and Arts Festival Weekend I on Saturday night to a flock of positive reviews by fans and new followers alike. Formed in 2009, Johnny Stevens (guitars/vocals), Rich Meyer (bass/vocals) and Ryan Meyer (drums/vocals) are ready for a repeat performance this coming Saturday...
With a CD release party Saturday, April 21 @Hard Rock Hotel PS @8:00 By Tracy Dietlin Sunday Funeral is a power trio from the Coachella Valley comprised of Justin Ledesma (vocals, guitar), Andrea Taboada (bass) and Grant Gruenberg (drums). They play frequently throughout the desert and have gained quite a fan base garnering them a Best Alternative Rock Band and Best...
By Tracy Dietlin Monica Morones is one fierce woman who walks to the beat of her own drum. Always honest and outspoken, she doesn’t apologize for who she is or what her opinions are about anything. That is why she was one of CV Weekly’s Top 12 Most Interesting and Influential Women of 2017. And of course there’s her talent, which...
By Anastasia Beaverhausen April 21st, 2018 marks the 10th anniversary of Record Store Day. Back in 2007, Bull Moose Music employee Chris Brown suggested an annual event that was comparable to Free Comic Book Day. At a gathering of Independent Record Store owners and employees, that idea took shape as Record Store Day, a unique way to honor the remarkable...
By Denise Ortuno Comfortable casual dining, with delicious farm-to-table craft made dishes await you at Heirloom Craft Kitchen in Indio. One of my favorite restaurants in the Coachella Valley is Cork-n-Fork in La Quinta. So when I heard that the Owner and Executive Chef Andie Hubka opened a second spot, I was eager to explore and devour their food. Needless to...
BY JASON HALL Coachella weekend 1 is over and it gave us a sense of what this semi controversial lineup was capable of. I was surely a skeptic. This year’s lineup was sort of lackluster in my opinion. Well, Goldenvoice surprised me. They delivered an amazing weekend of entertainment. There were some disappointments; however most of what I caught was...
Celebrate the Divine Feminine in All of Us!  Shakti Fest 2018: Yoga and Sacred Music Festival  Mother’s Day Weekend May 10 – 14 in Joshua Tree Shakti Fest returns for its eighth season, this year on Mother’s Day weekend - May 10 - 14 at the Joshua Tree Retreat Center, in Joshua Tree, CA. Organized by Bhakti Fest, a leader in...
By Aaron Ramson In 1914, a New York social club was celebrating its annual Saint Patrick’s Day dinner in style. There were these bougie, upper-class folks wearing green jackets and ringing green bells; imagine the kind of party where there’d be a midget running around with a pot o’ gold, accusing people of always stealing his Lucky Charms, and that’s...
By Chris Clemens El Paseo Shopping District welcomes the world-famous Budweiser Clydesdales on Wednesday April 25, as they make deliveries to restaurants on El Paseo on their way to Stagecoach. They will be unloaded and hitched on the frontage road parallel to Highway 74 behind the Daily Grill beginning at 12:45 p.m., and begin their journey down El Paseo at...
By Eleni P. Austin                 In these days of selfies, earbuds, SoundCloud, MP3’s and instant gratification, it’s surprising to find some musicians are still making headphone music. For those of you too young to remember, headphone music was a phenomenon from the early ‘70s, best exemplified by records like Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side Of The Moon,” Todd Rundgren’s “Something/Anything” and...
BY JANET McAFEE Misty, a lovely homeless dog, traded in her shelter kennel last week for a royal suite at the beautiful Barkingham Pet Hotel in Palm Desert.  Lori Weiner, owner and operator of this elegant pet hotel, founded California Paws Rescue in 2011 a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that specializes in saving disabled, senior, and other pups who have a...
BY RICK RIOZZA Hey vino lovers! Hopefully by the time you’re reading this column, I’ve arrived safe and sound in the lovely city of Verona; and, I’m out merrily swirling wine and nurturing my belly!  Not only is the city one of the most romantic and picturesque, it has now become one the 10 Great Wine Capitals in the world—the...

LOUD, BIG & DUMB

BY ROBIN E. SIMMONS NOW PLAYING: RAMPAGE I spent most of the movie trying to figure out for whom this brainless, boring and cartoonish movie was intended.  I decided it must be aimed at now middle-aged former arcade gamers and their young sons.  But even so, this ridiculous “adaptation” of the 1980’s Bally Midway coin-operated game remains true to the core premise of...
By Heidi Simmons We live on an amazing planet!  How fortunate we are to be able to contemplate our place in the universe and celebrate our existence. Without a doubt, life on earth is spectacular!  It is incredible that we get to share this magnificent place with non-human life forms.   Insects, birds, reptiles and mammals live among us providing necessary biological...
With the arrival of spring comes blue skies, blooming flowers and of course - spring-cleaning. “This is the perfect time for a refresher on fire safety tips that should be followed all year long.  Keeping fire safety in mind when doing things around the house, such as cleaning a dryer's lint filter after each load of laundry, will help prevent...

MARKET VOLATILITY

By Haddon Libby The first three months of this year have been quite the roller coaster ride for investors.  January was one of the best January’s in decades while February was one of the worst.  After a brief recovery during the first half of March, markets retested February lows during the last half of March before heading higher despite heightened...
A young man and his mom retained me for his high reading DUI. He swore he only had 1 drink. I said it was impossible to be under the influence with 1 regular drink. I advised him if he was being honest, the machine must have malfunctioned and we would subpoena the maintenance records to see how it was...
BY FLINT WHEELER The NBA playoffs got underway this past weekend, and basketball bettors will try to figure out where they might have an edge. The Eastern Conference is seemingly wide open, with LeBron James and Cleveland just the No. 4 seed, while out in the Western Conference, injury-riddled Golden State is suddenly suspect, with some sports books actually lowering the...
By Lynne Tucker On my way to Palm Springs for a great weekend getaway, I have often passed the Windmill Farms and have been fascinated by them. How much fun would it be to actually get close to these windmills? I did some research and discovered the Windmill Farms that offers a 90 minute tour so I made a reservation...
Hello Coachella Valley! Did you notice the title of this column has changed? What was once, License to Live Large, is now, Awaken with Lizzy B. It’s important to explain that this is not just a change in titles. This new transition serves as a space, a collective, where we can all come together to learn how to WAKE UP...

FREE WILL ASTROLOGY

© Copyright 2018  Rob Brezsny ARIES (March 21-April 19): In the early history of the automobile, electric engines were more popular and common than gasoline-powered engines. They were less noisy, dirty, smelly, and difficult to operate. It's too bad that thereafter the technology for gasoline cars developed at a faster rate than the technology for electric cars. By the end...

ADVENTURES ABOUND

BY BRONWYN ISON It may be premature to commence planning a summer adventure.  Earlier this week my family and I have solidified our plans.  We’ll be patiently waiting for our “road trip take-off.”  We have an incredible sojourn planned.  Best of all we’ll be making new memories together to last a lifetime.  Perhaps you’ve been procrastinating planning your summer vacation.  Hesitate...
BY RUTH HILL R.N. Often, I hear clients tell me they tried marijuana and it did nothing. This can be due to many problems. Some of which are: the strain of marijuana, the concentration, a person’s own genetics, and bioavailability. Cannabis failure is more likely one of the reasons the American Cannabis Nurses Association believes any user of marijuana deserves...
By Sunny Simon      From time to time a client walks in my door, sits down with a heavy, stress-laden sigh and tells me about his or her boss. You probably guessed, I’m not referring to the benevolent manager-mentor variety, I’m talking about the wicked witch of the west type boss who causes an involuntary grind-your-guts reaction each time you...
By Rich Henrich It is that time of year once again when the desert blossoms with concert goers, fashionistas, celebrities, revelers, and trend-setters. The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, or the abbreviated name that encompasses so much more than just music and arts, Coachella is upon us! There will be parties everywhere, brand engagements at pop-up venues across the...
By Rich Henrich Something spectacular is about to happen this weekend as A Perfect Circle comes together to share a sound seasoned with reflection, maturity and focus at Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival this Sunday. APC’s release, Eat the Elephant, is the fourth studio album by Billy Howerdel’s rock band, the first to be released in fourteen years. While...
By Rich Henrich Carpenter Brut- Synthwave sounds from Poitiers, France play like a soundtrack to an 80’s horror film, filled with heavy metal riffs and rock pounding adrenaline wrapped in laser beams and flickering neon lights. Experience the greatest cult film you’ve never seen with a brass knuckle switchblade clenched in your hand ready to fight RoboCops and dangerous villains...
By Rich Henrich Ron Gallo is just what the music doctor ordered. A simple, straightforward rock machine with the hair of Bob Ross and the heart of a young Zen master peppered with lyrics influenced by Alan Watts, words of insightful wisdom. Gallo straddles the world of nothing and everything, singing sense and non-sense with great conviction backed up by...
By Rich Henrich Meet the new New Orleans sound sure to give rise to butterflies with a mesmerizing authenticity only found in The Big Easy. This ten-piece act combines flavors of the old tried and true with the new modern spice that blends into a beautiful sonic gumbo of soul meets funks with a dash of Disney-esque playfulness wrapped in...
By Denise Ortuno If you’re looking for a spot with a whimsical playful vibe, and tasty menu that won’t stretch your funds, Dringk Eatery + Bar in Rancho Mirage is the place to be. You might do a double take when entering Dringk Eatery + Bar at The River in Rancho Mirage, “Wasn’t this Fox & Fiddle a minute a go?”...
Artwork to Act as a Step-and-Repeat Backdrop for Festival-Goers to take Photos By Andrea Carter Colorful graffiti-inspired art created by SafeHouse of the Desert teens as part of their Skills Lab Art Program was installed on Wednesday, April 11, at Wildest Greens. It is being incorporated into the restaurant just in time to welcome festival-goers coming into town for the Coachella...
By Aaron Ramson  “Ale Prepared for the East and West India Climate” was the wordy name given by the Bow Brewery of London, England, to the pale ales and porters that they exported to the hot and humid climates of India.  So, hot weather has this weird way of spoiling everything from the armpits of my favorite white tee-shirts, to the...
By Esther Sanchez          ORMUS! Last Sunday, April 8th, music fans, musicians and supporters gathered at The Hood Bar and Pizza in Palm Desert for the last, nail-biting round of competition leading up to the finals that will be held on Sat, May 12th at the same venue. Brand, spanking new metal band, Ormus will be joining 5 other finalists who have...
After more than two decades and 20 million albums sold globally, Counting Crows are celebrating 25 years of making music by hitting the road for a worldwide “25 YEARS AND COUNTING” tour, which will bring them to the Special Events Center at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino on Friday, July 13, 2018. "The nice thing about having 25 years of music...

GRETJE ANGELL

BY PATTE PURCELL Do you love Brazilian jazz, swing and big band? I'd like to introduce you to a very accomplished vocalist, Gretje Angell. Her dulcet tones bring the audience along on a journey with her throughout her performances. Her main influences are Anita O'Day, Chet Baker, Ella Fitzgerald and Carmen McRae. Her sense of rhythm and phrasing - with a...
By Eleni P. Austin                 Carla Bruni was born in Italy in 1967 to a family of musicians and manufacturers. Her mother was a concert pianist, her father a wealthy industrialist and classical composer. When she was seven her family moved from Italy to France, apparently to escape the threat of kidnapping by the communist terrorist cell, the Red Brigade.                ...

Embracing The Nude

By Angela Romeo We come into the world naked. That is the way it has always been and very unlikely to ever change. We are told Adam and Eve were naked in the Garden of Eden. They were innocent and unembarrassed about their nakedness. But the Bible says that after they ate from the Tree of Knowledge and then they...
BY JANET McAFEE Are you an animal lover looking to volunteer in an exciting life-saving program?  You can help homeless dogs and cats by becoming part of the foster parent team at Loving All Animals.  Spring’s warm weather has arrived, and Loving All Animals’ dog and cat rescue programs are losing many of their foster parents as the snowbirds exodus...
BY RICK RIOZZA We desert dwellers have the perfect window of time to enjoy our swiftly passing spring with some nice and tasty wines available in the markets right now.  It’s “perfect” in that the weather allows us to enjoy reds, whites—and as always, rosés.  And for those who don’t let outside forces dictate what wines they wish to drink—well,...

SILENT BUT DEADLY

BY ROBIN E. SIMMONS NOW PLAYING: A QUIET PLACE I’ve always been drawn to stories, movies and art that in some way examined or even exploited fear as a subject. I don’t know what it is about reading a scary story or watching a horror film that’s so satisfying.  Maybe it’s the feeling of facing a fear and surviving.  But for me, it’s...
By Heidi Simmons ----- After Anna by Lisa Scottoline – Fiction ----- There is an undeniable double standard when it comes to assessing the moral behavior of women.  Being a “good mother” is an especially challenging role and when moms fail to protect and nurture their offspring society judges them harshly. After Anna by Lisa Scottoline (St. Martin’s Press, 390 pages) tells how far one...
You’ve seen it, and you’ve likely even done it. They’ve drifted into your lane, driven right through red lights, blown past you in a hurry only to sit when the light turns greens because their now texting and distracted. They injure or kill thousands annually. At any given daylight hour there are over 700,000 drivers using cell phones or manipulating...
By Haddon Libby April is Riverside County Innovation Month.  The County as well as many cities throughout the region wanted to bring heightened awareness to the daily efforts of our local entrepreneurs and innovators - the people responsible for most job growth. As part of this, there regional competitions are going on this month where new businesses pitch their businesses to...
Why do I say Coachella is here.....Beware? Isn't Coachella supposed to be fun for everyone? Because of the expected crowds there is a greater chance for Accidents and DUI'S. Of course with Coachella you also have to expect many Drug arrests. Beware because most people do not realize that though it is legal to smoke MJ at home, it...

BREAKING OUT!

By Deogracio Secretario Jessica Macias and Alex Carlbon are two gifted millennial artists navigating and transcending the turmoil of a politicized and polarized America and brilliantly expressing their visions through their art practice, the ways in which they fit into that worldview. In keeping with its mission, Simeon Den Gallery has selected these two artists  to give voice, opportunity,  and a...
BY DEE JAE COX 1955 started on a Saturday.  Dwight D. Eisenhower was President.  The Average monthly rent was $87.00.  Minimum wage was $1.00/hr.  A gallon of gas cost 23 cents and the cost of a theatre ticket for a Broadway show was $2.30 for the balcony and $4.90 for the Orchestra.  And on May 5, 1955 a musical comedy...
By Lynne Tucker Would you like to know where you can get the best date shake in the world? Floyd and Bess Shields came to the California desert in 1924 and started Shields Date Garden, working long and hard to build up their business and educate their customers about date culture. A 15-minute film Romance and Sex Life of the Date...

MLB Betting Tips…

BY FLINT WHEELER The Boston Red Sox were up 3-0 on Opening Day when their ace Chris Sale left the mound following six innings of work. But the Tampa Bay Rays scored six runs in the eighth inning and won the game 6-4 as +155 underdogs. That was a tough loss for the BoSox moneyline bettors, however, that wager didn’t...

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RECORD STORE DAY 2018

By Anastasia Beaverhausen April 21st, 2018 marks the 10th anniversary of Record Store Day. Back in 2007, Bull Moose Music employee Chris Brown suggested an...