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Music and Addiction: Drugs and Rock 'n' Roll Have Always Gone Together. Three Local Musicians—Now in Recovery—Say It Doesn't Need to Be That Way.

Music and Addiction: Drugs and Rock 'n' Roll Have Always Gone Together. Three Local Musicians—Now in Recovery—Say It Doesn't Need to Be That Way.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016  |  Brian Blueskye

Addiction is a crippling disease that afflicts people from all backgrounds, across every economic status

But creativity and substance abuse have always gone hand in hand. Many of history’s most prolific and talented artists have dealt with some form of addiction, and within the music community of the...

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CIVX Lessons: After a Break Between Local Shows, the Band Is Back With a New EP

CIVX Lessons: After a Break Between Local Shows, the Band Is Back With a New EP

Tuesday, May 24, 2016  |  Brian Blueskye

After a busy couple of years—including a performance at Coachella—local favorite CIVX seemingly disappeared, with months passing between local gigs.

Then in May, the band resurfaced with not only a slate of local shows, but a brand-new EP, Security Through Obscurity .

I recently caught up with frontman ...

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Live: Charles Bradley at Pappy and Harriet's, May 14

Live: Charles Bradley at Pappy and Harriet's, May 14

Monday, May 23, 2016  |  Guillermo Prieto

I had no idea who Charles Bradley was until a month ago, when Jesika Von Rabbit told me I had to go see his show at Pappy and Harriet’s.

I trust Jesika, so I went to the Saturday, May 14, show—pulling a double-shift, of sorts, as I had also covered the Joshua Tree Music Festival that day.

Yeah, I am s...

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Live: Joshua Tree Music Festival, May 12-15

Live: Joshua Tree Music Festival, May 12-15

Sunday, May 22, 2016  |  Guillermo Prieto

Last weekend, great music came to the high desert during the 14th annual spring Joshua Tree Music Festival.

Locals refer to this event as “our festival”—for good reason. Most of the festival staffers are friends and family members who volunteer their time to make the festival happen. The icing on thi...

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The Lucky 13: Hip-Hop Artist Mario Garcia, aka Garcia Giant

The Lucky 13: Hip-Hop Artist Mario Garcia, aka Garcia Giant

Wednesday, May 18, 2016  |  Brian Blueskye

Not a lot of people know that there are a number of great hip-hop artists in the Coachella Valley—including Garcia Giant (Mario Garcia). He recently performed at the McCallum Theatre as part of the East Valley Voices Out Loud show; you can check out his music at www.soundcloud.com/garciagiant . Garcia G...

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The Lucky 13: Lee Joseph—DJ, Owner of Dionysus Records and Bass-Player for Jesika Von Rabbit

The Lucky 13: Lee Joseph—DJ, Owner of Dionysus Records and Bass-Player for Jesika Von Rabbit

Monday, May 16, 2016  |  Brian Blueskye

If you’ve seen a performance by Jesika Von Rabbit, you’ve probably seen several interesting characters accompanying her. Of course, there’s her 71-year-old dancing man, Larry Van Horn. And then there’s her bass-player, Lee Joseph. Originally from Tucson, Ariz., Lee now calls Joshua Tree home. He’s t...

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