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Small Band, Big Sound: Earthless Earns Accolades With Its Instrumentals—Although a Brand-New Album Includes Some Vocals

Small Band, Big Sound: Earthless Earns Accolades With Its Instrumentals—Although a Brand-New Album Includes Some Vocals

It’s unbelievable that Earthless puts out such a big sound with just three musicians.

Think of Earthless’ sound this way: Imagine an instrumental version of Led Zeppelin, occasional...

Another Marvel by Marvel: 'Black Panther' Is a Triumph Both as a Superhero Film and as Social Commentary

Another Marvel by Marvel: 'Black Panther' Is a Triumph Both as a Superhero Film and as Social Commentary

Selecting Ryan Coogler to helm Black Panther is a major triumph: His entry into the Marvel universe is a majestic, full-bodied, exhilarating treatment of the African-king title chara...

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Feb. 22, 2018!

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Feb. 22, 2018!

On this week's depressingly familiar weekly Independent comics page: The Parkland, Fla., school shooting is on the minds of most of our cartoonists, as Jen Sorenson examines the NRA'...

Know Your Neighbors: Meet David Hamlin, a Local Author With an Amazing History—and a Feminist Frame of Mind

Know Your Neighbors: Meet David Hamlin, a Local Author With an Amazing History—and a Feminist Frame of Mind

Can a man ever accurately create realistic, legitimate female characters? Palm Springs author David Hamlin thinks he knows the secret.

“I’m a good listener,” he says. “I’m a great adm...

Savage Love: I'm Afraid My Bisexual Boyfriend Is Going to Leave Me for a Man; What Should I Do?

Savage Love: I'm Afraid My Bisexual Boyfriend Is Going to Leave Me for a Man; What Should I Do?

I’m an 18-year-old female. I’m cisgender and bisexual. I’ve been in a monogamous relationship with my cisgender bisexual boyfriend for about a year.

I’m currently struggling with a ...

A Note From the Editor: Thoughts on Local Elections—and Why We Don't Do Endorsements (For Now)

A Note From the Editor: Thoughts on Local Elections—and Why We Don't Do Endorsements (For Now)

It’s once again (or still?) election season in the Coachella Valley—well, it is in at least part of the Coachella Valley.

That whacky central-valley city of 18,000 people, Rancho Mira...

Health Care for All … Eventually: Advocates for a Single-Payer System Play the Long Game in California

Health Care for All … Eventually: Advocates for a Single-Payer System Play the Long Game in California

By many measures, the rambunctious campaign for a single-payer health-care system in California appears to be struggling.

A bill that would replace the existing health-care system w...

Movies & TV

Another Marvel by Marvel: 'Black Panther' Is a Triumph Both as a Superhero Film and as Social Commentary

Another Marvel by Marvel: 'Black Panther' Is a Triumph Both as a Superhero Film and as Social Commentary

Feb 22, 2018 10:30  |  Bob Grimm

Selecting Ryan Coogler to helm Black Panther is a major triumph: His entry into the Marvel universe is a majestic, full-bodied, exhilarating treatment of the African-king title character (Chadwick Boseman) with the crazy-cool suit. Marvel has yet another big success with a grand future.

Coogler has thr...

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Home Video Review: 'My Friend Dahmer' Is a Surprising Look at the Serial Killer—Before He Became a Serial Killer

Home Video Review: 'My Friend Dahmer' Is a Surprising Look at the Serial Killer—Before He Became a Serial Killer

Feb 19, 2018 12:00  |  Bob Grimm

Based on a bizarre graphic novel by Derf Backderf (a former Independent contributor via his late, lamented syndicated comic strip The City ), one of serial-killer Jeffrey Dahmer’s actual classmates, My Friend Dahmer is not what you might be expecting.

Director Marc Meyers, who also wrote the screenplay, sh...

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A Kink Catastrophe: The Final 'Fifty Shades' Movie Is Here, and It's Just Terrible

A Kink Catastrophe: The Final 'Fifty Shades' Movie Is Here, and It's Just Terrible

Feb 15, 2018 10:30  |  Bob Grimm

I went to see Fifty Shades Freed —the third, supposedly final and treacherously terrible entry in the Fifty Shades franchise—on a Sunday morning, hoping to keep a low profile. I was the only single guy sitting in the dark theater, along with couples of varying ages, primed for groping and sloppy in-th...

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News

Health Care for All … Eventually: Advocates for a Single-Payer System Play the Long Game in California

Health Care for All … Eventually: Advocates for a Single-Payer System Play the Long Game in California

Feb 20, 2018 15:30  |  Laurel Rosenhall, CALmatters

By many measures, the rambunctious campaign for a single-payer health-care system in California appears to be struggling.

A bill that would replace the existing health-care system with a new one run by a single payer—specifically, the state government—paid for with taxpayer money remains parked in th...

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Aging With HIV: People With the Virus Are Living Long, Productive Lives—So Organizations Like the Desert AIDS Project Have a Lot of Work to Do

Aging With HIV: People With the Virus Are Living Long, Productive Lives—So Organizations Like the Desert AIDS Project Have a Lot of Work to Do

Feb 19, 2018 11:00  |  Brian Blueskye

HIV is no longer a death sentence: Today, most people with the virus—as long as they receive proper medical care—will live long and productive lives.

However, the amazing medical advances that have allowed for this have led to a new challenge: an increasingly large number of older people who are livi...

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Change or the Status Quo? Three Rancho Mirage Council Incumbents Face Three Challengers With Very Different Opinions About the State of the City

Change or the Status Quo? Three Rancho Mirage Council Incumbents Face Three Challengers With Very Different Opinions About the State of the City

Feb 14, 2018 13:30  |  Kevin Fitzgerald

When voters in Rancho Mirage mail in their ballots on or before Tuesday, April 10, they won’t simply be voting for the City Council candidates they prefer; they’ll be voting on the direction in which the city goes.

If residents like the status quo, they can re-elect incumbents Dana Hobart, Charles To...

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Opinion

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Feb. 22, 2018!

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Feb. 22, 2018!

Feb 22, 2018 08:00  |  Staff

On this week's depressingly familiar weekly Independent comics page: The Parkland, Fla., school shooting is on the minds of most of our cartoonists, as Jen Sorenson examines the NRA's Safe School of the Future; This Modern World looks at a similar tragedy on an alien world; and Apoca Clips deals with ...

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Know Your Neighbors: Meet David Hamlin, a Local Author With an Amazing History—and a Feminist Frame of Mind

Know Your Neighbors: Meet David Hamlin, a Local Author With an Amazing History—and a Feminist Frame of Mind

Feb 21, 2018 15:30  |  Anita Rufus

Can a man ever accurately create realistic, legitimate female characters? Palm Springs author David Hamlin thinks he knows the secret.

“I’m a good listener,” he says. “I’m a great admirer of women who break glass ceilings. There are barriers to be taken down and not accepted, so I write about strong wo...

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Savage Love: I'm Afraid My Bisexual Boyfriend Is Going to Leave Me for a Man; What Should I Do?

Savage Love: I'm Afraid My Bisexual Boyfriend Is Going to Leave Me for a Man; What Should I Do?

Feb 21, 2018 12:00  |  Dan Savage

I’m an 18-year-old female. I’m cisgender and bisexual. I’ve been in a monogamous relationship with my cisgender bisexual boyfriend for about a year.

I’m currently struggling with a lot of internalized biphobia and other hang-ups about my boyfriend’s sexuality. I don’t know if I’m projecting my own is...

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Arts and Culture

Rumble at the McCallum: The Sharks and the Jets Return—With a 40-Piece Orchestra!—in 'West Side Story: In Concert'

Rumble at the McCallum: The Sharks and the Jets Return—With a 40-Piece Orchestra!—in 'West Side Story: In Concert'

Feb 20, 2018 08:30  |  Dwight Hendricks

Picture it: New York City, 1957. A romantic biracial tragedy begins to unfold in the streets—with warring factions everywhere. The issues surround two star-crossed lovers—poor Tony and Maria!—but “Somewhere,” there is a time and place for them.

It turns out that time is Friday, March 9, through Sunda...

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A Crazy Campaign: Despite Funny Lines and a Great Central Performance, DETC's 'Election Day' Is Diminished by Real-World Goings-On

A Crazy Campaign: Despite Funny Lines and a Great Central Performance, DETC's 'Election Day' Is Diminished by Real-World Goings-On

Feb 17, 2018 10:45  |  Valerie-Jean (VJ) Hume

How auspicious to open a show on Chinese New Year. Gung hay fat choy , by the way, and welcome to the year of the dog. People born under this sign are loyal, honest, just, socially popular, helpful and decisive—and they keep all their worries and anxieties buried deep inside. Famous dogs include Winst...

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Artists Among Us: The PSAM Artists Council Partners With UCR-Palm Desert to Show Off a Lot of Local Talent

Artists Among Us: The PSAM Artists Council Partners With UCR-Palm Desert to Show Off a Lot of Local Talent

Feb 15, 2018 11:15  |  Stephen Berger

The Coachella Valley is a vibrant community for the arts—a place where aesthetics still matter. Not only is it a spectacular setting; it is rich in design, architecture and the visual arts.

The area has long been fertile ground for artists and interesting personalities. Our valley’s cities encourage ...

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Music

Small Band, Big Sound: Earthless Earns Accolades With Its Instrumentals—Although a Brand-New Album Includes Some Vocals

Small Band, Big Sound: Earthless Earns Accolades With Its Instrumentals—Although a Brand-New Album Includes Some Vocals

Feb 22, 2018 11:00  |  Brian Blueskye

It’s unbelievable that Earthless puts out such a big sound with just three musicians.

Think of Earthless’ sound this way: Imagine an instrumental version of Led Zeppelin, occasionally with a darker, psychedelic-rock sound. If you want to hear for yourself, check out “Uluru Rock” and “Lost in the Cold...

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The Lucky 13: Damian Garcia, Drummer for Sleazy Cortez

The Lucky 13: Damian Garcia, Drummer for Sleazy Cortez

Feb 20, 2018 12:00  |  Brian Blueskye

Sleazy Cortez has started to capture the attention of the local music scene. The band recently released an LP, Trailer Trash Blues , and now plays regularly at venues such as The Hood Bar and Pizza. Sitting behind the drums is Damian Garcia, one of the best local drummers I’ve seen, thanks to his incr...

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The Lucky 13: Samuel Meza, Frontman/Guitarist for Kill the Radio (Playing at The Hood on Saturday, Feb. 17)

The Lucky 13: Samuel Meza, Frontman/Guitarist for Kill the Radio (Playing at The Hood on Saturday, Feb. 17)

Feb 13, 2018 16:15  |  Brian Blueskye

I stumbled across Kill the Radio during a show at the late, lamented Schmidy’s Tavern—and I was blown away by the band’s sound. It reminds me of the punk/hardcore that came out of New York City in the ’90s. This East Valley band is always a treat to see live—and you can do just that on Saturday, Feb...

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Food and Drink

Restaurant News Bites: Dish's Former Chef Lands at Azucar; Alebrije Lands in Former Dish Spot; The Craft Debuts; and Lots More!

Restaurant News Bites: Dish's Former Chef Lands at Azucar; Alebrije Lands in Former Dish Spot; The Craft Debuts; and Lots More!

Feb 23, 2018 10:00  |  Jimmy Boegle

Former Dish Chef Lands at Azucar; Alebrijie Lands in Former Dish Space

As the saying goes: When one door closes, another opens—and such is definitely the case in the restaurant industry.

A door closed, literally, for Joane Garcia-Colson last fall, when she shut down Dish Creative Cuisine, her well-reg...

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On Cocktails: The Defendant, Vermouth, Stands Accused of Ruining Martinis in This Groundbreaking Court Case

On Cocktails: The Defendant, Vermouth, Stands Accused of Ruining Martinis in This Groundbreaking Court Case

Feb 16, 2018 14:30  |  Kevin Carlow

Bailiff: All rise, for the Honorable Lance Mojito.

Judge: The People vs. Vermouth : Ms. Vermouth, you have been accused of ruining martinis in the state of California, as well as all over the world. What say you?

Defense attorney: Your honor, the defendant pleads “not guilty.”

Gasps from the crowd.

Judge: Ve...

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Desert Cicerone: Some Helpful Tips on How to Make Beer Festivals—Like the Rhythm, Wine and Brews Experience—More Enjoyable

Desert Cicerone: Some Helpful Tips on How to Make Beer Festivals—Like the Rhythm, Wine and Brews Experience—More Enjoyable

Feb 15, 2018 12:00  |  Brett Newton

The Rhythm, Wine and Brews Experience is coming up on Saturday, March 3. It seems to grow each year; the 2018 edition will feature the addition of the Stone Temple Pilots and a tiki bar.

I’ll take “How to Get People Very Drunk” for $200, Alex.

Now seems like a good time to share with you some tips and e...

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