Elexia Volz.

The Hood Bar and Pizza, arguably the valley’s top local-music venue, has some talented people behind the bar—and beyond, including bar-back Elexia Volz. Volz is always walking around with a smile, offering people drink refills, delivering food and making sure all guests are well taken care of. Elexia was kind enough to recently answer The Lucky 13.

What was the first concert you attended?

Thrice! It was at Coachella. It was stupid-early in the day, and there was hardly even a crowd, but I was in heaven. I didn’t know they were playing. I was invited by a friend, and when we got there, I could hear them in the distance, and my first reaction was, “Oh, cool, someone is blasting Thrice!” Of course, my friend was like, “No! They’re actually playing main stage,” and then I remember running straight to the stage. I will never forget that show.

What was the first album you owned?

Green Day’s Dookie. It was totally my mom’s, but the moment I got my own CD player, that disc didn’t leave my room.

What bands are you listening to right now?

A Kiss Could Be Deadly and Murkocet. They’re definitely different types of music, but I have them stuck on a loop. I got to witness Murkocet live recently, and I ended up jumping out of the mosh pit just to watch and listen. They blew my mind!

What artist, genre or musical trend does everyone love, but you don’t get?

I’ve never enjoyed Mariah Carey. I think she sounds like she’s giving birth, and someone thought it sounded like music. But who am I to judge?

What musical act, current or defunct, would you most like to see perform live?

Protest the Hero.

What’s your favorite musical guilty pleasure?

Lady Gaga.

What’s your favorite music venue?

The Gorge in George, Wash. I went and saw the Dave Matthews Band. It was a three-day concert, and the entire experience was life-changing. 

What’s the one song lyric you can’t get out of your head?

“Shitty music just ain’t worth making, smiles and thank-yous just ain’t worth faking, some assholes’ hands ain’t worth shaking, and if it isn’t broken, we need to break it,” “Dunsel,” Protest the Hero.

What band or artist changed your life? How?

Eminem. I realized a human could also be a dictionary, and he made me pay attention to lyrics. He opened up a brand-new world of music for me. I remember how excited I would get just to be able to sing “Without Me” word for word.

You have one question to ask one musician. What’s the question, and who are you asking?

I’d ask Brody Dalle of The Distillers: “Can I borrow/wear that?”

What song would you like played at your funeral?

“Ain’t No Sunshine” by Bill Withers.

Figurative gun to your head, what is your favorite album of all time?

The Dillinger Escape Plan, One of Us Is the Killer.

What song should everyone listen to right now?

Vince Staples, “Norf Norf,” just so you can drink your coffee, put on some gangster rap and have a great day! (Scroll down to hear it; explicit lyrics.)

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Brian Blueskye

A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Brian Blueskye moved to the Coachella Valley in 2005. He was the assistant editor and staff writer for the Coachella Valley Independent from 2013 to 2019. He is currently the...