Brian Blueskye
Cynna Luchia. Credit: Brian Blueskye

Sticky Doll is planning on putting on its all-ages Sticky Fest again this October at The Palms in Wonder Valley—but you don’t have to wait until then to see this high-desert punk group in action: You can catch Sticky Doll at the three-day Idyllwild Strong Festival on Saturday, Aug. 17. For more on the festival, visit For more information on Sticky Doll, visit Sticky Doll frontwoman Cynna Luchia was kind enough to answer the Lucky 13; here are her answers.

What was the first concert you attended?

Some type of benefit, possibly for Christmas. I was about 6 or 7 years old. I think Chicago played and possibly Cher.

What was the first album you owned?

Earth, Wind and Fire, a double live album. I don’t remember the album name, but it was white.

What bands are you listening to right now?

Sticky Doll most of the time, ha ha! But when I have time to listen to other bands, the Lunachicks, Alice and Chains and X.

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

That folksy, acoustic sound coming out of Seattle and Portland that you hear a lot in commercials. I love the Northwest, but that stuff makes me want to stab myself in the eye to distract myself.

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

The Lunachicks. I only discovered them a few years ago, and I’m so bummed I missed out when they were still together.

What’s your favorite musical guilty pleasure?

Anything super-dance-able. I actually started performing when I was young as a jazz dancer, so if I hear a great dance-able song by Bruno Mars or Ariana Grande, I instantly love it.

What’s your favorite music venue?

The Cinema Bar in (Culver City). It’s tiny and mainly a locals hang out. It’s dark and comfy.

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

We just did a scratch vocal of “Millionaire” by the Queens of the Stone Age, so, “Gimme toro, gimme some more.” It kept me up most of the night, actually.

What band or artist changed your life? How?

There are a few since music is so emotional for me, but I’d say Johnette Napolitano of Concrete Blonde. I feel in love with the album Free, and I try to mimic Johnette when I perform. She’s a badass, yet you could always feel that she really gave a shit.

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

To Theo, the lead singer of Lunachicks: “When are you gonna get back together so I can go rock out at your shows?”

What song would you like played at your funeral?

“Fantasy” off of that Earth, Wind and Fire live album. I’d want something upbeat and happy.

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

There are SO many. But I’d say Concrete Blonde’s Free.

What song should everyone listen to right now?

“Luxury Problem” by Lunachicks. (Scroll down to hear it!)

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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...