Music

Yucca Valley – Lightning HQ

July 15, 2014

It’s just after 11 a.m. on what will soon be a 104-degree day in the Mohave Desert, the bouldered, sun-baked hills outside Yucca Valley are nearly shimmering. I just finished an hour-long conversation with the founders of a record label that proclaims “we believe in the transcendent power of rock ‘n’ roll.” And, despite my flip-flops and shorts, I’m riding a dirt bike for the …

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Outside Lands Festival: Interstitial Overdrive

August 25, 2011

A three-day music festival like Outside Lands is hectic and exhausting no matter how you approach it. So, I try to pare down the wish list, not rush from stage to stage to see every single band I’m interested in, and let the festival vibe take care of whatever other decisions need to be made. Recapping the experience without running over the itinerary isn’t much …

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The Art of Escape

July 8, 2011

“Green & Dumb,” any one of a dozen songs that could rightly serve as a calling card for Roger Clyne & The Peacemakers, came late in the band’s 2011 Circus Mexicus set and as their fans have come to do, I joined my friends arm-in-arm, all of us swaying in time with the ballad. I had somewhere south of six Dos Equis cans still dangling …

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