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Coming 'Untethered': After a Few Trying Years, Built to Spill Celebrates a New Album

Coming 'Untethered': After a Few Trying Years, Built to Spill Celebrates a New Album

Built to Spill guitarist Brett Netson admitted that the recording process seems to be getting tougher—even though the group’s now been around for more than two decades.

“I think as the time goes on lon...

The Blueskye Report, July 2015: The NestEggg Food Bank Concert Series, the Mid-Summer Dance Party, Michael McDonald, and Much More!

The Blueskye Report, July 2015: The NestEggg Food Bank Concert Series, the Mid-Summer Dance Party, Michael McDonald, and Much More!

It’s a light month for live music in the Coachella Valley—although the Coachella Valley Independent and I are doing our part to fill the entertainment void.

We’re holding a series of benefit shows for th...

Desert Rock Chronicles: As Always, Stoner-Rock Greats Are Part of the Yosemite Music Festival Lineup

Desert Rock Chronicles: As Always, Stoner-Rock Greats Are Part of the Yosemite Music Festival Lineup

Desert summer is upon us, and it’s hotter than Haiti outside!

Many of our local music venues are on auto-pilot—but there are a lot of great live shows and music festivals not too far away that will all...

Overstuffed: Despite Numerous Laughs, 'Ted 2' Is Undone by Lame Courtroom Scenes

Overstuffed: Despite Numerous Laughs, 'Ted 2' Is Undone by Lame Courtroom Scenes

Somebody needs to take Seth MacFarlane aside and tell him to calm his ass down. He’s still funny, but he’s getting egregiously carried away in his movies—to the point where he is wrecking them.

The ori...

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for July 2, 2015!

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for July 2, 2015!

On this week's straining-to-be-memorable Independent comics page: Red Meat has problems sleeping in a new bed; Jen Sorenson ponders the right's rights; The K Chronicles begs people to stop the hate; and...

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News

July Astronomy: Venus Is Brilliant During the Month—and So Are Saturn's Rings

July Astronomy: Venus Is Brilliant During the Month—and So Are Saturn's Rings

Tuesday, June 30, 2015  |  Robert Victor

Galileo, more than four centuries ago, observed and described phenomena you can witness in the evening sky this summer, including the phases of Venus, the moons of Jupiter, the Milky Way, details on the surface of the moon, and more. The Discoveries and Opinions of Galileo, a selection of the scientis...

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An Antiques District Is Born: Sunny Dunes-Area Businesses Band Together to Make the Area Palm Springs' Next Big Thing

An Antiques District Is Born: Sunny Dunes-Area Businesses Band Together to Make the Area Palm Springs' Next Big Thing

Monday, June 29, 2015  |  Jimmy Boegle

The nascent Sunny Dunes Antique District had a coming-out party, of sorts, on Saturday, June 20.

Various businesses in the district kept their doors open a little later than normal for the Pop Shop Hop, “an evening of shopping and discovery of all the shops on Sunny Dunes,” according to the event’s F...

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Opinion

A Note From the Editor: Positive News in Abundance

A Note From the Editor: Positive News in Abundance

Thursday, July 02, 2015  |  Jimmy Boegle

It’s a claim that drives journalists crazy: Why is the media so negative? Why don’t newspapers cover positive news ?

For argument’s sake, if we take the position that this claim is accurate (and it’s not ; media sources generally give a lot of pixels, airtime or ink to arts, music, food and culture news ...

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The Weekly Independent Comics Page for July 2, 2015!

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for July 2, 2015!

Thursday, July 02, 2015  |  Staff

On this week's straining-to-be-memorable Independent comics page: Red Meat has problems sleeping in a new bed; Jen Sorenson ponders the right's rights; The K Chronicles begs people to stop the hate; and This Modern World pays tribute to Jeb Bush.

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Arts and Culture

Western Lit: Novel 'The Jaguar’s Children' Tells the Tale of a Border Crossing Gone Wrong

Western Lit: Novel 'The Jaguar’s Children' Tells the Tale of a Border Crossing Gone Wrong

Friday, July 03, 2015  |  Michael Engelhard

John Vaillant, the Canadian author of The Tiger and The Golden Spruce —two nonfiction books that delved into the darker aspects of our relationship with nature—now delivers an unflinching novel, his first.

The Jaguar’s Children opens in the back of an empty water truck, where Hector, an undocumented immig...

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Western Lit: The Archetype of a Hero's Journey Into the West Is Made Fresh Again in 'Into the Savage Country'

Western Lit: The Archetype of a Hero's Journey Into the West Is Made Fresh Again in 'Into the Savage Country'

Friday, June 26, 2015  |  Jenny Shank

The classic Western frontier story is an archetype of the hero’s journey: A young man, off to seek his fortune in the West, enters the wilderness to prove himself—and emerges both stronger and wiser.

Into the Savage Country follows this pattern, but charismatic characters, good humor, lively language ...

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Movies & TV

Home Video Review: 'Big Game' Features Samuel L. Jackson in a Really Weird Movie

Home Video Review: 'Big Game' Features Samuel L. Jackson in a Really Weird Movie

Monday, July 06, 2015  |  Bob Grimm

Jalmari Helander, the guy who gave us Rare Exports , the weirdest Christmas movie ever, now gives us one of the weirdest coming-of-age stories ever made.

Oskari (Onni Tommila, who was also in Exports ) is going through a family ritual on his 13th birthday: He must head into the woods alone and kill an an...

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Dopey but Worthy: 'Max' Offers an Important Message—and a Really Cool Pooch

Dopey but Worthy: 'Max' Offers an Important Message—and a Really Cool Pooch

Thursday, July 02, 2015  |  Bob Grimm

In Max , Max the dog (an impressive Belgian Malinois with nice acting skills) comes back to the U.S. after serving with the Marines in Afghanistan. His handler’s family adopts him when they learn he’s suffering from PTSD and is due to be put down.

Max winds up bonding with his handler’s brother, and th...

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Music

Live: Nick Waterhouse, Pappy and Harriet's, July 4

Live: Nick Waterhouse, Pappy and Harriet's, July 4

Monday, July 06, 2015  |  Guillermo Prieto

Nick Waterhouse and his band, The Tarots, are becoming regulars at Pappy and Harriet’s, and this is a good thing—because Waterhouse is turning out one of the best modern versions of vintage rock in the music world today.

As I walked in for the Fourth of July show, Waterhouse was talking to Beth the D...

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Coming 'Untethered': After a Few Trying Years, Built to Spill Celebrates a New Album

Coming 'Untethered': After a Few Trying Years, Built to Spill Celebrates a New Album

Monday, July 06, 2015  |  Brian Blueskye

Built to Spill guitarist Brett Netson admitted that the recording process seems to be getting tougher—even though the group’s now been around for more than two decades.

“I think as the time goes on long enough, you have to obviously come up with something new—and the more you do, the more difficult i...

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Food and Drink

Restaurant News Bites: Babe's Wins a Big Award; Johannes Clarifies Its Bottled-Water Policy

Restaurant News Bites: Babe's Wins a Big Award; Johannes Clarifies Its Bottled-Water Policy

Monday, June 29, 2015  |  Jimmy Boegle

State Fair: Babe’s Is the California Brewery of the Year

Arthur Vasquez, the chief operating officer at Babe’s Bar-B-Que and Brewhouse in Rancho Mirage, humbly posits that Babe’s does not make the state’s best beer, as far as his palate is concerned.

“I’ll be the first person to tell you that there are ...

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The Beer Goddess: The Summer of Sours—These Brightly Flavored Beers Are Big Among Southern California Brew-Lovers

The Beer Goddess: The Summer of Sours—These Brightly Flavored Beers Are Big Among Southern California Brew-Lovers

Friday, June 26, 2015  |  Erin Peters

With the help of nature’s unpredictability, experienced brewers are adapting traditional European techniques to bring bursts of tart and tangy flavors to beers.

Yep. We’re talking about sours.

In the mid-19th century, when beer was aged and shipped in wooden barrels before the advent of refrigeration,...

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