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Another First: The Flusters Continue an Amazing Year With the Release of the Band's Debut EP

Another First: The Flusters Continue an Amazing Year With the Release of the Band's Debut EP

It’s been a remarkable year for The Flusters. The band has taken the stage at both Coachella and Echo Park Rising, after being voted the “Best Local Band” by Independent readers.

Now ...

Restaurant News Bites: Pho 533 Introduces a Spring Roll Bar; Umami Seoul Opening Soon in Cathedral City; and Much More!

Restaurant News Bites: Pho 533 Introduces a Spring Roll Bar; Umami Seoul Opening Soon in Cathedral City; and Much More!

Pho 533 Expands, Adds a Spring Roll Bar

About a year and a half ago, Chad Gardner—known for his fantastic Dash and a Handful Catering business—purchased longtime old-school Vietname...

A Taxing Question: Palm Desert's City Council Wants Visitors to Pay a Little More

A Taxing Question: Palm Desert's City Council Wants Visitors to Pay a Little More

The city of Palm Desert is rising up against the state’s tax takeaways by asking its residents to raise a fee on visitors—and this is all unfolding in the shadow of a well-publiciz...

The Lucky 13: Eddie Airada, Drummer for Subourbon Outlaw

The Lucky 13: Eddie Airada, Drummer for Subourbon Outlaw

Back in July, Subourbon Outlaw played a show at The Hood Bar and Pizza. The band sounded fantastic—the members’ hard work showed during the entire performance. Currently, the band ...

Loving Arms: 'War Dogs' Delivers Laughs and Satire With Its Real-Life Story

Loving Arms: 'War Dogs' Delivers Laughs and Satire With Its Real-Life Story

Director Todd Phillips, a man responsible for slob comedies like The Hangover and Old School , takes a more serious, satirical route with War Dogs . The results are mixed—but ultimately ...

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Aug. 25, 2016!

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Aug. 25, 2016!

On this week's exciting weekly Independent comics page: Red Meat bemoans all of the diapers; Jen Sorenson disapproves of pods; The K Chronicles takes questions from a curious youngst...

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News

Water in the West: New Documentary 'Killing the Colorado' Shows That People, not Nature, Are Responsible for Shortages

Water in the West: New Documentary 'Killing the Colorado' Shows That People, not Nature, Are Responsible for Shortages

Tuesday, August 30, 2016  |  Sarah Tory

In 1922, seven Western states agreed to divvy up the water in the Colorado River, paving the way for giant dams, reservoirs and aqueducts to move and store it.

Over the next century, the arid region, prone to erratic storms and punishing droughts, saw farms and cities grow and grow—with the belief th...

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A Taxing Question: Palm Desert's City Council Wants Visitors to Pay a Little More

A Taxing Question: Palm Desert's City Council Wants Visitors to Pay a Little More

Monday, August 29, 2016  |  Brane Jevric

The city of Palm Desert is rising up against the state’s tax takeaways by asking its residents to raise a fee on visitors—and this is all unfolding in the shadow of a well-publicized scandal involving the former city manager.

According to city officials, the state of California has taken about $40 mi...

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Finally Free: The California Innocence Project Gets Kimberly Long's Murder Conviction Overturned

Finally Free: The California Innocence Project Gets Kimberly Long's Murder Conviction Overturned

Friday, August 26, 2016  |  Brian Blueskye

Kimberly Long was the subject of the Independent ’s June 2015 cover story, “Guilty Until Proven Innocent” ; she was in prison after being convicted of murdering her boyfriend.

Long insisted she was innocent—and her case caught the attention of the California Innocence Project.

“I know I’m going home,” Lon...

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Opinion

A Note From the Editor: Why We Emphasize Water Coverage; Best of Coachella Valley Voting Has Begun!

A Note From the Editor: Why We Emphasize Water Coverage; Best of Coachella Valley Voting Has Begun!

Tuesday, August 30, 2016  |  Jimmy Boegle

There are many alternative-newspaper editors out there who would take one look the story we put on the cover of our September print edition and instantly declare that I, your humble editor, am a total moron.

Stories about water-district boards, as a general rule, don’t sell newspapers. (Thank goodnes...

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The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Aug. 25, 2016!

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Aug. 25, 2016!

Thursday, August 25, 2016  |  Staff

On this week's exciting weekly Independent comics page: Red Meat bemoans all of the diapers; Jen Sorenson disapproves of pods; The K Chronicles takes questions from a curious youngster; and This Modern World looks at the latest election phenomena.

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Know Your Neighbors: The Nomination of Hillary Clinton Was a Powerful and Important Moment—No Matter Where One Stands Politically

Know Your Neighbors: The Nomination of Hillary Clinton Was a Powerful and Important Moment—No Matter Where One Stands Politically

Wednesday, August 24, 2016  |  Anita Rufus

Some columns are more difficult to write than others. This one will attempt to transcend partisan politics while I examine my unexpectedly overwhelming emotional reaction to the nomination of Hillary Clinton for president.

In June, I wrote about the reactions many local women had as they voted for a w...

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Arts and Culture

Western Lit: Jim Harrison's Last Collection, Published Just Weeks Before His Death, Remains Preoccupied With the Joy of Life

Western Lit: Jim Harrison's Last Collection, Published Just Weeks Before His Death, Remains Preoccupied With the Joy of Life

Tuesday, August 23, 2016  |  Ben Goldfarb

On March 26, 2016, Jim Harrison died at his home in Patagonia, Ariz., a final poem left unfinished on his desk.

Some writers leave too soon; others, like Harrison, depart when they’re good and ready. He had lived hard, first in Michigan and later in Montana, where his prodigious appetites combined wi...

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Far From a Conclusion: El Paseo's CODA Gallery Celebrates 30 Years With a New Director—and a New Home

Far From a Conclusion: El Paseo's CODA Gallery Celebrates 30 Years With a New Director—and a New Home

Thursday, August 18, 2016  |  Nicole Borgenicht

El Paseo’s CODA Gallery has always presented works with a colorful, positive energy—making visits to the gallery continuously exciting.

Today, CODA is on the move: It will be reopening in September in a new space two blocks east of its former home.

Sam Heaton has been the gallery director since Januar...

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The Coachella Valley Art Scene Settles in at the Westfield Mall as It Seeks Out Member Supporters

The Coachella Valley Art Scene Settles in at the Westfield Mall as It Seeks Out Member Supporters

Friday, August 12, 2016  |  Brian Blueskye

The Coachella Valley Art Scene (CVAS) has come a long way since founder and executive director Sarah Scheideman started the whole thing as a blog in 2008.

Since its humble beginnings, the organization has left a unique footprint on the Coachella Valley with its arts-related events. The 111 Music Fest...

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Movies & TV

Home Video Review: Mel Gibson Turns in Career-Best Work in 'Blood Father'

Home Video Review: Mel Gibson Turns in Career-Best Work in 'Blood Father'

Monday, August 29, 2016  |  Bob Grimm

Mel Gibson is an asshole, but he can act with the best of them—something he proves yet again in Blood Father .

As Link—an ex-con with a tattoo parlor in his trailer and a missing daughter (Erin Moriarty)—Gibson is a stunning, grizzly marvel, elevating mediocre material into something quite watchable.

Wh...

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Loving Arms: 'War Dogs' Delivers Laughs and Satire With Its Real-Life Story

Loving Arms: 'War Dogs' Delivers Laughs and Satire With Its Real-Life Story

Thursday, August 25, 2016  |  Bob Grimm

Director Todd Phillips, a man responsible for slob comedies like The Hangover and Old School , takes a more serious, satirical route with War Dogs . The results are mixed—but ultimately entertaining.

The film is based on an article in Rolling Stone that described real-life gun-runners and the way they bilked...

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A Modern Western Masterpiece: 'Hell or High Water' Is a Film Without Flaws

A Modern Western Masterpiece: 'Hell or High Water' Is a Film Without Flaws

Thursday, August 25, 2016  |  Bob Grimm

Jeff Bridges, Chris Pine and Ben Foster are simply amazing in Hell or High Water , a terrific modern Western from director David Mackenzie.

Pine and Foster play two brothers who devise a bank-robbing scheme to save the family farm; Bridges is the soon-to-be-retired sheriff trying to stop them. Pine tak...

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Music

Another First: The Flusters Continue an Amazing Year With the Release of the Band's Debut EP

Another First: The Flusters Continue an Amazing Year With the Release of the Band's Debut EP

Tuesday, August 30, 2016  |  Brian Blueskye

It’s been a remarkable year for The Flusters. The band has taken the stage at both Coachella and Echo Park Rising, after being voted the “Best Local Band” by Independent readers.

Now the band is releasing its first EP. On Friday, Sept. 30, the Flusters will celebrate the release at The Hood Bar and Piz...

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The Lucky 13: Eddie Airada, Drummer for Subourbon Outlaw

The Lucky 13: Eddie Airada, Drummer for Subourbon Outlaw

Friday, August 26, 2016  |  Brian Blueskye

Back in July, Subourbon Outlaw played a show at The Hood Bar and Pizza. The band sounded fantastic—the members’ hard work showed during the entire performance. Currently, the band is focused on writing new music and recording an album. For more information on Subourbon Outlaw, visit www.facebook.com/...

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The Lucky 13: Jared Huss, Bad-Ass Skateboarder

The Lucky 13: Jared Huss, Bad-Ass Skateboarder

Tuesday, August 23, 2016  |  Brian Blueskye

Jared Huss is not a musician; instead, he’s arguably the most bad-ass skateboarder here in the Coachella Valley. Want proof? Check out this amazing shot here by photographer Orlando Welsh of Huss riding a rail atop a freeway overpass. Huss was recently kind enough to answer the Lucky 13.

What was the...

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Food and Drink

Restaurant News Bites: Pho 533 Introduces a Spring Roll Bar; Umami Seoul Opening Soon in Cathedral City; and Much More!

Restaurant News Bites: Pho 533 Introduces a Spring Roll Bar; Umami Seoul Opening Soon in Cathedral City; and Much More!

Monday, August 29, 2016  |  Jimmy Boegle

Pho 533 Expands, Adds a Spring Roll Bar

About a year and a half ago, Chad Gardner—known for his fantastic Dash and a Handful Catering business—purchased longtime old-school Vietnamese restaurant Pho 533, located at 1775 E. Palm Canyon Drive.

What a difference 18 month makes: On Tuesday, Aug. 30, Pho 5...

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Well Red: A Chat With Bruce Davis, Wine Specialist at Bristol Farms

Well Red: A Chat With Bruce Davis, Wine Specialist at Bristol Farms

Monday, August 22, 2016  |  Christine Soto

Bruce Davis has a reputation around the valley for knowing his stuff when it comes to wine. After one conversation with him, I understand why the wine specialist at Palm Desert’s Bristol Farms has this sterling reputation.

Davis, like a lot of great wine people, loves to tell stories. He casually con...

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The Beer Goddess: Take a Day Trip and Enjoy the Glorious Bars and Restaurants of Orange County

The Beer Goddess: Take a Day Trip and Enjoy the Glorious Bars and Restaurants of Orange County

Friday, August 19, 2016  |  Erin Peters

It’s no secret that the scorching-hot weather can extend well into September and October here in the Coachella Valley. However, locals don’t need to fret or sweat—because crafty beach cities with more moderate temperatures are less than a couple of hours away.

I recently spent some time in Orange Cou...

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