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April 14, 2011 | By Steve Appleford, Special to the Los Angeles Times
The way Keith Morris holds a microphone is not designed for comfort. He grabs it with one or both hands, elbows locked at rigid angles, and lunges with each syllable as he shouts with epic fury. The eyes bulge, his knees buckle. At 55, the delivery of this punk-rock originator has only intensified with age. In a small rehearsal room on the outskirts of Eagle Rock, Morris is pacing the floor impatiently, much as he did as the founding singer for Black Flag, then for three decades with the Circle Jerks, and now in a new band with an abrupt name — Off!
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February 17, 2011
Take the whole family to the Riverside County Fair & National Date Festival, which features live animals, monster truck shows and performances by Third Eye Blind, Kellie Pickler and more. Admission is free for part of the first day. Riverside County Fairgrounds, 82-503 Highway 111, Indio. 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Fri.-Feb. 27 (weekends open to midnight.) $8 for adults. (760) 863-8247. http://www.datefest.org.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 11, 2010 | Steve Lopez
I was never particularly good at math, but as I looked through the contract of former Indio City Manager Glenn Southard, I knew his $300,000-plus salary was not the best part of his deal. Southard didn't start at that salary. He was hired in 2005 for $240,000 after a long stretch working for the city of Claremont. But raises seem to come more quickly for some city executives than for the rest of us, even as local services and workforces are being whacked. In 2007, Southard negotiated a new contract for $300,000, plus a nice little bonus.
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April 25, 2010
Reporting from Indio The old gag about people who brag about loving both kinds of music — country and western — gets a twist at Stagecoach. Out in the desert, the annual festival serves up both kinds of country music: that which sells, and everything else. Fest-goers generally fall into one camp or the other, and even though it often feels that the gap between is a great divide, there's not a hint of rivalry among these groups that otherwise rarely intersect. The majority, predictably, plop down their blankets and lawn chairs — the kind with the built-in, beer-friendly cup holders — in front of the Mane Stage, where on Saturday the lineup was topped by a couple of contemporary country's more pop-driven acts, Keith Urban and Sugarland, and Sunday by the hard-charging likes of Toby Keith and Brooks & Dunn.
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November 2, 2009 | Jeff Weiss
Besides the Rolling Stones, U2 and Bruce Springsteen, it's hard to think of many rock acts that could crowd the Empire Polo Club in Indio for a three-day festival featuring no supporting acts or other live entertainment. But the legendary Vermont jam titan Phish has long operated outside the realm of normalcy, with a rabid fan base closer to addicted acolytes than casual admirers. When long-gestating message board rumors were finally confirmed months ago, Phish fanatics instantly began making preparations to trek to the site of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, where the band held its eighth festival -- the first in five years.
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April 24, 2009 | Randy Lewis
One of the more surprising hits on country radio this year has been "Anything Goes," sung by Mississippi-born musician Randy Houser. At a time when country programmers are enamored of songs from male singers cheering for lifelong romantic commitments, the title track from Houser's debut album is unusually frank in its depiction of a guy who goes off the deep end after his girl leaves him.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 14, 2008 | David Kelly, Times Staff Writer
A collection of rare American Indian artifacts worth up to $160,000 was returned to its owners Friday after an investigation that began three years ago when thieves broke into an Indio museum and spirited the treasures away in garbage bags. "I have told curators that everyone who comes through the door may not be an art lover," said Joseph Stuart, a recently retired FBI agent who led the investigation. "Some of those people are looking to steal artifacts."
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February 14, 2008 | Geoff Boucher, Times Staff Writer
The Stagecoach Festival now has the Eagles and an unofficial new motto: "Don't fence me in." Organizers of the huge country festival in Indio have announced a surprise third day of music and, by booking the bestselling country rock band ever, the May event is broadening its fan base and genre embrace. The newly announced day, May 2, will also feature performances by John Fogerty, Trisha Yearwood, Shelby Lynne, Glen Campbell and newcomer Rissi Palmer.
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