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Life Leone, Feb. 15, The Crux

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Life Leone, Feb. 15, The Crux

Back in the late '80s and early '90s, there weren't many places for live rock 'n' roll in California's Coachella Valley. The dearth of venues in cities like Palm Springs and Palm Desert forced bands to hold shows out in the surrounding sand dunes. Out of these "generator parties"--so called because musicians needed generators to power their amps--emerged a low, massively heavy sound that became known as "stoner rock" or "desert rock."

Lucerne Valley, Calif.-based Life Leone's music draws proudly on the desert rock tradition. His new EP Comes Crashing In (Wild Farm Records, July 2013) melds the genre's buzzing, down-tuned guitars with catchy indie-pop melodies. Boiseans will get to hear this blend on Saturday, Feb. 15, when Leone and his band play The Crux with local openers Virgil, Leaf Raker and Fiddle Junkies. Read a full feature on Life Leone at

With Virgil, Leaf Raker and Fiddle Junkies, 9 p.m., $5. The Crux, 1022 W. Main St., 208-342-3213,