If sweating under the piercing desert sun with no shade in sight, extremely overpriced beers, and the entire Hipster-American population of L.A. doesn’t seem like a good time to you, well, Desert Daze is back to save you from the Coachella blues. These people have a MUSIC FESTIVAL in the DESERT with ACTUALLY GOOD BANDS and it is LITERALLY IN AN OASIS. (Well, I don’t know what the exact scientific definition of an oasis is, but it’s got a lake with trees, and it looks like HEAVEN.) This one-night boutique of music is turning 3 on April 26 (the weekend after the Big Festival) this year.
This year you got Blonde Redhead, The Raveonettes, Liars, Autolux, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Vincent Gallo, Diiv, The Allah-las, Night Beats, Cosmonauts, Disappears, Deap Vally, Mystic Braves, Kiev, Mr. Elevator and the Brain Hotel, Terakaft, Corners, Froth, Fever the Ghost, Kiki Pau, Al Lover, Kikagaku Moyo, Habits, Liphemra, Church of Sun, Supertall Paul’s Jive Joint, Young Old Man, and my personal favorite band name, LA Witch. The festival takes place at Sunset Ranch in Mecca, CA. More info is available online.
• Desert Daze: http://desertdaze.org