Saturday, May 16, 2015


As soon as I learned about Desert Daze and who'd be performing during this one day music festival, I immediately purchased a ticket and airfare.  Described as the anti-Coachella, this festival draws local acts, has a fraction of the crowds, easy access to the foot of the stage, and is in a pleasant although dusty setting amidst palm trees and ponds at the north end of the Salton Sea, all located a couple hundred feet below sea level.  I flew in Friday, went to the festival Saturday and was heading back home Sunday night.  A wonderful time, even though the airline lost my luggage.  I had everything I needed in a carry-on bag and bought what I needed at an REI north of LAX in Santa Monica.  My daughter agreed to be my chaperon.

Our first stop was Pioneertown north of Palm Springs, where there was a festival pre-party at Pappy and Harriet's Friday night.  We arrived an hour before the music started, setting up the tent near the music venue.  Of the four bands playing, I went to see The Coathangers.  Besides being a relatively inexpensive show, starting the music the night before gave the weekend more of a festival experience.

Wikipedia writes:

The Coathangers are an alternative rock band from Atlanta. March 2014 saw the release of the band's fourth full length album entitled Suck My Shirt, for Suicide Squeeze Records.  In 2011, they released their third album, Larceny and Old Lace (also for Suicide Squeeze Records), to generally positive reviews.[2] The band formed in 2006 as a joke. After playing a house show, they were asked to open for The Hiss on the strength of their performance. The name was chosen for its vulgarity, an irreverent take on abortions, though all band members are pro-choice.  Their playfulness continues into their songs, with titles such as "Don’t Touch My Shit", "Nestle In My Boobies" and “Shut the Fuck Up.”

They were certainly the highlight of my day!  What a way to begin the weekend!

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Kim and the Creations is as much about performance art and the music!  WOW!  I thoroughly enjoyed it!

'The all-killer, no-filler Kim House and her band have settled in and are taking her eccentric reputation to the next level. Bending over backwards, slinking through the crowd and switching from sweet to grunge at the drop of a bassline, the only thing that will get your eyes off her [wild outfits] is her potent and directed gaze, right into your soul. What you’re missing: Good ol’ girl grunge that makes you want to take over the world, regardless of gender identification." (Burger Records/ Lolipop Records) -BUZZBANDS LA

'Her over the top stage antics and outfits are only surpassed by the sheer strength of her Stooges and Cramps influenced garage gems.' -DO LA

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L.A. Witch imperessed me when I went to see Warpaint In LA a couple months ago.  And what is great is that I was able to see them again when Deap Vally came to Denver, again at Desert Daze and I'll see them a fourth time in as many mionths a few nights freom now back here in Denver!  I'm really enjopying their music and hope they become more widely known about and play for years to come!  They were one of the reasons why I say yes to going to Desert daze.

“Dirty distorted country” - Dark Party

“Imagine Kim Deal influenced by Nirvana (rather than the other way around)” - Los Angeles Magazine

“[L.A. Witch] stir up images of Gun Club ‘Fire Of Love’ era and early X… yet at the same time are something entirely their own.” - Buddyhead

” dark amalgam of psych-rock, garage and Americana… L.A. Witch recalls the early ragged glory of Black Rebel Motorcycle Club or the Black Angels” - Buzzbands LA

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Deap Vally came to Denver a couple weeks before Desert Daze, helping me get in the party mood early!  Julie and Lindsey are not only hopt women, they put out a power house sound on stage!  They are a primary reason why I did not hesitate going to the festival.

Deap Vally mix bashing hard rock and greasy blues riffs, much like the White Stripes and the Black Keys, into their primal sound. The female indie duo formed in Los Angeles, after guitarist/howler Lindsey Troy took a crocheting class taught in a San Fernando shop by drummer Julie Edwards. The two swapped CDs from their respective projects, and soon decided to jam together. Deciding on an image based around halter tops and short jean shorts, they played their first show at Silverlake Lounge and, within a year (before they had even released an album), their raucous on-stage presence earned them some big spots with major British acts like Muse and the Vaccines. The self-professed Valley Girls released a four-song EP, Get Deap!, produced by Lars Stalfors, in the spring of 2013, in advance of a full-length debut, Sistrionix, also produced by Stalfors.

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Not much more I can about this band, being the primary reason I went to Desert Daze.  A fabulous performance in front of an enthusiastic audience.  I will continue watching their tour schedule hoping there will be another opportunity for our paths to cross!

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