5 Acts You Can’t Miss at Desert Daze


There’s a lot going down in Coachella Valley this weekend. The second wave of baby boomers will converge on the valley for the final week of Desert Trip a.k.a Oldchella, and not far from Indio, Burning Man followers will take over Joshua Tree for Desert Daze, a three-day all out metaphysical experience taking place October 14-16. The psychedelic lineup screams Joshua Tree, and we’re ready to hit the desert. Know who you want to see, but still have holes to fill? Keep reading for our top five acts you can’t miss.

 

TORO Y MOI  

Chaz Bundick, better known by his stage name Toro y Moi, is an artist and producer we began following in 2013, and since our introduction, his music has taken on many forms and styles. We love Toro y Moi’s original voice, synth heavy instrumentals, chill vibes, and his ability to incorporate a wide swath of genres into his music. Currently, the artist is working on a new ambient project called PLUM , and earlier this year he wrapped his album, Live from Trona , a full-length live video. Make sure to check him out this weekend.

When / Where:  Friday, October 14 – Set Times TBA

 


FARTBARF  

Let’s be honest, if the name Fartbarf doesn’t spark your interest, you’re dead inside. Fortunately, we aren’t, so we decided to take a look and we’re feeling it. Before we dove into the music we peeped their Instagram. First impressions? Bloodhound Gang, but don’t let their looks fool you. With their “relentless melodies, robotically tight rhythms, danceable beats” and a Facebook manifesto to live by, this synth-punk group is definitely a breath of fresh (or well maybe not fresh) air. Don’t sleep on them.

When / Where:  Friday, October 14 – Set Times TBA

 


VINYL WILLIAMS  

We weren’t familiar with the L.A. based multimedia artist, Lionel Williams, but after giving his band Vinyl Williams a listen, we like what we hear and if you like ambient tunes as much as we do, he’s serving up something for you this weekend. Fun fact about Lionel – he’s the grandson of American composer, conductor, pianist John Williams. Before you head to Joshua Tree, grab your headphones and find a chill place to give him a listen. You’ll thank us later.

When / Where:  Saturday, October 15 – Set Times TBA

 


LA LUZ  

After a serious car crash destroyed their van and much of their gear, La Luz, an all-female surf rock band from Seattle, was forced to put their 2013 tour on hold. Following a brief hiatus, they’re back with a vengeance and man are we excited. Inspired by acts like Link Wray, The Ventures, and Dick Dale, we’re sure this group will bring their A-game and doo-wop dance moves to the stage.

When / Where:  Sunday, October 16 – Set Times TBA

 


SUGAR CANDY MOUNTAIN  

This Joshua Tree-based duo has been compared to legendary acts like The Beatles, Velvet Underground, Nancy Sinatra and Pink Floyd. Sold yet? Sugar Candy Mountain is the epitome of a blast from the past, so don’t be alarmed if an influx of Desert Trip attendees are caught snooping around during their set. Many say the band delivers carefully built psychedelic odes that feel like something unearthed from a box of records found in your dad’s garage, glowing wistfully with vintage inspired tones rambling organs, fuzzed out guitars, shimmering keys and sprawling drums. The perfect band for your Joshua Tree vision quest.

When / Where:  Sunday, October 16 – Set Times TBA