The infamous, psychedelic Desert Daze finally finds itself not dueling with that other big desert festival, plopping down on the following weekend instead. Set against a perfect California backdrop of purple mountains and palm trees, the third annual Desert Daze Music and Art Festival has reduced from an 11-day stretch to a daylong camping jamboree in the desert oasis of Sunset Ranch, in Mecca (really!). The extensive lineup features veterans Autolux, Blonde Redhead, Liars and The Raveonettes headlining, along with more than 20 other acts, including SoCal locals Fever the Ghost and Mystic Braves. You can sign up for a rideshare to the just-south-of-Indio, 163-acre ranch (but sorry, you can't swim in the lake). Taking pride in being unpretentious, Desert Daze is a surefire winner.
Sat., April 26, 3 p.m., 2014
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