Desert Daze returns for the second time to Lake Perris, where the first day of last year’s festival was plagued by traffic jams and truncated by an intense lightning storm. While the man-made lake in Riverside County isn’t as enchanting as the festival’s previous settings in Joshua Tree and other places, it should — weather permitting — be a suitable backdrop this time around. Several of this year’s headliners (The Flaming Lips, Ween and Wu-Tang Clan) will perform full versions of ancient ’90s albums (The Soft Bulletin, Chocolate and Cheese and Enter the Wu-Tang, respectively). What makes this edition special, though, is an apparent farewell set by art-rock prankster-robots Devo, along with appearances by psychedelic rockers Frankie & the Witch Fingers, dream-spinners Winter, indie-pop chanteuse Sasami, heavy garage-psych combo The Paranoyds and stoner-rock bludgeoners Dead Meadow. W.I.T.C.H. and guitar hero Mdou Moctar jolt with modern African sounds.
Desert Daze’s bill on Friday includes The Flaming Lips, Stereolab, Animal Collective, Fred Armisen, W.I.T.C.H., Connan Mockasin, DIIV, Crumb, Atlas Sound, Metz, Jessica Pratt, Wand, Mdou Moctar, Post Animal, Faye Webster, Part Time, Jonathan Bree, Sessa, Frankie & the Witch Fingers, Al Lover, Triptides, Kid 606, and an “opening ceremony” with Ian Svenonius.
Saturday’s lineup features Ween, Devo, Flying Lotus 3D, The Locust, Parquet Courts, Pussy Riot, Temples, Connan Mockasin, Psychedelic Porn Crumpets, Nick Hakim, Viagra Boys, Big Business, Altin Gun, The KVB, Lumerians, JJUUJJUU and others.
Sunday culminates with sets from Wu-Tang Clan, Khruangbin, The Claypool Lennon Delirium, The Black Angels, Alvvays, Shintaro Sakamoto, Moses Sumney, Lightning Bolt, Dead Meadow, White Fence, Froth, Sasami, The Paranoyds, Particle Kid, Winter and others.
Lake Perris, 17801 Lake Perris Drive, Perris; Fri.-Sun., Oct. 11-13, noon; $120-$408; all ages. https://desertdaze.org.
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