Headliner Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile and the Sea Lice were getting ready to play to a filled-to-the-brim crowd. “This ain’t no disco… this ain’t no country club neither,” Vile said to the audience. They opened with “Over Everything,” and the mellow rock sounds washed over the audience as they swayed and bended their knees. “Continental Breakfast” was another one that had the crowd moving ever so slightly. The chemistry between Barnett and Vile was one of closeness, comfort and ease as they played off each others’ vocal styles and often took turns singing verses before joining together in the chorus. “This is my favorite one,” Vile shared before they dove into “Depreston,” a slow love song. Kurt Vile performed “Pretty Pimpin'” to the crowd’s delight, but the best moment of the night was when Courtney Barnett closed with “Avant Gardner.” - [Mxdwn]

The 2017 edition of Desert Daze began on took place earlier this month at the Institute of Mentalphysics in Joshua Tree, CA. Things got underway proper on Friday, October 13 with performances from Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile and their all-star band The Sea Lice, plus sets from Ty Segall, Liars, Ariel Pink, La Femme, Lee Fields & The Expressions, John Maus and more. Check out a set of pictures from that first night of Desert Daze in the gallery above, and stay tuned for more from the rest of the fest.

Courtney & Kurt will be on the East Coast soon and we're giving away a pair of tickets to their show at Loews Jersey Theatre on November 6 over at our Facebook.

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photos by Coen Rees