As the sun began to close in on another brutally hot day, Sunflower Bean announced themselves as “jacked up” inside the Wright Tent for 45 minutes of highlights from their 2016 debut Human Ceremony and some as-yet-unreleased music too ahead of a much-anticipated follow-up record. Across the site on the Moon Stage, stoner metal trio Sleep performed their seminal 1992 album Holy Mountain in full. A strong stench of marijuana hung in the air, of course. By the time Australia's King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard followed suit, the crowd were ready for a psychedelic freakout courtesy of this seven-piece's concoctions, particularly frontman Stu Mackenzie's universe-expanding guitar lines. - [Billboard]

Saturday (10/14) of Joshua Tree, CA's Desert Daze fest featured legends like Iggy Pop, John Cale, and Terry Riley, somewhat younger but still veteran acts like Thurston Moore, The Make-Up, The Gories and Sleep (who performed Holy Mountain in full), along with new talent like King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, Twin Peaks and Sunflower Bean. Pictures from Saturday are in the gallery above.

You can check out Desert Daze Friday pics HERE and we'll have Sunday pics soon.


photos by Coen Rees

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