These days, you can’t have enough reasons to head out to the desert so add the Desert Stars Festival to your list. Now in it’s 8th year, Desert Stars is as DIY and independent as it gets – brought to life by this Kickstarter campaign and the utter passion for music, festivals and a good time.

In typical desert festival fashion, Desert Stars features 35 bands of the psychedelic rock nature on 3 stages planted at the famous Pappy & Harriet’s in Pioneer Town (Joshua Tree, CA). With a mission to make as little of an impact on the grounds of Joshua Tree, this fest is simultaneously conscious and progressive, hosting some of the greatest in psych rock like The Lemon Heads, Spindrift and Rain Parade. The 2-day festival, Sept. 25-26, offers packages that include hotel stay (but you can camp) and swag with your tickets. Find the full lineup and teaser video right here and get your tickets!

We’ve sampled every band in the lineup and chosen the 10 bands you shouldn’t miss. Starting tomorrow, we’ll also be offering up a daily plate of overviews of each one of these bands. Get listening! Get excited! Come to Pioneer Town! Come to Desert Stars Festival!

1. Josh T. Pearson
2. Pearl Charles
3. Lou Barlow (of Sebadoh/Dinosaur Jr)
4. Mr. Elevator and the Brain Hotel
5. Drinking Flowers
6. Dead Meadow
7. Cosmonauts
8. Swervedriver
9. Gateway Drugs
10. Shannon and the Clams

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