10th Annual Desert Stars Festival at Pappy & Harriet's

10th Annual Desert Stars at Pappy & Harriet's


Join us for our 10th annual gathering Friday September 22nd, Saturday 23rd & Sunday September 24th, 2017


Pappy & Harriet's Pioneertown Palace in Pioneertown
53688 Pioneertown Rd, Pioneertown, CA 92268
(Joshua Tree region of Southern California)

Camp on site - $20 per night!
Full bar & the best food in the desert!

Come celebrate a decade of TRUE DIY music festival madness! Desert Stars Festival enters double digits with an amazing weekend of music and memories! Join us at the legendary Pappy and Harriet's in Pioneertown, CA surrounded by otherworldly joshua trees, old west wonders, and clear open skies. Fiercely curated and forcefully capped, our tickets are limited in order to provide an intimate experience for all, so hop on it!

September 22nd, 23rd, & 24th, 2017

3-Day Weekend Passes are just $99
Day Passes for Saturday or Sunday are $51.75
Friday night passes (opening night 7pm-1:30am) are $22.75


THE RAVEONETTES (Headline on Sat 9.23)
PSYCHIC TV (Headline on Sun 9.24)
KOLARS (9/22)
BONE ACRE (9/24)
LEAF (9/24)
FLAURAL (9/24)
WAXY (9/24)

The Raveonettes

Danish rock 'n' roll duo consisting of Sune Rose Wagner (on guitar, instrumentation and male vocals) and Sharin Foo (on bass and female vocals). Their music is characterized by close two-part vocal harmonies, coupled with hard-edged electric guitar overlaid with liberal doses of noise. Their songs juxtapose the structural and chordal simplicity of 50s and 60s rock with intense electric instrumentation, driving beats and often dark lyrical content.
The duo met in Copenhagen and began recording "Whip It On", on which they handled all production chores by themselves. Adding guitarist Manoj Ramdas and jazz drummer Jakob Hoyer, the Raveonettes booked one of their first gigs at the SPOT festival in Aarhus, the second largest city in Denmark.
"Whip It On" was elected "Best Rock Album of the Year" at the Danish Music Awards 2003, and The Raveonettes were picked as being among the harbingers of the "Next Wave" of contemporary music.
The band is incidentally very big fans of Fender instruments.

Psychic TV

Formed: 1981 in Hackney, London, United Kingdom by Genesis P-Orridge and Peter Christopherson (after Throbbing Gristle ceased to exist) with Alex Fergusson. Soon, PTV became a post industrial supergroup, expanding the core line-up with the talents of frequent collaborators Monte Cazazza, David Tibet, and John Balance, which led to the classic 1983 album Psychic TV - Dreams Less Sweet. After Peter and John's departure in late 1984 to concentrate on their Coil project, Psychic TV's style evolved more in the direction of psychedelic or acid rock, then called "hyperdelic" rock by the band, a style they would return to in later years. In 1988, Alex Fergusson departed, and a move back to more electronic based music took place, featuring the talents of Fred Giannelli, Greedy Beat Syndicate, and Richard Schiessl. PTV were found at the forefront of acid house with the fake compilations "Jack The Tab - Acid Tablets Volume One", "Various - Tekno Acid Beat", and various releases featuring rotating line-ups under different monikers (Mistress Mix, Sickmob, & DJ Doktor Megatrip).

Well documented constant touring and recording took its toll. A relocation to the USA in 1993, the closure of the band's independent label Temple Records in 1994, and perhaps most prominently the separation from Paula P-Orridge left Genesis P. Orridge to be the only permanent member of Psychic TV. The name "Psychic TV & Genesis P-Orridge" was used for a number of Psychic TV re-releases and experimental projects by Genesis P-Orridge and Larry Thrasher, before Genesis formed Thee Majesty with Bryin Dall. A final concert was announced and held at the Royal Festival Hall, London in May 1999.

In 2003, Genesis P. Orridge (now Breyer P. Orridge) toured with a new line up as PTV3, musically leaning towards the "hyperdelic" phase. Silently, he restarted the once dismissed TOPY and re-activated the dormant Temple Records for a batch of new and old releases.

Tess Parks

Tess Parks was born and raised in Toronto but moved to London at seventeen to pursue music and to study photography. Her most recent work was a collaboration with Anton Newcombe (Brian Jonestown Massacre) which produced the album "I Declare Nothing" released in 2015. Her sound is appropriately draws comparison to a cross between Mazzy Star and The Brian Jonestown Massacre.

Tess describes her songs as "lo-fi alternative drones with a hypnotic vibe”. Influences include Elliott Smith, friends the Dandy Warhols and all the classics: "I was brought up on Bob Dylan, Nirvana, The Beatles, Rolling Stones and Zeppelin.” She met Alan McGee in London. "We stayed in touch, that was it really. I just got so lucky. I love Oasis, Jesus and Mary Chain, My Bloody Valentine… He’s affiliated with all of my favorite musicians.”
Tess recorded her album of scuzzy, downbeat psychedelia across the summer. It’s been pre-empted by the release of her debut single proper ‘Somedays’.

Welcome to the Mild High Club, a wayward home for the musical output of Alexander Brettin, making his debut with the 45 “Windowpane” b/w “Weeping Willow”.

Now based in Los Angeles, Brettin has been recording and performing with the likes of Ariel Pink, R Stevie Moore and Silk Rhodes while working on his own debut LP for Stones Throw Records.

The Entrance Band

The name, The Entrance Band, can conjure images of secret entryways, or it can represent the feeling of being dazzled and delighted – quite literally, to be put into a trance. The music made by The Entrance Band can awaken either definition, and countless other dimensions as well.

Since first collaborating together on the 2006 album Prayer of Death, guitarist/vocalist Guy Blakeslee, bassist Paz Lenchantin and drummer Derek James have breathed continued life into the sound of The Entrance Band. That energy has translated into a catalog of recorded expression and an unassailable reputation for offering one of the most intuitively-interconnected live performances on the planet.

These memorable melodies and their near-telekinetic musical kinship are found in full flower on Face the Sun – certainly the band's most compelling collection of songs to date. Their first full-length in four years, it is an album built firmly upon notable transformations experienced by all three band members. Face the Sun is a rare and remarkable collection of songs that recognizes and honors both sides of the journey toward the light.

Ryley Walker

American singer and songwriter

Tijuana Panthers

Tijuana Panthers’s latest album finds the California trio continuing to mix elements of punk, garage rock, and classic surf rock sounds into a stew that feels alternately tension-filled and easygoing. Opener “Four Horsemen” hits the tension hard with a minor-key bassline buttressed by a spare guitar riff. The paranoid chorus consists of a heavier punk guitar and bass parts and vocals that just shout “Watch out!” repeatedly. Third track and lead single “Cherry Street” shows off the band’s lighter side, with a catchy, singsong guitar riff in the verses that dominates the whole song. And this is despite a chorus that talks about “Cherry Street Donut Shop / Something’s wrong in the parking lot.”


Not only will Thunderpussy make you question your life choices, they will teach you life lessons like, "A hard man is good to find," and "Booty is in the eye of the beholder." They may be rock n roll's new diamond in the muff, but they're not selling sex like a Carl's Jr. commercial-- They are literally whipping you with it, like 80's Madonna, or dry humping you like a tranced-out Prince. Powerful, sultry vocals tear at your chest while guitar riffs tower over you like a leather clad dominatrix... Salty tears stream down your cheeks in a pleasureful pain as the bass and drums lock in tight to move you, groove you, and wash over you in a hot sweaty bath of sweet, sweet, blues-rock soul... Give in. Get up. Welcome to Club Pussy.

When it became clear that glam folk act He's My Brother She's My Sister was heading towards a hiatus, band members Rob Kolar and Lauren Brown decided to go off and find their own beat. What they learned from their previous outfit was that even folk fans want to find music that makes them move. That's the dictum that's guided the duo into the creation of KOLARS. As KOLARS, the pair create a kinetic brand of disco-inspired rockabilly they loving dub glam-a-billy. Kolar provides the soaring, fuzzy guitars while Brown pounds and literally stomps the percussion — she actually stands and tap-dances on a bass drum. Far from a gimmicky trick, the clacking feet add familiar moments one might expect from a hi-hat or the clapping of hands. Even without Brown's unique method of performing, the band's sound remains uniquely driving. Take their latest single "One More Thrill". Crafted like a grooving '70s country song carved out of the gleaming vibrations of modern rock, the track pulsates right into your chest. It takes your heart by the hand and leads you to the dance floor, daring you to not feel motivated to dance, shimmy, just escape the mundane. "'One More Thrill' is about someone who wants to break free from the monotony in their life to pursue their dreams," the band tells Consequence of Sound. "The video uses imagery and creatures to symbolize that struggle and the excitement of taking that chance."

SPINDRIFT's fascination with the surreal qualities and legendary mythos of the Wild West, the album is described as a "sonic western exploration into the Great Unknown" and" an homage to "everything Western." The record was inspired by the group's 2012 "Ghost Town Tour", a five week, self-guided tour through more than 20 of America's western ghost towns. During the trip, many landmarks, tourist attractions (Deadwood, South Dakota), western museums and monuments (such as Cathedral Gorge State Park and Arizona's Sonoran National Desert) were reached and at every stop along the way, SPINDRIFT made field recordings and performed live, putting their "spin" on classic, Golden Era cowboy songs of the old West.

SPINDRIFT: Ghost of the West is not only a new SPINDRIFT album; it is also a Motion Picture Soundtrack that is being released prior to the feature film companion of the same name (slated for a 2014 release). Eccentric underground film director Burke Roberts and Cinematographers JT Gurzi and Rich Ragsdale were hired to film and document the ghostly five week journey, which brought forgotten history back to life and mimicked the days when Cowboys, Native Americans, Pioneers and Gunfighters ruled the land! SPINDRIFT: Ghost of the West contains more of the signature elements that SPINDRIFT has grown to make their own; singer-songwriter-composer-producer-actor Kirpatrick Thomas' twangy Spaghetti Western style guitar and heroic baritone is more present and defined than ever before. Pedal steels soar while high sopranos hauntingly bounce through lost cavernous gold mines. Bullfighting music? Check. Campfire Ballads? Check. Native American chants? Check. Awesome plays on cowboy classics like "When I Was A Cowboy" (1934), "Cool Water" (1936), "Buffalo Dream" (1953), "Gunfighter" (1962) and even an amped-up version of "Ghost Riders in the Sky" (which the band recently performed with Dead Kennedy's Jello Biafra in San Francisco) ride sidesaddle with new SPINDRIFT originals on this one-of-a-kind release. SPINDRIFT: Ghost of the West promises to be the most quintessential psychedelic western crossover album ever made!

Since the release of the band's 2011 recording Classic Soundtracks Vol. 1, SPINDRIFT has been hard at work crafting an album — and film — about their fascination with the Wild West. The origins of the Ghost of the West album started when Kirpatrick Thomas and bassist David Koenig (ex-The Brian Jonestown Massacre) would entertain remaining stragglers with old acoustic campfire ballads after SPINDRIFT shows in Joshua Tree, California. Pioneertown, CA to be exact (the birthplace of Roy Rogers, Gene Autry, and The Sons of the Pioneers).

While SPINDRIFT's previous album and film combo The Legend of God's Gun (2008) was a Grindhouse Psychedelic Spaghetti Western Rock 'N' Roll masterpiece, Ghost of the West picks up on the more factual "real" forgotten past of the old West, bringing that ghostly history back to life!

Annie Hardy (of Giant Drag)

When the Los Angeles-based rock group Giant Drag released it's debut full-length, Hearts And Unicorns, in 2005, fans were immediately taken by front woman Annie Hardy's playful and fearless crush of the innocent into the profane. She intentionally subverted her image - pigtails with large, bashful eyes and an almost childlike voice - with brawny guitar noise and provocative songs like "You're Full of S*** (Check Out My Sweet Riffs)" and "YFLMD." (I'll let you look up that second one).

It proved to be a potent mix that landed Giant Drag a deal with Interscope Records, on-stage performances with The Jesus And Mary Chain, and appearances at Coachella and other major festivals. But after repeated fits and starts on a followup, the label eventually dropped the band and nearly a decade passed before Giant Drag self-released it's second and final album, Waking Up Is Hard To Do. That was in 2013.

Annie Hardy sets sail now as a solo artist (but with a full band!). Get ready for another chapter of the signature blend of cool couture indie pop that made her a notable contributor to the 2000 oughts!

Pearl Charles

Pearl Charles of The Blank Tapes on lead vocals with Matt Adams on guitar and Miss Lauren Barth

C.G. Roxanne And The Nightmares

Punk band from Los Angeles

Drinking Flowers

One of LA's most formidable purveyor's of psychedelic pop, and shoegaze, Drinking Flowers has released 2 EP's that carry you from the blunt heavy riffing of bands like Loop to the somber subdued strums of Brian Jonestown Massacre. Their latest effort "Shadow Show" offers a glimmering preview of the darker more angular sounds Drinking Flowers has absorbed. Their new album is due out in Fall 2015

United Ghosts

Sha Sabi and Axel Steuerwald



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