Artist Portraits From Stereogum Range Life 2019

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bbymuthaStereogum is in Texas for SXSW right now, and on Tuesday and Wednesday, we played host to an unofficial day party showcase at Cheer Up Charlies in downtown Austin. We know how to throw a party, and we got both established names and exciting up-and-comers, many of them pulled from our own BandMore »

Stereogum Range Life 2019 Recap: 2 Days, 24 Bands, 500 Packs Of Gum

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Charly BlissStereogum returned to Texas in full force this year for Stereogum Range Life 2019, throwing a two-day day party in downtown Austin during the SXSW festivities. We took over the indoor and outdoor stages of Cheer Up Charlies on Tuesday and Wednesday, helping to get the week off to a strong … More »

Bedouine – “When You’re Gone”

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Bedouine - "When You're Gone"Azniv Korkejian, also known as Bedouine, is out today with a new single called “When You’re Gone.” This is her first release since last October’s pair of covers of classic ’70s acts Elton John and Linda Perhacs. In 2017, we made Bedouine an Artist To Watch upon the release of her … More »

Live Blog: Desert Daze 2018

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Desert Daze 2018
Moreno Beach; Lake Perris, CA

[October 12-14, 2018]

2018 saw Southern California’s psychedelic freakout fest Desert Daze reaching its highest highs, as well as it lowest lows. Between a change in venue, a drastic boost in attendance, and an unfortunate weather-related catastrophe, this year’s festivities tested its attendee’s patience in more ways than one. And yet, in spite of some serious mishaps, Desert Daze amazingly managed to pull through for yet another wild weekend, proving yet again why it’s one of the more unique, all-in-one festival experiences out there today.

For a festival that prides itself on its good vibes, this year’s Desert Daze started out on a pretty harsh note. Day 1 was basically a disaster, with the line just to get into the parking lot taking a solid three and a half hours, and that’s after driving two hours from L.A. to get to the festival’s new home of Moreno Beach in Lake Perris, CA. We didn’t even make it into the campgrounds until around 6 PM, and by the time we had settled into our campsite, we only had time to try and catch Tame Impala’s headlining set that night. Little did we know that the travesties were only beginning; less than 10 minutes into Tame Impala’s set, the band was rushed offstage by a sound guy who informed us that there was a freak lightning storm headed straight in our direction, and that we essentially had to get the fuck out. Cue the pouring rain (as well as a frantic series of text alerts warning us to not take shelter under trees, buildings, or tents — leaving us where exactly?), and Day 1 amounted to one of the most ridiculous series of events that’s happened to me at a music festival.

But from there, the clouds hanging over the weekend surprisingly cleared up. I must admit that I was skeptical of the festival moving from Joshua Tree — one of the most legendary parks in America — to the middle of San Bernardino, but Moreno Beach was an absolute dream. Getting to go for a swim in between sets was lovely and once again proved Desert Daze’s affinity for offering much more to festival-goers than just a series of stages to hustle between before driving back to the hotel for the night. Between all the colorful art installations, the bountiful camping accommodations, and the silly activities in the Mystic Bazaar, Desert Daze is a fun festival to hang out at for three days, to say nothing of their penchant for booking an expansive range of artists stretching from Julia Holter to Slowdive to Earth to Death Grips.

The prices are still more expensive than they should be, but there’s something about going from floating in a lake to basking in the apocalyptic noise of My Bloody Valentine that’s hard to beat. Take a look at our photos from this year, and see if you can catch a vibe or two.

Words by Sam Goldner, Photos by Stephanie Riesco


Tame Impala







Kevin Morby








Kikagaku Moyo






Slowdive




King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard











Julia Holter













Earth






Death Grips




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Artist Portraits From Desert Daze 2018

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Last year, Azniv Korkejian released her debut album as Bedouine. We named her an Artist To Watch and a Best New Band because of it. Today, she’s applying her beautifully ornate folk veneer to two new covers. Korkejian took on Elton John’s “Come Down In Time,” off his 1970 … More »

Watch Bedouine Make Her TV Debut, Playing “One Of These Days” On Seth Meyers

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Last year, Azniv Korkejian, the Syrian-born and LA-based singer-songwriter who records as Bedouine, released her self-titled debut album, a folk-rock stunner. (She also became a Stereogum Artist To Watch.) Last night, she gave her first-ever TV performance as a musical guest on Late Night With Seth Meyers. Giving off a sense of serene … More »

Bedouine – “Louise” & “Deep Space”

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We recently named Bedouine one of this year’s best new bands and an Artist To Watch, and her thoughtful, plainspoken, gracefully ornate debut album cracked our mid-year best albums list. Today is a great day to find out why we’ve heaped so many honors on the band because project mastermind Azniv Korkejian … More »