Desert rock

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Desert Rock is a term given to several bands that hail from the California desert. Often labeled stoner metal, the music might also contain heavy Latin influences, repetitive drum beats, and/or elements of psychedelia. A sub-genre of desert rock is robot rock, a phrase coined by Josh Homme of Queens of the Stone Age.

The term was previously applied, in the 1980s, to a kind of psychedelic country-flavored punk music generally evocative of the desert's dry open spaces, often characterized by epic instrumental passages and lyrically populated with drifters, eccentrics and other people living on the margins. This generation of desert rockers was centered largely in Arizona, particularly Tucson, though most bands had strong ties to the Los Angeles scene (most notably to the Paisley Underground, or its remnants), and some relocated there.

Notable first-wave desert rock bands

Notable contemporary desert rock bands

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