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The Best Desert Rock Bands  

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Generally, desert rock refers to bands that hail from the greater Palm Springs Ca area. One of the chief sounds to define desert rock and desert rock bands is snarling version of hard rock that contains elements of psychedelia, blues, and heavy metal. Desert rock bands have managed to emerge from outside their local hub to become some of the biggest bands in the world. Also, desert rock can be used to describe the more general genre of stoner rock due the heavy grinding riffs and and brooding instrumental jams.

So, what are the best desert rock bands? Any list of desert rock bands must include the likes of Kyuss, Queens of the Stone Age, Masters of Reality, Fu Manchu and Yawning Man. These are some of the best desert rock bands and exemplify the Palm Springs/Palm Desert scene. Over time, several of these bands have gone on to bigger fortunes - most notably Queens of the Stone Age - and became wildly successful.

That said, it's up to you to determine what are the best desert rock bands. If you think a band is missing from this list, feel free to add them. This list answers the questions "who are the best desert rock bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest desert rock musician ever?" If you know enough about the genre, please vote based on the quality of the band's music instead of just voting for the most popular desert rock bands that you might've heard of. (46 items)

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Valley of the Sun is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Desert Rock Bands
RobertPitsch added Desert Rock
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Alfredo Hernández is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Desert Rock Bands
Desert rock, Heavy metal, Stoner rock
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Los Natas is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Desert Rock Bands
Jorge Brändt added Stoner rock, Experimental music
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Sungrazer is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Desert Rock Bands
Biomechatronic Warpoodle added Psychedelic Rock, Stoner Rock, Desert Rock
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Black Rainbows is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Desert Rock Bands
Biomechatronic Warpoodle added Fuzz rock, Stoner rock, Heavy Psych
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Orquesta del Desierto is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Desert Rock Bands
Desert rock
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The Machine is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Desert Rock Bands
PhilipB.Plowe added Metal, Desert Rock, Stoner Metal
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braden-anderson added Desert Rock, Rock

Hailing from Santa Fe, New Mexico, St. Range is the culmination of many lives who have influenced what would become one of The Southwest's most creative and hard-working true rock acts. Described as "young outlaws" the members of St. Range have battled through many a hardship and hurdle in the process of bringing their brand of "desert rock" to the ears of the region. With no official source of support, the band has managed to tour extensively across the Southwest, West Coast, and Mid-West as well as having landed some impressive gigs in their hometown.
 

Justin Lindsey's honest songwriting accented by the powerful and soulful sound that Daniel Murphy, Andy Diekmann and Braden Anderson provide create a familiar, yet exciting new rock experience.

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Jesse Hughes is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Desert Rock Bands
Blues-rock, Rock music, Desert rock
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Palm Desert is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Desert Rock Bands
Biomechatronic Warpoodle added Desert Rock, Stoner rock
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lodata added Heavy groove rock / Desert rock
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Fire Down Below is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Desert Rock Bands
Chad Smith added Desert Rock
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Deaf Radio alarm is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Desert Rock Bands
cainl7nk added

Ηeavy Rock, Desert Rock, Stoner Rock

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Out Of The Earth is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Desert Rock Bands
MonsieurHannibal added Heavy Rock
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Ruff Majik is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Desert Rock Bands
Biomechatronic Warpoodle added Garage rock, Punk rock, Desert rock
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Thin White Rope is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Desert Rock Bands
Rock music, Desert rock, Experimental rock
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SUMA is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Desert Rock Bands
Biomechatronic Warpoodle added Stoner Rock, Doom, Desert Rock
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Sand Rubies is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Desert Rock Bands
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Hot Beat Pussy Fiend is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Desert Rock Bands
barflybrookz added
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Brunt is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Desert Rock Bands
PhilipB.Plowe added Desert Rock, Metal, Stoner Metal
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Cleophuzz is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Desert Rock Bands
Alex Sabourin added