Leaving behind the 108 degree temperature on the desert floor, the climb in elevation took a certain edge off so that it was barely triple digits upon reaching Joshua Tree. The Palms Restaurant sits in the epically named Wonder Valley, and if your taste runs, (as does mine), to desert scapes, then it might not be misnamed after all. "Deserted At The Palms" brought together an eclectic lineup of acts for an exploratory foray into the one day mini fest, and like any first effort, had some strategic opportunities that could be addressed, but on the music end, it was nothing short of a rousing success;introducing exciting new acts, and reconfirming compelling artists, all in a venue that provided enough room to move, and coordinate between an indoor and outdoor stage. Cate Le Bon and her band turned in a scintillating set, expanding on their recent Amoeba Music appearance, Alex Lilly and Hott MT provided energy in the heat, Nite Jewel was a captivating presence at sunset, and the day's big takeaway was a bouncy punk band from LA, Sex Stains. It will be interesting to see if Deserted At The Palms becomes an annual gathering or a one shot gig, but it was certainly worth the trip.