While the first weekend of Coachella brought a chill, a bit of drizzle, and a ton of celeb sightings, weekend 2 promises staggering temps of 101 degrees, thus all the hot pool parties are sure to be bumpin’. So when I’m not seeing Radiohead, The Shins, The Black Keys, Azalea Banks, M83, Florence and the Machine, Feist, Calvin Harris (with perhaps Rihanna?), and the other acts I’m dying to see, you can find me kickin’ it at these off-site (mostly) swimmable ragers. See you there?
This sick photo was taken at Coachella by @asherhunt.
Everybody, and I mean errbody is gonna be raging at the KROQ Coachella House. Last weekend they have every major act swing through for a set: Florence and the Machine, The Black Keys, The Shins, nearly everyone I listed above as my must-sees. Plus, I’ve got an appointment with the Doctor… Dr. Martens is kicking it poolside too.
Desert Gold: Roadside Attraction at the Ace Hotel
If you’re still out in the desert, wander to the Ace Hotel where they’re still partying strong, even now! Both weekends and all week are jam packed with artists like Jeremy Sole, The Do-Over, Secret Circuit, Darek Mazzone of KEXP, Peaking Lights, Awesome Tapes from Africa, DJ Rupture, Chief Boima, Luke Top of Fool’s Gold and so many more acts. And as it’s the Ace Hotel, the pool is simply dripping with swagger. $25 Fri, Sat, Sun. $20 during the week.
SKYY Infusions Coconut Escape
New Swedish collective Ingrid Soundsystem will have all day DJ sets from Lykke Li, Peter, Bjorn and John and members of Miike Snow, among rad others. Free flowing SKYY Infusions Coconut vodka from SPiN magazine will keep it raucous poolside. Discover customizable Beats by Dre, snag some Havaianas, and drink a lot while cooling off. And a little birdie tells me ?ber undead hottie Alexander Skarsgard will show his pretty partying face. Saturday, April 21st from 12 – 6 PM at the Renaissance Esmeralda Hotel in Indian Wells
Rolling Stone Rock Room
Rolling Stone is taking over a Palm Springs Motel, transforming it into the Rolling Stone Rock Room to host a weekend’s worth of Rock Room artist interview, DJ sets, acoustic performances, ping pong tournaments with SPiN Galactic, pop up photo/art exhibits, and more. Havaianas be poolside for it all, offering up Make Your Own Havaianas and the 2012 collection for sale. April 20th- 22nd at the Riviera in Palm Springs
Raging FREE all week, (albeit without a pool) is a mini festival for those double weekenders with tents and a mountain of… adrenaline. It’s freaking packed with music and guaranteed wildness from local acts like Electric Flower Group, Dead Meadow, Akron/Family, The Entrance Band, Here We Go Magic and a whole raging roster. It’s a real festival with art installations, workshops and yummy foodtrucks. It’s your festival away from festival, and a place to go when you’re tweakin’ after hours, or at 10AM. At Dillon’s Roadhouse, presented by Moon Block Party.