Don't feel like battling the traffic, the crowds, or the heat at Southern California's biggest music festival? Here are a few alternatives to Coachella.
Dinah Shore Weekend
The lesbian-centric blast involves dance parties, poolside shindigs, and performances by Tegan and Sara, Iggy Azalea, and Eve. » April 2-6, various venues, Palm Springs.
For Burning Man types, the party and camp-out in the heart of wine country offers far-out art, electronic music, and karmic realignment. » April 11-13, Live Oak Campground, Santa Barbara.
Catch emerging acts and soon-to-be headliners before they blow up. » April 19, various venues, downtown L.A.
Stagecoach: California’s Country Music Festival
Appearances by Eric Church, Luke Bryan, and Shelby Lynne mellow out this fest held the weekend after Coachella. » April 25-27, Empire Polo Club, Indio.
Rock and roll of the slightly psychedelic variety (Danish rockers the Raveonettes, shoegaze heroes Blonde Redhead, and power-rock duo Deap Vally) descends on another desert town. » April 26, Sunset Ranch Oasis, Mecca.