Bummed you couldn’t get a Coachella ticket? Or maybe you don’t like messing with heat/dust/walking/Californians? Stay in Las Vegas this weekend, park close and suck in air-conditioned breaths while enjoying one of the many acts dropping by en route to or from the festival. Of course, we can’t guarantee there won’t be Californians there...
•Arcade Fire (April 14, the Joint) Tickets for the conquering Grammy heroes’ first Vegas headlining gig sold out day-of, but if The Suburbs taught us anything, it’s that no door is ever fully closed when scalpers are about. Or maybe we weren’t listening closely enough.
•Robyn (April 14, Cosmopolitan’s Boulevard Pool) Our art director will happily tell you, Swedes are cool. When they sing catchy, synthy pop tunes you can dance to, well, that’s just gravy. Oh, and don’t forget to slip over to the Chandelier lounge for fellow non-Swedish Coachella reps Jenny & Johnny while you’re there.
•Mumford & Sons (April 15, Cosmompolitan’s Boulevard Pool) How hot are these British folkies? They’re billed above Erykah Badu, Paul van Dyk and Broken Social Scene on the Coachella poster. Oh, and they sold out this show weeks ago.
•Brandon Flowers (April 16, House of Blues) If we have to tell you who this guy is or why he matters around here, you’ve either been living in a Himalayan monastery or you’re a magic-loving member of the Weekly staff with the initials R.L. Sold out, but again, there are always options for those willing to spend.
•Nas & Damian Marley (April 16, Cosmompolitan’s Boulevard Pool) We refuse to call Marley “Jr. Gong” the same way we never referred to Nas as “Nasty.” Still, hip-hop icon + reggae royalty = one helluva Strip-side party.