Everyday sunshine at Desert Gold.


NPR Music is making their first venture out to the Western desert in their five years of existence, and making Ace Palm Springs their homebase during Coachella and Desert Gold. They’re doing field recordings in the area and capturing impromptu poolside recordings with artists staying with us during Desert Gold, and shooting some video. Tonight, they host karaoke in the Amigo Room with guests like Third Man Records, Warp Records, Modular, We Are Free and Stereogum, and we hope to see you on the mic as well. See the full Desert Gold schedule and get a room.

NPR Music is making their first venture out to the Western desert in their five years of existence, and making Ace Palm Springs their homebase during Coachella and Desert Gold. They’re doing field recordings in the area and capturing impromptu poolside recordings with artists staying with us during Desert Gold, and shooting some video. Tonight, they host karaoke in the Amigo Room with guests like Third Man Records, Warp Records, Modular, We Are Free and Stereogum, and we hope to see you on the mic as well. See the full Desert Gold schedule and get a room.









The dude known as Desert Gold abides.

The dude known as Desert Gold abides.


Pleased to meet you — these are Chris Haycock's little, tiny guys. Sadly he couldn't bring them to Desert Gold, but they’re definitely here in spirit. Catchella! We couldn’t help ourselves on that one… If you missed it today, you can catch The Do-Over next Sunday afternoon at the Commune at Ace Hotel & Swim Club in Palm Springs.

Pleased to meet you — these are Chris Haycock's little, tiny guys. Sadly he couldn't bring them to Desert Gold, but they’re definitely here in spirit. Catchella! We couldn’t help ourselves on that one… If you missed it today, you can catch The Do-Over next Sunday afternoon at the Commune at Ace Hotel & Swim Club in Palm Springs.


Alia Penner created this twenty-foot-wide backdrop for Father John Misty's Coachella show this year. There's a lot going on here — kind of like a mashup of John Ford movies, Monty Python and the Care Bears — the perfect visual alchemy for this year's circus in the Bermuda Triangle of post-industrial America that happens to be our Southwest home and the site of Desert Gold. Stop by any time.

Alia Penner created this twenty-foot-wide backdrop for Father John Misty's Coachella show this year. There's a lot going on here — kind of like a mashup of John Ford movies, Monty Python and the Care Bears — the perfect visual alchemy for this year's circus in the Bermuda Triangle of post-industrial America that happens to be our Southwest home and the site of Desert Gold. Stop by any time.

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Read it and weep. Third Man Records hangs a shingle for their all-vinyl pop-up shop in the Cleaners at Ace Hotel & Swim Club — the only record store in Palm Springs for the time being — during our annual music and arts festival Desert Gold, deep in the desert during Coachella-time. Jack White, this year’s official ambassador of Record Store Day on 4/20, dude — hosts along with Ben Swank and other Third Man women and men. They’ll run a karaoke ring with NPR Music and other labels and groups in the Amigo Room, and pull all other manner of great feats of musical prowess off during the following couple of weeks. Stay tuned on our Desert Gold site, and bring your LP bag.


Obviously Pussy Riot sourced some of their inspiration from Devo. And who hasn’t? We get up each day and look in the mirror and say “Are we not men?” And when someone says, “No, you are not,” we say “Are we not Pussy Riot?”On that note, the very one and only Mark Mothersbaugh is designing some pool toys for us to use in the pool and wherever we like during Desert Gold. Just one facet of a big, complicated, cool thing we do once a year during Coachella, April 12-21. You can still nab some rooms, and see the full line-up.

Obviously Pussy Riot sourced some of their inspiration from Devo. And who hasn’t? We get up each day and look in the mirror and say “Are we not men?” And when someone says, “No, you are not,” we say “Are we not Pussy Riot?”

On that note, the very one and only Mark Mothersbaugh is designing some pool toys for us to use in the pool and wherever we like during Desert Gold. Just one facet of a big, complicated, cool thing we do once a year during Coachella, April 12-21. You can still nab some rooms, and see the full line-up.


DESERT GOLD 2013 : ACE PALM SPRINGS

Every year during the big show in the Coachella Valley we host our own desert tent revival beneath the sungods and the San Jacintos. We call it Desert Gold and this year marks our Wood Anniversary. And though it started as a wee li’l sapling it’s growing up fast — with live music and a Rolling Record Store presented by Third Man Records, performances by Flying Lotus, Jeremy Sole and Benji B, parties by the Do-Over crew, KCRW, Warp Records, Boiler Room, jerk goodness and ackee by Miss Lily’s, live on-site recordings by the certified buckwilders at NPR and much celebration of life. We’ll keep you posted, but seriously the AC in these rooms is as cool as the water in our deep, deep pools and they can’t wait around forever.


Coachella weekend at Ace Hotel & Swim Club in Palm Springs — our 3rd annual Desert Gold. A ridiculously perfect line-up of bands and DJs by the pool and in the Commune, plus DIY footwear crafting with Havaianas, free haircuts from Rudy’s Barbershop, midnight shows in King’s Highway, and a bunch of other stuff we’ll tell you about as the weekend draws near. Go RSVP for events on the Desert Gold page. See pictures and events from last year here.

Coachella weekend at Ace Hotel & Swim Club in Palm Springs — our 3rd annual Desert Gold. A ridiculously perfect line-up of bands and DJs by the pool and in the Commune, plus DIY footwear crafting with Havaianas, free haircuts from Rudy’s Barbershop, midnight shows in King’s Highway, and a bunch of other stuff we’ll tell you about as the weekend draws near. Go RSVP for events on the Desert Gold page. See pictures and events from last year here.


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