Not since the 1977 David Bowie and Bing Crosby duet “Peace on Earth/Little Drummer Boy” has there been a Christmas collaboration as delightfully wrong as Merry X-Mas Dammit From the Double Down Saloon ($10, available at Zia Records, the Double Down and on iTunes). The 2007 new-classic album includes 17 songs by the dive bar’s mostly local regular performers. There’s such Christmas standards as “Santa Blow Me” by Suite 666, “Imo Shoot Me a Reindeer” by the Clydesdale and “Santa Was a Cross Dressing Nazi” by the Vermin. Traditionalists will enjoy rollicking versions of the classics: “Santa Baby” by the Dirty Panties and “Carol of the Bells/God Rest Ye, Merry Gentlemen” by Thee Swank Bastards. But my favorite is the hilarious “Christmas in Las Vegas” by Richard Cheese.
A Peek at Life Is Beautiful 2017
Gorillaz are coming to Las Vegas for the first time ever. 2016’s Grammy winner for best new artist, Chance the Rapper, will return. English rockers Muse will bring their dizzying live show to the streets of Downtown. And that’s just the top of an eclectic bill that features more than 70 acts, along with comedy, interactive art installations, a group art exhibit featuring the work of Mark Ryden, Tara McPherson and Shepard Fairey and much more. Last year saw more than 137,000 attendees trod the festival footprint. Who’s ready for more?
Best of the City 2016
Our seventh annual celebration of all things Las Vegas, from the best place to fix your speeding ticket to the best Bloody Mary.