In a single concert, Arcade Fire gave the question and answer to all my buried adolescent longing. Yes, I grew up in the suburbs. And yes, on their April 14 sold-out performance at the Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel, the eight-piece band played many songs from The Suburbs, their most recent album. Every song—including the ones from Funeral and Neon Bible—was epic in a wistful, generous and celebratory way. The sweeping music and trio of video screens gave us suburban spawn a temporary escape from our bland existence with a visit to the higher planes of “No Cars Go” and “Rococo.” Other songs (and Régine Chassagne’s sparkly twirling dress) celebrated that hope of escape (“Ready to Start” and “City With No Children”). And throughout, lead singer Win Butler peeked back at the audience, at our tract-home past, searching for something beautiful and pure while acknowledging the boredom, the danger and the overarching inability to escape “The Suburbs.” I just hope they can return with another concert that so perfectly addresses the next stage of my life. – Cindi Moon Reed
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.