In the early 1980s, no band played faster, tighter or with more controlled fury than hard-core pioneers Bad Brains. Their blend of punk and reggae created a template for alt-rock giants such as the Beastie Boys, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Rage Against the Machine, and their hyperactive live shows became the stuff of legend. With the band’s original foursome intact and all members in their 50s, Bad Brains took the stage at House of Blues on April 21 with enough potency to ignite a mosh pit. The early portion of the show focused on the band’s ’80s catalog, with cuts such as “Attitude” and “Sailin’ On” providing highlights. The band paced itself midway through with a few reggae tracks off their 2007 comeback release, Build a Nation, before sprinting to the finish line with blistering classics “Pay to Cum” and “I Against I.” While the performance didn’t measure up against Bad Brains’ storied past, expecting it to would have been unreasonable.
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.