Imagine Dragons

The local quintet was fresh from Bergenfest in Norway when they performed May 13 in front of their original fans at the Hard Rock Café on the Strip. The band plays locally often enough, but this evening was special because they were headlining their own EP release party for It’s Time. From the beginning, the crowd filtered to the front of the stage to bask in the energy of vibrant frontman Dan Reynolds. The audience then swayed back and forth to the already-popular single “Amsterdam,” as keyboardist Brittany Tolman joined Reynolds on the tantalizing chorus. The single “Tokyo” had similar effects. After the encore, eager fans lined up to meet, greet and purchase the new EP. It’s just too bad that you can’t buy a recording of the performance that they had just rocked.

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Ke$ha

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Ke$ha

By Sean DeFrank

Ke$ha brought her Get Sleazy tour in all its glittered electro-pop glory to the Pearl on May 7, and I admit I wasn’t expecting much. Her rapping and high-pitched screeching turned me off, especially after hearing “TiK ToK” on the radio more times than I can count. But the singer managed to catch my attention right off the bat by opening with her latest single, “Sleazy.” Decked out in a rhinestone-encrusted leotard, Ke$ha played drums and helped mix the song amid a Daft Punk-inspired light-up stage.

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