“The aughts” were a great time for indie music. After all the bullshit overproduced pop and whiney downtrodden rock of the late ’90s, the Strokes, the White Stripes and the movement led by the radio show Little Steven’s Underground Garage catapulted gritty, dirty, straight-forward rock ’n’ roll to the forefront again. With indie rock taking over the Internet, good music was here to stay. And Louis XIV, one of the buzz bands from the mid-’00s, seems to still be right there, in 2005. If the opening show of their June 2-5 stint at the Cosmopolitan’s Book & Stage was any indication, they have no desire to evolve as a band or even play their older tunes well. Hits such as “Finding Out True Love Is Blind” still resonate, but playing other songs in the wrong key and explaining to the audience that they haven’t practiced and they’ll be much tighter by Saturday (this was Thursday) is unacceptable. It’s not as if they didn’t know they had this gig lined up. It’s 2011, gents. Indie rock is still thriving (thankfully), but maybe certain acts are better left in the last decade. If all your songs sound so similar to one another, it shouldn’t be that difficult to rip through them the right way.
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.