FRACTURES AND CHARM. I’m reading some reviews on the Bruno Mars (pictured) and Janelle Monae show that’s coming to the Pearl on June 16 ($45 – $87), and I swear to you they’re like butter on the eyeballs. “[Mars] oozes confidence and charm … [Monae’s set had] energy and aplomb,” wrote The Oregonian’s Robert Ham of the duo’s June 4 show in Portland. Tickets to the Vegas show are sold out, but if you wish on Monae’s Grace Jones-like pompadour, you may get lucky.
ALSO THIS WEEK: Prodigal sons Panic! at the Disco play the House of Blues on June 18 ($33). We may be in for a somewhat sedentary affair: Singer Brendon Urie broke his ankle at the band’s May 29 show in Pompano Beach, Fla., and even though it’s been a couple of weeks since the event, knitting bones are no match for cruel gravity. (Hey, that phrase could be a Panic! at the Disco song title!)
NOW ON SALE: Incubus plays The Joint on Oct. 8 ($65 and up), in support of their new album If Not Now, When?, due July 12. I’m not a huge fan, but I give them credit for coming up with a clever new way of promoting an album: They released the sheet music of their latest single “Promises, Promises” to fans in advance of the song itself, to promote cover versions. Lastly, Butthole Surfers play the Pearl on Aug. 28 ($34), and that’s all I can say about that before I get the giggles.
Also: Bob Dylan is playing the Pearl on July 16 ($100-$200). The shows of Dylan’s Never Ending Tour—begun in June 1988—vary from night to night, both in quality and in content; there’s really no telling whether this show will be Good Dylan or Good-With-an-Asterisk Dylan. The Oct. 4 show by Furthur ($54 and up), featuring Phil Lesh and Bob Weir, is more easily predicted: They’re probably gonna play Grateful Dead songs—and lots of them.