Watching this performance on the Cosmo’s rooftop pool felt like being in a friend’s backyard watching some band practice, except the band happened to be Death Cab for Cutie. They started the show with their iconic song, “I Will Possess Your Heart,” and the crowd slowly swayed back and forth as fog filled the air. Vocalist Ben Gibbard joked about buying music from CD stores as an intro to “Doors Unlocked and Opened,” from their new Codes and Keys album. The quartet danced its way through “Long Division,” which put the crowd into a trance. “What Sarah Said” had everyone screaming, but not for long. Immediately following, Gibbard played the deathly love song, “I Will Follow You Into the Dark,” as an acoustic solo. And then, bam! The band played “Little Bribes,” an upbeat if not ironic ditty about the contradictions of Las Vegas. Death Cab closed with an extended version of “We Looked Like Giants,” filled with guitar riffs and the beats of two separate drum sets—a rockin’ end for a Strip-side pool party.
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.