Hard Rock Café on the Strip, Aug. 20

Throughout his high-energy show, the 21-year-old Californian rapper would often point the microphone into the diverse audience who faithfully sang along to every tune. Representing his Young Money Entertainment family, Tyga performed classic collaborations such as “Roger That” and “BedRock,” in which he involved the crowd by bringing numerous girls onstage to dance. Later, Tyga instructed everybody to put their deuces in the air, leading into the critically acclaimed “Deuces,” one of the most popular songs of 2010. If you missed his show, catch his highly anticipated sophomore album, Careless World, which will be released in November.

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Guitarist Jesse Pino, who left local pop-rock band Left Standing to pursue a solo career in December, gained some new fans as he played to a seated crowd, giving the dive bar the ambience of MTV’s Unplugged. The aggressive yet delicate manner with which the 27-year-old strums his guitar is the calling card of a veteran musician (he performed with Left Standing for more than a decade). The poignant, soulful lyrics show that he sees both the cloud and the silver lining.