PRESENCE OF GREATNESS: The Supersuckers call themselves “The Greatest Rock ’n’ Roll Band in the World,” and, I gotta say yeah, I can see that. This country-grunge outfit—let’s just call their style “Apocalypse Cow”—wins fans through shock, awe and helpful hints (frontman Eddie Spaghetti has offered detailed instructions to shotgun a beer). They put on a balls-out rambunctious show that’ll fill you with a desire to buy an 18-wheeler and use it to jump a dozen more trucks. They play Las Vegas Country Saloon on Dec. 6 ($15), and The Blasters, another classic maximum-hillbilly outfit, opens the show.
THEY LIVE: The new album by Jane’s Addiction, The Great Escape Artist, is getting middling reviews. Stuart Berman of Pitchfork rated it 5 out of 10, and Chris Willman of the Wrap called it “second-tier U2.” But that’s not why you’re going to see the band at The Joint on Dec. 7 ($41), is it? In fact, have you heard anything Jane’s Addiction recorded after 1989’s Ritual de lo Habitual? Me neither. It’s not like they needed to make any music after that, really; the band’s first two records remain their best, and even now they play both of them pretty much in their entirety live.
NOW ON SALE: I’m fairly sure that the last time Adam Ant played Las Vegas was in ’93, and I’m happy to say I was there. He was in good voice, his band was sharp, and we got plenty of classic Antmusic. I never thought Adam Ant would play Vegas again (see the “psychiatric hospitalization” subhead under his Wikipedia entry)—but on Feb. 3, he will reaffirm my belief in a world of possibilities with a show at the Hard Rock Café on the Strip ($28). Word is that he’s returned to form; that we’re getting back the old pirate, not the pop-funk crooner. Either way, this show is a must.