VOX POPULI: The Village People are an American institution. The gay disco icons—set to perform at the Star of the Desert Arena in Primm on Feb. 11 ($52-$75)—are a Justin Timberlake/Alexander Skarsgard-starring biopic waiting to happen: They have a look that’s as theatrical now as it was when they formed in 1977; they have suffered death and hardship; and they’ve got at least four songs you can hum from memory. Only three of the original villagers are still in the group (the construction worker, the sailor, and the Native American), but this isn’t a case where you’re paying for full musical integrity. You’re paying for the spectacle. You’re paying for the living biopic.
OUR MISS EVERYTHING: I had almost forgotten about Ms. Lauryn Hill. I’m ashamed to admit it. I loved her in the Fugees, loved her debut solo album, loved her live show when I saw it at the MGM a decade back—but listen: To my mind she’s six divas ago. Rihanna, Adele, Beyoncé and many others are now standing in front of her. But I know what I saw at the MGM in 1999: I saw a confident, thunder-voiced superstar who took the stage and owned it. I don’t know what her next, as-yet-untitled album, due for release sometime this year, will do for her career, but I do know this: Seeing Lauryn Hill at House of Blues on Feb. 13 ($74-$94) is something you should do. According to Hill’s Wikipedia entry, even Adele loves her.
NOW ON SALE: The Kooks play the House of Blues on Feb. 28 ($32). They’re one of those English bands that’s best known for feuding with other English bands—in this case, Razorlight and the Arctic Monkeys. Kooks singer Luke Pritchard even kicked head Monkey Alex Turner in the face during a show. Nice! I guess they make music, too.