Las Vegas needs a new “high-energy” garage act like the Strip needs another luxury mega resort. That said, these greasy, pompadour-ed rockabilly hounds, who play like punked-up KISS, put on one helluva good show. The Bloody Villains wielded enough fist-pumping, attention-grabbing riffs—such as “Killing the Time” and “Caught with Meat in Your Mouth”—to keep you engrossed. Frontman Greg Verdusco unleashed plenty of James Williamson-grade lead guitar lines between verses, giving his band an ominous sonic aura. And the band knows how to build serious momentum by placing twin go-for-the-throat tunes (power-chord rave-up “Piss and Moan” and three-chord dragster “Long Way Home”) at set’s end. My one quibble: I feel I’ve seen and heard other local bands, such as the Black Jetts, do pretty much the same thing for the last 10 years. Still, the Villains prove they can draw blood. ★★★☆☆
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.