LVCS, May 5

Exploding onto the stage for their first Vegas show in quite awhile, the Los Gatos, Calif.-based four-piece rocked hard through a high-energy set. Trapt opened with their latest single, “Bring It,” and the rock band definitely brought it. Lead vocalist Chris Taylor Brown strapped on a guitar for the melodic “Echo,” and aside from the echo in the room (maybe because of the sound system?), it sounded great.

Trapt covered a wide range of material from their 15 years together, including music from their first album and their fifth and latest release, No Apologies. Instead of an encore, Brown teased the crowd by asking “Do you want to hear one more?” after each of the last three songs while they plowed through back-to-back-to-back hits with 2001’s “Headstrong” followed by “Stand Up” and “Still Frame,” which resulted in the only mosh pit of the evening. Trapt is gearing up to release their sixth album, Reborn, which could be the comeback album the band needs to put them back on the rock map and bring them to Vegas again … on a bigger and better tour. ★★★☆☆

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Open letter to Mitt: Embrace Donny & Marie

By Steve Bornfeld

Yo, Mitt—over here. Acting as your (apolitical) adviser, may I suggest a campaign stop? Our bastion of fulsome wholesomeness: Flamingo’s Donny & Marie show. Why: The M Word. Rightly or wrongly, the Mormonism of Mitt is in play. (Politically indifferent readers, we’re addressing the Mittster, a.k.a. Mr. Romney, presumptive Republican presidential nominee.) Portrayed as so colorless you’d lose a personality contest to a coatrack, you’ve made some voters and pundits uneasy as the enigmatic face of a religion many don’t understand and some fear.