You’d think Young the Giant would relish the opportunity to graduate from the Cosmo’s Book & Stage to a headlining show at the rooftop pool. But if not for the liveliness of the set’s final song, “My Body,” and radio singles “Cough Syrup” and “Apartment,” the indie rockers would have completely lacked their usual energetic firepower. The feeling was a bit flat as the quintet coasted through tracks off their 2010 self-titled debut album during their 14-song set. A playful rendition of R. Kelly’s “Ignition” was a fun surprise, as was hearing a few new songs, including “What You Get” and “I Want.” But overall, the show fell short of capturing the festive Memorial Day weekend vibe, and instead was more mundane. For example, the band appeared more interested in their guitar pedals than in the 2,000-plus revelers in attendance. Perhaps the temptations of a Vegas holiday weekend got the best of Young the Giant. Here’s hoping they return to the hungry and spirited band that owned four nights at Book & Stage. ★★☆☆☆
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.