Fiona Apple’s The Idler Wheel gets the Bloody Mary treatment: vodka, Worcestershire, tomato juice, what have you. The Shins’ Port of Morrow earns a Dark ’n’ Stormy: dark rum and ginger beer with a lime wedge. And The Long Winters’ Putting the Days to Bed is best enjoyed with a root beer float: sugar, cream and fizz. Other blogs feature reviews of the independent bands whose hearts we wear on our sleeves to define ourselves, but only Vinyl + Cocktails, a blog that pairs every album with a cocktail, offers a way to distill that love into something that’ll fuck you up. Downside: Every entry on this user-supported page includes pretentious “listening instructions,” like these for Glen Hansard’s Rhythm and Repose: “Take a sip, close your eyes, shut up and listen.” Hey, thanks, Lester Bangs. Good thing you didn’t tell me how to drink the matching scotch and soda, or I’d have tracked you down. Scotch makes me … weird.
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.