On Record

Since Wasted Space closed in 2010, the Hard Rock Hotel has been without a midsize music venue. That changes in August with the opening of Vinyl Las Vegas. The 650-person space—touted as “intimate”—will have a Chicago-blues, speakeasy-style décor. But the booking will resemble that of Wasted Space and L.A.’s Viper Room. Expect touring bands, popular local acts and, eventually, some comedy. Synthpop band Julien-K plays the first announced date (Aug. 24, $16). From there, the lineup ranges from California punkers Strung Out (Sept. 27, $18) to Latin gypsy funkers Leche de Tigre (Sept. 14, $15) to alt-rockers Blue October (Nov. 13) to psychobilly stars Reverend Horton Heat (Dec. 28, $22). Visit HardRockHotel.com for more info.

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The Sound of Sondheim


The Sound of Sondheim

By Steve Bornfeld

Attend the tale of Stephen Sondheim. While we wouldn’t suggest a full-throated cheer—some Sweeney Todd-o-phile might take a razor to your tantalizingly exposed neck—we’d suggest that among Broadway babies, a visit from this Great White Way icon is like a potentate chillin’ with the peasants.