It’s a toss-up between the literate indie-rock of Ryan Pardey’s Halloween Town and the melodic punk frenzy of trio Deadhand. The former deserves to be signed by a label like Merge; the latter needs to be hawked by an outfit like Epitaph. Regardless, when either of these bands plays a club, you should be there, no excuses. Put more simply, Halloween Town and Deadhand will completely mop the floor with the rock ’n’ roll cream of any bigger, snobbier city. The only things these guys are missing at this point? Serious A&R and promotion. Once those pieces of the puzzle fall into place, world domination will commence. Arcade Fire and the Gaslight Anthem better watch their pampered asses. RyanPardey.com; ReverbNation.com/deadhandrock.
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 2017
Our eighth annual celebration of all things Las Vegas, from the best casino comebacks to irresistible pot products