If Robert Plant and Chris Robinson could have an offspring I imagine it would be something as spot-on as Jay Buchanan. The lead singer of Rival Sons delivered one hell of a performance as the Long Beach band blew the roof off Vinyl with a nearly two-hour set of rock ’n’ roll. They came out firing with “Pressure and Time,” “Burn Down Los Angeles” and “Gypsy Heart.” Minus a few excessive song intros—including “Manifest Destiny Pt. 2,” which had fans itching for the quartet to pick up the pace—it was all rock as the band toyed with many tracks off their most recent album, Head Down. Performing the final stop on their North American tour, Scott Holiday’s wicked guitar licks paired with Buchanan’s distinctive and deep pipes to create a Zeppelinesque sound, which resonated with the crowd, particularly when Rival Sons closed out with fan favorite “Keep on Swinging,” and an impromptu instrumental melody covering Muddy Waters and, who else?, Led Zeppelin. ★★★★☆
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.