STABLIZE YOURSELF: Gonna be nice to have Band of Horses galloping through Vegas for a night. From “Factory” to “The General Specific” to “Knock Knock,” this glorious Southern-fried indie rock outfit—which is scheduled to play poolside at the Cosmopolitan on April 20 ($25)—pretty much owns the sound of feeling at ease with yourself. I can think of few finer ways to begin a hot Vegas summer than with “Is There a Ghost” reverberating in my head. Band of Horses is part of the great influx of Coachella bands wiping their boots on our “welcome” mat, so let’s show them a good time.
GETTING HOT BY THE POOL: Let me simplify this process for both of us. From now through October, whenever I invoke the name of a band you like a whole bunch, you should automatically append the phrase “playing poolside at the Cosmopolitan” to it. That means, when I say Hot Chip, all you need to know is the date (April 18) and the price ($26), because you already know where they’ll be. Oh yeah, you probably need to know that the British synthpop group has a new album ready to drop—In Our Heads, coming in June—which means they’ll probably be good and hyped up and ready to boogie your ass into next week. So what’s it going be, then? Are we going to see the band that Washington Post writer Ally Schweitzer called “the MacGyver of electropop,” capable of producing club hits using only sticks and mud? And more importantly, where will you see them? This is a test.
NOW ON SALE: Listen up, you depressive-come-latelies: Morrissey isn’t coming. Ever. His most recent cancellation is his way of saying he hates Las Vegas and wants us all to die so he can write a maudlin, yet uptempo song about it. Your consolation prize is Depeche Mode at the Pearl on October 6, a privilege at $160 to $220. That’s a hefty ticket premium for a band that hasn’t made a decent album since 1993 or so. Oh, the recently released Delta Machine is all right, but it’s not two hundred bucks’ worth of all right. If they’re going to lean heavily on Delta, they’d better play an entire side of Violator to clear the palate. Or they can play a bunch of Morrissey and Smiths songs.