After a rousing if not syrupy performance by opener Tilly and the Wall (the Omaha, Nebraska, band has a tap dancer as part of its rhythm section), nostalgic retro-pop group She & Him felt subdued. Composed of twee New Girl actress Zooey Deschanel and singer-songwriter M. Ward, the duo offered sunny vocals and driving guitar solos. Although stiff and somewhat awkward onstage, Deschanel skillfully worked her way through songs from their newest album, Volume 3, as well as their back catalog. The appropriately beachy “Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me,” “I Could Have Been Your Girl,” “In the Sun” and “Take It Back” were the show’s standouts. Ward even performed some of his masterful solo work. Despite being slightly upstaged by the openers, She & Him was breezy, warm and fun—all the things a summer poolside concert should be. ★★★☆☆
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.