ONE MORE TURNAROUND: Until about five minutes ago I didn’t know that Daryl Hall and John Oates, who play the Joint on August 2-3 ($41-$81), recorded a song called “Las Vegas Turnaround (The Stewardess Song)” back in 1973. Apparently Oates wrote the song for Hall’s then-girlfriend Sara Allen, a flight attendant who would later become Hall’s songwriting partner. (She’s the Sara of “Sara Smile.”) I confess I’m afraid to listen to the song, because there’s a very good chance I’ll hate it. Much as I admire them, I dislike fully half of the Hall & Oates songs I’ve heard— though strangely enough, I count several of their songs, including “Say It Isn’t So” and “Some Things Are Better Left Unsaid,” among my longtime favorites. It’s not unthinkable that “Las Vegas Turnaround” could be one of those, though a quick read of the lyrics (High she flies/I know I’ve got to find her a place/She can push her toes around in) doesn’t inspire confidence. Maybe I’ll just listen to “Say It Isn’t So” again. Never gets old.
LIPS ARE BEAUTIFUL: Before you make up your mind whether or not to see The Flaming Lips play the House of Blues on August 1 ($34-$56), I want you to find the video for “Do You Realize??” on YouTube and watch it again. I don’t know if you remember this, but the entire thing was filmed right here in Las Vegas, on Fremont Street. Drink it all in: the white suit, the furries, the girls in flouncy negligee and the freaking elephant, all framed against the lights of the Fremont Street Experience, which looks cool for the first and last time ever. Back when we were all hanging out at Benway-Bop records on Maryland in the mid-1990s, we could scarcely imagine the Lips performing in a casino, much less filming a music video in the midst of several. The video is a gift, a kind of benediction. The Flaming Lips think we’re weird enough. Frankly, I think they deserve a bit of gratitude from us.
NOW ON SALE: Oh, Karen O! The Yeah Yeah Yeahs play poolside at the Cosmopolitan on August 19 ($34). You know, New Musical Express named the Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ gospel rave-up “Sacrilege” one of the best songs of 2013 so far. They did that because it is. That’s journalistic integrity, right there. I aspire to have some of my own someday.