I receive many odd emails from Las Vegas bands, but a recent YouTube link from Black Camaro takes the gourmet cupcake. The veteran indie-rockers sent me a 60-minute video called Michael Landon 2004 Western Region Semi-Finals, documenting the band’s 2004 tour across the U.S. in support of debut album White People Fucked Up the Blues. The disc turns 10 years old this month. In honor of the occasion, Camaro frontman Brian Garth edited hours of footage he found in his closet.
“We had brought a 16-track recorder, a bunch of mics and some video cameras on the road with us,” he says. “Songs were all tracked live at the shows.”
The result is a punchy collage of live footage with strong mixes and quirky “on the bus” sprinkled throughout.
“We admire the actor Michael Landon,” says Garth of the film’s name. “We also wanted the title to be quirky and confusing.” Mission accomplished.
Let’s talk live music: Texas bluesman Gary Clark Jr. lights up Boulevard Pool at the Cosmopolitan at 8 p.m. August 8. Hailed as a fret board-shredder in the Jimi Hendrix mold, Clark is touring in support of last fall’s well-received Blak and Blu album. He’s a muscular, aggressive guitarist, and a song like “Ain’t Messin’ Round” confirms what it says. Clark wrote a blistering song about New York, “Bright Lights,” which hinges on fiery and overdriven solo passages.
On August 10 (9 p.m.), indie blues-rock trio the Dirty Hooks headline a cool lineup of local acts at Artifice. (Also on the bill: Love Vendetta, Revolve, DJ Day Won and the All Togethers.) The Hooks are raising their profile considerably this summer. They played last week’s Vegas Music Summit and are on the bill for the Boulevard Social Club Thursday-night summer concert series at the Cosmopolitan pool on August 15. (This time with Goldboot, the McManus Project and DJ Mike Attack.) The Hooks have also been snagged to appear at Life Is Beautiful in October. Someone sign these guys, please.
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