At the end of any live performance–whatever your taste in music–what you’ve just witnessed comes down to one thing: showmanship. This is what separates truly memorable gigs from all the rest. So what happens when you take spectacle and put elbow grease behind it? Ask Karen O, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ hot mess of a vocalist. She figured that much out from Day One: Put on one hell of a show – like they did at the Boulevard Pool – get under the audience’s skin, and fans will remember you for sure. The Yeahs – who broke out of NYC’s rock-revival pack well over a decade ago – have employed this strategy to good effect over the years. Take O’s wild, flamboyant can’t-look-away-from-her performance and back it with Brian Chase’s primal, muscular drumming, and guitarist Nick Zinner’s angular, high-end slashing and you’ll feel it head to toe. So when O launches into “Mosquito,” the title track from the band’s latest album early in their set, she might as well be singing about her infectious trio when she howls, “They’ll suck your blood…suck your blood.” ★★★★☆
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.