“Entrancing” is the word to describe Twin Brother (so much so that they’ve joined the Life Is Beautiful lineup). After splitting for reasons that remain unknown, the group is back together and roping in all the high-waisted, mom-jean-wearing hipsters. Onstage for about 60 minutes, performing some ballads lasting up to six minutes, the band indeed entranced a crowd that never grew tired of them. With crisp vocals and a nostalgic feel, their similarities to Fleet Foxes are indisputable. “Different Hue” mixed a relaxed, bluesy harmony with intermittent sounds of garage rock, a la The Strokes. “Places With Names,” one of their more spirited songs, set the rest of the night in motion. If you didn’t go in a devoted lover of Twin Brother and only came early to save a spot to see Washed Out, you have undoubtedly since been drawn in by Twin Brother’s irresistible lure and have been listening to them on a loop. Don’t be ashamed—we’ve all done it. ★★★☆☆
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.