Local quintet Love Hate Away delivered whimsical music with a minimalistic approach. Although the pungent scent of cigarette smoke wafted between the walls, singer Christiana Chavez’s subtle rasp, coupled with the band’s reggae-tinged rhythms, conjured the freshness of seaside air. A slow, mid-set standout, “Wasted World,” saw Chavez singing eyes-closed, swaying onstage so enchantingly that the initial numbers felt tepid by comparison. Later on the bouncy, ska-inspired “Crazy About You,” Chavez repeatedly gushed the title line, guiding minds through the open lyric, allowing us to wander around our own “crazy” feelings of infatuation. Chavez punctuated the performance rarely and briefly, spurting quick plugs for the band’s demo and the forthcoming acts, leaving us wistful only for a stronger sense of their personalities as they glided from one dreamy track to the next. ★★★☆☆
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.