French indie-rock band Phoenix plays almost arrogantly to their strengths. And that’s a good thing. There wasn’t much interaction with the audience, nor were there any “moments” where the band tried to connect on an intimate level with the audience. They just rocked out. “Trying to Be Cool” off their recent Bankrupt! album proudly displayed the band’s signature sound as keyboardist Laurent Brancowitz was featured most prominently throughout the song. “Too Young “ and “Run Run Run” let lead singer Thomas Mars croon to the packed house while guitarist Christian Mazzalai hopped around the stage holding his guitar under his chin like a violin. One of the coolest moments of the show was when Mars took a water break and laid down behind the front stage speakers as his bandmates played a five-minute instrumental led by new drummer Thomas Hedlund and his passionate snare pounding over the sonic, edgy sound that the band is famous for. ★★★☆☆
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.