YOU’RE THE CYRUS, I’M THE CURE: Selena Gomez, the anti-Miley Cyrus, brings her Stars Dance Tour to Mandalay Bay Events Center on November 9 ($37.50-$80). That means no twerking and no dangling tongue, just the (mostly) squeaky clean pop of “Come and Get It” and “Slow Down.” Is this what the kids are listening to these days? When I was a lad, we had The Clash, the Ramones, and Talking Heads; it doesn’t seem fair that these kids have Selena Gomez and her ex, Justin Bieber. If you listen to the lyrics, you’re going to hear the words “baby” and “dream” a lot, but it’s pop music, not rocket science. Gomez just wants to “party all night in the neon light.” Who’s going to tell her no?
ESCUCHA ME: Mexican psychedelic-rock band Zoé plays The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel on November 13 ($23.50-$31) in support of Prográmaton, their first new album in five years. This much-loved, critically acclaimed quintet has an excellent new single (“10 A.M.”), and even though my high school Spanish is a little rusty, the band’s instantly appealing music needs no translation. Hipsters don’t need French to enjoy Serge Gainsbourg or Edith Piaf, and I haven’t understood anything Bob Dylan has said since 1976, so don’t let the language barrier prevent you from seeing this band. They’ve wowed audiences at Coachella, they have an armload of industry awards (including a pair of Latin Grammys), and based on the strength of past singles “Vía Láctea” (“Milky Way”) and “No Me Destruyas” (“Don’t Destroy Me”), they’re ready to conquer the world.
NOW ON SALE: Ringo Starr and His All-Starr Band close out their world tour with a two-night stand at the Pearl on November 22-23 ($90-$130). Fans can expect Beatles hits, Starr’s solo material and–thanks to the celebrated members of Starr’s backup band–covers from Toto, Santana, Mr. Mister and Todd Rundgren himself.