DRAKE’S PROGRESS: Rap superstar Drake (you know—the tough, sensitive one) brings his Would You Like a Tour? to the MGM Grand Garden Arena on November 22 ($60-$106). I’ve actually spent a lot of time with Drake’s Nothing Was the Same album; maybe not enough to feel comfortable calling him “Drizzy,” but enough to appreciate his range and versatility. One minute he’s playing the confident braggart (“Tuscan Leather,” “Worst Behavior”) and the next thing you know he’s crushing you with raw emotion (“From Time,” his duet with Jhené Aiko) and soft pop (“Hold On We’re Going Home”). You can bank on hearing all his latest tunes, along with choice cuts from his Grammy-winning Take Care (2011).
FORWARD, MARTSCH!: Aw, hell—I love these guys. Built to Spill plays Vinyl on November 26 ($22), and even though it’s a school night, this is a show you don’t want to miss. There’s still no follow-up to 2009’s There Is No Enemy, but the Built to Spill back catalog is so strong there’s no need to justify the new tour. They play, you listen—it’s as simple as that. Current sets are comprised of the usual suspects (“The Plan,” “Carry the Zero,” “Goin’ Against Your Mind”), plus a grab bag of classic covers. I’ve heard Doug Martsch & Co. perform songs by The Clash, Captain Beefheart, the Smiths, Neil Young and The Velvet Underground. Trust me on this one: Built to Spill is worth going to work tired on Wednesday.
NOW ON SALE: Has it really been almost 20 years since the Hell Freezes Over tour? I’ve never seen the Eagles perform live, but I grew up with FM radio, so I know the words to all their songs. If you’re partial to the warm smell of colitas, the Eagles will be at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on February 15-16 ($85-$255).