Blues Fusion, Funk-Rock and Synth-Pop

Parade of Lights

Parade of Lights opens for Imagine Dragons at The Joint on Dec. 30

Christmas is over, which means the post-traumatic stress from having endured countless canned holiday jingles has begun. I shall dress the snowman-shaped wound in my soul with homegrown shows.

Local-boy-done-great Franky Perez (whose songs crop up in TV’s Sons of Anarchy and film’s The Avengers) plays a handful of gigs this week. His music is getting tougher and darker (compared to the early pop albums he recorded for Atlantic Records). Maybe it was his time spent in metal band Scars on Broadway, but Perez is unleashing some awesomely hard-bitten tunes—my favorites being blues-rocker “The Level” and bleak, acoustic story-song “Die in Vegas.” Perez plays Green Valley Ranch Resort on December 26, Palace Station on December 27 and the Lounge at the Palms on December 28.

Las Vegas funk-rock jamband Moksha will heat up Downtown venue LVCS at 10 p.m. December 28. Moksha is still riding high from having played the High Sierra Music Festival this summer and a rooftop gig at Binion’s in October. This is a band that knows how to get a crowd on its feet and dancing, so you’d better be ready to move your body at this show. The groove-powered “Blind to the Time” and reggae-infused “Island Thyme” induce maximum sway.

Imagine Dragons’ music is played everywhere these days, but the reason you’ll find me at their 8 p.m. December 30 homecoming show at The Joint in the Hard Rock is because of opening act Parade of Lights. This L.A.-based band has Vegas roots (click here to see our November 28 Q&A with the band for proof) and has signed with the Astralwerks label, with a debut disc out in February. First single “We’re the Kids” is scintillating synth-pop, and this is a good opportunity to catch the band before they blow up and become the next, well, Imagine Dragons. Also on the bill: SoCal indie-folk octet the Mowgli’s, who sound like Mumford & Sons on Prozac.

Where am I spending New Year’s Eve? At the Lounge in the Palms to see Sin City Sinners at 10 p.m., of course. Here’s a band that, this holiday season, released an album of rocked-up, punked-out Christmas tunes, A Sinners Christmas 2. (The Sinners recorded “Let It Snow” with Tiffany!) But I’m more excited to see the band deliver cuts from their recent covers disc Divebar Days Revisited. Few groups can take on Iggy and the Stooges’ “Search and Destroy” and Black Sabbath’s “N.I.B.” in the same set.

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