Ante Up, Y’all
Crossover success doesn’t come easy, but country-pop trio Lady Antebellum seems to have one boot in Nashville and the other boot scooting up Billboard’s Hot 100 chart, eager to dance away with the hearts of Top 40 listeners. The band’s recent hiatus resulted in a baby daughter for lead singer Hillary Scott and a handful of new tunes (including “Compass”) for the deluxe reissue of last year’s hit album, Golden. Lady A’s Take Me Downtown tour comes to the Mandalay Bay Events Center on March 21 ($40-$90), and they’re not just sticking to their own hits; recent shows have included covers of Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky” and Avicii’s “Wake Me Up.”
Reid ’em & Weep
I love Hannah Reid, the lead singer of London Grammar. Not the kind of love that requires a restraining order—that would be weird. Let’s call it a genuine enthusiasm for the music Reid, guitarist Dan Rothman and keyboardist Dot Major produced in the last year. They got me with “Wasting My Young Years” from their Metal & Dust EP, and then further distinguished themselves with “Help Me Lose My Mind” (their collaboration with Disclosure). But they sealed the deal with their excellent debut, If You Wait. London Grammar plays Vinyl on March 22 ($15), and if you wait you’re going to miss them.
On Sale Now
If the absence of Freddie Mercury means Queen is no longer “the champions,” then the addition of former American Idol runner-up Adam Lambert certainly makes them decent contenders. No mud on their face, no big disgrace. Original members Brian May and Roger Taylor—now billed as Queen + Adam Lambert—will play The Joint on July 5-6 ($49.50 and up). Their intention—which they pretty much guarantee in song—is to rock you.