Remember when critics slammed Lana Del Rey for her lackluster Saturday Night Live performance? I do, and I gave her a pass because I really dig her music (aside from Cedric Gervais’ overplayed remix of “Summertime Sadness”). And I was stoked to see the siren on her first tour stop. But it turns out she’s just not a good live performer: Her singing was so soft that audio issues plagued most songs; the videos looping behind her were more animated than Lana; she played solely to the front portion of the crowd, even stopping mid-concert to sign autographs and take selfies. Only the band brought much-needed energy to the stage. The teenage girls—who reportedly rushed the doors before the show—loved every minute, though, throwing roses and screaming loudly over each song. ★★✩✩✩
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.