Life Is Beautiful is a guaranteed good time, and no one is happier than I am about seeing Lionel Richie on October 25 in Downtown Las Vegas. “All Night Long (All Night)” is my grade-school jam, and the worldbeat-pop tune by which I scribbled cartoons into and affixed stickers upon my Trapper Keeper. Still, a few other cool concerts are taking place outside the sphere of Life Is Beautiful that you should definitely consider.
First, make a mental note that Cheyenne Saloon has changed its name to Adrenaline Sports Bar and Grill. (Sports? Oh dear.) The official grand-opening-switcheroo-party is supposed to coincide with a 10 p.m. October 24 show by industrial-metal outfit Fear Factory. These drum-machine heshers have been pounding out alt-metal since the early ’90s, which is when they punched out their now-classic Soul of a New Machine. “Big God/Raped Souls” is a mind-wrenching, neck-snapping, eardrum-crushing hellride. Also on the bill: Double Barrel Diplomacy and Wretched Sky.
Orthodox Jewish reggae rapper Matisyahu serves up his Yiddish-flavored, Hasidic-powered rhymes at Brooklyn Bowl at 9 p.m. October 25. His latest album, Akeda, came out during the summer, offering his most personal music to date. As far as I can tell, Matisyahu continues to bring all his skills to the stage—beat boxing, spoken-word poetry. And I’m told he has developed some edginess even as he has honed his pop instincts. Also on the bill: hip-hop artists Radical Something and Cisco Adler.
Lemonheads leader Evan Dando’s voice is spot-on, whether he’s strumming an acoustic guitar or fronting a ramshackle pop-punk rhythm section. My only gripe is that he’s a slow songwriter, a quality that resulted in an aborted Ryan Adams-produced album in 2012. So I’m looking forward to tasting the Lemonheads’ sonic sweetness at House of Blues 8 p.m. October 26. British legends the Psychedelic Furs are also on the bill.
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