Local Bands Get Love at Life Is Beautiful, the Sayers Club

Kitze + the CPUs take to the skies in "Like New.

Kitze + the CPUs take to the skies in “Like New.

Before we get into the new music, we’ve got some exciting news for the local scene—and one piece of tragic news.

This year, local artists will get their own stage during Life Is Beautiful. The Las Vegas Music Showcase will take place during the festival (September 25-27) at Container Park and boasts more than a dozen local acts including singer-songwriter Jeff Mix and the Songhearts, art-rockers Brumby, hip-hop band The Lique and more. Peep the flyer here.

The Sayers Club is continuing to do things differently than the rest of the Strip. Already home to the all-vinyl White Label Thursdays, the lounge just launched its X-Effect Wednesdays with rock radio station X107.5 to showcase local alternative talent. Avalon Landing performed during the opening night last week, with Shallow Like Me taking the stage this Wednesday, followed by Lovesick Radio on September 30 and Almost Normal on October 14. See the full calendar here. The shows are free for locals.

With the ups come downs. Sadly, Rhyme N Rhythm aka RNR is no more, according to their Facebook page. The seven-piece hip-hop band was ubiquitous in Las Vegas, hosting their own parties and opening for touring acts throughout the city—often stealing the show. If you saw RNR on a concert lineup, you knew you were in for a good time. On Tuesday, the band posted a short note that simply read: “With a sad heart, we wanted to inform everyone that Rhyme N Rhythm aka RNR is no more. It’s been a great ride over these last eight years. Thank you to all our fans and supporters! We love y’all.”

Now, on to new releases from solo electro-pop experience Kitze + the CPUs, rapper Marion Write, a punk import via SquidHat Records and more.

Kitze + the CPUs – “Like New” [Music video]

Also performing during the aforementioned Las Vegas Music Showcase at Life Is Beautiful is one-man audio-visual electro-pop project Kitze + the CPUs aka local musician Brett Bolton. I’m really excited to see him perform because he does incredibly genius shit like this. For “Like New,” he attached a GoPro camera and toy laptop to 100 balloons, which they released into the desert. They reeled the GoPro and toy laptop back in, and then cut this video.

Marion Write – “Fireworks” [Free download/stream]

Rapper Marion Write—who will also perform at Life Is Beautiful’s Las Vegas Music Showcase—teams up with producer Chris Punsalan for the mellow “Fireworks.” Over a laidback groove, Marion rhymes about his “Me an My Girlfriend”-esque relationship, cleverly relating his girlfirend to “Sharon Stone in Casino, she’ll rob dinero.”

The Heiz – “Monday Morning Blues” [Stream]

Though The Heiz isn’t local, the Japanese three-piece is the first act signed to SquidHat Records‘ new sub-imprint SquidProQuo, launching in November. The imprint will focus on bands outside of the local market. SquidHat’s Allan Carter promises that “our mission remains the same: bring the best music to the most people any way we can.” “SquidHat Records is and will always be a Las Vegas label for Las Vegas bands,” he added via email. According to Carter, The Heiz are frequent Vegas visitors, so the band was a natural fit. Their first SquidProQuo record drops November 20, with a release show at Double Down the following night. Get a taste of The Heiz’s surf-rock cut, “Monday Morning Blues” below. Clearly, there’s no language barrier when it comes to good music … or the Mondays.

P.S. SquidHat’s working on a Prince tribute album featuring a host of awesome local bands such as Mercy Music and Frank and Deans. We’re intrigued.


Jourdan Jackson featuring Caleb Lombard – “Relax Ur Mind” [Free download/stream]

It’s been a minute since we’ve heard from rapper Jourdan Jackson. I’m not sure where he’s been, but it’s good to have him back. This time, he drops off chill summertime vibes, as he puts it, “right in time for a last summer BBQ.” Put this on your playlist this weekend.

DJ ZO – Body Pillow Pimp: A Tribute to Sean Daley

Just in time for Atmosphere’s Life Is Beautiful performance, DJ ZO (or, “the other Zo,” as I like to call him) drops a 75-minute mix in honor of the Midwest duo’s frontman, Slug aka Sean Daley. The mix features cuts spanning Slug’s more than 20-year career, including rarities such as “God’s Bathroom Floor.” It’s a perfect primer for those who’ve never experienced the brilliance of Atmosphere and a refresher for longtime fans.

Zoneil Maharaj spends a lot of time on the Internet as Vegas Seven’s engagement editor. Send him stuff to listen to at zoneil.maharaj@wendohmedia.com. Follow him at @zoneil.