At this point, we might as well consider Boise indie rockers Built to Spill Las Vegas (and Bunkhouse) regulars. The prolific band returns to DTLV’s famed venue for the third time in two years on Saturday, May 28. If their last two performances are any indication of what to expect, this’ll be another one for the books. You can expect Doug Martsch’s polarizing, airy-yet-gruff vocals and drummer Steve Gere’s immaculate skin-smacking, but be warned: The band is known for its long jam sessions and curveballs in setlists. Sure, you’ll probably hear “The Plan” and “Joyride,” but you have a chance witnessing them jam out to “Reasons” as well. Either way, it’ll be great.
Brooklyn Bowl announced a flurry of shows to add to its summer roster, and this one’s just as hot as our unforgiving desert. Among the names are Preservation Hall Jazz Band (who recently collaborated with Arcade Fire on a cheerful, New Orleans-jazz cover of “Heroes”) on June 9 and Michael Franti & Spearhead Aug. 26. Don’t worry, music nerds, there’s more. Two festival-seasoned acts Kurt Vile + The Violators (Aug. 15) and Explosions in the Sky (Aug. 28) are also hitting the venue under the High Roller. Both bands have played Vegas before, but as supporting acts. This time, we’ll be able to get full helpings of Kurt Vile’s lo-fi indie folk and EITS’ dreamy post-rock. It’s like Christmas in Jul-er … August!
This year’s Friday Night Live concert series at Hard Rock Pool is short and sweet. It kicks off May 27 with Grammy Award-winning latin/rap/rock/whatever-they-feel-like-playing band Ozomatli, with “Worst Comes to Worst” hitmakers Dilated Peoples. Following that, you’ll be able to get down to Mayer Hawthorne’s eclectic plate of soul, R&B and Funk on July 8, whilethe unreasonably dirty garage rock of Eagles of Death Metal taints the pool on July 22. Indie music’s undeniable prince—Mac DeMarco—closes out the season with his jangly, psychedelic tunes Sept. 2, and he’ll be joined by Real Estate-offshoot Ducktails and the fast-rising, ‘80s-worshipping Danish singer/producer Dinner. Do him a favor and get him a fresh pack of ‘roys.