The Season’s 10 Must-See Concerts

September 29

Imagine Dragons 

T-Mobile Arena, t-mobilearena.com

Jeff Kravitz

Imagine Dragons perform during the 2015 Life Is Beautiful Festival.

Last time in Vegas: September 26, 2015, at Life Is Beautiful Music & Art Festival

Why you should go: The hometown band sure has come a long way from playing Beauty Bar and the Gypsy Den stage during First Friday. The pop-rockers’ latest effort, Evolve, is chock-full of arena-ready tunes. “It’s Time” to see what the quartet can do in a 20,000-seat venue, no?

What to spin: “Walking the Wire.” Remember what we said about “arena-ready tunes”? This is the epitome of that sound.

September 30


Depeche Mode

T-Mobile Arena, t-mobilearena.com

Denise Truscello

Depeche Mode at Pearl at the Palms, Oct. 6, 2013.

Last time in Vegas: October 6, 2013, at Pearl Concert Theater inside Palms Casino Resort

Why you should go: T-Mobile Arena won’t stop booking legendary rock stars—and we “Just Can’t Get Enough” of that. Depeche Mode’s Global Spirit Tour stop is likely its most anticipated booking of the season. Why? The English new wave rockers took a four-year break from releasing new music (and taking a Las Vegas stage)—and the latest effort has received critical praise.

What to spin: “Enjoy the Silence,” for pure nostalgia’s sake.

October 6


Kings of Leon

The Joint inside Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, hardrockhotel.com

Kings of Leon

Last time in Vegas: September 27, 2014, at MGM Resorts Village

Why you should go: The Southern rock quartet’s previous two local shows were at outdoor festivals—perfect venues for its thrashy, guitar-driven tracks and lead singer Caleb Followill’s calculated wailing. The band’s latest effort, 2016’s Walls, has a tighter sound than past releases—seeing that maturation live should be a treat.

What to spin: “Waste a Moment,” for its catchy chorus and effervescent, anthemic sound.

October 12


Father John Misty

Brooklyn Bowl at The Linq Promenade, brooklynbowl.com

Erik Kabik Photography / MediaPunch

Father John Misty at The Boulevard Pool on October 15, 2015.

Last time in Vegas: October 15, 2015, at The Cosmopolitan’s Boulevard Pool

Why you should go: Two years have passed since the indie/folk artist packed the Cosmopolitan’s rooftop pool (with both people and his dreamy vocals), so who knows when he’ll touch down in town again? Plus, there’s been plenty of time to become acquainted with January’s Pure Comedy, which he’s touring to support.

What to spin: “Ballad of the Dying Man.” The layered vocals over a simple trio of piano, acoustic guitar and drums should give attendees a good idea of what they’re in for.

October 14


Janet Jackson

Mandalay Bay Events Center, mandalaybay.com

Last time in Vegas: April 24, 2011, at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace

Why you should go: After canceling shows at Planet Hollywood in 2015, Jackson postponed her last tour (which included a stop at T-Mobile Arena) in 2016 to focus on starting a family. The icon is now a mother and is hitting the road this month. Fans should jump at the opportunity to hear her fabulous soprano and witness her kickass dance moves.

What to spin: Megahit “All for You.” Because after two Vegas cancellations, it really is all for us.

October 14


The Weeknd

T-Mobile Arena, t-mobilearena.com

Erik Kabik Photography / erikkabik.com

The Weeknd performs at The Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas in on Dec. 30, 2016.

Last time in Vegas: December 30, 2016, at The Chelsea inside The Cosmopolitan

Why you should go: Sure, he’s touring to support the same album that he was promoting the last time he was in town, but that album is both a critical and commercial success—and Daft Punk lent their talents on it, no less. But similar to Imagine Dragons, this will be Abel Tesfaye’s first arena show in Las Vegas. After a run of nightclub sets and an NYE weekend show at The Chelsea, it should be interesting to see how he works MGM Resorts’ massive room.

What to spin: “I Feel It Coming.” The pulsating beat has Daft Punk written all over it, and Tesfaye’s smooth vocals are the perfect complement.

October 20


Run the Jewels

Brooklyn Bowl at The Linq Promenade, brooklynbowl.com/las-vegas

FilmMagic

Run the Jewels during day 3 of the 2015 Life Is Beautiful Festival on September 27, 2015.

Last time in Vegas: September 27, 2015, at Life Is Beautiful Music & Art Festival

Why you should go: The hip-hop duo’s upcoming show marks only the second time they’ve played in Las Vegas. A quick Google search reveals RTJ’s festival performance at Life Is Beautiful musically set Downtown on fire—just think of the inferno that’ll happen when they play a full concert set at Brooklyn Bowl.

What to spin: With infectious energy and Killer Mike’s and EI-P’s speedy spitting, it’s gotta be “Talk to Me,” the lead single off RTJ’s latest album, Run the Jewels 3.

October 22


Arcade Fire

Mandalay Bay Events Center, mandalaybay.com

Hew Burney

Arcade Fire

Last time in Vegas: April 14, 2011, at The Joint inside Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

Why you should go: The French Canadian indie rockers seem to have an aversion to Las Vegas, having skipped the city on both their Reflektor and 2016 tours. Who knows when they’ll be booked for Coachella (and thus another on-the-way-to-Indio show here) again? Plus, the multi-instrumental group released Everything Now in late July—that’s two albums to mine for fresh setlist tracks for the Vegas crowd.

What to spin: Get lost in the simple piano melody and driving synths of the lead single and title track off Everything Now, which has climbed the charts—even topping Billboard’s Adult Alternative list, a first for the band.

October 27–28


Marilyn Manson

House of Blues inside Mandalay Bay, houseofblues.com

Wayne Posner / Erik Kabik Photo Group

Last time in Vegas: February 14, 2015, at House of Blues

Why you should go: The industrial rock icon is set to release his 10th studio album, Heaven Upside Down, on September 29. Fans of The Pale Emperor should expect a healthy dose of new tunes, along with well-known successes such as “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This).” Start dusting off those ’90s goth threads!

What to spin: It’s Halloween weekend in Las Vegas, so we’re going with “The Beautiful People.”

October 28


Jay-Z

T-Mobile Arena, t-mobilearena.com

Ron Koch / MGM Grand

Jay-Z

Last time in Vegas: December 13, 2013, at Mandalay Bay Events Center

Why you should go: Do we really need to give you a reason to see one of the top-selling musical acts and most decorated rappers of all time? Well, here’s one: The 4:44 album he’s promoting has received high praise from critics, many of them impressed with the vulnerability of his extremely personal lyrics.

What to spin: The title track, “4:44.” With lines like “I apologize to all the woman whom I / Toyed with you emotions because I was emotionless / I apologize ’cause at your best you are love,” it’s almost like a response to Beyoncé’s Lemonade. Maybe they planned it?

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