Since Wasted Space closed in 2010, the Hard Rock Hotel has been without a midsize music venue. That changes in August with the opening of Vinyl Las Vegas. The 650-person space—touted as “intimate”—will have a Chicago-blues, speakeasy-style décor. But the booking will resemble that of Wasted Space and L.A.’s Viper Room. Expect touring bands, popular local acts and, eventually, some comedy. Synthpop band Julien-K plays the first announced date (Aug. 24, $16). From there, the lineup ranges from California punkers Strung Out (Sept. 27, $18) to Latin gypsy funkers Leche de Tigre (Sept. 14, $15) to alt-rockers Blue October (Nov. 13) to psychobilly stars Reverend Horton Heat (Dec. 28, $22). Visit HardRockHotel.com for more info.