The alternative-rock act let things build to a crescendo and resisted flinging itself head first into the madness. Tourists descending upon Vegas for Memorial Day weekend should take notes.
Band of Horses
STABLIZE YOURSELF: Gonna be nice to have Band of Horses galloping through Vegas for a night. From “Factory” to “The General Specific” to “Knock Knock,” this glorious Southern-fried indie rock outfit—which is scheduled to play poolside at the Cosmopolitan on April 20 ($25)—pretty much owns the sound of feeling at ease with yourself. I can think of few finer ways to begin a hot Vegas summer than with “Is There a Ghost” reverberating in my head.
UNDER TWO FLAGS: Get your ass rocked global-style when Flogging Molly is joined by Mariachi El Bronx for a pre-St. Patrick’s Day dustup at the Cosmopolitan, March 16 ($35). You couldn’t ask for a better match of party-band sensibilities: Flogging Molly plays searing Celtic punk, while Mariachi El Bronx performs rip-roaring English-language canciónes.