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    Live Nation’s $20 Ticket Deal Is a Steal

    By Seven Staff

    Time is running out to load your concert calendar for practically nothing.

  • Soundscraper

    Nerd rock, holiday albums, Spanish guitars

    By Jarret Keene

    The holidays are a musically problematic time for me, as the air is laced with Christmas jingles and the dismal sound of once-respectable rock bands and artists stooping to make a quick buck by recording songs designed to make us feel good about racking up insane credit-card debt in the name of “generosity.” Let’s call mass, mindless consumption what it is: an addiction. If you want to save the economy by ruining your personal finances, fine. Just wake me up when it’s safe to enter a Walgreen’s without hearing Bob Seger’s rendition of “Little Drummer Boy.”

  • Music

    Rock of Ageless

    By Jarret Keene

    From the moment he plugs his custom-black Gibson Les Paul into a Marshall stack onstage, you sense—in the same way animals anticipate brewing storms—that heavy sonic weather is imminent. Even his superficial appearance, from the outlaw’s bandana to the beat-to-shit jeans, communicates the authenticity of club-honed musicianship. And when he plays the set’s first searing note, it’s definite: He shreds.

  • Music

    Fiddling With Genres


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    She’s a fan of Metallica, performs in a thrash/metal doom band called Earthen Grave, and yet, her first calling is as a classical violinist. Rachel Barton Pine is a woman who makes it her business to build bridges between genres, between generations and cultures—and so it’s fitting, she says, that she’s coming to Vegas.

  • Music

    Gross Tonnage

    By Jarret Keene

    File them under experimental noise. Avant-garde sludge. Post-metal. Ambient doom. Whatever you do, don’t call ’em “rock,” OK? These guys have more in common with the colossal French supertanker from which they take their name than The Beatles.

  • Music

    Something New Under the ‘Stars’

    By Deanna Rilling

    The members of Slow to Surface have been known to throw a cover or two into their live sets in the past. But there’s something special about their recent take on “Stars” by ’90s alt-rock one-hit-wonders Hum. (You may remember the song; it goes like this: She thinks she missed the train to Mars/she’s out back counting stars.) Slow to Surface have made the song distinctly their own and—dare we say—better than the original? You can decide for yourself by buying the song on iTunes, or perhaps they’ll play it during their First Friday performance on Oct. 7.

  • A&E

    Music as City Savior

    By Sean DeFrank

    Music is vital to any thriving cultural scene, and longtime local promoter Roddy Belford is trying to make sure that the area around UNLV keeps the rhythm. His method: throwing the inaugural Maryland Parkway Music Festival. It’s a three-day event during Labor Day weekend celebrating the university district, which has fallen into decline in recent years.

  • Music

    Rump It Up

    By Jarret Keene

    The story of legendary Texas alt-rock band Butthole Surfers is almost too amazing to believe. Growing up in the late ’80s, I viewed the band as a rock ’n’ roll biker band—like Altamont minus the Rolling Stones and with Hell’s Angels instead onstage, banging instruments into powder.

  • Music

    Guided By Voices

    On the 10-12-hour road trips to his grandmother’s house in Kansas, Josh Huslig and his family would listen to a cappella music nonstop. Those long rides created an impression on Huslig’s young mind and showcased the diversity of the human voice.

  • Soundscraper

    Rockabilly stilettos, Pentagrams, and L.A. Dragons

    By Jarret Keene

    The heat has been surprisingly bearable this summer. But in a fit of greediness, I snuck out of town last week for the even cooler climate of Brian Head, Utah. Of course, I missed a few good shows, but I needed the reprieve and so did my eardrums. Now I feel energized again and ready to jump back into Vegas’ sonic maelstrom with you. Let’s do it.

  • Music

    Last Boy on Earth

    By Jarret Keene

    It’s one thing to write blackened thrash punk songs about being stalked by mutants and zombies in an irradiated Mad Max-like wasteland. It’s quite another to conduct a phone interview in front of your Portland, Ore., apartment while being pursued by an insensitive landscaper armed with a loud-as-hell trimmer. “What an asshole,” laughs Toxic Holocaust head Joel Grind, 29. “I’m standing here, clearly talking on the phone, and dude fires up a weed wacker inches behind me.”

  • Soundscraper

    Quitters, Cajun blues, chiptune DJs

    By Jarret Keene

    I failed to mention in last week’s column that Vegas punk trio the Quitters threw a debut album-release party at Double Down. My bad, guys. I’ll make it up to you by alerting my many loyal readers (hey, Mom!) that the Quitters play Yayo Taco on July 29 and will have CDs for sale. I bought my copy of No Big Deal via TuneCore.com and am lovin’ it with the greasy pleasure of a drunk-at-midnight McDonald’s run. Yum!

  • Nightlife

    An Electric Daisy Carnival checklist

    By Deanna Rilling

    An Electric Daisy Carnival checklist Ever seen a reggae ice cream truck? What about a white guy with dreads, crowd-surfing in a giant hamster ball? Oh, and don’t forget the joy of discovering your new favorite DJ. Exactly what the Vegas incarnation of Electric Daisy Carnival (EDC) holds for June 24-26 at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway will remain a mystery until we get there, but if it’s anything like EDC has been in Los Angeles in years past, there are a few festival staples we can count on and seven things you simply must do and see:

  • Music

    Hot Salsa

    By Jarret Keene

    If you haven’t treated yourself to the evening view of the Strip from Mandarin Oriental’s 23rd-floor Mandarin Bar, do it now, because there is serious (and free) live music going on. Four nights a week, the top jazz and salsa artists in Las Vegas are performing in this posh, secluded and acoustically first-rate hot spot. On Wednesdays, you get to hear drummer Brian Czach’s razor-sharp trio; Thursdays, you can catch trumpeter Chandler Judkins’ punchy quartet; on Fridays, there’s nothing better than hearing the suave jazz stylings of The Definitives. All of these bands are great.

  • Music

    On the Road Again … and Again

    By Marvin Lucas

    He’s won every major award in country music, but Tim McGraw wants more. “I’m only about 30 percent as good as I want to get in music,” the 44-year-old says. In an effort to expand his artistic boundaries, McGraw has released a crossover hit with Nelly (“Over and Over”), co-wrote a single for Def Leppard (“Nine Lives”) and hopes to work with Bruce Springsteen one day. The self-described “Blue Dog Democrat” has also hinted at running for governor of Tennessee one day, but he’s not sure why.

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