Amidst the buzz about the Life is Beautiful Festival kicking off in the fall, the veteran downtown music festival Neon Reverb just announced the first bands for its March 22-24 installation: Pure Bathing Culture (Portland), Caveman (New York), Cusses (Georgia) and Sea of Bees (California).
While those acts aren't poop-your-pants incredible — as of right now, there are no Thee Oh Sees or Walkmen equivalents — they speak more to Neon Reverb's harboring of up-and-coming bands.
But the brand-name bands aren't going to be the cool part. There are two local album release performances — by The Clydesdale and Coastwest Unrest — splitting a bill at The Bunkhouse on Friday. And the day before, there's the nine-band showcase by Reno/Amsterdam garage punk record label Slovenly Recordings. With that and Cusses on the previous evening, this might be the Reverb of the garage kids. Rise up, young gutter punks, and reclaim the bars of the surface world!
Speaking of punks, Punk Rock Bowling — known around my living room as the only festival for which I'm willing to risk getting the shit kicked out of me by a skinhead — returns to Las Vegas for the 15th year and counting, setting up shop all over downtown May 24-27.
I'm telling you this because tickets go on sale Tuesday, Jan. 29 at 1 p.m. Here's why you'll want to know that: This year's headliners are The Damned, Bad Religion, Bouncing Souls, D.R.I., Subhumans, Lagwagon, Swingin' Utters, Lower Class Brats and a band called FLAG — original Black Flag members Keith Morris, Chuck Dukowski and Bill Stevenson playing Black Flag songs, just with the addition of The Descendents/All's Stephen Egerton. (More bands will be announced in the near future.)
No word yet on actual bowling details or the bar-gig bands, but tickets for a three-day pass will run you $105.
Speaking of leather jackets, Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekend is back March 28-31, still the largest rockabilly event in the world, with 65 bands and all sorts of cool retro shit happening all over town all weekend. And even if you're not into greaser culture, don't miss out on the car show, with roughly 1,000 pre-1963 classic cars. Tickets are available here.
And because three is unlucky (I'm not a gambler), Extreme Thing Sports and Music Festival at Desert Breeze skate park just added more acts to its March 30 lineup. Right now, the notable acts are New Found Glory, 3OH!3, Mindless Self Indulgence (what?!), Asking Alexandria, and surprising new addition, rapper Sage Francis. Tickets for $17-$20 are available here.