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Fall culture guide: concerts

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D’Angelo, Mary J. Blige

Though Blige will attract plenty of concertgoers on her own merits and as headliner, the real lure here is the long-awaited return of R&B king D’Angelo, who is purportedly finishing his first album since his 2000 classic Voodoo, and handily stole the weekend at this summer’s Bonnaroo festival. (Sept. 7, The Pearl)

Neon Reverb

The ninth edition of the Vegas indie music festival boasts a good handful of Pitchfork Nation favorites, including Ty Segall, Thee Oh Sees, Moonface, AgesandAges and Hunx and His Punx. A metal showcase, and events by downtown institutions like Sonidero and Rawkerz, round out the six-day event. (Sept. 11-16, various venues)

Fiona Apple

Her The Idler Wheel… is a contender for best album of 2012 and, as her three local performances in 2006-2007 proved, she remains one of the most commanding (and unpredictable) performers in rock. This is a can’t-miss show. (Sept. 15, The Joint)

Peter Gabriel

Dude plays sparingly these days, so a Las Vegas appearance is nothing to take for granted. On this date, Gabriel plays his most successful album, 1986’s So, in its entirety. (Oct. 5, Planet Hollywood Theater)

The XX

Is there a Vegas concert venue more perfect than Cosmopolitan’s fourth-story pool to experience The XX’s ethereal alt-pop? The atmosphere and tension of its urban soundscapes will make its Strip surroundings feel even more surreal. (Oct. 10, Boulevard Pool at The Cosmopolitan)

Kendrick Lamar

Dr. Dre’s latest protege is on the rise, and what a perfect opportunity to see the arresting MC in an intimate setting before he’s a dot on the stage of some casino arena. (Oct. 18, Hard Rock Cafe)

The Melvins

An unlikely Las Vegas visiting band, on an unlikely Vegas stage. If you thought the Seattle band’s mush punk and quaalude metal was weird, wait until you experience it in a country bar. (Oct. 23, LVCS)

Eddie Vedder, Glen Hansard

An injury delayed a pair of April dates for Pearl Jam’s ukulele player (now recovered) and the male half of The Swell Season (aka the duo from the movie Once). While we’re happy to see the two commit to make-up dates, can you envision such a quiet Halloween? (Oct. 31, Nov. 1, The Pearl)

Guns ‘N Roses

Speaking of Halloween, chances are no one will look scarier than Axl Rose himself during the opener of this 12-date residency, sure to lean heavily — like all of GNR’s 21st-century Vegas shows — on 1987’s coke classic, Appetite For Destruction. Rose could employ a worse playlist strategy. (Oct. 31-Nov. 24, The Joint)

Mike Watt and the Missingmen

Underwhelmed by the new Hard Rock Hotel venue’s concert calendar thus far? Then you haven’t noticed the booking of renowned alt-rock bassist Watt and his two Missingmen. (Nov. 3, Vinyl)


Jane’s Addiction (Sept. 7, Boulevard Pool at The Cosmopolitan), The Hives (Sept. 13, Boulevard Pool at The Cosmopolitan), Arturo Sandoval (Sept. 15-16, The Orleans), The Features (Beauty Bar, Sept. 28), The Album Leaf (Sept. 28, Artifice), The Gaslight Anthem, Hot Water Music, Rise Against (Oct. 1, The Joint), Metric (Oct. 6, House of Blues), Madonna (Oct. 13-14, MGM Grand Garden Arena), Dr. John and the Blind Boys of Alabama (Oct. 16, Smith Center), Loretta Lynn (Oct. 19, Texas Station), Bob Dylan, Mark Knopfler (Oct. 27, Mandalay Bay Events Center), A$AP Rocky (Oct. 29. House of Blues), Minus the Bear, Cursive (Nov. 7, Fremont Country Club), Metz (Nov. 10, Beauty Bar), Enrique Bunbury (Nov. 23, House of Blues), Morrissey (Nov. 23, Chelsea Ballroom at The Cosmopolitan), Two Door Cinema Club, Friends (Nov. 27, House of Blues), Social Distortion (Dec. 20, House of Blues). MIKE PREVATT

First impression: Vinyl at the Hard Rock Hotel

If Wasted Space was a Vegas party girl, Vinyl is how she’d look after getting swept up in a life of cocaine key parties. The columns of the bar are exposed brick. The plush couches and stools of Wasted Space are gone. Vinyl isn’t for sitting.

The only real refuge points are intentionally shabby tables making a wide semicircle on the outskirts of the floor, which looks to hold about as many pairs of feet as the House of Blues’ step-down general admission area. The stage sits centered on the wall, low to the ground and lacking a barrier. The only real VIP area is a few steps above the main floor, with a smattering of small tables. Still, no chairs. Vinyl isn’t for sitting.

The waitresses, some of whom were snatched from the Rehab pool, dress like Avenged Sevenfold video extras. Only some of them are faking it. The speakers are huge, hanging, aimed down like cannons. For tonight’s Julien-K concert, the music is dance-y. With nowhere to really relax, the crowd’s forced to move to the stage. Vinyl isn’t for sitting. MAX PLENKE