The latest on Las Vegas’ biggest bands — and whether they still live here

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Imagine Dragons

Otherwise

New news: The quintet became a quartet when bassist Flavio Ivan Mendoza recently left, but that has not hindered the steady ascent the hard rock act has enjoyed all year, especially since releasing its debut long-player, True Love Never Dies (currently No. 45 on Billboard’s Heatseekers chart), on Century Media Records. Terrestrial radio has warmed to its also-charting “Soldiers” single, which has led to several festival slots, sellouts on its current tour and headlining shows (including one last week at the legendary Roxy in West Hollywood, sponsored by none other than L.A. tastemaker KROQ-FM). Two other True Love songs seem to be battling out for second-single status: “I Don’t Apologize” and “Full Circle.”

So, do they still live here? Yes.

Next local show: July 20 at Access Showroom at Aliante Station.

Imagine Dragons

New news: As I write this, Imagine Dragons are performing on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Like Otherwise, their progression has been all upward since getting signed (to Interscope Records), touring heavily and landing big festival appearances, despite also being reduced to a quartet (keyboardist Theresa Flaminio departed earlier this year). The band is milking the success of its single “It’s Time,” the No. 5 alt-rock radio song in the country, which can be heard, among other places, in the trailer to The Perks of Being a Wallflower, the film adaptation of the beloved 1998 teen angst novel. A tour with another radio-friendly band, AWOLNATION, is forthcoming — and so is the release of its debut full-length, Night Visions, on Sept. 4.

So, do they still live here? According to their local press rep, they live in either Las Vegas or Los Angeles depending on their work schedule.

Next local show: Nothing scheduled yet.

The Killers

New news: On July 10, the day their new single “Runaways” was introduced, The Killers announced their fourth studio album, Battle Born, will come out Sept. 17. The quartet (that has always been a quartet) has spent most of 2012 hunkered down at its local studio, which shares the name of its new record. According to a source close to the band, Battle Born is nearing the finish line, with an American tour to follow shortly after its summer trek in Europe. Producers of the all-hands-on-deck album — suggested to be a more rock-driven affair than 2009’s Day & Age — include U2 collaborators Daniel Lanois and Steve Lillywhite, as well as previous studio cohort Stuart Price, longtime Pearl Jam album-helmer Brendan O’Brien and Bjork associate Damian Taylor. They will join Imagine Dragons at Delaware’s Firefly Music Festival July 20-22.

So, do they still live here? Yes.

Next local show: Nothing scheduled yet.