Nochella: Coachella bands to play Las Vegas
Custom Search 2
You got bounced from the queue and shut out on tickets. You’re allergic to vampirish indie kids in jorts and day-glo tees. You hate the Chili Peppers.
Whatever the reason, you’re not going to Coachella either this weekend or next. Fret not, Las Vegans: More than 35 of the 150-plus artists gracing the stages of the most popular live music festival in the country will be playing locally, an unprecedented amount of festival participants making the trek so you don’t have to.
You’ll find all of them below — as well as some standouts you should prioritize since you can’t see them all.
New Order, Johnny Marr
The only thing that could possibly surpass the momentousness of synth rock/New Wave iconoclasts New Order playing their first-ever Las Vegas gig (without founding bassist Peter Hook, regrettably) would be if singer/guitarist Bernard Sumner invites opener/guitarist Johnny Marr (The Smiths, Modest Mouse) onstage to perform a tune or two from their former side project, Electronic, which has been dormant for years. Failing that, we’ll just have to settle for performances of some of the biggest post-punk anthems of all time, which might just include a nugget or two from New Order’s pioneering predecessor, Joy Division. April 11, 8 p.m.; Boulevard Pool at The Cosmopolitan, 3708 Las Vegas Blvd. South, www.cosmopolitanlasvegas.com, $40.
Purity Ring is the R&B-licked project of Corin Roddick and Megan James of Gobble Gobble/Born Gold. That means sweeping, drawn-out beats, almost with the sluggish pace of dubstep, but with soundscape synth lines, hopping off the train somewhere in the neighborhood of Sleigh Bells. What makes Purity Ring’s debut album Shrines so cool is that, with the windows rolled up, it could pass as a bass-molesting rap record. But then it throws in worldly vocal lines, almost TuneYards-like on songs like “Belispeak.” As one of the only downtown Coachella-booked acts of the week, this is one not to miss.
Thursday, April 11, 8 p.m., Beauty Bar, 517 Fremont St., www.ticketcake.com, $12-$14.
Nearly five years ago on a Monday night (ahem, Tuesday morning) at the Beauty Bar, a couple handfuls of us stayed up waaaay past our bedtimes to witness Foals, which fused the angular tempos of Wire with the post-Britpop melodic rock of Arctic Monkeys. After that dues-paying show, that might’ve been the last of the quintet in Sin City. However, with a major label debut (Holy Fire) and a radio hit (the chunky cosmic-disco rocker “Inhaler”), Foals decided to give us a second chance … at a more reasonable time. With The Neighbourhood. April 13, 9 p.m.; House of Blues at Mandalay Bay, 3799 Las Vegas Blvd. South, www.houseofblues.com, $20-$23.
Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Can we just call “Heads will Roll” the great unifier? One of the few songs almost every subgenre of person can get into, regardless of creed, class and anatomical preference? The pizza of music? Because few environments have existed in the history of rug-cutting that aren’t conducive to raising a palpable funk over Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ frontwoman Karen O screaming “Off with Your head!/Dance (dance!) til you’re dead!”
And with their fourth full-length, Mosquito, coming out April 16, we’re seeing a spruced-up, ready-for-the-road Yeah Yeah Yeahs, polished and war-ready, with Karen O at the front like a pretty half-Korean berzerker. With Deap Valley Saturday, April 13, 8 p.m., Boulevard Pool at The Cosmopolitan, $30.
Hot Chip might be the most fun you can have listening to pretty songs. They don’t play electronic music the same way someone like LCD Soundsystem does, despite being largely known as electronic. But the British quintet is still weird and worldly. With multiple percussion parts, it manages to be both eclectic and dancy, synthesizing world beat instrument sounds with a driving, fuzzy drum line, solidifying the “Coachella party band” modus operandi. If you’re looking for a breather this week, Hot Chip won’t be it. With Four Tet (DJ set). Thursday, April 18, 8 p.m., Boulevard Pool, $26.