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<p>Theophilus London, July 25 at The Boulevard Pool</p>

Theophilus London, July 25 at The Boulevard Pool

Ryan Bingham: You Americana/alt-country fans frequently complain about your limited concert options in Las Vegas, and rightfully so. But you’d better shut up and put up (and then shut up again when he hits the stage) when the Oscar-winning songwriter of the 2009 Jeff Bridges movie Crazy Heart — and otherwise acclaimed musician — plays one of several must-attend shows at The Cosmopolitan’s fourth-story poolside venue this season. (June 13, Boulevard Pool)

Zavalas: The new band headed by former Mars Volta and At the Drive-In singer Cedric Bixler-Zavala is only playing a small handful of dates U.S. dates this summer — and the first of them takes place here, at the super-small Artifice. Hit Big Mark’s Tickets soon, before the inevitable sellout. (June 15)

Alabama Shakes: The Pearl has been largely opting for veteran acts, but the Palms venue couldn’t resist booking the It Band of 2012. The Southern soul/garage rock band makes its Vegas debut in a concert hall we’d like to have reason to visit more often. (July 19)

Theophilus London: The Boulevard Pool has only recently been dipping deeper into hip-hop, but booking this genre-twisting MC — one of his early releases was titled This Charming Mixtape as a nod to British guitar-pop icons The Smiths — was a no-brainer. (July 25)

The Flaming Lips and Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros: Hard call for alternative rock fans. Go to House of Blues for the never-dull, visually stimulating Lips, which balance its introspective and experimental material with its uplifting, sing-along anthems, or hit the Boulevard Pool to catch Sharpe and his cult-like band offering their own brand of enlivening, gospel-infused R&B folk? It just depends on what flavor of rock ’n’ roll evangelism you prefer. (Aug. 1)

Gary Clark, Jr.: Nevermind that his 2012 Blak and Blu was a disappointment. Guitar shaman Clark wasn’t meant to be cooped up in a studio and made to sound like a Lenny Kravitz clone. He belongs on a stage, surrounded by a bunch of amps that can handle his tempestuous riffage and soulful vocal wails. Give him a second chance at his Vegas debut. (Aug. 8, Boulevard Pool)

MGMT: Another first-time Vegas show, this time headlined by psych-rock duo MGMT. With its next album on the horizon, expect to hear new songs — though don’t necessarily expect to hear the hits that made the band a crossover success. If it didn’t play “Kids” at Coachella, it very well may not play it here. Forewarning: This one ought to sell out, too, so get your tickets now. (Aug. 26, Boulevard Pool)

Baroness: How a small venue like Backstage Bar & Billiards will contain both Georgia’s Baroness and its fan base is anyone’s guess. At any rate, do not pass up the chance to see a band this relevant — or this good, as evidenced on 2012’s eye-opening Yellow & Green — in such intimate quarters. (Aug. 28)

Black Sabbath: If Ozzy can stay sober, and guitarist Tony Iommi can stay healthy, we might just get a concert featuring the metal progenitors. Note: Though former Rage Against the Machine drummer Brad Wilk will be the skinsman you hear on the band’s upcoming album, 13, expect to see longtime Ozzy percussionist Tommy Clufetos onstage. Bonus: Andrew WK opens. (Sept. 1, MGM Grand Garden Arena)

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