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Three must-see headliners — with can’t-miss openers

As if your calendar needed any more shows to juggle on this Neon Reverb week, here are three noteworthy casino concerts — all with openers worth the early arrival.

Fiona Apple, Blake Mills

Time for a nice, sit-down concert for a change — as well as Apple’s return to Las Vegas. The passionate, unpredictable piano prodigy spoiled us three times during her tour for 2005’s Extraordinary Machine. But if you’re smart, you’ll assume this will be the only local stop during her live campaign for this year’s even-more-extraordinary The Idler Wheel … and procure a ticket. Another reason to attend: Opener and talented guitarist/singer-songwriter Blake Mills is on the cusp of a well-deserved breakout. 8 p.m.; The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel, 4455 Paradise Road, 693-5000, $25.50-$91

Silversun Pickups, School of Seven Bells, Atlas Genius

The L.A. alt-rock act’s live show remains a searing, emotive experience. As if that weren’t enough, it’s bringing two highly regarded openers you’d expect to see downtown, not on the Strip: ethereal NYC duo School of Seven Bells and Aussie quartet Atlas Genius, whose head-embedding “Trojans” just jumped from college radio to the Billboard alternative charts. 8 p.m.; The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel, 4455 Paradise Road, 693-5000, $25.50-$29

The Hives, Fidlar

We caught the notoriously flamboyant Swedes at Coachella in April, and while the hits have stopped coming, they’ve still got the swagger, energy and hilarious banter for which they’re beloved. Get there early: We also recently saw infectious L.A. garage punk act Fidlar, which will go great with those Cosmo tallboys. 9 p.m.; Boulevard Pool at the Cosmopolitan, 3708 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 698-7000, $20