April Music Extravaganza!

@Begt has been encouraging me to write about the April full of music I am about to have. Lets be real, I wish I was wealthy because there are SO many good acts coming  to Las Vegas in the next month. Though if I spend all my money this month, I will not be able to attend things like LouFest, so I need to keep my priorities in order!

I’ll start with who I am going to see, and then talk a bit about those I will not see, or I most likely will not see.

My April of music starts next Friday with one of my favorite new bands, opening up for a band that I just started getting into. This concert is at the Cosmopolitan Pool on the same night that indie favorite Lana Del Ray is playing the newly renovated Chelsea at the Cosmopolitan. Now, I like Lana Del Ray, but I would not miss this show at the pool.

The openers for the evening is the great St. Lucia. I am pretty pumped to see them. I’ve watched a couple live videos and the band seems to know what they are doing. My only concern is that when I saw another synthpop group at the BLVD Pool, The Naked and Famous, their sound just didn’t work outside. Regardless, I am excited to be taken back to the synthpop glory days of the 1980’s.

Here is “September” from their 2013 release When the Night. 

The headlining act of the night is Young the Giant. These guys hail from due west and the city of Irvine, CA. I really enjoy their indie style and catchy lyrics. I think this show has the potential for being the best I’ve seen at the pool save Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes.

Here is “Mind Over Matter” from their 2014 release of the same name.

Up next is a show I’ve been waiting for since I first saw The Naked and Famous in October before Life is Beautiful. This time they are playing the brand new Brooklyn Bowl at the Linq with The 1975.

Here is “I Kill Giants” from their newest release In Rolling Waves. (I find this video only slightly disturbing).

I’ve not listened much to The 1975, but I enjoy their 80’s vibe. Here is “Settle Down” from their self-titled release.

The other show that I am not going to miss is Robert Randolph and the Family Band. They just wrapped up their first of two weekends and Brooklyn Bowl today, and will be coming back later this month. I’ve been a fan for a few years, and never thought they’d come to Vegas. I am glad I have been proving wrong. Ask yourself, “do I want to see the greatest steel guitar player who has ever lived play live?”. There is only one answer to that question.

Here is “Amped Up” from Lickety Split. 

So on to the bands I probably won’t see, but maybe I will:

(this is why April is so freaking outstanding)

Grouplove (sorry B, YtG and St. Lucia win out)

Empire of the Sun (miracles happen, so maybe I will be able to go)

Haim (I wouldn’t see them unless it was free anyway)

Foster the People (sorry B, this one is also hella expensive)

Gogol Bordello (this is looking more like a yes that I will see them)

Lorde

O.A.R. (would be awesome but these tickets are not wallet friendly)

The Infamous Stringdusters  (the price is right, but its a Sunday night)

Let us not forget that May will bring at least one show I will be seeing, Twenty One Pilots, and hopefully Childish Gambino (tickets are actually reasonable).

The summer will have more in store as the Cosmopolitan has the summer series “Set your life to Music” kicking off at the end of May and only a few bands are on the lineup.

Autumn Sounds

Fall is my favorite time of year, and living in Las Vegas it is the BEST time of the year in our fine city. Despite not having any plans for any live shows in the near future (though I am pretty sure I will be seeing Imagine Dragons & The Mowgli’s here in Vegas at the end of the year), I’ve still be listening to a lot of music and have caught a couple shows in the last month (other than Life is Beautiful).

Two days before Life is Beautiful, @Begt and I (along with a few others) went to see The Naked & Famous at the BLVD Pool at the Cosmopolitan Resort here in Las Vegas. As I’ve mentioned before, this venue is pretty amazing. The show happens right above the pool, and for larger shows the main pool is drained (it was half-drained for this show). I had thought that this show would be the most well attended of the shows I’ve attended this summer/fall (including Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, WAVVES, G. Love, etc…) however, this show was not as well attended as ESM0’s which was pretty darn packed. Apparently TNAF is not as popular as I expected.

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The sound at the BLVD pool can be a bit sketchy, and this show definitely highlighted that. With the electronic beats from TNAF there was some distortion. This was a bit distracting, but it was not the end of the world. I really expected the group to be a bit more talkative. As groups go, they were pretty quiet and stuck to business. They played a mix of songs from their two full length albums. The crowd favorites were definitely “Punching in a Dream” and “Youngblood”. My favorite “Girls Like You” was one of the earliest songs in the set. The set ran just over an hour, which is not surprising noting that TNAF’s catalog is not very expansive. I do think that they are more of an “inside” band, and North America will get to see them open for Vegas’ natives Imagine Dragons on their upcoming arena tour.

I enjoyed the show, but would think they would fit better in a smaller indoor venue.

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