@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)
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.