Posts Tagged ‘Coachella’

A great big Thank You from Las Vegas to Coachella for expanding to cover two weekends  Cosmopolitan, House of Blues, The Joint, and the Hard Rock Cafe should be commended for taking advantage of so many great bands stuck in the area for the week by combining to host 10 straight days of No-Chella shows featuring these bands.  Just like being at a music festival, fans in Vegas are forced to make some difficult decisions between bands playing in the same time slot.  Last night that decision was between Foals and The Neighbourhood at House of Blues vs. Yeah Yeah Yeahs at the Boulevard Pool at Cosmopolitan.  Despite my current obsession with Foals and their new album Holy Fire, I opted for Yeah Yeah Yeahs after watching the somewhat boring Foals performance at Coachella streamed live on YouTube.  I was not disappointed with that decision.  The nearly packed house was treated to an energetic set that included all of their hit songs as well as new cuts off of their upcoming fourth album, Mosquito, due out 4/16/2013.  A sign of a great performance is when even the side stage ultra-VIP area is shaking from all of the dancing and bouncing and singing along.  One thing I definitely learned is that lead singer Karen O is crazy.  I mean that in the most complimentary eccentric rock star lead singer way possible.  From her bright red, bedazzled, tassled outfit to her various scarves, head coverings and miner’s headband spotlight to her yoga-like twisting and bending ending up on the floor dance moves topped off with her mic jammed into her cleavage before being deep throated to get the most out of her guttaral screams (deep breath taken).  If that over the top run-on sentence description isn’t enough to make you fall in love then you are not a true rock n roll fan.  A random stranger asked on the way into the show if I was a big Yeah Yeah Yeahs fan.  My response was that I liked them and knew some songs but wouldn’t consider myself a “big fan”.  I would like to retract that answer and now say that I am a Huge fan and am already anxiously awaiting their next Vegas appearance which I hope Karen O will once again proclaim “Best. Vegas. Show. Ever!”

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The first single off the upcoming Yeah Yeah Yeahs album Mosquito

If you’re like me and don’t want to deal with the craziness of Coachella you can stay right here in Vegas and catch some of the highlight bands playing at The Cosmopolitan Las Vegas during the Spring Concert Series (I prefer the unofficial name No-Chella) April 10-20, 2013.  Currently 7 nights of shows and 13 bands are booked.  We can only assume (hope) that one more big name (Lumineers? Jurassic 5? Modest Mouse? Gaslight Anthem?) is added to the currently open Saturday of the first weekend.  Show I’m most excited for: Of Monsters and Men with Local Natives.  Great job Cosmo.  You’re giving us hope for a solid summer lineup

4/10 – Phoenix with Mac Demarco @ Boulevard Pool
4/11 – New Order with Johnny Mar @ Boulevard Pool
4/12 – Vampire Weekend with Tanlines @ Boulevard Pool
4/17 – Of Monsters and Men with Local Natives @ Boulevard Pool
4/18 – Hot Chip with Four Tet @ Boulevard Pool
4/19 – Postal Service @ Chelsea Ballroom
4/20 – Band of Horses with Jake Bugg @ Boulevard Pool

Silver Lake indie folk rock band Local Natives just released their sophomore album Hummingbird following in the footsteps of their 2010 album – Gorilla Manor which included singles “Airplanes”, “Wide Eyes” and “Sun Hands”.    Emotional music with strong harmonies that draws comparisons to Vampire Weekend and Grizzly Bear.  They have a few upcoming sold out shows in LA, Oakland and NYC before heading out for a month long European tour ending at the Where the Wild Things Are Festival in Netherlands.  Catch them back in the U.S. starting mid-March but get your tickets early as a few shows in March and April are already sold out.  You can also see them at Coachella and The Governer’s Ball.

Official music video for the first single “Breakers”