Site not look beautiful? Click here

A&E

Five thoughts on Crocodiles’ November 5 Beauty Bar show

Image
Crocodiles played a short but sweet set at Beauty Bar Tuesday night, after last playing Vegas in 2010 for Downtown music fest Neon Reverb.
Spencer Burton

1. Local indie-rock trio Party Talk seems far more comfortable onstage these days. The group’s dance-driven post-punk opens the show to a solid reception, before the psychedelic garage-pop headliners take the stage.

2. Crocodiles lead singer Brandon Welchez kicks off the set by greeting Las Vegas: “It’s been a long time.” Indeed. The duo (which travels as a five-piece) last played here for Neon Reverb in 2010, when the Aruba Hotel still served as a rock venue. The band’s style is more restrained this time, from its tempered drumming to its controlled guitars.

3. Welchez ditches his guitar about halfway in, and the energy level rises a bit as he dances and sways suggestively into his mic stand, hands clenched and snapping with Jagger-esque persuasion.

4. The bass player lights up a joint between songs and passes it to his bandmates. Okay, so maybe Crocodiles haven’t changed so much since last time.

5. Keyboardist Robin Eisenberg has the perfect voice to match Welchez’s reverb-y vocals. When she isn’t singing backup, her keys drive the band’s poppier progressions—especially on tracks from this year’s album, Crimes of Passion. Approaching 1 a.m., the group saves its most recognizable single, “Mirrors,” for the end of the short but sweet set.

Tags: Music
Share
Photo of Leslie Ventura

Local and independent music lover Leslie Ventura found her passion for journalism as a UNLV undergrad, contributing to Las Vegas ...

Get more Leslie Ventura

Commenting Policy

  • The straitjacket and electrocution bits aside, the show's true rewards were its unexpected moments.

  • Festival's 2015 edition set for May 23-25 in Downtown Las Vegas.

  • While not breaking any new ground, the French DJ/producer's latest is a perfectly pleasant collection of danceable pop.

  • Get More Music Stories
Top of Story