Charles Bradley (September 18, Cosmopolitan’s Boulevard Pool) Fans of Marvin, Mayfield and Motown shouldn’t miss this 65-year-old soul dynamo, a former James Brown impersonator who didn’t release an album of his own until 2011.
Katy Perry (September 26, MGM Grand Garden Arena) Dance, sing and count the costume changes when the pop star’s Prismatic World Tour touches down in Vegas. Find your seat early for opener Tegan and Sara.
Ty Segall (September 28, Beauty Bar) Bring that co-worker who loves to proclaim that rock is dying, and let Segall’s guitar shut him up once and for all.
DJ Shadow & Cut Chemist (September 29, Brooklyn Bowl) The turntable aces pay tribute to hip-hop icon Afrika Bambaataa, using vinyl plucked from his private collection. As concepts go, it doesn’t get cooler.
Aziz Ansari (October 4, Mandalay Bay Events Center) Yeah, we snuck a comedian into the music listings, but it’s the rare arena-sized stand-up who merits a spot.
Nas (October 17, Cosmopolitan’s Boulevard Pool) Kendrick Lamar, Brother Ali, Murs and the Wu-Tang Clan further highlight the upcoming hip-hop slate, but a 20th-anniversary rendering of Illmatic catapults Nas to the top of our heap.
Of Montreal (October 18, Fremont Country Club) What can frontman Kevin Barnes, who went full-frontal when the dancey indie faves last hit Downtown in 2007, do for an encore?
SBTRKT (October 18, House of Blues) Masked London producer Aaron Jerome, the sort of immersive live electronicist who rarely appears in Vegas, is, strangely, appearing in Vegas.
Tinariwen (October 21, Bunkhouse) Kudos to Downtown Project for tapping Mali’s rebellious, robed desert-blues exports among its initial Bunkhouse bookings. And to those of you who take advantage of the opportunity.
Life Is Beautiful Festival (October 24-26, streets of Downtown) Whether you’re more excited about Foo Fighters and OutKast or Tycho and Tune-Yards, Nevada’s biggest music gathering is a party not to be missed. Bonus: The food’s a festival in its own right.
Phish (October 31-November 2, MGM Grand Garden Arena) The jam-band deities’ first Vegas run in a decade sold out in seconds, but the group’s tradition of Halloween hijinx demands that true fans keep trying to find a way in.
Kiss(November 5-23, the Joint) If fire, blood, face paint and sing-along ’70s hits are your game, the Hard Rock’s latest residency has you covered, times nine.
Tame Impala (November 13, Brooklyn Bowl) The Bowl’s stellar first-year signings continue with these Aussie psych-rockers, whose Coachella set ranked among that fest’s absolute best last year.
Culture Club (November 22, the Pearl) The New Wave quartet’s original lineup—Boy George, Roy Hay, Mikey Craig and Jon Moss—are back together for the first time this century. Color us curious.
Kendrick Lamar (September 6, Boulevard Pool); Old Crow Medicine Show (September 15, Brooklyn Bowl); The Breeders (September 15, Bunkhouse); Wu-Tang Clan (September 18-19, Brooklyn Bowl); iHeartRadio Festival (September 19-20, MGM Grand); Viva Ska Vegas (September 20, Fremont Country Club); Chvrches (September 21, Brooklyn Bowl); Blitzen Trapper (September 22, Beauty Bar); Nils Lofgren (September 26 & 28, Vinyl); Kings of Leon (September 27, MGM Village); Washed Out (September 28, Bunkhouse); Lorde (September 30, the Joint); Aquabats (October 1, Hard Rock Live); Com Truise (October 2, Beauty Bar); Sondre Lerche (October 3, Backstage Bar & Billiards); Brother Ali (October 3, Beauty Bar); Living Colour (October 6, Hard Rock Live); John Fogerty (October 17, the Pearl); Phil Lesh & Friends (October 17-18, Brooklyn Bowl); The Black Keys (November 8, the Chelsea); Blonde Redhead (November 14, Bunkhouse); RJD2 (November 21, Bunkhouse); Murs (November 25, LVCS); Justin Timberlake (November 28, MGM Grand).