June 28, the Chelsea
We never thought Germany’s electronic patriarchs would find their way to Vegas, and we’re half sure we’re still dreaming—especially since this one’s got 3D visuals to boot. Our minds are blown, and we haven’t even been to the show.
July 3-5, the Joint
You can sit around whining that Phish forgot about Vegas, or you can get off your couch and catch the other jam-scene linchpins, celebrating the holiday weekend with different guest acts—Greensky Bluegrass, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band—each night.
With Dilated Peoples, July 17, Boulevard Pool
If you caught J5’s reunion set at Life Is Beautiful, you already know: The four MCs and two DJs sound like they never stopped. And if for some reason you weren’t there, you should be this time.
Nine Inch Nails & Soundgarden
July 19, Planet Hollywood
Co-headlining with NIN can be a risky proposition (see: Jane’s Addiction, 2009), but Soundgarden sounded up to the challenge its last time in town. And if Chris Cornell’s voice isn’t tip-top come showtime, hell, you still get Reznor.
August 8, Brooklyn Bowl
The Linq’s live-music mecca goes electro for a weekend, with Disclosure (August 6), Chromeo (August 7) and Flume (August 7, late-night) all set to appear. We’re most excited about these Australians, based on previous, dance-iful experiences at Coachella.
August 8, MGM Grand
By all accounts, November’s 20/20 Experience show was one of last year’s top Vegas tour stops—three hours of JT reasserting his position as one of music’s most dynamic showmen. Fortunately, you get another crack at it in August (and another November 28).
Thievery Corporation (June 10-11, Brooklyn Bowl), Deathfest (June 12-14, LVCS), Steve Winwood (June 13-14, Brooklyn Bowl), Reggae in the Desert (June 14, Clark County Government Center), Vans Warped Tour (June 19, UNLV Intramural Field), Cults (June 20, Downtown Container Park), Spoon (June 26-28, Brooklyn Bowl), Touché Amoré (July 3, Hard Rock Live), Bob Weir & Ratdog (July 5, the Pearl), Ringo Deathstarr (July 5, Beauty Bar), Lady Gaga (July 19 & August 1, MGM Grand), Jimmy Cliff (July 22, Brooklyn Bowl), Dierks Bentley (August 1, Planet Hollywood), Weezer (August 1, the Chelsea), The Hold Steady (August 2, Vinyl), Legends of Hip-Hop (August 2, the Joint), Aaron Neville & Dr. John (August 9, Cannery), Fall Out Boy (August 15, Boulevard Pool), ZZ Top & Jeff Beck (August 16, the Joint), Interpol (August 21, Boulevard Pool), The Presidents of the United States of America (August 23, House of Blues), The Avett Brothers (August 29-31, Brooklyn Bowl), Keith Urban (August 31, the Chelsea).
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