You want to hear songs you know
Vegas pop-rock faves Imagine Dragons, whose debut album features three top-20 hits: “It’s Time,” “Radioactive” and “Demons.”
Nashville rock family Kings of Leon, whose festival-headlining résumé includes Coachella, Glastonbury and Lollapalooza.
Southern rockers Alabama Shakes, who played single “Hold On” on Saturday Night Live in February.
Folky LA foursome Dawes, which toured as Mumford and Sons’ opening act last summer.
Detroit rapper Danny Brown, whose second album, XXX, was Spin magazine’s top hip-hop album of 2011.
The Killers The biggest band ever to hail from Las Vegas will release a greatest hits disc next month, featuring songs you might have heard once or twice: “Mr. Brightside,” “All These Things I’ve Done,” “When You Were Young,” “Human” ...
Singer Charli XCX, the British voice behind Icona Pop double-platinum hit “I Love It.”
Alt-rock vets Living Colour, best remembered for 1988 radio staple “Cult of Personality.”
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Chillwave duo Poolside, which played LA’s über-cool FYF Fest in August.
Beck. Yeah, that Beck.
Indie icons Dean & Britta (ex-Galaxie 500/Luna frontman Dean Wareham and wife Britta Phillips), who will provide live accompaniment for video installation “13 Most Beautiful: Songs for Andy Warhol’s Screen Tests.”
Ninteen-year-old rapper Earl Sweatshirt, a member of hotly tipped hip-hop collective Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All.
One-man electronic gang Robert DeLong, whose live set features guitar, keyboards, a full drum kit and more.
Sister trio Haim, an all-girl pop group in the spirit of the Go-Go’s or Bangles, except massively hip.
Vampire Weekend, NYC darlings who’ve transcended the underground to deposit consecutive No. 1 albums on the Billboard 200.
Ferocious live performer Janelle Monáe, a soulful singer/dancer/bandleader sometimes called a “modern-day James Brown.”
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Funky Vegas crew Rhyme N Rhythm, which will draw your body in and keep it dancing.
New York indie-poppers Cults, who’ve ballooned from a duo to a five-piece, reportedly with intense live results.
Donald Glover, aka Childish Gambino, aka Troy Barnes from NBC’s Community, aka the rapper behind upcoming album Because the Internet.
Jam-meets-electronic five-piece STS9 (Sound Tribe Sector 9), back on the Vegas festival circuit after participating in all three Vegooses.
“Let’s take you back to the concrete streets/Original beats with real live MCs/Playground tactics, no rabbit-in-a-hat tricks/Just that classic rap sh*t from Jurassic.” Jurassic 5, that is.
Aussie electronic project Empire of the Sun, which will bring a taste of Electronic Daisy Carnival to the Life Is Beautiful campus.
Real Vegas “resident” DJ 88, who’s as comfortable on a Downtown street as in a glamorous Strip club.
Kid Meets Cougar, because witnessing the Vegas pair’s audio/video spectacular will make your life far more interesting.
Diesel already has one blockbuster franchise built on explosions, nonsensical plotting and makeshift families.
With more confessional lyrics and an expanded sound, the English trio offer more to absorb.
The local bands and artists will get you going in the new year.
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