Modest Mouse Did you know Isaac Brock and the boys played a late-’90s house show in Vegas? A lot’s changed since then—and even since the band’s last show here eight years ago. Eric Judy, Johnny Marr and Joe Plummer have moved on, and the reconstituted group (finally) released a new album, the solid Strangers to Ourselves, in March. With Mimicking Birds. August 20, 9 p.m., $55, Brooklyn Bowl.
Sand Dollar lounge grand (re-)opening It’s back—not just as a lounge component of Bar 702 (now only existing in Bar Rescue reruns), but as a blues-focused live-music venue and cocktail bar. Its trio of new owners are celebrating through Saturday, which will feature the Stoney Curtis Band and Hector’s Tacos food truck. August 20-22, doors at 6 p.m.
D’angelo and the Vanguard Arguably the most noteworthy of the local shows overlapping with LA’s FYF Fest, neo-soul pioneer D’Angelo returns to Las Vegas to perform songs from 2014’s highly acclaimed—and highly relevant—Black Messiah. With Sam Dew. August 21, 7 p.m., $50-$125, the Chelsea.
Motörhead So what if Lemmy has made the Folgers’ switch from whiskey to vodka? That lifestyle change ought to supply the 69-year-old Motörhead singer/bassist with enough edge to convincingly administer his band’s punk/metal rawk. With Saxon, Crobot. August 21, 7 p.m., House of Blues, $39.50-$59.50.
EAT & DRINK
Love Cherry Felix Sour beers were made to be imbibed during the summer season. Sip and savor New Belgium’s latest variety, the limited Love Cherry Felix, during a tapping event at Atomic Liquors. August 25, 6-9 p.m.
Freakshow Sci Fi Center’s live shadow cast performance of The Rocky Horror Picture Show will be preceded by the creepy 1932 horror film Freaks, which famously stars actual circus freaks in a story about a beautiful woman taking advantage of a sideshow performer. August 22, 8 p.m., $9.
OK OK Variety If you like Cirque du Soleil, you'll love this midnight stage show at Inspire, where Strip entertainers demo personal projects involving rope, aerial hoop, juggling, clown comedy and more. It's intimate, high-caliber amusement that feels like a total steal. Aug. 26, 11:30 p.m., $20 locals, $40 general, vegasvariety.bpt.me.