iHeartRadio Music Festival (September 23 & 24, T-Mobile Arena) The fest moves into shiny new digs for its sixth edition, armed with a roster of stars that includes U2, Drake, Ariana Grande, Zedd and Sting.
Sia (October 7, Mandalay Bay Events Center) The Minnie Mouse-bowed singer-songwriter continues to buck pop-concert conventions with a minimalist stage show and performance artists—and acclaimed R&B crooner Miguel in tow.
Kanye West (October 29, T-Mobile Arena) Kanye/Yeezy/Pablo is also challenging tradition—and gravity—during his just-launched tour, complete with revolutionary stage/lighting platforms that float above the GA floor.
Phish (October 28-31, MGM Grand Garden Arena) The jam faves return to Vegas for their third Halloween run—and second in three years—to, according to tradition, reel off nine sets, including a “costume” version of some other artist’s classic album.
ALSO: Drake (September 11, T-Mobile Arena); Black Sabbath (September 17, MGM Grand Garden Arena); Route 91 Harvest Festival (September 30-October 2, Las Vegas Village); Prophets of Rage (October 14, Mandalay Bay Events Center); The Rolling Stones (October 19, T-Mobile Arena).
FOR COOL KIDS
Chance the Rapper (September 18, Brooklyn Bowl) The gospel-friendly rapper, anti-gun violence activist and defiantly unsigned artist will perform his hopeful anthems at the Linq venue for the second time.
Tycho (October 4, Brooklyn Bowl) The local headlining debut of Scott Hansen’s electronic/post-rock act, which fuses otherworldly ambient synths and gorgeous guitar melodies, is simply not to be missed.
The Killers (September 30 & October 1, Sam’s Town) The Vegas quartet celebrates the 10th anniversary of sophomore album Sam’s Town at the hotel that inspired it.
Protomartyr (November 8, Bunkhouse Saloon) The Detroit quartet, whose angular tunes sound indebted to late-’70s U.K. post-punk, makes its Vegas debut.
ALSO: The Growlers (September 16, Hard Rock Hotel pool); Phantogram (September 29, Brooklyn Bowl); The Avett Brothers (September 20, Brooklyn Bowl); Soul Rebels Sound System ft. Talib Kweli (September 28, Brooklyn Bowl); Steve Gunn (October 2, Bunkhouse Saloon); Conor Oberst (October 3, Brooklyn Bowl); The Faint with Gang of Four (October 21, Brooklyn Bowl).
Death From Above 1979 (October 27, House of Blues) In case the Canadian noise-rock duo—best known for 2004 album You’re a Woman, I’m a Machine—isn’t draw enough, the bill also includes Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and Deap Vally.
Opeth (October 18, Brooklyn Bowl) These popular, proggy Swedish metal vets—who played the Huntridge here in ’03, and were around more than a decade before that—return to town with strong opening act The Sword.
ALSO: Saves the Day (September 17, Backstage Bar & Billiards); Clutch (October 15, Brooklyn Bowl); Schoolboy Q (October 16, Brooklyn Bowl); Meshuggah (October 20, Brooklyn Bowl); Bad Religion & Against Me! (October 21, the Foundry); Ghost (October 22, Brooklyn Bowl); Five Finger Death Punch (October 28, T-Mobile Arena); Brand New (November 1, the Chelsea).
The Zombies (September 9, Golden Nugget Showroom) Founding members Colin Blumstone and Rod Argent steer the English outfit behind seminal ’68 psych LP Odessey and Oracle Downtown.
Dolly Parton (September 30, Laughlin Event Center) She’s 70, but you wouldn’t know it by looking at her, or watching her indefatigable, highly entertaining live show. Totally worth the 90-minute drive.
The Moody Blues (October 7-15, Venetian Theatre) Never caught the British band behind classic-rock radio staples “Nights in White Satin” and “Ride My See-Saw”? This mini-residency gives you five chances in a week.
Cyndi Lauper (October 8, the Joint) Her last Vegas appearance saw her play the blues, and for her return, Lauper will twang it up in support of Detour, her album of classic country covers.
ALSO: Big Blues Bender (September 8-11, Plaza); The Monkees (September 17, Star of the Desert Arena); Hall & Oates (September 23, MGM Grand Garden Arena); Bob Dylan (October 13, the Chelsea); ARW (November 19, the Pearl).
10 FALL SPINS
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds Skeleton Tree (September 9)
M.I.A. A.I.M. (September 9)
Wilco Schmilco (September 9)
Bon Iver 22, A Million (September 30)
Danny Brown Atrocity Exhibition (September 30)
Drive-By Truckers American Band (September 30)
Green Day Revolution Radio (October 7)
Joyce Manor Cody (October 7)
Empire of the Sun Two Vines (October 28)
Metallica Hardwired…To Self-Destruct (November 18)