KMFDM at Fremont Country Club
You don’t need to be a goth or rivet-head to appreciate German industrial outfit KMFDM. No, scratch that: You probably do need to be one of those things, but is it so bad, owning multiple pairs of steel-tipped Doc Martens and enough black shirts to costume a remake of The Craft? And what’s wrong with grooving to the propulsive death-disco of “Money,” “Sex on the Flag” and “Juke Joint Jezebel”? Nothing, my little raven-and-cobalt-haired compañero. But if you’re new to the band, and the lifestyle, seek out the Nine Inch Nails remix of “Light” (the “Fat Back Dub”). It’ll convert you. With ohGr, EMDF. October 19, 7 p.m., $28-$32. –Geoff Carter
Nosaj Thing at Beauty Bar
Com Truise was scheduled to share this bill before dropping off, but that dude’s been here a bunch of times. Jason Thing, aka Nosaj Thing (pronounced “no such thing”), meanwhile, has only brought his soothing electronic dreamscapes to Southern Nevada once before—at 2015’s Further Future, which you probably didn’t attend. With Cleopold. October 20, 8 p.m., $18. –Spencer Patterson
Run the Jewels at Brooklyn Bowl
Hip-hop pair Killer Mike and El-P are a force on the scene, with strong themes of toppling oppression, confronting the 1 Percent and singling out injustices in our world. With fire rhymes and a poignant message, they’re raising awareness of inequality while holding others in both music and politics accountable. Run the Jewels channels the great civil rights activists over sick beats, with their music both a perfect soundtrack to the turmoil in our country and a motivator for positive change and equality. Where a fair share of modern hip-hop lyrics lack intensity and intricacy, Run the Jewels gets back to the roots of storytelling through a skilled flow that will have audiences not only bobbing their heads, but questioning the establishment. With Denzel Curry, Cuz Lightyear. October 20, 8 p.m., $35-$55. –Deanna Rilling
The Birds at Las Vegas Little Theatre
Birds aren’t scary, right? Wrong. Sometimes they team up to attack humanity from above. When Daphne du Maurier originally wrote The Birds in 1952, she meant it as a metaphor for the aerial attacks of World War II. When Alfred Hitchcock turned the short story into a suspense film 11 years later, The Birds represented the cracks in perfect suburbia. Today, the story seems to be more relevant than ever, perhaps even tragically so. LVLT’s Kyle Jones directs this 2009 adaptation by Irish playwright Conor McPherson. October 20-November 5, days & times vary, $21-$24. -C. Moon Reed
Las Vegas Pride
Getting tens of thousands of people to come down and revel in the open air might now seem like a hard task. But October 1—as well as the dark cloud the Trump administration has cast over the gay community—only emphasizes the need for LGBTQ Las Vegans and tourists, as well as their straight allies, to overcome fear, defy those eager to intimidate others, come together and live life as openly and freely as possible. And you’ll have ample chances to do so during Las Vegas Pride.
The signature event remains Friday night’s parade along Downtown’s Fourth Street, one of the few nighttime LGBTQ marches in America. (The pre-show begins at Fourth and Bridger at 6:30 p.m., with the parade scheduled for 7:30 p.m.) And the Pride festival returns to Sunset Park and remains a two-day affair, featuring an entertainment stage dominated by RuPaul’s Drag Race stars like Kimora Blac, Morgan McMichaels and Coco Montrese; family activities; food; and an expo of LGBTQ vendors and businesses. (Doors open at noon both days; tickets range from $5 to $15.)
For more info and events, visit lasvegaspride.org. October 20-22. –Mike Prevatt
Downtown Brew Festival at Clark County Amphitheater
Motley Brews’ sixth-annual “backyard beer bash” has added a silent auction, which will benefit the Las Vegas Victims’ Fund, to this year’s event. There also will be a VIP pavilion with exclusive and rare beers paired with food from the Goodwich; plenty of other grub from local restaurants and food trucks; live music from Naked Elephant, The Routine and Mike Xavier; and there’ll be some beer, too … nearly 200 varieties from more than 70 breweries. October 21, 4 p.m., $40-$85. –Brock Radke
Odesza at Downtown Las Vegas Events Center
The comforting electronic-pop by college buddies Harrison Mills and Clayton Knight has filled millennial bedrooms since 2012—and now, the rhythmic chill will fill the otherwise chaotic Downtown air, updated with material from new album A Moment Apart. With Sofi Tukker, Chet Porter. October 21, 7 p.m., $37-$65 (proceeds benefit the Las Vegas Victims’ Fund). –Mike Prevatt
Pixies at The Chelsea
If you weren’t wild about Head Carrier—the Pixies’ first, proper studio album since 1991—don’t let that stop you from catching the alt-rock icons’ Vegas return. Frank Black, Joey Santiago, David Lovering and Paz Lenchantin (yeah, Kim Deal’s still gone) are making like The Cure in 2017, during which they’ve played 60 different songs and averaged more than 30 per night. Plus, fast-rising indie singer-songwriter Mitski, whose 2016 album, Puberty 2, appeared high on a slew of year-end lists, will open the show. And if you dug Head Carrier? Sounds like an even more perfect night out. October 21, 8 p.m., $25-$45. –Spencer Patterson
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