Coachella dreaming: Our Vegas spillover wish list

From most realistic to never-gonna-happen

We can only fantasize about catching the Knife’s frenetic electronic tunes unleashed in a venue that specializes in over-the-top experiences.
Photo: Ian Pearce

Blood Orange at Boulevard Pool I can only imagine the dance party, given Devonté Hynes’ reserve of ’80s-fashioned R&B, seductive bass hooks and soulful grooves. –Leslie Ventura

Superchunk at House of Blues HOB booked veteran rockers Madness and Café Tacuba last year, and these indie vets sound as good onstage as they ever have. –Spencer Patterson

Maceo Plex at Marquee If the Cosmo club wants another house/techno standout for its afterhours experiment, this funky, forward-thinking Spanish producer/DJ seems eager to play American clubs. –Mike Prevatt

Holy Ghost! at Beauty Bar Forget nightclubs. We’d love to see these James Murphy protégés unleash their remix prowess and sleek, new wave-kissed beats in the Downtown bar’s back alley. –Andrea Domanick

Neko Case at the Pearl The alt-country singer might not have enough fans here to pack the room, but her rich vocal range, heart-heavy guitars and strapping backup singers would fill any space left over. –LV

Mogwai at Vinyl Instrumental post-rock is about as welcome here as a rainstorm (see: Mogwai’s ’03 Huntridge show), but a more intimate venue could make the Scots’ return as epic as their guitar maelstroms. –MP

The Knife at Light We can’t help but fantasize about seeing the Swedes’ surreal theatrics and frenetic electronic tunes unleashed in a venue that specializes in over-the-top aesthetic experiences. –AD

Neutral Milk Hotel at Smith Center Jeff Mangum once brought his Aeroplane to Vegas for a house show, and far more folks would show up for this reunion. Why build a performing arts center if not for this? –SP

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