Downtown venue the Bunkhouse’s abrupt closure left more than 25 scheduled concerts without homes, including these four we’d be especially sad to see skip town.
Savages (August 21) The Brits’ 2013 debut album caught critics’ ears with its vicious post-punk, but it’s the quartet’s live shows—singer Jehnny Beth howling and shaking as the band pummels through each song—that have made Savages so beloved since. After a sleepy summer season, they’re the jolt Las Vegas needs. —Andrea Domanick
Mew (September 19) Mew’s would-be Vegas debut was exactly why we needed Bunkhouse: It’s highly doubtful another Vegas venue would have booked an international newbie to the market. The revered Danish indie/prog trio hasn’t even played LA since 2009. Here’s hoping someone spares me and others from another long trip down the 15. —Mike Prevatt
Swervedriver ( (September 24) When the shoegazey Brits’ March date got scuttled, it seemed that was that, but Bunkhouse talent buyer Mike Henry stuck with them, scheduling a makeup. After months dreaming of Adam Franklin’s and Jimmy Hartridge’s twin guitars twisting ’round the room, losing this one again would hurt twice as bad. —Spencer Patterson
Deerhoof ( (November 5) Satomi Matsuzaki, the fierce voice at the San Fran trio’s center, blends feathery lightness with teeth-rattling noise—and keeps it all strangely catchy. Like St. Vincent or Dirty Projectors, Deerhoof’s one of those acts you just know would be brilliant live—and Vegas deserves all its volatile glory. —Leslie Ventura