HELLO, DOLLIES Vegas pop-rockers Avalon Landing recently dropped a video for “All My Friends,” the latest single from EP Let What You Love Kill You. Filmed inside Downtown’s Vintage Vegas Antiques and directed by Matthew Jackson, Juan Gutierrez and Billy Sanderson, the eerie video (spoilers ahead!) captures the terrifying moment a woman discovers the reason she hasn’t met her boyfriend’s friends: They’re all antique dolls. Avalon Landing’s bold and soaring arrangements bolster singer Josh Rabenold’s lofty vocals, which come together in a cinematic, Muse-esque climax. Witness the song in person when the group performs Friday, September 1 at the Bunkhouse with local compatriots Hidden Levels and Echo Stains ($7-$10).
FOREIGN LEGION Vegas alternative rockers Foreign Sons have spent two years working on their first full length, and on September 1 they’ll drop Transference—a concept album, no less—with their fans. Comprising brothers Chris (vocals/guitar), Kyle (drums) and Joshua Bundra (bass), plus David Weaver (guitar), the four-piece will celebrate with a free release show Thursday, September 7 at Beauty Bar with Twin Cities. “A huge goal of ours is to be relatable and have a shared experience,” says Chris, who helped conceive the album’s thematic concept, which deals with depression, angst, hopefulness and strength, filtered through the band’s Christian faith. “We’re just really aiming to encourage people and let them know they’re not alone in whatever emotional state they may be in.”
RAIN CHECK Shayna Rain, the Vegas singer behind 2016 EP Paper Flowers, has announced that she’ll be taking a hiatus from her eponymous indie band to work on a new alterative-rock project. But before Rain presses pause, she’s heading out on a weeklong West Coast tour, which kicks off with a free show Friday, September 8 at the Bunkhouse with Jessie Pino & The Vital Signs Kaylie Foster and Kat Kalling.
ALSO Local indie favorites A Crowd of Small Adventures will reunite for their first show since 2014, in support of Guided By Voices October 27 at the Bunkhouse … The fifth-annual Las Vegas Hardcore Punk Rock Reunion will converge at Fremont Country Club on November 4 with performances by M.I.A., Lethal Injection, Papsmear, Schizoid, Atomic Gods and Pain and Agony. … And the Life Is Sh*t Festival will return to the Dive Bar on September 23 (lineup to come).