TARGET PRACTICE From the jangling, fuzzy guitar licks to the vintage mod aesthetic,The Laissez Fairs feel like the closest thing Las Vegas has to an actual time machine. The title track from the foursome’s upcoming album, Target on My Back, kicks off the record with three minutes of groovy rock ’n’ roll—just the beginning of the band’s first release on New York’s Birs Recordings.
Another full length, Empire of Mars, is set for a February release date on Boston-based label Rum Bar Records. And the group just tapped Cromm Fallon, son of bandleader John Fallon, to play bass. The Laissez Fairs perform at the Bunkhouse Thursday, September 28 with The Darts and The Jackets, the latter a Swiss band playing their first U.S. gig.
DOUBLE DUTY Multi-instrumentalist K. Kilfeather released albums No. 15 and 16 in September. Solo record Parasites: For Sore Eyes features 15 heavy originals—sequenced in the order they were recorded—along with a cover of The Misfits’ “Hybrid Moments.” Wildwood Nightmares finds the singer experimenting with folk and bluegrass, showcasing his versatility and songwriting chops, with assistance from local musicians Timothy Styles, Brian Gibson and more.
MACRO TEAM-UP Hip-hop emcee Kalipso and producer Professor Def—both part of Las Vegas’ Macro Fi collective—have collaborated on the just-released Guns N Butter, an experimemtal hip-hop record inspired by artists like J. Cole, Dizzy Wright and Beck. It marks the pair’s second time working together since, following early 2000s LP Academy Radioactive Vol. 1.
ALSO Local rapper Veronica Cooper claimed the No. 2. position on Billboard’s Heatseekers: Mountain region chart with her song “Where’s Vee?” The chart spotlights new and developing singers and musicians.… Backstage Bar and Billiards will host a Talking Heads tribute show on Friday, September 29, with scheduled contributions from The News Waves, Gregory Michael Davis, Pet Tigers and more. Wurstfest returns to Boulder City on Saturday, September 30, featuring live music from faves Same Sex Mary and Crown Avenue. And ReBar will switch up its regular programming with a psychedelic and electronic bill showcasing Spacey and the Blurrs, Decaying Tigers and Ang Kerfoot, plus live body painting, a photo booth and drink specials.