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Concert on-sales: The War on Drugs, Primus, Def Leppard

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Fresh off a big Grammy win for Best Rock Album, revered Philadelphia outfit The War on Drugs will stop in Las Vegas on its way to Coachella, its first local performance since an opening slot for The Hold Steady at Beauty Bar back in 2009. This time around, it will headline Brooklyn Bowl, with tickets for the April 11 show ranging from $32 to $67 and going on sale 10 a.m. Friday, February 2 at ticketfly.com.

The Linq concert hall has several shows going on sale Friday (also at Ticketfly), including another Coachella performer, Chromeo (April 12; $34-$69); Black Sabbath/McDonald’s parody band Mac Sabbath (May 9; $18-$20); reggae act SOJA (May 19; $30-$50), beachy electronic duo Sofi Tukker ($21-$26); and Sublime tribute band Badfish (March 9; $22-$25).

Veteran experimental alt-rock trio Primus will make its way back to Vegas, and this time it’ll have prog-metal—and also a recent Grammy winner—Mastodon along as a co-headline. The two will perform at Downtown Las Vegas Events Center on July 3, with tickets ranging from $32 to $46 going on sale 10 a.m. Friday, February 2 at ticketmaster.com.

Speaking of double bills, ’80s arena rock fans will want to take note of one coming September 8: Britain’s Def Leppard and San Francisco’s Journey, sharing a stage at T-Mobile Arena. Tickets range from $50 to $180 and go on sale 10 a.m. Saturday, February 3.

Rockabilly queen Wanda Jackson also returns to Las Vegas, playing Backstage Bar & Billiards on April 5. Tickets range from $20 to $25 and are on sale at Ticketfly.

Comedian Kevin Hart goes big for his next local date, which will be July 6 at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Tickets range from $39 to $154 and are on sale at livenation.com.

Passes for the first Emerge Impact + Music festival go on sale 10 a.m. Thursday, February 1, with general admission at $125 and VIP at $250. The April 6-8 event, to be held at various venues throughout Las Vegas, will feature both speakers and music acts, the latter including names like Kevin Morby, Hurray for the Riff Raff, Poppy, Waxahatchee, Cuco and an “interactive performance” by OK Go.

Alt-rockers X Ambassadors are due to play House of Blues on May 13. Tickets range from $31 to $46 and go on sale 10 a.m., Friday, February 2 at Live Nation.

The Bunkhouse has a handful of new shows on offer, including U.K. singer-songwriter Bruno Major ($12 tickets going on sale Friday at 10 a.m.), indie mainstay—and former Far frontman—Jonah Matranga ($7-$10) and East of Eli, the musical project of actor Nathan West ($10-$110). Tickets can be purchased at Ticketfly.

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