A Spencer Krug playlist, to prepare you for his Vegas return

Spencer Krug plays the Bunkhouse on May 8.
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It’s been nearly seven years since Spencer Krug played Las Vegas, and much has changed for the Canadian indie rocker and songwriting marvel in that time. He has reunited with his mates in Wolf Parade and, on the solo front, ditched his old Moonface moniker to begin releasing music under his own name. He’ll bring the latter project to the Bunkhouse on May 8, in the form of a piano concert sure to give you goose bumps. A few suggestions from his sprawling catalog to get you ready …

“Dear Sons and Daughters of Hungry Ghosts”/“I’ll Believe in Anything” (Wolf Parade, Apologies to the Queen Mary, 2005) A foot-stomper and a spine-tickler, connected by the sweetest of segues.

“All Fires” (Swan Lake, Beast Moans, 2006) Yearning personified.

Random Spirit Lover (Sunset Rubdown, 2007) Yeah, you need to hear the whole album. It’s that good.

“Marimba and Sh*t-Drums” (Moonface, Dreamland EP, 2010) A 20-minute mini-epic, constructed from Krug’s haunting voice and the sparse, titular instrumentation.

“Faraway Lightning” (Moonface with Siinai, Heartbreaking Bravery, 2012) Oh, the memories, of Krug beating on his chest during his 2012 Beauty Bar gig.

“November 2011” (Moonface, Julia With Blue Jeans On, 2013) Just the man and his piano, in case you haven’t choked back a tear yet this week.

“Minotaur Forgiving Knossos” (Moonface, This One’s for the Dancer & This One’s for the Dancer’s Bouquet, 2018) Whatever one thinks of Krug intertwining two diverse sessions—and going heavy on Auto-tune—for his latest LP, it’s stuffed with interesting ideas, at least.

SPENCER KRUG with Light Conductor, A Crowd of Small Adventures. May 8, 8 p.m., $15. Bunkhouse Saloon, 702-982-1764.

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