Kesha (September 16, M Resort) One week before playing the iHeartRadio fest, the pop singer-songwriter celebrates new album Rainbow with a headlining show of her own south of the Strip.
iHeartRadio Music Festival (September 22-23, T-Mobile Arena) For the seventh year, an Avengers-like army of big names will assemble in one place, including The Weeknd, Lorde, Chris Stapleton, Coldplay and Harry Styles.
Depeche Mode (September 30, T-Mobile Arena) The synth-pop pioneers finally play a local venue that can best accommodate their still-considerable demand—and a bigger stage for the indefatigable whirlwind that is lead singer Dave Gahan. Bonus: Ethereal quartet Warpaint opens.
Route 91 Harvest Festival (September 29-October 1, Las Vegas Village) This three-day country party—featuring the likes of Eric Church, Sam Hunt, Jason Aldean and Maren Morris—has been sold out for weeks, but that’s what Craigslist and Stubhub are for, right?
Father John Misty (October 12, Brooklyn Bowl) Josh Tillman is well-suited for Vegas: He’s a crooner who revels in irreverence and effortlessly works the room in between numbers. But expect the new folk hero to also floor his Brooklyn Bowl audience with his worldly observations.
Janet Jackson (October 14, Mandalay Bay Events Center) After multiple show cancellations and the birth of her first child, Jackson will finally perform songs from 2015’s Unbreakable.
Nosaj Thing (October 20, Beauty Bar) If you missed LA producer Jason Chung’s atmospheric, electronic-meets-hip-hop soundscapes at Further Future two years ago, you’ll get a second chance at the more intimate Beauty Bar.
Run the Jewels (October 20, Brooklyn Bowl) On three self-titled LPs, Killer Mike and El-P have piled up a mountain of pulse-quickening hip-hop with thought-provoking—if sometimes comical—lyrical content.
Tegan and Sara (October 21, the Pearl) The Quin sisters—known for their poppy earworms—mark the 10-year anniversary of 2007’s The Con with an acoustic show presenting that album’s 14 tracks and more.
Arcade Fire (October 22, Mandalay Bay Events Center) New album Everything Now might disappoint, but never discount the Canadian modern rock band’s reliably invigorating live show. Arrive early for acclaimed singer-songwriter Angel Olsen.
Flying Lotus (October 26, Brooklyn Bowl) Not only is the genreless producer making his Las Vegas debut, he’ll augment his usual face-melting live show by making it 3D.
Guided By Voices (October 27, Bunkhouse Saloon) Robert Pollard’s indie-rock warriors hit Vegas for just the second time ever, with two excellent 2017 albums and a setlist that routinely eclipses the 50-song mark in tow.
Jay-Z (October 28, T-Mobile Arena) Beyoncé might have skipped over Las Vegas, but we can always count on her husband to storm the Strip with his peerless live hip-hop extravaganza. Anticipate a more unguarded Jay, per this year’s confessional 4:44 album.
Emerge Music + Impact Conference (November 16-18, multiple venues) This first-year event’s 100-act lineup promotes the discovery of new favorites before they’re super-famous, and a swath of interesting speakers sweetens the pot.
John Carpenter (October 29, the Joint) The ultimate Halloween-weekend booking: the filmmaker and composer behind 1978 horror classic Halloween and its score (along with music from Escape From New York, The Fog and more).
Lords of Acid (September 23, Beauty Bar); Wand (September 25, Bunkhouse); Imagine Dragons (September 29, T-Mobile Arena); Rakim (October 3, Vinyl); Nas (October 6, the Chelsea); Pete Yorn (October 6, Beauty Bar); Maxwell with Raphael Saadiq (October 7, the Chelsea); Incubus (October 7-14, the Joint); Ty Segall (October 10, Bunkhouse); Bob Dylan (October 14, the Chelsea); The Weeknd (October 14, T-Mobile Arena); The Bronx (October 18, Bunkhouse); Odesza (October 21, Downtown Las Vegas Events Center); Pixies with Mitski (October 21, the Chelsea); Stephen Stills & Judy Collins (October 21, Smith Center); Trey Anastasio Band (October 27-28, Brooklyn Bowl); Marilyn Manson (October 27-28, House of Blues); Widespread Panic (October 27-29, Park Theater); Prayers with Health (October 28, Bunkhouse); Tony Bennett (November 1-11, Encore Theater); Chicano Batman (November 3, Fremont Country Club); Boris (November 12, Bunkhouse); Guns N’ Roses (November 17, T-Mobile Arena).