Try to catch these 10 acts at Life Is Beautiful 2023

Yeah Yeah Yeahs
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Pure Sport (Friday, 4:40 p.m., Rolling Stone Stage) This suit-wearing trio has been putting in overtime on the Las Vegas music scene, building off the energy of its already sizable following to deliver a dose of theatrical punk. Pure Sport earned its spot on the LIB bill after competing against 16 local rising acts—a solid promotion, and these guys are ready to work. –AS

Rina Sawayama (Sunday, 7:20 p.m., JBL Stage) If Sawayama’s performance in John Wick: Chapter 4 didn’t convince you that she’s one to watch, her boundary-pushing pop could do the trick. Across three strong albums, the singer has positioned herself as a different kind of pop star, forging highly danceable tracks from ’90s and 2000s ranging from nu-metal (“STFU!”) to glittering EDM (“Lucid”). –AS



Dayglow (Friday, 8 p.m., Downtown Stage) Dayglow is the sort of uber-danceable indie pop band essential to a festival like Life Is Beautiful. Leader Sloan Struble has what it takes to create the ultimate main character experience with his upbeat and synth-forward tracks. –GR

Goth Babe (Friday, 8: 55 p.m., Rolling Stone Stage) Deriving his name from the Las Vegas-bred band Surf Curse, Goth Babe is the plain sailing effort of Griff Washburn. In the last eight years he has probably soundtracked your summer, releasing synthy, sun-bathing singles like “Encinitas” and “Casita.” Debut album Lola is set for fall, so fingers crossed we hear a sneak peek. –AS

Yeah Yeah Yeahs (Friday, 9:40 p.m., Downtown Stage) Over 20 years ago, this New York City-born band dominated the early 2000s indie craze and its impact continues to grow. Famous for an intimate yet electrifying stage presence, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs are a powerhouse trio still making heads roll. –GR

Ferg (Saturday, 8:15 p.m., Downtown Stage) Considered to be ahead of his time, trap rapper Ferg is distinct in his bravado and has made some undeniable bangers. Even if you don’t bump him on a daily, you’ll surely sing the hook on his “Work (Remix).” –GR

Cigarettes After Sex (Saturday, 8:45 p.m., JBL Stage) Unfurling a haunting mixture of dream pop, sadcore and shoegaze goodness, Cigarettes After Sex is the ultimate mood setter, if you know what we mean. This is pop in melancholy, and few do it better than frontman Greg Gonzalez with his androgynous, featherlike falsetto. –AS

Kim Petras

Kim Petras

Omar Apollo (Saturday, 9:50 p.m., Downtown Stage) In addition to avoiding a sophomore slump with 2022’s Ivory, Apollo has blossomed into one of the most interesting artists of his generation. Heart-stirring tracks like “Evergreen” affirm it, and there’s no doubt you’ll feel it when he takes the stage. –AS

Baby Tate (Sunday, 10:35 p.m., Rolling Stone Stage) If TikTok is good at one thing, it’s putting the world onto sounds that could have passed us by. Baby Tate’s mesmerizing tracks “Hey, Mickey!” and “Sl*t Him Out” have become inescapable pleasures this year, thanks to the app. –GR

Kim Petras (Sunday, 8:35 p.m., JBL Stage) Even before her recent Sam Smith collab on the banger “Unholy,” Petras has been relevant within and beyond the LGBTQ+ community. The raunchy and bouncy tunes on her 2022 album Sl*t Pop will have you singing along after a couple of spins. –GR

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