When the British Invasion and their million-dollar charts put a stamp of approval on your band, you know you’ve arrived — arrived from Las Vegas. This band has done Sin City proud! With smooth, upbeat, quirky-dance rock, The Killers and their lead singer, Brandon Flowers, can also belt out a velvety ballad that would make Tony Bennet proud — and wanna shake it. The Killers are now international stars that happen to make Las Vegas their home. After several world tours, they are currently on brief hiatus; check their Web site. Spur-of-the-moment gigs are not uncommon locally.
Yellow Brick Road Band (YBR)
YBR is a long-running band performing regularly for a dedicated fan base in Las Vegas. Known for their uncanny recreations of some of rock’s biggest bands — even if you’re not a huge rock fan — you will be impressed by their star quality sound to likes of Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, The Who and Rush. They have opened for big name acts Toby Keith, Sammy Hagar and many more. You are sure to be a repeat offender on The Yellow Brick Road. Check out their regularly scheduled show hours: every Wednesday at Suncoast Casino, 9 to 11 p.m.; every Friday at Green Valley Ranch Resort, 11 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.; and every Saturday at Boulder Station, 11 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.
When was the last time music with a message (and a dash of smiley, grungy-sweet anger) was left to be running in the background? Well, hit the play button and go do something constructive. Penning themselves indie/psychedelic, the Sparkler Dims are an unusual band with an unusual sound and beautiful sounding music. Sure to be cult favorites in the years to come — and hot as heck now. Show times and locations are spontaneous, so check their webpage for engagement announcements.
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The uber-hip self-proclaimed electro/ghettotech/indie band, as they like to put it, is “a dance party for the worldly and socially conscious.” Boy, they are not kidding. They have a world beat pop sound we can almost say is unlike any you have ever heard. And they are building heavy momentum locally and nationally. Rock music has grown up, with a Tibetan edge and a socially aware beat to match the message. Do frequent their Web sites. If all else, just to stay current on the music scene, man. We place our bets you’ll be seeing them in the limelight very soon. Hours and showtimes are sporadic.