YG - The Observatory - September 09, 2014

James Brunt
The Observatory

Before doors opened for the second YG show of the night at the Observatory on Tuesday, an extensive line snakes from the front doors ending just yards shy of Harbor Blvd. People of all sects stand in their version of fly summerwear from hipster looking girls in long white Coachella-type dresses to your casual t-shirt and baseball cap-wearing dudes among the predictable concertgoers; chicks in tanks and high-waisted shorts and bros in tanks and shorts that look odd if they're not clad with anchors. Simultaneously, the venue is experiencing a mass exodus. Moments before, the first of two YG shows had just concluded and the indomitable energy lingering after a great performance oozed from early crowd.

"Y'all betta turn the fuck up when y'all get in there" demands one young lady as she heads towards the parking lot. Her demeanor resembles a young emcee looking to get the crowd hype.

One year ago, a YG show would not have been as big of a ticket. But on this Tuesday night those who may have forgone his opening performance at UCI's fall concert last year, would not miss a second chance to ride the wave. As the affinity for using the word "ratchet" whenever possible has grown, so has the chance to vibe to the tunes that accompany the trending rap vernacular.

See also: YG's Listening Party Was a Bompton-Style Rager

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Top Five New Bands Playing Punk Rock Bowling

Melissa Fossum
The 16th annual Punk Rock Bowling and Music Festival in Downtown Las Vegas is fast approaching this weekend. For the uninitiated, it is undoubtedly the best punk rock music festival on the west coast if not all of America.The three-day bacchanal that takes place in in the middle of Las Vegas, complete with free poolside day shows, punk-rock-themed standup comedy and even a few punk rock movie screenings. Of course, this year's lineup is nothing short of epic with headlining acts like Cock Sparrer, Descendents and NOFX.

But you'd be remiss if you decided to skip some of the baby bands playing this thing. Here is a list of the top five newish bands playing the main stage (separate then the club performances after-parties, which are another story) that is. Despite the popular saying, punk rock is still very much alive and kicking in 2014.

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Profile Of a Young, Female Lorde Fan

Categories: Las Vegas

Erik Kabik/ Retna
It's the week in between Coachella weekends, and while some bands descended on Pomona, Orange County and Los Angeles as part of Golden Voice's "Localchella," others opted to retreat to Las Vegas and perform at The Cosmopolitan's Boulevard Pool and Chelsea theater as part of the resort's Valley to Vegas Spring Series. Acts like Lana Del Rey, Haim, and Foster the People embarked on Sin City this week, and we were there to catch Lorde's always electrifying set.

As a strong, young female herself, Lorde has began a revolution of teenage feminists, and many of these girls attended the Boulevard Pool concert on Wednesday night. But how do her tastes and ideals compare to female fans her age? We were able to catch up with some of them in the crowd during Lorde's Vegas show to discuss matters from David Guetta to why they are okay without men in their lives. Check out our favorite profiles below.

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Vegas' Answer To Coachella: The Cosmopolitan's Valley To Vegas Spring Concert Series

Categories: Las Vegas

Charles Howells

Coachella is upon us, and though thousands of people will embark on the valley desert for the lauded festival, what about the rest of us? Las Vegas' Cosmopolitan Hotel may just have the answer.

Today, the posh mid-strip casino/hotel kicks off its fourth annual Valley to Vegas Spring concert series - a program that began with three shows in 2011 and has grown to nine, including performances by the likes of Lorde, Haim and Foster the People. "[This is] for fans who can't make it to Coachella," explains Fedor Banuchi, the Cosmopolitan's VP of Entertainment & Nightlife. "They now have the option of coming here to see so many amazing shows."

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Partying in Vegas With Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Vampire Weekend

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Erik Kabik
Vampire Weekend
While the masses flocked to Indio to scorch themselves at Coachella this weekend, I decided to die of heat exhaustion in another desert--Las Vegas. You see, all those festival bands have to kill time between weekends somehow, and what better way to skip up to Sin City for a show? It works out well for them and all of us who don't want to fork out the dough to go, well, get sunburned.

Thanks to the lovely people at The Cosmopolitan, I was able to stay in Vegas Friday and Saturday night on a writer's salary and catch Vampire Weekend and Yeah Yeah Yeahs in their transitional Coachella moments. The bands played at the hotel/casino's Blvd Pool (yes, this venue acts as a pool/lounge area for guests during the day, pretty awesome), giving their fans a much more intimate concert setting than being squished between thousands upon thousands of sweaty festival goers.

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Imagine Dragons on their Path to Success, Vegas, Meeting Flavor Flav and Getting Electrocuted

Things don't look so bad from the top.
If you've caught the lackluster Carell/Buscemi/Carrey comedy The Incredible Burt Wonderstone since it opened last weekend, you've quickly become well-acquainted with Imagine Dragons' "On Top of the World" if you didn't know the song already. The folky tune is utilized repeatedly in Burt Wonderstone as a go-to motif for when a sequence that's exuberant, uplifting and cathartic--maybe even schmaltzy--is about to unfold. The song is an apt choice for such use not only because it's truly joyful but also because it's about as zeitgeist-y as a musical cue in March 2013 can get.

"On Top of the World" comes from
Night Visions, the 2012 debut full-length by the Las Vegas-rooted Dragons. All this talk of Dragons is convenient since Visions is practically some kind of mythological beast itself. The record is both the product of a young rock band and a dominant force on the Billboard charts; nowadays, albums get to be one but not the other.

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The Killers - The Cosmopolitan - December 29, 2012

Wyatt Boswell
Fist pumping with Brandon Flowers

The Killers

The Cosmopolitan

December 29, 2012

Going to Las Vegas to party for New Year's has long been the southern Californian's go-to tactic for no-frills debauchery in a state where it pays to be a degenerate. And while most of the time ringing in the new year is reason enough to brave the traffic, long lines and legions of bobbleheads dawdling around virtually every square foot of sin city, sometimes there's actually a special event that draws people to the desert this time of year. This year, it was The Killers'  two night stint, Dec. 28th-29th, at the Chelsea Theater inside the Cosmopolitan hotel.

Being that the Killers originally hail from Las Vegas (read: homecoming show fuckery abound) and the fact that the only southern California tour dates they've designated was one show at the Henry Fonda theater in LA back in September (on a Wednesday night, no less) and then two festival appearances this past month (91X's Wrex the Halls in San Diego & the KROQ's Almost Acoustic Christmas 2012), with no further SoCal dates posted on the band's website, catching the Killers in their hometown seemed the only way for an OC Killers fan to go.

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