Pool side performance for the grand opening!
Excited for the grand opening of Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas tonight for many reasons and the success of friends but also how live music is a part of the evening. Stoked to see Brandon Flowers perform poolside (it’s quite warm in Las Vegas so no worries on the show being outside) and hearing some of his solo stuff live.
Also Mayer Hawthorne and The County begin a four night stint performing two sets each evening at The Book & Stage. MH&TC shows are free so come one, come all!
Swedish House Mafia – “One” – arguably the song of the summer and anyone who’s been to a pool party or a nightclub has heard this. The song took off like a wild fire and didn’t get put out.
Afrojack – “Take Over Control“ ft. Eva Simons - a late bloomer but still one of the hottest dance tracks of the year. Play this song for anyone and I’d be shocked if they don’t start dancing.
Deadmau5 - “Sofi Needs A Ladder” – for as much as Rolling Stone has a crush on Deadmau5 and for this song not to be included is a shame.
David Guetta – any song off of One Love since it came out in the second half of 2009 and got MAJOR play in 2010
Steve Angello - ”KNAS” – another club banger in the summer of 2010
Edward Maya - “Stereo Love” – from late 2009 and undoubtedly blew up in 2010
Steve Aoki – “I’m In The House” ft. will.i.am – for as much electro as the music industry has gone in 2010 and how big the Black Eyed Peas are, this would be borderline consideration at least.
Those are just a handful of songs that deserve their due but we could go on forever with this and artists who are not being recognized (Yolanda Be Cool & DCup, Roger Sanchez, Alex Gaudino, etc.) for their influence on pop culture. Just because they may not have a song full of lyrics or one incredible line that makes you laugh shouldn’t take away from the sheer talent and popularity. I know not everyone is into electronic music and that’s fine but don’t just dance (no pun intended) with the music throughout the year and then throw it to the curb when it’s time to hand out awards and accolades.
This is an exciting week but especially special for my friends Eric Aguirre aka DJ Vice and Nick Sakai as they get set to open their second CRSVR Sneaker Boutique inside the brand new Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas Hotel & Casino on Wednesday evening. A huge congrats as they open their doors and start outfitting you with brands like Nike and Supra for your feet and threads from The Hundreds and Five Four Clothing, just to name a few.
While the fellas are hard at work getting the store together in time for opening, check out some of the photos Vice just sent along. We’ll have more to share after Wednesday.
Oh yeah, CRSVR LV also has a DJ booth so you know Vice and Co. are going to be throwing it down at all random times of the day and night. As we say, L’Chaim!
Last night was the eighth TBC show I’ve seen and quite frankly I’m not sure I’ve ever heard them sound that good! They were firing on all cylinders and the crowd was definitely soaking in one of the last remaining shows. From the get go with “Movin on Down the Line,” “Jealous Again,” and Twice as Hard” the tone for the evening was set and it was a memorable one for sure. Chris Robinson sounded alive as usual but to me the man who stole the show was Luther Dickson (also lead guitarist for North Mississippi Allstars) so crisp and spot on all night. Also the trio of “I Ain’t Hiding,” “Soul Singing” and “Remedy” before the encore break definitely made me a happy camper.
While there were numerous songs I would have loved to hear live one last time, I have zero gripes about the show except last night really sunk in how much I’m going to miss The Black Crowes, true purveyors of rock and roll.
Also I was thrilled to see so many people at The Joint early for Truth & Salvage Co. Those boys can rock and definitely have a bright future ahead of them.
And check out the gallery of photos from last night’s show courtesy of Erik Kabik of Retna/ErikKabik.com.
MOVIN ON DOWN THE LINE
TWICE AS HARD
BALLAD IN URGENCY ->
BY YOUR SIDE
THORN IN MY PRIDE
OH SWEET NUTHIN
I AIN’T HIDING
- encore -
DON’T DO IT
Just hours away from rock and roll heaven as The Black Crowes farewell tour invades Las Vegas and The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel. Each time I’ve seen the Crowes at The Joint it has been a wild good time and I expect nothing but the same if not better tonight. Also really excited about Truth & Salvage Co. opening. Chris Robinson signed these guys to his label in 2009 and everyone should take note because they are going to be big one day. Anyways, off to the show and to see true icons of rock perform one last time.
Stoked for tonight’s Passion Pit show at House of Blues Las Vegas now I just have to hope the next seven hours go by fast until they hit the stage. Luckily Mister Heavenly is one of the opening acts and I’m excited to check them out, really digging what I’ve heard thus far. Pepper Rabbit and We Barbarians are also performing tonight.
Sure there are many great CDs released in 2010 but I think I actually agree with Rolling Stone, they put together a list that’s pretty damn good. Their Top 10 is really hard to argue with but I’d actually put Kings of Leon – Come Around Sundown (the disc especially “Back Down South” reminds me of why I because a fan seven years ago), Beach House – Teen Dream (this was definitely one of those surprise discs and pushed the duo to stardom) and Yeasayer – Odd Blood (great disc and “Ambling Alp” is hands down one of the best songs of the year) up higher.
Rolling Stone‘s Best Albums of 2010
1. Kanye West, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
2. The Black Keys, Brothers
3. Elton John and Leon Russell, The Union
4. Arcade Fire, The Suburbs
5. Jamey Johnson, The Guitar Song
6. Vampire Weekend, Contra
7. Drake, Thank Me Later
8. Robert Plant, Band of Joy
9. Eminem, Recovery
10. LCD Soundsystem, This Is Happening
11. The Dead Weather, Sea of Cowards
12. John Mellencamp, No Better Than This
13. Taylor Swift, Speak Now
14. Robyn, Body Talk
15. The National, High Violet
16. Kid Rock, Born Free
17. Beach House, Teen Dream
18. Kings of Leon, Come Around Sundown
19. M.I.A., Maya
20. Neil Young, Le Noise
21. Big Boi, Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty ///
22. Spoon, Transference
23. Elizabeth Cook, Welder
24. Maximum Balloon, Maximum Balloon
25. Superchunk, Majesty Shredding
26. Yeasayer, Odd Blood
27. Peter Wolf, Midnight Souvenirs
28. My Chemical Romance, Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys
29. The Roots, How I Got Over
30. Rick Ross, Teflon Don