Archive | September, 2015

Countdown to Life is Beautiful: 5 Days – Duran Duran

20 Sep

I don’t think they need any intro, Duran Duran are performing in less than a week in Downtown Las Vegas at Life is Beautiful. Just wow! Fun fact, back in 2008 Duran Duran played Vegas they brought out a special guest, Brandon Flowers of The Killers! Perhaps lightning will strike twice? I sure hope so!

Countdown to Life is Beautiful: 7 Days – Royal Blood

18 Sep

“I’ve seen the future of riff rock and it’s name is #RoyalBlood” – Tom Morello

And you know what, he’s right! The UK duo of ‎Mike Kerr and Ben Thatcher absolutely destroy it on stage together. If you are a rock and roller, this is the one show of Life is Beautiful you cannot miss. And bring your earplugs because it’s going to be loud, in your face and righteous!

Countdown to Life is Beautiful: 8 Days – Run The Jewels

17 Sep

Hellooooooo Vegas! Run The Jewels = if you’ve never seen Killer Mike and El-P live, you’re missing out. Good thing we’re going to fix that for you on Sunday, September 27 at 7:55pm on the Ambassador Stage at Life is Beautiful. The duo just appeared last night on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert, last weekend performed in the UK at Banksy’s Dismaland Bemusement Park (p.s. Banksy is coming to the festival!) and for the last two years have been simply, on fire!

To give you a taste of what to expect, here’s their performance from Bonnaroo this past summer.

 

Here’s a photo I snapped at SXSW this year. So good!

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Countdown to Life is Beautiful: 10 Days – Rebelution, SOJA and The Green

14 Sep

Yep, 10 days out! It’s the homestretch and today’s featured artists are Rebelution, SOJA and The Green because this is the first year we have featured reggae at Life is Beautiful! As a reggae fan I’m stoked on this and definitely going to be feeling the good vibes when these three bands take the stage at the festival.

It’s gonna be hot, the sun will (hopefully) be shining and the drinks will be flowing.

Countdown to Life is Beautiful: 11 Days – Walk The Moon

13 Sep

This one is special to me and I’ll champion Walk The Moon for as long as I can because they are a great group of guys and their music is fantastic. I only wish for good things to happen to good people. I was a fan of Walk The Moon the first time I ever heard “Anna Sun” and wrote about them on the blog back in May of 2011. I first saw them on the Sonic Bids Stage at Bonnaroo later that year and was enamored with their live show. At the time I was writing concert reviews for Vegas Seven and was asked to start interviewing bands for some upcoming columns. The first ask was to Walk The Moon. I ended up meeting the guys in the Lollapalooza media village where we proceeded to sit Indian style in a circle underneath a tree so I could conduct the interview. It was so bizarre yet worked beautifully. Since those days the guys have exploded and are riding an all time high to stardom and I couldn’t be more excited. They put out as much energy as any band on stage and what they receive from the crowd is tenfold. It’s a sight to witness and on Sunday of Life is Beautiful, I cannot wait to see thousands of screaming fans singing and dancing. Get your face paint ready, pull out your dancing shoes and let’s go!

Countdown to Life is Beautiful: 13 Days – Shamir

11 Sep

Vegas represent! All of Las Vegas should be getting excited for Shamir to mark his homecoming at Life is Beautiful. Heralded by Pitchfork, NPR and several more outlets, Shamir Bailey is finding gold everywhere he turns lately. Heck he was one plane away from working on a pig farm in Arkansas and now he’s music’s darling with his debut album Ratchet. His blend of experimental, funk, disco sounds with his light voice just flat out works. I know we’re excited to welcome him home on Friday, September 25. See you there!

New Music: Raury – “Friends” ft. Tom Morello

11 Sep

Damn, wasn’t expecting this collaboration. Rising star Raury teams up with Tom Morello for his new single, “Friends” which will appear on his debut album, All We Need, due out next month. Also featured on the upcoming release from Atlanta’s wonderkid RZA, Big K.R.I.T. and production from Danger Mouse.

Countdown to Life is Beautiful: 14 Days – Glass Animals

10 Sep

I’ve been fortunate enough to see Glass Animals a handful of times this year and the best part is never getting tired of their show and always craving more. Lucky for me (and you), we have them at Life is Beautiful in just two weeks! I hope you get as excited as I am that they are coming to Downtown Las Vegas, this is going to be one of those sets you just have to be at.

Countdown to Life is Beautiful: 15 Days – Future Islands

9 Sep

If you want to see pure passion on stage, go see Future Islands. If you want to be mesmerized, go see Future Islands. If you want to rage under the lights of Life is Beautiful, go see Future Islands. If you want to walk away from the festival with that “holy shit” moment, go see Future Islands. If you’ve seen Samuel Herrings dance moves on YouTube or TV, go see Future Islands. If David Letterman was at the festival, he’d be seeing Future Islands.

What I’m really trying to say is don’t miss Future Islands at Life is Beautiful.

Countdown to Life is Beautiful: 16 Days – Kygo

8 Sep

The first time I ever saw Kygo live there were maybe 50 people there and he was opening for Dash Berlin (I’m still confused by this). Fast forward 18 months and Kygo has quickly become a festival favorite all across the globe. And just over two weeks from now he’ll take the stage in Downtown Las Vegas during Life is Beautiful for a BIG set. If you’ve never seen him live and worried that his chilled out, island-vibe house music will be a bit too mellow, don’t be. You’ll be dancing and singing along the entire time.

Plus you gotta be there to hear his new release “Here For You” ft. Ella Henderson. This is going to be a smash hit and Ella Henderson is a star in the making.