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Rock and pop take center stage for massive two-week Rock in Rio festival
Friday, May 1, 2015
From Metallica and Sepultura to No Doubt and Taylor Swift, there's something here for every musical taste.
Cobain as he was: ‘Montage of Heck’ is an uncomfortably comprehensive documentary
Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Thorough, sympathetic and often heartbreaking.
The Marvel superheroes have another supersized adventure in ‘Age of Ultron’
Wednesday, April 29, 2015
The latest Avengers film can be a little unwieldy, but when it works, it works really well.
Mandalay Bay’s concert brings audiences back to the ’90s
Friday, April 24, 2015
New Kids on the Block headlines with TLC and Nelly rounding out the sounds of the decade.
2015 Summer Movie Preview!
Thursday, April 23, 2015
A bank-robbing Zach Galifianakis, superheroes galore and the return of that swearing teddy bear.
Vegas is the only bright spot in ‘Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2’
Friday, April 17, 2015
The sequel suffers from indifferent plotting and apathetic jokes that often don’t appear to have punchlines.
Zappa Plays Zappa gives us new takes on ‘Baby Snakes’
Friday, April 17, 2015
Son of late rock musician keeps the genius going year after year.
Sturgill Simpson makes the jump from Stagecoach to the Strip
Friday, April 17, 2015
The acclaimed alt-country singer comes to Brooklyn Bowl, April 23.
A reunited Fleetwood Mac proves its continued vitality at MGM
Monday, April 13, 2015
Having Christine McVie back after a 16-year hiatus seems to have reinvigorated the group.
Bridging gap between old and new, Bad Religion spans decades at House of Blues
Friday, April 10, 2015
The literate SoCal punks return to Vegas for a two-night stand.
A familiar Marvel hero gets a solid new start in ‘Daredevil’
Wednesday, April 8, 2015
Clearly influenced by Christopher Nolan’s Batman movies, Daredevil is dark both thematically and visually.
Whether it’s albums or concerts, Steely Dan always worth the wait
Friday, April 3, 2015
As Donald Fagen and Walter Becker continue to prove, you can't rush perfection.
‘Wild Tales’ is an inconsistent but mostly compelling anthology film
Wednesday, April 1, 2015
It features six segments that start with mundane events before building to violence, betrayal and (sometimes) death.
‘Effie Gray’ turns a historical scandal into a stuffy bore
Wednesday, April 1, 2015
It's like watching paint dry on an exquisite masterpiece.
Diana Ross comes out with first Vegas residency
Friday, March 27, 2015
Celebrated singer gives fans a personal tour through her most loved hits.
Minnesota folk-bluegrass quintet fitting right into current music trends
Friday, March 27, 2015
Trampled by Turtles brings their Americana sound to Brooklyn Bowl.
Meet Charlie Wilson, the R&B pioneer who keeps getting better and better
Friday, March 20, 2015
Musician's second coming has seen team-ups with new generations of hip-hop stars.
Comedians Caroline Rhea and Elayne Boosler bring a veteran presence to The Venetian
It’s the experience that makes the laughs that much more funny
Friday, March 20, 2015
It’s the experience that makes the laughs that much more funny.
Film review: Tense thriller '71 recalls the days of the Troubles
Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Some parts of the thriller might be a hard to follow, but the director and writer succeed at creating a sense of visceral danger.
Cult-classic movie takes the tale to the stage
Friday, March 13, 2015
Broadway musical ‘Newsies’ makes a Las Vegas stop during its first national tour.
Film review: ‘Chappie’ is a muddled sci-fi failure
Friday, March 6, 2015
The flick fails at both social commentary and basic storytelling.
Ringo Starr’s musical collaboration explodes in Vegas
Friday, March 6, 2015
When The Beatles' drummer joins with other celebrated names, the effect illuminates artists' talents.
Six Hollywood films to watch for in 2015
Thursday, March 5, 2015
Avengers and Star Wars? Of course. But are you up on your Crimson Peak and Hateful Eight?
J. Neil Schulman’s ‘Alongside Night’ is at the forefront of libertarian cinema
Thursday, March 5, 2015
Alongside Night is an unabashedly political sci-fi thriller, a libertarian manifesto that recalls Atlas Shrugged.
Review: ‘The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’
Wednesday, March 4, 2015
Let's just say it's anything but exotic.
‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’ finds humor in tragedy
Wednesday, March 4, 2015
This show was initially produced for NBC but it's odder and darker than typical network fare.
‘What We Do in the Shadows’ hilariously explores the daily lives of the undead
Wednesday, March 4, 2015
Have you ever wondered what Jemaine and Bret from Flight of the Conchords would be like if they were vampires?
Led Zeppelin Experience revisits hard rock icons’ classic albums
Friday, Feb. 27, 2015
John Bonham’s son Jason leads the re-creation of Led Zeppelin and Led Zeppelin II.
Film review: Will Smith and Margot Robbie are grifters in love in ‘Focus’
Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015
The movie’s first half is playful and sly, ending with a small but satisfying twist.
Film review: ‘The Rewrite’ avoids typical rom-com pitfalls
Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015
Hugh Grant and Marc Lawrence team up for something that's actually enjoyable.
Indie-pop duo Phantogram successfully transitions from studio to live setting
Friday, Feb. 20, 2015
Drummer and guitarist/keyboardist join in for stage performances.
Whether it’s comedy or music, Wayne Brady represents the best of both worlds
Friday, Feb. 20, 2015
He's a true Renaissance man.
Five (potential) reasons to watch the Oscars
Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015
And yes, Neil Patrick Harris is definitely one of them.
See the Oscar-nominated short films in theaters this weekend
Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015
Three local theaters are screening the live-action and animated shorts this weekend.
Dr. Dog is a band with bite
Friday, Feb. 13, 2015
The jam band plays Brooklyn Bowl on Feb. 21.
Comedic force of nature Jennifer Coolidge keeps iconic characters coming
Friday, Feb. 13, 2015
The funnywoman translates outrageous humor from movies and TV to the stand-up stage.
Spend Valentine’s Day with Marilyn Manson
Friday, Feb. 6, 2015
Iconic shock rocker brings his stage show to the House of Blues.
The Wachowskis’ 'Jupiter Ascending' is a beautiful disaster
Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015
Even after two box-office failures, the Wachoskis can still get a studio to pony up millions for an ambitious, effects-heavy sci-fi epic.
How does the new SpongeBob movie measure up?
Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015
Kids, parents and stoners ... there's something for everyone in Sponge Out of Water.
Jack White keeps one foot in past, one in present ahead of Brooklyn Bowl gig
Friday, Jan. 30, 2015
A solo career and new record label suit the former White Stripes frontman just fine.
Race relations: 'Black or White' offers an awkward take on a custody battle
Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015
In this courtroom battle, the white guy is the underdog.
'A Most Violent Year' delivers character-driven suspense
Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015
Over the course of three features, filmmaker J.C. Chandor has demonstrated remarkable range.
Pitbull and Enrique Iglesias unite for power-packed show
Friday, Jan. 23, 2015
Together, is there a Latin music fan they don't reach?
Alt-rockers Guster keep it light and fun
Band rolls out the on-stage antics and jam-friendly sets
Friday, Jan. 16, 2015
Even as the band evolves, they never lose sight of their roots.
Film review: 'Predestination' is a twisty but emotional sci-fi story
Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015
And it's a reminder that sci-fi doesn’t need overblown action to keep audiences intrigued.
'American Sniper' offers a superficial look at the life of Chris Kyle
Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015
The film focuses on a streamlined, crowd-pleasing story that celebrates Kyle’s life while failing to offer any insight about it.
Rickey Smiley answers the call for clean comedy
Friday, Jan. 9, 2015
Entertainer's history of creating tall tales and crazy characters pays off in dedicated following.
Hilly & Hannah Hindi, sister web sensations
Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015
15 to Watch in 2015: Do your YouTube videos get 25 million views? Theirs do.
‘The Woman in Black 2’ is a redundant horror sequel
Friday, Jan. 2, 2015
The spooky original boasted an impressive cast and a simple but effective story, but the sequel features a B-level cast, a recycled story and a relative lack of scares.
Slow-riding Foghat eases into Golden Nugget’s 52 Fridays lineup
Friday, Jan. 2, 2015
The rockers make downtown Las Vegas their home on Jan. 9.

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