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C O V E R S T O RY WEEKLY | 07.13.17 BEST FESTIVAL Psycho Las Vegas The heavy-rock bash made an auspicious Hard Rock Hotel debut in 2016, blending stoner-rock subgenres from metal to psych, and next month's follow-up looks just as enticing, with Swans, King Diamond, The Brian Jonestown Massacre and many more set to join the party. BEST CONCERT-PROMOTING FORCE OF NATURE Patrick "Pulsar" Trout Those who haven't considered Beauty Bar lately should dial up the Downtown spot's calendar to be- hold the work of this booking maelstrom. From cool touring names like Shonen Knife and Nosaj Thing to free local bills, he's delivering equal parts quantity and quality. BEST BAND VEGAS STOLE Indigo Kidd When this grungy, pop-punk trio arrived in the Valley last year, we knew the music scene would be better for it. These days, the guys feel more like natives than Washington State ex-pats, and they're currently gearing up to release a full-length in September. BEST EMERGING VOICE Kaylie Foster This soulful singer-songwriter has many stardom- making talents in her skill set, but her warm, passionate and wholly genuine vocals stand apart. She knows when to hold back, and when to sing her heart out—and she makes it all seem effortless. BEST HIP-HOP SWISS ARMY KNIFE Phil A From making beats for many of the hip-hop artists in town and hosting monthly party Rap Is Fun— which celebrates its second birthday next month— to his own solo career and new project Slump Lords, Phil stands tall as one of the most versatile players on the scene today. BEST NEW LOCAL ALBUM The Big Friendly Corporation's Carry On, Carrion The veteran band's magnum opus—a raw but robust account of a loved one taking his life and the fallout that ensues—has no equal in the Las Vegas discog- raphy. BEST NEW LOCAL RADIO The Rebel This student-run FM radio station broadcasting from "the basement" of UNLV—91.5 HD2 on digital receivers and streaming live at— plays everything from hip-hop to shoegaze, with a good ear for what its local audience actually wants. BEST PLACE TO CATCH RISING COMICS The Dirty at 12:30 We can't guarantee that the folks you'll catch onstage at this Friday-night South Point staple will one day host their own HBO specials, but we feel confi dent about two things: You'll laugh harder than you have in a while, and you'll do it sans cover charge. South Point, 702-796-7111. BEST MUSIC VENUE Brooklyn Bowl Maybe it's the calendar, an eclectic rainbow that runs from Father John Misty to AFI to Run the Jewels. Or maybe it's the vibe, swirling up strikes and spares, fried chicken and Brooklyn Brewery drafts. It's probably all that, plus great sound and sightlines. 3545 Las Vegas Blvd. S., 702-862-2695. BEST VEGAS BAND The Killers The Killers horde knows: Their favorite Vegas-bred act has a new album on the way, titled Wonderful Wonderful, and fi rst single "The Man" is already mak- ing the rounds on rock radio. There's no fi rm release date yet, but we're confi dent you'll tell us as soon as you hear something solid. BEST COVER BAND Wicked Garden Blink-182, Foo Fighters, Alice in Chains, Red Hot Chili Peppers and so much more. Focusing on hard rock from the '90s, WG's extensive catalog contin- ues to win the hearts of Las Vegans year after year. BEST PRODUCTION SHOW The Beatles Love It's unfair, really—no other production show in Vegas has the key to the greatest band of all time. The minute Cirque du Soleil dreamt up its Fab Four fantasia, a new king of the Strip was crowned. Mirage, 702-792-7777. BEST STRIP HEADLINER Terry Fator Arguably the most successful America's Got Talent winner, this singing ventriloquist and impressionist keeps his headline show at the Mirage fresh with a rotating "cast" of new characters. Most recent: Elton John and Donald Trump. BEST COMEDIAN Carrot Top There's nobody like him. Not just in Vegas—on Earth. The comedy of Scott "Carrot Top" Thompson is part goofy props, part wild physicality (and, seriously, dude is ripped) and altogether committed, altogeth- er earnest. He knows his stuff is funny, so we know it's funny. BEST ART GALLERY Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art From Andy Warhol's pop art to intricate Russian Faberge eggs to the current Muhammad Ali tribute, the BGFA consistently offers world-class exhibits in a wide range of styles. 702-693-7871. BEST GIRLS NIGHT OUT Magic Mike Live A cheeky female emcee pokes fun at the tropes of male strippers, setting the stage for women to see "what they really want": high quality dancing, less nakedness and lots of unicorn magic. BEST NEW RESIDENT Ricky Martin Make plans now to catch Ricky's return to the Park Theater in September if you want to see one of the most musical, energetic and engaging headliner productions to hit the Strip in who knows how long. Park Theater, 844-600-7275. MOST ACTIVE ARTIST Wendy Kveck Her thought-invoking paintings might garner the most attention, but Kveck doesn't confi ne herself to canvas. She also publishes the collaborative arts website and organizes the local advocacy group Desert Arts Action Coalition. BEST ART COLLECTIVE Cult 33 Street/gallery artists Dan 45, SNIPT, There She Is and You Killed Me First produce a fl ood of pop- culture mashups. Some are wheatpasted to Downtown walls; some are delivered via a carnival fortune-telling machine called Cultar. All are terminally cool. BEST NEW ART GALLERY Priscilla Fowler Fine Art The eponymous artist/owner moved here from Colorado after years in the Denver art scene, bring- ing a fresh, eclectic perspective to the Arts District with this well-curated gallery (and personal studio), currently featuring the work of Lolita Develay. 1025 S. 1st St. #155, 719-371-5640. BEST NEW THEATER COMPANY Majestic Repertory Theatre Launched in fall of 2016 and named after the shut- tered Majestic Theatre of the early 1900s, Majestic Repertory is the latest vision from artistic director Troy Heard and features a stacked lineup for the 2017-2018 season (Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Hair, Animal Farm …). 1217 S. Main St., 702-423-6366. BEST FREEBIE Bowling at the Nerd It's a classic Vegas promotion: Buy a drink, and your lane is free. The wall-to-wall theming, inventive hospitality and lose-yourself festivity further baits bowlers of every social association. 450 Fremont St. #250, 702-478-7636. BEST PLACE TO GET FLUSTERED BY MODERN VIDEO GAMES Dave & Buster's Hop aboard one of D&B's many rideable arcade attractions, become immediately disoriented, help- lessly spaz out on your controls—and when "game over" fl ashes, reinsert your card with stubborn delight. Downtown Summerlin, 702-984-4800. Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art (Courtesy); The Killers (Courtesy); Brooklyn Bowl (Erik Kabik); Wicked Garden (Cour- tesy); Magik Mike Live (Erik Kabik); Kaylie Foster (Courtesy); Carrot Top (Denise Truscello); Priscilla Fowler Fine Art (Steve Marcus); The Big Friendly Corporation (Courtesy); Indigo Kidd (Mikayla Whitmore); Phil A (Courtesy); Dave & Busters (Yasmina Chavez); Majestic Repertory Theatre (Steve Marcus); The Beatles Love (Courtesy); Pulsar (Spencer Burton); Cult 33 (Courtesy); Terry Fator (Christopher DeVargas); Wendy Kveck (Steve Marcus)

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