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n collecting vinyl: It's like having an artifact, something physical that marks a period of time. … Nine Inch Nails has this new vinyl store—I was a big Nine Inch Nails fan when I was younger—and they've reprinted a bunch of old stuff on vinyl. My wife's favorite record is The Fragile; mine's The Downward Spiral. The Downward Spiral was the record that inspired me to play music. I couldn't believe that record when I heard it. I was like, "This is the most aggressive, layered, cool, origi- nal record." I was 15 when it came out, and it just spoke to me. On his 2016 Giorgio Moroder tribute album, Countach (for Giorgio): In 2012 I started digging into Giorgio and really falling in love with his songs, becoming obsessed with him. I had put together a George Jones tribute record called Don't Wait Up (For George), but at the same time I wanted to do something different. It hit me to do, like, a George/Giorgio thing. The idea was to use drum machines and synthe- sizers on the George record and use more live drums and fiddle and steel on the Giorgio re- cord. The George one turned into an EP, and the Giorgio record, because the songs are so long, turned into a full record. I was really proud of it. Doing a record like that taught me a lot. On covering Bob Dylan's "Man Gave Names to All the Animals" at Dylan Fest 2017: I was visiting my mom in Arizona with my wife and kids. We were in the car with her, she was playing [Dylan's] Slow Train Coming record, and that song was on at the moment when they asked me to do Dylan Fest. And I was like, "I want to do this song!" I mean, I just love it. It's so simple, and it's stage-y and vibe-y. I also knew that everybody there was going to be tackling the big hits and trying to sing like Dylan. It was like, "I'm going to do something weird, and have fun with it." For more of our interview with Jennings, visit lasvegasweekly.com. with Jamie Wyatt. July 14, 8 p.m., $25-$39. Vinyl, 702-693-5000. SHOOTER JENNINGS O aaabc HAIM Something to Tell You Haim's second album might be titled Something to Tell You, but its breezy lyrical content (heartbreak, romance, romantic heartbreak) doesn't exactly have a ton to say. That's perfectly fitting, though, especially in an era when even the most frivolous pop stars seem determined to make (often misguided) political statements. By unironically embracing the lush sounds of '80s soft-rock and '90s adult contemporary, the sisters Haim (Este, Dani- elle, Alana) have succeed- ed at making the uncool cool, and Something revels in its retro cheesiness. But that's what makes it such a fun listen: "Noth- ing's Wrong" and "You Never Knew" sound more like '80s-era Christine McVie-led Fleetwood Mac songs than McVie's own recent album with Lindsey Buckingham; "Ready for You" has a soulful George Michael vibe with soaring harmonies and an anthe- mic chorus; the strings- driven "Found It in Silence" has a slight country-pop twang; "Kept Me Crying" shows off Danielle's old- school guitar chops; and ethereal, minimalist album closer "Night So Long" evokes '90s Sarah McLach- lan. Through it all, the sisters balance their sharp musicianship with slick production and catchy hooks (although nothing's quite as catchy as breakout hit "The Wire"). It's a lovely, blissed-out pop throwback. –Josh Bell POP THAT POPS Haim's second album revels in its retro cHeese + STRAIGHT SHOOTER 66 0 7 . 1 3 . 1 7 l a s v e g a s w e e k ly b y a n n i e Z a l e s k i COuNTRy-ROCkER SHOOTER JENNINGS TAlkS NINE INCH NAIlS, GIORGIO MOROdER ANd BOB dylAN Shooter Jennings and his flashy jacket. (Courtesy)

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