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This week’s best bets for music in Las Vegas


These alt-rock square pegs have never made two albums that sound alike, though their most recent record, 2018’s excellent “Little Dark Age,” does mine the motley electro adventurism of their breakout 2007 debut, “Oracular Spectacular,” to a greater extent than the two albums that prefaced it. “Time to Pretend” at 8 p.m. Thursday at The Pearl at the Palms. Tickets are $34.95 to $79.95; call 702-944-3200.

Built to Spill

No need to be hush-hush about it, Built to Spill’s “Keep It Like a Secret” is one of the best indie-rock guitar records of the late ’90s. The band celebrates its 20th anniversary by playing the album in its entirety at 8 p.m. Friday at Brooklyn Bowl at The Linq. Tickets are $25 to $30; call 702-862-2695.

Sugarhill Gang

Forty years ago, the Sugarhill Gang essentially birthed hip-hop with “Rapper’s Delight,” the genre’s first hit. The hip-hop family tree has grown skyscraper-tall since, but this remains its first branch. See them at 8 p.m. Saturday at Backstage Bar & Billiards. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 day of show; call 702-382-2227.

Simple Plan

These pop-punk veterans do, in fact, keep it simple with an earnestly delivered, hook-heavy songbook and singalong angst that soundtracked many a high school prom in the early aughts. See them at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at the House of Blues at Mandalay Bay. Tickets are $33.50 to $50.50; call 702-632-7600.

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Top 10 things to do in Las Vegas this week

A barbecue dinner with beer and bourbon pairings, a stand-up performance by Sam Morril and Winter Wine Fest lead this week’s slate of things to do in Las Vegas.