"It's hard to find anything cultural in Vegas," says Mark Stoermer,
bassist for the Las Vegas-based band the Killers. (You've heard of
them; their irresistible, '80s-influenced pop debut Hot Fuss sold a
whopping 2 million copies, talk about hitting the jackpot!) "When
you have to compete with video poker and the Strip, the local scene
suffers," Stoermer continues, "There's just so much money to be made
through gambling that it's easier to make the quick buck than invest
in quality entertainment. So, things come and go. It's hard for the
cool places to survive. They end up not being able to compete."
Fortunately for potential Vegas visitors with more on our mind than
booty and buffet, Stoermer sat down with Nylon to tell us about sin
city's lesser-known attractions.
"It's just a little room, a dive bar, a place to go late night, but
it's a real taste of old Vegas! You know: red leather seats, dark
fuzzy wallpaper. Some gangster movie was filmed there; it's very
Casino-esque. And they have cheap drinks."
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"This is a relatively new club in downtown Vegas, slightly off the
strip. It's part of a chain (There are Beauty Bars in New York, San
Francisco and Los Angeles). It's set up with vintage hairdressing
paraphernalia, the seats have hairdryers and other '60s stuff. I
went there a couple of times 'cause our friend Ryan Perry, a DJ in
town, used to have a club night. It's giving us a little hope, now
that there's a local club to go to that doesn't only play techno
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Big B's CDs & Records
"Big B's is an indie record store with a good selection of used CDs
and an exchange program. They also have a decent selection of vinyl
and specialize in indie artists you don't find in other places. They
can order whatever you want, so I like to support them"
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One good thing about Vegas is that there's alot of good Mexican
food. One really good place I discovered is Los Tacos. It's so
authentic, it's completely run by Spanish-speaking Mexicans. It
reminds me of the taquerias in San Francisco and Los Angeles.
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