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Rain opens its doors one last time this weekend, with a performance by Kelly Rowland planned for Saturday night.
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Pop Rocks & Pajamas at Beauty Bar The last time PJs in public were acceptable was on Pajama Day in third grade. Beauty Bar wants you to rock your PJs (and not just flimsy lingerie) at its elementary school throwback bash (complete with free Pop Rocks). Consider our onesies ready. December 27, $5 cover, free entry with pajamas.

Halfway to EDC at Tao, Lavo & Marquee There are only six months left until Electric Daisy Carnival sets up shop at the Speedway again, and Tao Group has booked some serious EDM talent to mark the half-way point. Among the weekend’s sets: Hardwell at Tao, Cosmic Gate at Lavo and ATB at Marquee. Start dusting off your neon tutus and kandi beads! December 27-30, times and cover charges vary, see club grid.

A-Trak at 1 Oak The DJ is one half of duo Duck Sauce, which scored EDM gold with 2010 hit “Barbra Streisand.” Friday, A-Trak flies solo at the Mirage club. December 28, doors at 10:30 p.m., $50 men, $30 women.

M83 with Black Boots at Body English Vegas-based EDM duo Black Boots (aka Lightknife and former Afghan Raider Mikey Francis), recently signed to Ultra Music, performs at the newly reopened club Saturday night. Want more? M83, the French group behind mega indie hit “Midnight City,” is also scheduled to spin. Thirsty? Opt for the $125 open-bar wristband. December 29, doors at 10 p.m., $30 men, $20 ladies.

Kelly Rowland at Rain The former Destiny’s Child singer will release Year of the Woman in 2013, and she’s already dropped the album’s first single, “Ice,” featuring Lil Wayne. She performs at the Palms club on Saturday, one of its final nights open. December 29, 10 p.m., $40 men, $20 ladies, $100 open bar.

Psy celebrates his birthday this weekend with a live performance at Pure.

Psy celebrates his birthday this weekend with a live performance at Pure.

Kaskade at Marquee Another Halfway-to-EDC event on Saturday night. And here’s one very good reason to check out Kaskade’s show: The DJ played the Cosmo club last New Year’s Eve, spinning for an impressive 12 hours. This might not be on NYE, but here’s hoping he pulls off something similar a few days early. December 29, doors at 9 p.m., $100 men, $50 women.

Psy at Pure The Korean pop star’s viral video for “Gangnam Style” just made Internet history, becoming the first to surpass 1 billion YouTube views. But why watch it on your tiny computer monitor again when you can experience the sensation live? Psy celebrates his birthday with a performance at the Caesars nightclub. Heyyyy, sexy ladies. December 29, doors at 10 p.m., $30 men, $20 women, ladies free until midnight.

Sharon Needles at Krave Massive's Ballroom The Pittsburgh-based drag queen took the title of “America’s next drag superstar” on the fourth season of RuPaul’s Drag Race this year. Find her (and her unique style of drag) at Krave Massive’s Ballroom this weekend, as she performs Saturday night. In the booth: Grammy-nominated DJ Dave Aude. December 29, doors at 10 p.m., $60, includes free entry into Drink & Drag.

Deadmau5 at XS The “dance music phenomenon” returns to play another date of his Vegas residency, bringing his Unhooked show to the Encore club. British producer Chris Lake joins the newly engaged man with the mau5 head Sunday night. December 30, doors at 10 p.m., $75 men, $30 women.

Havana Brown at Hyde The Australian DJ and vocalist is much more than a pretty face. You’ve probably heard her collaboration with Pitbull, “We Run the Night,” which was all over the airwaves this summer. Brown performs and DJs at the Bellagio nightclub on Sunday. December 30, doors at 10 p.m., $30 men, $20 women.

Skrillex spins at Surrender Sunday night.

Skrillex spins at Surrender Sunday night.

Pauly D at Vanity Jersey Shore just aired its final episode (can we get a hallelujah?), so what will the meatball with the perfect blowout do next? DJ at the Hard Rock, of course—and on Vanity’s last night, no less. Also in the booth: resident DJ Shift. December 30, doors at 10 p.m., $40 men, $30 women.

Skrillex at Surrender The dubstep producer broke new ground when he became the first EDM artist to score a Grammy nod for Best New Artist last year (he didn’t win that category, but he did take home three other Grammys). Catch his beats and breaks at the Encore nightclub Sunday night. December 30, doors at 10:30 p.m., $75 men, $30 women.

Cee Lo at Chateau You won’t see the recording artist as a judge on The Voice next season, but he’ll be a lot closer than you might think: His Cee Lo Green Presents Loberace residency begins at Planet Hollywood early next year. Can’t wait that long to see him live? He performs at the Paris nightspot Sunday night. December 30, doors at 10:30 p.m., $50 men, $40 women.

Iggy Azalea at Moon Yet another blonde Australian beauty is in town for NYE weekend. The up-and-coming rap artist performs at the rooftop Palms nightclub Sunday night (talk about a nice view). DJs Jazzy Jeff and Alie Layus also supply their sounds. December 30, doors at 10 p.m., $40 men, $20 women, $100 open bar.

John Legend at Haze The soulful R&B artist recently recorded a single (“Who Did That to You?”) for Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained and plans to drop his Love in the Future album sometime next year. Here’s hoping he treats the crowd to a sneak preview Sunday night, when he performs at the Aria hot spot. December 30, doors at 10:30 p.m., $50 men, $30 women.

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