Kendrick Lamar at 1 Oak Pitchfork just picked his major-label debut, Good Kid, M.A.A.D City, as its top album of 2012. Missed the Vegas stop on his Music Matters tour? Make up for it Friday night at the Mirage nightclub. In the booth: DJ Karma. January 4, doors at 10:30 p.m., $50 men, $30 women.
Lil Jon at Surrender “Get Low” to the Crunk Rock producer’s beats Friday night, as he returns to play another date of his Wynn residency at the Encore nightspot. January 4, doors at 10:30 p.m., $40 men, $30 women.
Jammie Jam at GBDC The dress code at Ghostbar Dayclub is always casual, but the party atop the Palms takes it one step further this Saturday. Take this opportunity to rock that PJ set Granny gave you for Christmas. Bringing the noise: resident DJs Alie Layus and Mark Stylz. January 5, doors at 1 p.m., $20, local ladies free.
Nervo at XSThe twin sisters might not be the first females to break into DJ Mag’s Top 100 DJs boy’s club, but they are the most recent ladies to accomplish the feat (No. 46 in 2012). The Australian duo brings their beats to the Encore club Saturday night. January 5, doors at 10 p.m., $30 men, $20 women.
Grandmaster Flash at Body English Just as it did in it’s heyday, the newly reopened space is delivering prime talent on the decks. The veteran DJ is credited with revolutionizing the art with original techniques and is the only DJ to have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Catch him at the HRH club Sunday night. January 6, doors at 10 p.m., $30 men, $20 women.
Stache Monday Grand Opening Movember has found a year-round home (for now) at Piranha, where Mondays are now devoted to the mustache at the off-Strip gay club. Sport a ’stache, score some cash (in the evening’s balloon drop) and sip on ridiculously cheap drinks—a $5 liquor bust (with Nevada ID) completes the mustache bash. January 7, doors at 10 p.m., $10 after 11 p.m., locals free.
Wale & Skullcandy’s CES Afterparty at Pure The popular Consumer Electronics Show begins Tuesday, and the headphone company is wasting no time to start the party—the tech geeks are in Vegas after all, right? Rap artist Wale performs for Skullcandy’s opening night afterparty; think about how awesome the rapper’s February release will sound on Skullcandy’s sweet earbuds as you experience his rhymes live. January 8, doors at 10 p.m., $30 men, $20 women.
Rev Run & DJ Ruckus at Lavo The renowned hip-hop artist, formerly of Run-D.M.C., returns with DJ Ruckus to play the Venetian venue’s weekly Hip-Hop Wednesday event. Also supplying sounds: resident DJ Crooked. January 9, doors at 11 p.m., $20 men, $10 women.