Flosstradamus at Encore Beach Club I distinctly recall walking onto the Empire Polo Fields early in the day in 2007 and Chicago duo Flosstradamus was already on the Coachella main stage, blending—but not mashing—hip-hop and dance music. That must be the new fad, I thought at the time, walking in another direction to catch another act. Seven years later, there they were at Coachella again, their trap-heavy set compelling thousands of kids stuffed in a hot tent to bounce and shuffle and dance all ratchet, as they say. I stand corrected. July 31, doors at 10:30 p.m., $32 men, $22 women.
Bottle Rat Race at Haze We all know that girl in the club—the one who won’t remember your name five minutes from introduction, but will gladly take a seat from your real friends at the table and polish off your Grey Goose. Hey, at least you’ve got to admire her entrepreneurial spirit, right? Haze celebrates bottle rats in all their glory Thursday night, where 20 of the industry’s “thirstiest” ladies race to collect the most one-ounce mini bottles to score some serious dough. Maybe they’ll buy a bottle with their winnings? Probably not. July 31, doors at 10:30 p.m., $54 men, $27 women.
#InstaGuinness Party at Rí Rá If you’re anything like us, you don’t need an excuse to knock back some brewskis—but holidays make everything more fun, right? Raise a glass to International Beer Day at the Irish pub’s brew bash, where patrons score a free pint of Guinness to mark the hoppy occasion. The celebration is complete with complimentary appetizers, prize raffles and a free beer flight to the first 15 attendees. Sláinte! August 1, 6-8 p.m., RSVP at twtvite.com/InstaGuinness.
Passion Pit DJ set at Palms Pool The indie-pop band’s dancey jams inspired a massive dance party when it performed on Life Is Beautiful’s main stage last October. Let’s hope the same happens when bassist Jeff Apruzzese ditches his ax and steps to the booth Friday afternoon at the off-Strip party pool. August 1, noon, $20 men, $10 women, local ladies free.
Rapture at Artifice There’s no better place for a First Friday party than near the intersection of Charleston Boulevard and Casino Center Drive, and Artifice should be packed to the gills for its latest—and, ahem, free—monthly party. Rapture is associated with longtime promoter Rawkerz, and as such will emphasize rhythmic indie, post-punk, new wave and synth pop. A live set by Sex in Latex (but of course) complements the DJ sets by Tiger Blood Yeah Yeah, Xander Xero and others. August 1, 10 p.m., free.
Craze at Tao Beach The internationally renowned turntablist—yes, the three-time DMC World DJ champ has earned the right to call himself that, unlike your kid brother who arrives at the gig with three thumb drives of tracks—will bring some Miami flavor and likely some trap and hip-hop to the Venetian lagoon. If Saturday afternoon is when you normally binge on Netflix and Talenti Gelato, don’t fret—Craze also plays Tao Nightclub on July 31. August 2, doors at 11 a.m., $30 men, $20 women.
Andrew Rayel at Marquee Dayclub The on-the-rise Moldovan trance producer dropped his debut album in late May, just weeks before his BassCon stage set—and EDC debut—at the Speedway. Preview, then hear some of its tracks at the Cosmo dayclub Sunday afternoon. August 3, doors at 11 a.m., $20 men, $10 women.
Church Anniversary Party at Beauty Bar Normally we’d be suspicious of anything calling itself “church,” but the California “Bass: Worship” crew has a sick, 15-act lineup scheduled for the commemoration of its first year since debuting its monthly party in Las Vegas. Things go full circle with Sunday’s headliner Dioptrics, which was the special guest at the first Vegas Church party. Expect this one to spill over into the back patio and go until late. August 3, doors at 9 p.m., free.