Crizzly at Hard Rock Live Here’s a quick primer of modern bass music: There’s drum ’n’ bass (related: jungle music), as well as dubstep (U.K. and U.S.) and drumstep (it’s faster than dubstep), and trap (influenced by Southern and “crunk” hip-hop). And just to confuse you more: San Antonio producer/DJ Crizzly calls his approach to bass music “crunkstep”—a hybrid of club-oriented crunk and drumstep—with his touring mate Photohype christening his similar style “dubhop.” Hear these bastard genres of bass live, with multiple rooms and supporting DJs. December 27, 8 p.m., $32.
Holly Madison at Moon 2013 was a big year for the Girl Next Door. Madison brought bundle of joy Rainbow Aurora into the world, and a few months later Insomniac CEO Pasquale Rotella put a ring on it at Disneyland. We toast to the blonde beauty on her 34th birthday. December 28, doors at 10:30 p.m., $30 men, $25 women.
Derrick Barry at Piranha The princess of pop has finally arrived! If you couldn’t score tickets to the opening weekend of Britney Spears’ Piece of Me show, consider the Strip’s other Britney: female impersonator and Divas Las Vegas star Derrick Barry (see our Q&A with Barry here). With his fierce looks and perfected choreography, Barry gives Ms. Spears a serious run for her money. December 28, doors at 10 p.m., $20 for both men and women; 4-day NYE pass: $75, $35 for locals.
Icona Pop at The Bank You love it. Too easy? Yes, but you really do love the Swedish duo’s crack-addictive smash, “I Love It.” Exhibit A: At Krewella’s recent Light set, the loudest cheers happened not when the trio played their own hits, but when they dropped the Icona Pop banger. “I love it!” the crowd belted out—and now you can do the same during the act’s pre-NYE performance at the Bank. December 30, doors at 10:30 p.m., $40 men, $20 women.
Dan Reynolds at Body English This isn’t some solo acoustic set. The Imagine Dragons singer is the DJ here—and he’s done this several times before, including a previous Body English set. We know from YouTube that his preferred drops include Phoenix’s “1901,” Yeah Yeah Yeah’s “Heads Will Roll” and Baauer’s “Harlem Shake.” Will he also swing from that iconic chandelier? There’s no telling with that guy. December 30, doors at 10:30 p.m., $30 men, $20 women.
Confidential at Bond The Cosmopolitan recently finished renovations on its swanky first-floor lounge, adding square footage and table games. Check it out during the venue’s weekly Wednesday gay promo, complete with beats—and eye candy—courtesy of resident DJ Nick Ayler. January 1, doors at 9 p.m., free.
Fedde Le Grand at Surrender The Dutch DJ has remixed for some of the top names in the industry, such as Madonna and Will.i.am. Catch his electro house mastery behind the booth at the Encore nightspot this weekend. January 4, doors at 10:30 p.m., $32 men, $22 women.
Tiësto at Hakkasan When New Year’s Eve has come and gone, and every other club is nursing budget hangovers, Hakkasan will own the weekend with one to rule them all, and that’s ol’ Tiësto. And when we say weekend, we mean the Dutch trance king will be playing both Saturday and Sunday. January 4, doors at 10:30 p.m., $60 men, $30 women; January 5, doors at 10:30 p.m., $30 men, $20 women.
Nick Cannon at 1 Oak Want to hear some bangin’ White People Party Music? No, seriously, that’s what Nick Cannon called his recent EDM album (WTF?). Mr. Mimi takes the tables at the Mirage club Tuesday night during CES’ NCredible tablet release party. January 7, doors at 10:30 p.m., $40 men, $30 women.