Prism at Artifice Members of the LGBT community whose cultural preferences skew left of mainstream often bemoan the lack of alt-queer happenings in town. They likely haven’t been to Prism, the lively second-Thursday promotion, which not only features alternative dance music and various artistic offerings, but a very mixed crowd indicative of an urban, metropolitan sensibility—you know, the thing naysayers say Vegas lacks. October 10, 10 p.m., free.
LA Riots at Tryst If you needed a good excuse to check back in with the nearly 8-year-old Tryst, we recommend doing so with LA Riots on the decks. While the man born Daniel Linton has evolved away from his act’s hard electro origins and more toward mainstream electronic dance music, his sets provide enough sonic variety to keep clubbers guessing—and sweaty. October 11, 10 p.m., $30 for men, $20 for women.
6th Anniversary Party with the Jabbawockeez at LAX Share the dancefloor with the original America’s Best Dance Crew champs Friday night, as the Luxor headliners serve up killer moves in celebration of LAX’s sixth birthday bash. October 11, doors at 10 p.m., $30 men, $20 women.
Kaskade at XS Yes, you’re reading that right. The California EDM superstar is returning to the Wynn megaclub for a fall-only series of dates, undoubtedly showcasing bangers from his new album, Atmosphere. And if that’s not enough for you diehards, Kaskade will accept his DJ Times Best DJ 2013 award at a free Marquee gig (featuring a set by Seven Lions and possible special guests—maybe Kaskade himself?) two nights later. October 11, 10 p.m., $50 men, $20 women.
Datsik at Body English Some of dubstep’s pioneers have been straying from the subgenre lately, but from the sound of Datsik’s recently released Let It Burn album, he’s merely building atop that foundation—and you can likely credit his artistic development in part to frequent collaborations with those from outside the world of bass music (Diplo, Korn). Joining the Canadian wub-master are Mayhem & Antiserum, Sub Antix and others. October 11, 10 p.m., $30 men, $20 women.
National Coming Out Day Street Festival at the Fruit Loop Celebrating closet-door openings since 1988, the national day commemorates the previous year’s March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights. Gay hangouts Piranha and FreeZone team up to put on an all-ages NCOD bash at the LGBT-friendly Paradise Road/Naples Drive intersection, complete with food, games and outdoor bars. October 12, 8 p.m., free.
Aloe Blacc at 1 Oak What’s a soul singer doing taking a gig at a major Las Vegas nightclub? Well, Blacc recently supplied his pipes on Avicii’s hit “Wake Me Up”—and he’ll repeat that duty at the Mirage club Saturday night. October 12, doors at 10:30 p.m., $40 men, $30 women.
Sean Kingston at Hard Rock Hotel Expect some “Rum and Raybans” at the off-Strip oasis this weekend, when the reggae rapper hits the party pool and takes the mic for Rehab’s 10th season-closing bash, also featuring Natalia Kills. Kingston plays host at Body English later that night. October 13, doors at 10 a.m., $50 men, $30 women.