Sharam at Life Nightclubbing on Christmas? Why not? Life adds to the day’s festive spirit by opening its doors on a Thursday and employing DJ Sharam, the more musically buoyant half of veteran house duo Deep Dish (which helped open Life back in August). With singer-songwriter Sami Beigi. December 25, doors at 10:30 p.m., $30+ men, $20+ women.
First Anniversary Party at Banger Brewing The Fremont Street brewery celebrates a year of pulling taps Downtown Saturday evening by—what else?—dispensing solid suds. Banger will tap its Belgian quad to mark the occasion, and three firkins of brews will complement the special tap lineup. The hoppy happening is complete with an open bar, small bites and a live DJ. Cheers! December 27, 6-8 p.m., $30-$50.
Bro Safari at Brooklyn Bowl Don’t ask Atlanta-cum-Austin producer/DJ Nick Weiller how he drummed up his moniker, broseph. He’s the sort of artist who comes up with something he likes and swiftly incorporates it, sans pretense or strategy—especially his musical aesthetic, which is informed by moombahton (a dancehall-flavored version of bass music), drum ’n’ bass, dubstep and trap. The sounds you hear in his productions are wholly of-the-moment, and we predict the same philosophy will apply to his Brooklyn Bowl set. With Snails and Kayzo. December 28, doors at 7 p.m., $40.
Loco Dice at Life It’s a shame clubbers can’t watch German producer/DJ Loco Dice more closely at work. His handiwork and mastery of hardware—and it’s a lot of hardware, allowing maximum manipulation and improvisation during his set—justifies his acclaim. That said, his sets are ultimately best experienced not as technical demonstrations but musical journeys in which to lose oneself. A can’t-miss for techno fiends and househeads. December 28, doors at 10:30 p.m., $25+.
Kiesza at Foxtail The rising Canadian dance-music artist released her debut studio album Sound of a Woman in late October—and you’ve no doubt heard the grooving pulse and haunting lyrics of lead single “Hideaway.” Experience it live during the SLS club’s Membership Mondays promo, when Kiesza performs for Foxtail’s final industry night of the year. December 29, doors at 10:30 p.m., $30 men, $20 women.
Khloe Kardashian at 1 Oak Hey, doll! Still Keeping Up With the Kardashians? The famous-for-being-famous brunette beauty has been “taking” the Hamptons with sis Kourtney and brother-in-law Scott this year, but ditches the New York shoreline for a Sin City hosting gig this NYE weekend. Bible! In the booth: DJ Turbulence. December 30, doors at 10:30 p.m., $50+ men, $30+ women.
New Year’s Day Pool Party at Marquee Dayclub Dome Why not start 2015 by the pool? DJ Carnage and “Take Me Home” trio Cash Cash supply the sound for a splash bash at the Cosmo club’s (lightly heated) dome on New Year’s Day. And as if the musical food wasn’t enough, partiers can get their grub on with a free brunch spread and complimentary Champagne from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Football fan? A 40-foot LED screen will broadcast that day’s games. Score! January 1, doors at 1 p.m., $20+ men, $10+ women, locals free.
Under the Moon at Beauty Bar UPDATED: In early November, the pioneering Fremont East venue replaced the departing First Friday-related event the Get Back with Under the Moon, billed as a “lunar dance party” for enthusiasts of indie and bass dance music. It’s sticking around for a third edition, with Byra Tanks, Zack the Ripper, Blanco, Vicious VIV and Willy Uno on musical detail. January 2, doors at 10 p.m., free.
John Legend at Foxtail Legend just might add to the nine golden gramophones already on his mantel this February, as he picked up two Grammy nominations this month—both for “All of Me,” including the remix by Tiësto (who, by the way, headlines three Hakkasan gigs between January 1 and 6). The soulful R&B artist celebrates his big 3-6 with a birthday performance at the SLS club—with his gorgeous, supermodel wife Chrissy Teigen on his arm, no less. January 3, doors at 10:30 p.m., $60+ men, $30+ women.
Pussyrama at Artifice Pussyrama sounds like a Little Darlings party. But then you discover it’s part-shindig, part-variety show. Burlesque dancer Ivana Blaize and her shimmying peers join forces with DJ Rex Dart, guest comedians and a house band including members of Thee Swank Bastards and Franks & Deans (called, naturally, the Pussyrammers) for a night of throwback grooves and bawdy vaudeville. Or what our Las Vegan elders used to call “nightlife.” January 4, 8 p.m., $10.