Seven Nights

This week in your city.

Thu 9

Before big basslines ran rampant in Las Vegas, Konkrete Jungle was bringing the beats. Celebrating its five-year anniversary at King’s Room tonight, junglists APX1 & CRS? are onboard along with Nickum, Chuck B, Nicro, MC Agez and BPSS. (In the Rio, 10 p.m., Sake is for more than just slamming shots during a sushi dinner with friends. Prepare your palate for Sake Sessions, a complimentary sake-tasting event, featuring tunes from Deftal DJ and VDJ Chimz. And if you check in on Foursquare upon your arrival, you’ll get a $25 dining credit to Envy the Steakhouse. Text “SakeSession” to 56242 for an e-pass to the event. (In the Renaissance Hotel, 7-10 p.m.,

Fri 10

Shake up the start of your weekend as HyperAudio presents the return of Ajapai at the House of Blues. The Japanese DJ/producer is primed to destroy the dance floor with dubstep for this 18-and-up event. (In Mandalay Bay, 10 p.m., Over at Haze, San Francisco native Andy Caldwell is In the House for a “Superfunkidiculous” event. Yeah, we just dug way back into his catalog from 1994 for that track reference—that’s how legit this guy is. A few Grammy nominations don’t hurt, either. (In Aria, 10:30 p.m., If you weren’t able to make it to Ibiza this summer, Michael Woods has a handle on the sound thanks to his Cream at Amnesia residency. The British DJ/producer spins at Surrender for Aoki’s House. (In Encore, 10:30 p.m.,

Sat 11

Downtown dance party! At East Fremont and Sixth Street, Freq the Block takes over with a massive block party. DJ Craze, the five-time DMC champion, headlines (that means he’s got killer turntablist skills) along with AC Slater, Flinch and more. 18+ to enter, 21+ to get sloshed. (7 p.m., Ladies can let it all hang out for the topless pool party at Artisan, though it’ll be hard to compete with adult-film star Eva Lovia, the girls of Déjà Vu strip clubs and all the eyecandy you can get without stuffing a $20 spot into a G-string. (1501 W. Sahara Ave., 11 a.m., Over at Gallery, get a healthy dose of Swedish electro-pop as the duo of Icona Pop performs, including their track “I Love It,” otherwise known as the theme song to Snooki & Jwoww. (In Planet Hollywood, 10 p.m., If you haven’t read this magazine in a few weeks A) shame on you, and B) you wouldn’t know dubstep darling Rusko has a monthlong residency at Rain. Check out our interview with him.. (In the Palms, 11 p.m., This Saturday really is poppin’, because the re-launch of Patio Sessions at Le Thai takes place tonight, with resident DJs Carlos Sanchez and Nate Scott, plus special guests. And the deep-house heads rejoice. (523 E. Fremont St., 10 p.m.,</p>

Sun 12

We’d like to think Grandmaster Flash needs no introduction, but Las Vegas partiers aren’t exactly known for their music-history knowledge. Here’s a start: If it weren’t for Flash, there might not be a crossfader to switch between records when DJing (his mom sent him to electronics school when he was young). Then, of course, there’s his mastery of the wheels of steel, so get two lessons from a hip-hop legend when he’s at the Hard Rock Hotel for Rehab (10 a.m., and Vanity (10 p.m., For those gearing up for Burning Man, stop by the Voo Pool as Black Rock Syndicate, Epyk Entertainment and Osiris Burners hold a camp fundraiser and water battle. In true Burning Man fashion, it’ll be topless, and the tunes will be interesting thanks to a grip of special tag-team sets, such as Brett Rubin vs. Steve Walker, Spacebyrdz vs. Thom Svast and Jordan Stevens vs. Chris Dau. No cover with RSVP to (At the Rio, 2 p.m., **UPDATED 8/9/12, 7:22 p.m.: The party will now be held at the Palms’ main pool from 1-8 p.m.**) There’s a prevailing trend in electronic dance-music videos of people running to/from something. Add “Chasin” by Sander van Doorn to the list, although it does kind of go along with the theme of the trance track, so we’ll give him a pass. Seek him out during BPM Sundays at Tao Beach. (In the Venetian, 10 a.m.,

Mon 13

Now that was an awesome weekend with a ton of variety! Good job, Las Vegas. Let’s keep it going with Eric Prydz, who fortunately seems to have gotten over his fear of flying and is returning to Las Vegas more regularly, including this gig at XS. “Pjanoo,” anyone? (In Encore, 10 p.m.,

Tue 14

Tuesday’s tradition of Nickel F—ing Beer Night lives on. This week, Vegas Seven’s pick for Best Local Veteran Band You’d Love if You’d Listen, Slow to Surface, continues celebrating the release of their newest album (check out the review from their recent show), plus Original Genius Clothing brings its resident DJs to the party. Oh, and don’t mention “bath salts.” Apparently Metro didn’t get the joke last time … (At Beauty Bar, 10 p.m.,

Wed 15

“Oh. My. God. Becky, look at her butt. It is so big. She looks like one of those rap guys’ girlfriends. Who understands those rap guys? They only talk to her because she looks like a total prostitute. I mean, her butt, it’s just so … big!” Yes, that was typed entirely from memory. We bet you know it, too. The man behind that pop-culture gem who also told us to “Put ‘em on the Glass,” the Sir Mix-A-Lot, spins at Lavo. (In the Palazzo, 11 p.m.,

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To the untrained American ear, 27-year-old Christopher Mercer’s quick and thick Yorkshire dialect might be a bit perplexing. Fortunately for the British DJ/producer better known as Rusko, his brand of bright dubstep speaks for him. Rusko launches a special monthlong residency at Rain on Aug. 4 during the Palms’ annual Midsummer Lingerie Masquerade. With two new albums in tow, Rusko is ready to drink, “skank” and find someone to teach him how to gamble.