House of Blues Breaks Out the Executioner

Photo by Terrence Blanton

Photo by Terrence Blanton

Thursday, Feb. 13

You may listen to bass music, but have you ever tasted it? That’s pretty much what you’ll experience during Excision’s tour stop. Backed by a behemoth 28-by-15 foot audiovisual screen called the Executioner, the DJ/producer will make the House of Blues swell with sound so thick you can’t cut it with a knife. (In Mandalay Bay, 9 p.m.,

Friday, Feb. 14

Put down the Ben & Jerry’s, please. You’re going to have fun this Valentine’s Day whether you’re single, taken or “it’s complicated.” Start with Date-A-Thon, a speed-dating extravaganza at The D. You’ll meet 24 singles for three minutes each, enjoy $1 drinks and be eligible for a staycation package to split with your newly discovered soul mate. (301 Fremont St., 6 p.m., Then put on your PJs for Collective Zoo’s Valentine’s Pajama Party at Artisan. There will be fake weddings in the hotel chapel, two-for-one drinks for pairs and sexy sounds by DJ Paradice and Jim Green. (I501 W. Sahara Ave., 9 p.m., Doff a few layers at Body English’s lingerie party, and stay for a performance by local hip-hop/dubstep fusion group Splitbreed. (In Hard Rock Hotel, 10:30 p.m., Looking for dinner-date ideas, too? See our suggestions at

Saturday, Feb. 15

A brief public service announcement: Now is the best time to purchase discounted Valentine’s chocolate from drugstores. Go ahead and treat yourself once you’ve recovered from last night’s hangover. Now … on to more revelry! Not every nightclub survives five years in Las Vegas, but XS has done it, and done it well. Celebrate a half-decade of drinks, dancing and decadence with America’s reigning Best DJ, Kaskade. (In Encore, 10:30 p.m., Still got some partying in you? Marquee has house wizard Jamie Jones for an after-hours set. And get this: He spins vinyl. (In the Cosmopolitan, 2 a.m.,

Sunday, Feb. 16

Now you can just hang around the Cosmopolitan through the morning hours (and spring for breakfast at the Henry), because you’ll be back this afternoon for the Halfway to EDC Pool Party at the recently dome-ified Marquee Dayclub. So freshen up that spray tan, wiggle into your swimsuit and get ready for a mini music fest with Candyland, Dash Berlin and more. (1 p.m.) Still in that swimsuit? That’s fine, as long as it’s wild and bright, because you’re about to conclude your Sunday fun day at Hyde for the raucousness that is XIV Neon Jungle. (In Bellagio, 6 p.m., If you need to call in sick to work tomorrow, we’ll cover for you.

Monday, Feb. 17

We’re paraphrasing here, but we believe it was Diddy (née Puff Daddy, right?) who said, “It’s all about the Lincolns, baby.” So honor Abe this Presidents Day by pounding $5 cocktails at PBR Rock Bar. (In the Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood, 750-1685,

Tuesday, Feb. 18

You could drum up several reasons to see Coolio live at Beauty Bar: 1. To satiate your desire for ’90s nostalgia. 2. It’s Nickel F—n Beer Night! 3. “Gangsta’s Paradise.” ’Nuff said. Whatever the reason, we suggest you get there early so as not to miss the opening act, Las Vegas’ own Ekoh. (517 Fremont St., 10 p.m., Over at 1 Oak, there’s a pre-launch party popping off for 12 a.m. Run, rapper Nas’ sneaker boutique opening later this month at the Linq. Festivities include a “surprise guest performance.” Could it be the boutique’s owner?! (In The Mirage, 10:30 p.m.,

Wednesday, Feb. 19

You may have caught yourself head-bobbing to a Beats by Dre commercial and wondering, “Who sings that triumphant song Colin Kaepernick listens to when drowning out his haters?” That’s Aloe Blacc, the song is called “The Man,” and yes, he’s also featured on Avicii’s “Wake Me Up.” Hear the two hits and more when Blacc performs at Surrender. And yes, you can tell everybody. (In Encore, 10:30 p.m.,