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Mix 94.1 Hosts a Not So Silent Night, Planet Asia Brings the Fire to Beauty Bar

What to do after dark.

Thursday 8

Regardless of how you feel, the golden era of the EDM DJ is over. When it comes to talent, our city’s dynamic nightlife scene is instead trying to strike a balance between the almighty DJ and live performances by titans of the music industry. But beyond the flashing lights, pounds of confetti and glamour of the Strip are bars and lounges that regularly host talent that is just waiting to be discovered. Take The Sharps, for example. The local jazz trio is enjoying an informal residency at Chinatown hot spot The Golden Tiki, and it’s a match made in heaven. We couldn’t ask for a better soundtrack to supplement the citrusy burn of the famed tiki drinks. The Sharps take cues from bouncy bossa nova greats such as Stan Getz and Sérgio Mendes, and toss in elements from other genres such as swing, lounge and boogaloo. Enjoy it all for free! (9 p.m., 3939 Spring Mountain Rd., thegoldentiki.com.)

Friday 9

It’s cold out there, so button up, head to Drai’s and catch a set from the self-proclaimed “coolest DJ in the world,” DJ Esco. The Atlanta spinner, tastemaker and executive producer enjoyed some time in the limelight last month after getting birthday shoutouts from his right-hand man, Future. The two have a siblinglike relationship that’s best depicted in the fabled story behind his album 56 Nights. Esco’s previous birthday celebration in Dubai turned sour when he spent 56 nights in jail for marijuana possession. During that time, Esco underwent something of a spiritual metamorphosis. He’s come a long way, so toast to freedom and a relatively new outlook on life when he drops his collaborative single with Future and Lil Uzi Vert, “Too Much Sauce.” (10:30 p.m., in The Cromwell, draisnightlife.com.)

Saturday 10

As the frontman for the Grammy-nominated psych/indie group My Morning Jacket, you’d think Jim James would be exhausted after playing in a band for 20 years, releasing seven albums and touring relentlessly. The reality is he isn’t, and he has an impressive solo career to boot. James released Regions of Light and Sound of God—a full-length album—in 2013. It’s a critically acclaimed concept piece that’s based on Lyn Ward’s wordless 1929 novel Gods’ Man. That may sound confusing, but sonically, it’s a theatrical dive into James’ roots-tinged psychedelia. He pushes it a step further in his latest work, Eternally Even, which takes that unique formula and adds notes of folk and soul. Experience the eclectic cocktail for yourself when James performs at Brooklyn Bowl. (7 p.m., $31-$56, at The Linq, brooklynbowl.com/las-vegas.)

Sunday 11

We’re knee-deep into the holiday season, when the gifts are plentiful, family comes first and gluttony is the game. Why not spice it up with some rockin’ tunes courtesy of OneRepublic, Lindsey Stirling, The Fray and We the Kings? Just like the best kind of holiday dinner platter, Mix 94.1-FM’s Not So Silent Night is an eclectic mix with both robust and subtle flavors. You can sing along to OneRepublic’s massive radio pop hits “Apologize” and “All the Right Moves,” bang your head to Stirling’s violin-tinged electronica, hum to the huge hook of The Fray’s “How to Save a Life” or get enchanted by the catchy pop of We the Kings. Whichever way, if you stay at The Joint for even an hour, you’re sure to get a satisfying bite of solid tunes. Think of it as a musical gift from the universe.  (5:30 p.m., $60, in Hard Rock Hotel, hardrockhotel.com/thejoint.)

Planet Asia by Joshua Silveira

Planet Asia by Joshua Silveira

Monday 12

Got a sweet tooth? Venture to your nearest See’s Candies or Ethel M and crack open a box of deluxe chocolates to remedy the situation. If you’re still unsatisfied, indulge in a luxurious set by Los Angeles-bred DJ Eric D-Lux. Though he specializes mixing hip-hop and pop, D-Lux is known for dropping a wide range of tunes that can include everything from bona fide throwback bangers to top EDM hits. Don’t believe us? Scroll through his Twitter feed and you’ll be welcomed by a barrage of music recommendations from The Smiths and A Tribe Called Quest to Daft Punk and Kanye West. Get a taste at Marquee. And lest we forget: It’s Marquee Monday, so locals get in free! (10:30 p.m., in The Cosmopolitan, marqueelasvegas.com.)

Tuesday 13

Need an excuse to get out there on a weeknight? The beer is flowin’ at Beauty Bar for Nickel F—n Beer Night. This evening’s entertainment is a hip-hop extravaganza consisting of sets from two wildly talented emcees. First up is Fresno, California, spitter Planet Asia, who is known for his intense, no-holds-barred delivery and prolific discography. Asia’s been in the game for nearly 20 years, so he’ll bring this experience to life when he hits the stage. As for the set list, since he’s released so much material, we don’t know what to expect. Perhaps we’ll get some songs from his duo, Cali Agents, such as “Neva Forget,” or a solo song such as “That’s What It Is.” Jersey-bred rapper Chino XL headlines this engagement. See if he manages to one-up his wordplay in “Kreep” with an impromptu freestyle. (9 p.m., 517 Fremont St., beautybarlv.com.)

Wednesday 14

Want to experience glorious rock ’n’ roll with an electronic twist? Look no further than The Bunkhouse Saloon to catch a set by South African-bred wunderkind Garett van der Spek, a.k.a. Prism Tats. His peculiar blend of melodic guitars and layered vocals over thumping electronic drums has won over the hearts of critics worldwide. Get acquainted by checking out the spooky video for “Death or Fame,” then see it live. (8 p.m., $7-10, 124 S. 11th St., bunkhousedowntown.com.)

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