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  • AVICII OUT, DEADMAU5 IN AT XS

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    (Photo by Danny Mahoney | SPYONvegas.com)

    Recovery is moving a little slow on Avicii’s appendix and gall bladder recovery, because he’s postponing his shows this month, including dates April 18 and 25 at XS.

    Im sorry for having to postpone the shows this month. I sincerely rly wish I didnt have to but unfortunately theres no going around it.

    — Tim Bergling (@Avicii) April 8, 2014

    Health must always come first and in this case especially after my ruptured appendix that got removed doctors orders have been really strict

    — Tim Bergling (@Avicii) April 8, 2014

    No announcement on the April 18 show has been made yet, but XS is now listing Deadmau5 on April 25. He was last seen at the club in November doing a surprise set. If he’s that quick on the turnaround, we feel like we need to start seeing if we can get short-notice, surprise Deadmau5 to DJ our parties. He’s going to have a hard time setting up his DJ gear in our galley kitchen, but we figure he can manage.

    0326WED: THE ROUNDUP

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    What made you think a striped tank top was OK, David Guetta? (Photo by Danny Mahoney | SPYONvegas.com)

    The Nightclub & Bar Show makes it a night of unusual club openings–like XS on a Wednesday, with David Guetta running the show. Meanwhile, Surrender has Diplo and Friends–namely Paper Diamond and Flosstradamus–for a one-two punch of Saturday talent on a Wednesday night. Good thing no one ever has to work on a Thursday. Oh. Oh wait. (more…)

    0324MON: THE ROUNDUP

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    That’s our Diplo. (Photo by Danny Mahoney | SPYONvegas.com)

    It’s yet another Mad Decent Monday at XS tonight, which means it’s also time to play another delightful round of What’s Diplo Tweeting Today?

    Wolf of Walgreens

    — above & beyonce (@diplo) March 24, 2014

    Wait that’s it? What the hell, Diplo? Slow day on Twitter, though he did go on Instagram to confirm all he wants is a drama-free relationship and a skeleton mask. That’s what Diplo’s Tweeting (and Instagramming) Today. (more…)

    DAVID GUETTA, WIFE SPLIT

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    Wait! We think we might’ve found the problem.

    Whenever David Guetta rolled through town to do F*** Me I’m Famous, he always brought along his wife, Cathy. Well. Cue up the Price is Right horns, because Guetta and Cathy finalized their divorce in France.

    He’s here at XS tonight. So if the ladies out there want to help him through the rebound period, now’s your chance to, well. We mean, he did name a party after the concept and all. We suppose he knew what he was talking about.

    GUETTA DOING A LOT OF XS SHOWS

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    OM NOM NOM DELICIOUS CLUB.

    David Guetta, the man that could be in a large part praised/blamed for the mainstreaming of EDM, is doing a residency at XS. We knew that already. What we didn’t know was that he was bringing a sleeping bag and a suitcase with him, because he’s apparently moving into the club.

    His first show is tonight, with dates to follow on March 14, 21, 26, April 5 and April 12. More shows are forthcoming, just as soon as XS figures out how to keep Guetta chained to the DJ booth, but give him enough freedom to move his hands around his laptop.

    XS TAKES SOLE POSSESSION OF NO. 1 SPOT

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    That’s not celebratory confetti raining down, those are $50 bills. (Photo by Danny Mahoney | SPYONvegas.com)

    The jockeying between Marquee and XS to be the top-grossing nightclub in the country, as per the Nightclub & Bar Top 100 continues to be the Optimus Prime/Megatron knock-down, drag-out of the industry, with XS on top for 2014 at $90-$95 million to Marquee’s $85-$90 million. It’s the first time XS had sole possession of first since 2011.

    Last year, the clubs were tied while the year prior, Marquee had the lead.

    There’s a new wrinkle for the 2014 rankings though, with Hakkasan taking an honorable mention “third” as a venue not open for full the full 12 months of the survey, but generated enough coin that it would have slotted in that space if it qualified for the list. Light at Mandalay Bay also got an honorable mention, in what would have been No. 16.

    Of the Top 10, seven are Vegas clubs: At No. 3, Tao ($50-$55 million), No. 4 Surrender ($45-$50 million), No. 6 Pure ($30-$35 million), No. 9 Lavo ($25-$30 million) and No. 10 Hyde ($25-$30 million).

    Vegas drew 24 of the top 100 (well, top 102, really), up from 20 last year. Haze came in at No. 11 ($25-$30 million), No. 13 Tryst ($20-$25 million), No. 14 1 Oak ($20-$25 million), No. 24 Chandelier Bar ($15-$20 million), No. 25 The Bank ($15-$20 million), No. 26 LAX ($15-$20 million), No. 42 Chateau ($10-$15 million), No. 48 Ghostbar ($10-$15 million), No. 61 Moon ($5-$10 million), No. 73 Drai’s ($5-$10 million), No. 79 Lagasse’s Stadium ($5-$10 million), No. 80 Body English ($5-$10 million), No. 88 Gold ($5-$10 million), No. 94 Lily ($5-$10 million) and No. 96 Stoney’s ($5-$10 million).

    There’s a bit more money at the top end, as Marquee and XS were both in the $80-$90 million range last year. Drai’s took the biggest tumble, going from No. 30 to 73 amid their temporary relocation to Bally’s, and the shooting there. No one made a dramatic leap, though neither Lily nor Gold nor Ghostbar appeared on last year’s list.

    What Hakkasan misses in official list achievement, it makes up for by winning the Nightclub of the Year, when the Nightclub & Bar convention hands out its awards during the trade show March 24-26.

    KASKADE SPINS FOR XS’ FIFTH

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    Really jealous Ronn Nicolli got the suit from the “I Like the Way You Move” video.

    The fifth anniversary is the wood anniversary. So we’re just going to ignore that and move on to note that XS at Encore is sliding comfortably into “veteran institution” status as it marked its fifth year Saturday night with Kaskade. And also balloons. Because who doesn’t love balloons?

    XS execs Jesse Waits, Yannick Mugnier, Ronn Nicolli, John Wood and Eric White were all on hand for the celebration. To put things in perspective, the club has been open so long, they were around when CC Sabathia was still fat.

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    MACKLEMORE GETS MINI WYNN RESIDENCY


    Here. Enjoy getting the “Thrift Shop” sax line stuck in your head for the next month. (Photo by Hew Burney)

    First blood goes to the Wynn clubs in terms of mixing up residency offers. Someone had to break out of the all-EDM-all-the-time mold.

    Macklemore and Ryan Lewis are doing three shows–for Memorial Day weekend, Fourth of July weekend and September 13, by which time Grammy Fever should have barely subsided. Lewis is doing some solo DJ dates as well, including tomorrow night at Surrender. Also getting a residency are street artist Alec Monopoly, who will be creating pieces in front of a live audience, Akon and Las Vegan Ne-Yo to get a little croon in your EDM mix.

    The full lineup is: Adrian Lux, Akon, Alec Monopoly, AN21, Avicii, Cazzette, David Guetta, Deniz Koyu, Deorro, Dillon Francis, Diplo, DJ Snake, Fedde le Grand, Grandtheft, Jermaine Dupri, Jusske, Lil Jon, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, Madeon, Major Lazer, MAKJ, Manufactured Superstars, Martin Solveig, Max Vangeli, Morgan Page, Ne-Yo, Paper Diamond, Redfoo, RL Grime, Ryan Lewis, Skrillex, Steve Angello, TJR, Tommy Trash, Will.i.am, Will Sparks, Wolfgang Gartner and poor, end-of-the-alphabet Zedd.

    0120MON: THE ROUNDUP

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    This is also DJ Vice’s “Ayyy, I’m walkin’ here!” face. (Photo by Bobby Jameidar | SPYONvegas.com)

    Here we go: New Year’s, CES and AVN are all over, and now it’s the lull before pool season. A couple of local fixtures are on hand to entertain you on your Monday, though, with DJ Vice at Marquee and DJ Five at XS. Just a public service reminder: It’s never too early to start practicing your bikini-in-public look. (more…)

    0113MON: THE ROUNDUP

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    Diplo’s digital Twerk on Demand service was a huge hit at CES. (Photo by Danny Mahoney | SPYONvegas.com)

    It’s the first Mad Decent Monday of 2014 at XS tonight, which means it’s also time to play the first round of What’s Diplo Tweeting Today?

    Getting a shadowpuppet haircut @homasafar http://t.co/qS0MutDaqH

    — Kim K Mutumbo (@diplo) January 14, 2014

    if i ever hit the big 1millie on Facebook I'm gonna make a mixtape of all the weird songs i produced for pop artists that didn't come out

    — Kim K Mutumbo (@diplo) January 13, 2014

    hope i get that job at applebees

    — Kim K Mutumbo (@diplo) January 13, 2014

    Hairdos for two-dimensional projections, a mixes-for-Facebook-fans scheme and the thin gruel of employment opportunities. That’s What Diplo’s Tweeting Today. (more…)