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    The week ahead: Nightlife events

    Clubs & Dance Nights

    EXCISION To kick off his 2014 North American tour, this Canadian dubstep artist gave the gift of a free download of “Rock You,” a version of Queen’s classic hit “We Will Rock You.” The tour features The Executioner, a 28-foot wide, 15-foot tall video and lighting installation. Excision visits Boston with drum and bass DJ team Dirtyphonics and glitch-hop artist III Gates. March 27, 8 p.m. $32, $45. House of Blues, 15 Lansdowne St., Boston. 888-693-2583,

    OLD SCHOOL THURSDAYS Fans of old school, take note of this series featuring old-school music and a live performance by old-school hip-hop artists. This week showcases Spindarella. March 27, 10 p.m. $0-$20. Venu, 100 Warrenton St., Boston.

    BINGO PLAYERS In late 2013, Paul Baumer, half of this Dutch DJ duo, died of cancer. His partner, Maarten Hoogstraten, continues the music making. March 28, 10 p.m. $35. Prime, 295 Franklin St., Boston. 617-338-1000,


    BOTTLE OF FUN Join DJ Panda and guests for punk, ska, new wave, soul, and oldies. March 29, 9 p.m. River Gods, 125 River St., Cambridge. 617-576-1881,

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    COMEDY IS KING Lamont Price is a killer comic and brings his regular “Comedy Is King” showcase to Laugh Boston with Mark Normand, who is getting ready to tape a special for Comedy Central, Shaun Bedgood, Alingon Mitra, and Mikey Walz. March 27, 8 p.m. $20. Laugh Boston, 425 Summer St., Boston. 617-725-2844,

    SUSIE ESSMAN Essman can sometimes be as blunt as Susie Greene, her popular “Curb Your Enthusiasm” character, but her intentions are a bit more gentle as a stand-up comedian. March 28, 7:30 p.m. $29-$39. The Wilbur Theatre. 866-448-7849,

    KATHLEEN MADIGAN Few comedians today offer more guaranteed laughs than Madigan, the former “Last Comic Standing” contestant and judge and a stand-up road warrior who is celebrating 25 years in comedy. March 29, 7 and 9:30 p.m. $33. The Wilbur Theatre. 866-448-7849,


    HARI KONDABOLU He may be the only stand-up comedian with a master’s degree in human rights, and his tour in support of his new album, “Waiting for 2042,” hits ImprovBoston for two shows on April Fool’s Day. April 1, 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. $15. ImprovBoston, 40 Prospect St., Cambridge. 617-576-1253,

    FRIENDS I HATE Dan Crohn hosts this monthly show at a new location in Somerville starting tonight, with headliner Tim McIntire, plus Dan Boulger, Lillian DeVane, and Chris Coxen (as jazzy Bermuda crooner Barry Tattle). March 27, 9 p.m. $7. Cuisine en Locale, 156 Highland Ave., Somerville. 617-285-0167,