The best concerts in Denver this weekend
7. MOUSE ON MARS @ SUMMIT MUSIC HALL | SAT, 2/23/13
Teeming with crystallized voices, fractured guitar breaks and falsetto funk, the German avant-electronic duo known as Mouse on Mars first began navigating the frontiers of glitch and post-rock nearly two decades ago. Like Andrew Weatherall conducting Malcolm McLaren through a recital of TV on the Radio's Desperate Youth, Blood Thirsty Babes, the outfit's catchy hybridization of tweaked-techno theorizes beats and melodies to their coldest intellectual extremes, coaxing hidden hooks and subsurface rhythms out of the most icy digital ambience. Like all works of abstraction, this act's music may take some thawing to fully fathom -- but its aesthetic thrills are warm and immediate.
6. VIBESQUAD @ FOX THEATRE | FRI, 2/22/13
Aside from touring as a solo act under the VibeSquaD moniker, Aaron Holstein has found the perfect balance between filling his duties as a highly sought-after EDM producer and those of being a father. Following a successful stint on Bassnectar's Vava Voom tour, Holstein has settled in for 2013 by touring with electro-jam rockers Lotus. Based here in Denver, out of one America's EDM hotbeds, Holstein creates music that straddles several genres, blurring the lines between breakbeats and bass without straying far from his hip-hop roots. Live, a VibeSquaD show can quickly go from Holstein setting the groove with a nice house tempo to an insane, raging, full-blown dance party.