The best EDM shows in Denver this weekend

DIESELBOY @ BETA | FRI, 4/26/13
Whether he's producing the fastest, tightest, most insistent drum-and-bass tracks you've ever heard or dropping a set that's pure whomp-based dubstep, it's clear that Damian Higgins selected an appropriate moniker when he started making music as Dieselboy. His sound is immediately identifiable -- slick, dark and powerful, with an underlying rumble and mechanical precision that evoke an engine boasting more horsepower than a NASA shuttle. His high-school musical meanderings included playing drums in the marching band and deejaying for dances at his alma mater in Oil City, Pennsylvania. Once he got beat-matching and mixing down, production was the next obvious step, and by the mid-'90s, Dieselboy was one of the most respected bass-oriented mixmasters and producers in the game. Catch the master at work with Fury and M.C. Dohza; in the Beatport Lounge, Greg Eversoul and ManmadE heat up the underground techno so you can get down. (9 p.m., 18+. $10)

NICOLAS JARR @ COMMUNIKEY/BOULDER MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART | SAT, 4/27/13
Only 23 years old, New York's Nicolas Jaar is turning heads in the electronic-music world with his cerebral take on left-field house and experimental techno that makes frequent use of live instrumentation often performed by Jaar himself. A 2012 graduate of Brown University, Jaar released his debut album, the atmospheric Space Is Only Noise, to widespread critical acclaim in 2011, and he was recognized by Resident Advisor as the number-one live electronic-music act of both 2011 and 2012. CMKY is taking over Boulder all weekend long; catch dozens more musical masterpieces this weekend, locals and out-of-towners alike, along with film and workshops and all kinds of cool events. (1 p.m., all ages, $20) -- Matt Miner

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