The best EDM in Denver this weekend
FRI | MOSCA at NORAD | 10/4/13
Many DJs who start off on the drum-and-bass/jungle end of things tend to stay toward the bass-oriented end of spectrum. But while Mosca still incorporates a hefty amount of dub/dancehall/reggae into his sets, he's primarily known for his underground house and techno sets, in addition to his production tracks. And he's also a prolific remixer, reworking tunes from both pop and underground artists. Mosca's own signature sound tends to be sassy and sexy, but quite a bit darker than most house or techno artists typically stray. He's a master of maintaining the line between raw, atypical, experimental and dancefloor-friendly tracks, and he frequently packs clubs with his unusual track selection and cutting-edge sensibilities.
FRI | AEROPLANE at CERVANTES OTHERSIDE | 10/4/13
Yes, disco follows a formula. But Belgian-Italian producer Aeroplane (aka Vito De Luca) isn't thinking small when it comes to the genre. He's not even concerned with floor fillers. In fact, he's aiming for nothing short of cosmic disco rapture, taking his cues from '70s prog-rock giants like Pink Floyd as much as he is Italo-disco masters like Giorgio Moroder. The epic musicality of De Luca's productions has been apparent since his 2010 debut, We Can't Fly, which garnered rave reviews from both the mainstream music press and underground EDM critics, meaning he's found that rare balance between pop accessibility and underground cred. But fluff aside, Aeroplane's product is still disco. That said, he's here to make you boogie. Catch him with Gigamesh at Cervantes' Other Side. (8 p.m., 16+, $20) -- Sean Levisman