The best EDM shows in Denver in November
SAT | MICHAL MENERT at FILLMORE AUDITORIUM | 11/16/13
Since his debut solo album Dreaming of Something Bigger, Michal Menert has been steadily touring the country building a grassroots following in the same way Derek Vincent Smith of Pretty Lights did when first hit the scene. Menert has one fans over with his galactic spaced out grooves, which draw heavy influence from the golden eras of soul, funk and hip-hop. El-P and Killer Mike are slated to share this outstanding bill.
THU | PORTER ROBINSON @ BETA NIGHTCLUB | 11/28/13
Porter Robinson started making electronic music at the age of thirteen using Sony ACID Pro, but he didn't perform his music live in front of an audience until a handful of years later. Since then, Robinson, who's barely old enough to drink, has led a bit of a charmed existence for any modern purveyor of electronic dance music. He's toured with Skrillex, shared stages with the some of the biggest names and performed at multiple large music festivals. Like any worthwhile artist in any style or tradition, Robinson definitely brings a signature sound to his music with an artful blending of beats and synthesizer composition, improvised and otherwise, with no obvious attempt to mimic his peers.
SAT | FLOSSTRADAMUS @ OGDEN THEATRE | 11/30/13
It was only a matter of time before someone brought Dirty South beats into the world of EDM, and Flosstradamus has certainly set the precedent for what a good trap show is supposed to be like. It's like Flosstradamus slipped drum and bass tracks in a potent cup of lean. Trap music has been around for awhile, but in this new era acts like Flosstradamus are bringing chopped beats and bangin' kicks to the dance floor.
FRI | BONOBO at FILLMORE AUDITORIUM | 11/1/13
Simon Green's Bonobo project has taken chilled-out downtempo on a meandering journey through complex syncopation, sweeping strings and heavy bass lines since 1999, when he released the single "Terrapin" on the Tru Thoughts label. Since then, Green has created four full-length albums for both that imprint and the epic Ninja Tune. His use of exotic instruments like the sitar blended with soulful, funky horns and gentle cymbals creates a soundscape reminiscent of a laid-back DJ Shadow. Bonobo's albums are sweet, hypnotic and often melancholy, and his live work kicks the energy up a notch while maintaining his signature blissed-out downtempo feel. -- Amber Taufen
SAT | JAMES ZABIELA at BETA NIGHTCLUB | 11/2/13
Coming from across the pond, James Zabiela brings his netherworld house to Denver. Although not quite minimal, Zabiela is very choosy in what sounds make it into his mixes, which makes it easier to enjoy the complexities of what he seamlessly builds into his sets. This is not a club banger type of set, but Zabiela can move a room in the right way, and shoulders should be swaying all night.
TUE | STEVE AOKI @ OGDEN THEATRE | 11/12/13
As founder of the now-famous DimMak record label, Steve Aoki has built his dance party into an empire. Pulling nearly every hard working act in pop music on board, his tracks all focus around one idea, and that is to make sure your ass is partying. His live show antics range from paddling through the crowd on a raft, tossing cake into the screaming audience, and stage diving right into the heart of the party. Essentially, Aoki helped usher in the hyper party of a concert, but his electro-house music alone can keep you sweating well into the night.