The 12 best EDM shows in Denver this March
THU-SUN | DENVER WINTER SHOWCASE @ BAR STANDARD & NORAD | 3/6 to 3/9
Eric Gruneisen Fans at the Griz and Gramatik show last fall. Griz is back March 10 at Belly Up Aspen
When Andy Roberts moved to Colorado a few years ago, he immediately recognized the scene here as something he wanted to be a part of, which ultimately birthed the idea for the Denver Winter Showcase. Now in its sophomore year as a techno/house-music party, the festival is totally geared to the city's techno-heads. For this year's version, Roberts is bringing a gang of talent to NORAD and Bar Standard, as well as announcing the location of the after-hours party.
SAT | NEED AND NECESSITY @ VINYL | 3/8
As co-founders of Denver-based Night Supply Records, Matt Friedman and Ross Kiser are making quite a name for themselves as house duo Need & Necessity, going from playing house parties at CU Boulder, where they went to school, to curating shows alongside the Hundred founder Brennen Bryarly. In their world of production, though, the East Coast natives are creating sounds similar to those coming out of the U.K., namely house music and derivatives of the genre. With roots in hip-hop and funk, Need & Necessity is part of the latest wave of house-music producers helping to make Colorado the go-to spot for the best dance music in the world. (with Kevin Saunderson and Dantiez Saunderson) - Britt Chester
THU | THE M MACHINE @ The BLUEBIRD THEATRE | 3/13
This electronic trio has live-looping vocals that are actually sung live, mixed smooth and clean and then blended perfectly into synth-heavy tracks. Their last live set in town was energetic, and the blooming flower that is the M Machine will most certainly grow into a force to be reckoned with as the group matures in the electronic dance music scene.
SAT | BREAK SCIENCE @ OGDEN | 3/8
Adam Deitch's Break Science project is easily one of the best breakout acts in the dance-music scene. We named the act's latest release, Seven Bridges, the best EDM album of 2013, and rightfully so: Collaborating with RedMan, Lettuce and Sonya Kitchell, to name a few, the album shows how dance music is evolving and merging with other genres to really take over the world. Don't miss Break Science alongside Bass Physics and ExMag at the Ogden Theatre.
MON | GRIZ @ BELLY UP ASPEN | 3/10
Songs like "Getting Live" -- which opens Rebel Era and drips with funky guitars and gritty bass lines before reaching a crescendo of futuristic sounds and robust beats -- notwithstanding, it's clear that GRiZ (aka Grant Kwiecinski) is much more interested in letting the album tell a story with emotion and soul than he is consumed with drops and bass. "Too Young for Tragedy Part II," a followup from the opener on his previous album, and "DTW to DIA (The Travels of Mr. B)" are two tracks that show monumental growth in both song structure and audio production, and "How It Ends" rounds out the collection nicely with help from Dominic Lalli of Big Gigantic. All in all, Rebel Era is a clean effort that proves GRiZ is exploring his sounds under a microscope and tweaking each instrument to satisfy his thirst for the perfect blend. This is organic funk wearing a mask of modern technology.