The best EDM in Denver this weekend

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Ryan Crosson

FRI | RYAN CROSSON at NORAD | 3/28/14

Ryan Crosson exemplifies techno at its finest, whether your measuring stick is based on the heyday of Detroit techno or on the sub-genre's modern-day residency in Berlin. Crosson made a name for himself in both cities; after sharpening his needles alongside artists like Richie Hawtin and Kevin Saunderson, he helped found the seminal Visionquest label with colleagues Shaun Reeves, Seth Troxler and Lee Curtiss. And although he can be counted on to lay down some of the very latest techno floor-pounders in his sets, Crosson is also a master of selecting blasts from the past to stitch into his latest sound, whether it's a jazzy, brassy sample from a vintage record or a righteous techno track you haven't heard for twenty years. He'll play a special set at NORAD on Friday, March 28. (9 p.m., 21+, $10 and up)

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The best EDM in Denver this weekend

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Mark Farina

FRI | MARK FARINA at BAR STANDARD | 3/21/14

Mark Farina plays mushroom jazz, and that's just the way it is. Seamlessly fusing funk, soul, jazz, and hip-hop into a fluid soundtrack, Farina has grown into a household name at Bar Standard where he regularly plays sets in what could be called his home away from home. Denver Disco prides itself on bringing nu-disco to the masses, but when Mark Farina gets behind the decks. disco goes rogue and turns into a nostalgic funk fest where nothing is safe from the remixing skills of one of the best in the game. Catch him with Uriah West at Bar Standard (9 p.m., 21+, $10 and up) -- Britt Chester


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The best EDM in Denver this weekend

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Doctor P
FRI | DOCTOR P at BETA | 3/14/14

My dubstep has a first name, and it's D-O-C-T-O-R-P. Having established himself as one of the originators in bringing dubstep to the masses, Doctor P's early hits still get regular play in the biggest sets. To boot, his Circus Records imprint is constantly releasing new bangers, and that means the now-tired "Sweet Shop" can get a little break from constant plays. Alongside Cookie Monsta, it's safe to say that both of these acts will destroy the Funktion-Ones, and the ears of everyone throwing down on the main floor of Beta. (9 p.m., 18+, $25) -- Britt Chester

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The best EDM shows in Denver this weekend

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Adam Beyer

FRI | ADAM BEYER at NORAD | 3/8/14

It's entirely appropriate that Adam Beyer's techno label bears the handle Drumcode, considering that the techno enthusiast was a drummer in his teenage years before turning to electronic music in 1990, when he purchased his first set of turntables. Although the Swedish DJ was initially drawn to a wide range of genres, he settled on his flagship sound -- hard, pounding, dark techno -- by the mid-'90s, and he's risen to the top since then. Drumcode isn't any old label; on top of the typical album releases, Beyer also offers up regular podcasts under the imprint's name, all of which are well worth listening to. His techno sets regularly pack dance floors around the globe, and he'll no doubt show just why he's been a top DJ and producer for two decades when he takes over the decks at NORAD on Saturday, March 8; in the lounge, catch Julian Jeweil, Omid 16B, Jewel-Kid, Shea Delaney, Aaron Lee, Redone, Austin Diogo and Alex M. (9 p.m., 21+, $15-$25)

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The best EDM in Denver this weekend

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FRI | ICHISAN at BAR STANDARD | 2/28/14
It's not often that artists like Ichisan get a chance to play in this part of the world, so dance lovers in Denver should be stoked that he's headed here. The Slovenian musician began his musical career on stringed instruments -- specifically, the guitar -- for bands playing in several genres before he delved into electronic music and realized that that particular shoe fit him a little better. As a photographer, Ichisan has got an eye for moments that capture your attention, and he's parlayed that talent into both his production and his deejaying career, creating tracks and sets that smoothly reel in his audience. Although his taste tends toward the more gentle side of funky, that just means you'll be flatĀ­out surprised at how long you've been bobbing your head or twitching your hips to what he's creating -- it sneaks up on you like that. -- Amber Taufen

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The best EDM in Denver this weekend

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SAT | ARTOPIA at SOCO CLUBS | 2/22/14
Pruitt Poythress has crafted a sound that translates his fascination with the storytelling styles of hip-hop's golden era into modern dance music. Creating big-room sounds minus the same old build-and-drop structure of most electronic sets, Pruitt works the ebbs and flows of his life into the beats that emanate from the sound system he's controlling. In advance of his appearance at this weekend's Artopia, we spoke with the recent North Carolina transplant about coming to Denver and the new flavor he brings to the scene. Catch Pruitt at Artopia with a lineup of producers and DJs handpicked from the local scene, including Mikey Thunder, Decadon, Lotus Drops, Pan Astral and much more.

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The best shows in Denver this weekend

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SAT | ARTOPIA at SOCO CLUBS | 2/22/14
Artopia is always a blast, and this year's lineup includes a cornucopia of producers and bands handpicked from the local scene, including Shady Elders, Confluence, FaceMan, Colfax Speed Queen, the Outfit, the Royal, Pruitt, Mikey Thunder, Decadon, Lotus Drops, Pan Astral and much more. It's basically, a showcase of local talent that is making big moves. Oh, and did we mention there is a ton of food and art? You don't want to miss this.

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The best concerts in Denver this weekend

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Brandon Marshall

FRI & SAT | DEVOTCHKA at MERCURY CAFE | 2/14-2/15
DeVotchKa is for lovers. So is Valentine's Day. An absolutely ideal pairing, the two have been making beautiful music together for years, and the former is celebrating the latter with a three-day run, the second night of which is slated for tonight. What better way to spend Valentine's Day than with Nick Urata and company as they bring their sultry sounds to intimate confines of the Mercury Cafe.

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The best EDM in Denver this weekend

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FRI | WINTER WARMER FESTIVAL at FILLMORE | 2/14/14
Since dropping his debut solo album Dreaming of a Bigger Life, Michal Menert has been steadily touring the country building a grassroots following in the same way Derek Vincent Smith of Pretty Lights did when he first hit the scene. Menert has won fans over with his galactic spaced out grooves, which draw heavy influence from the golden eras of soul, funk and hip-hop, and he's proven he can move a massive room. On the heels of a great show at the venue this past November, Menert returns to the Fillmore for the Winter Warmer with the Polish Ambassador, Mikey Thunder, Late Night Radio, Krooked Drivers.

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The best concerts in Denver this weekend

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Eric Gruneisen

FRI & SAT | LOTUS at FILLMORE AUDITORIUM | 2/7-2/8
The jazzy electronic quintet Lotus, known for its precisely timed improvisations during live shows, is celebrating its thirteenth year together. This weekend, fresh off the release of its most recent effort, Lotus, the band, which is signed to Boulder's SCI Fidelity records, is kicking off a tour that will culminate with a group of shows in Japan. From incorporating video-game music to performing David Bowie tribute shows and playing Black Sabbath covers, Lotus has figured out how to evolve its music and have a lot of fun doing it. The act is sure to please the Fillmore crowd with extensive, complex jam sessions and, if we're lucky, a few covers.

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