The best EDM in Denver this weekend

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SAT | DIGITALISM at VINYL | 2/8/14
After a stripped­-down U.S. tour last May, the Hamburg­-based duo Digitalism is coming back across the pond. The electro musicians are a prime example of why two heads can sometimes be better than one when it comes to creating music. The pair, Jens Moelle and Ismail Tüfekçi, have been collaborating since they met, and the latter's more light, melodic tendencies are a perfect foil for the former's darker twists and turns. This is electro with an anthem­-house twist; the retro clicks and beeps create dance­floor masterpieces that make bodies move and club walls shake. Digitalism has created remixes for such powerhouses as Daft Punk, Depeche Mode and the White Stripes, and in turn had those remixes spun by noted names like Justice and Soulwax -- proof that the act's winning formula works both in the studio and behind the decks.

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The best concerts in Denver this weekend

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FRI | ICELANTIC'S WINTER ON THE ROCKS at RED ROCKS | 1/31/14
More than misogyny or materialism, intelligence and verbal skill are championed by Jurassic 5; the vocabulary is impressive and the verbal acrobatics the guys perform are outstanding. J5 carries the energy and excitement of a newer era group but bring the flavor of an old hip-hop act (the crew strongly echoes the legendary Cold Crush Brothers), and it follows musical cues that are classic in the truest sense. (Ghostland Observatory and DJ Sam Spiegel of N.A.S.A. are slated to share the bill.)

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The best EDM in Denver this weekend

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SAT | ROB PAINE at THE FUSION FACTORY | 2/1/14
Some musicians are such activists for the artistic community in their neck of the woods that their names become part and parcel of the scene in that particular place -- and that's exactly what Rob Paine has done in Philadelphia. His early exposure to reggae and dub sounds contributed to his unique sound, which takes the deep, soulful nature of dub­inspired music and fuses it with the faster pace and more synthetic tunes of house and techno...and Paine's been making those connections since well before "dub" became an electronic­ music buzzword. He's the mastermind behind Worship Recordings, and not only can he spin a set that will captivate a dance floor for hours, but he also produces most of the work that comes out of the Worship house.

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The best EDM in Denver this weekend

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Once upon a time, it was enough for a DJ to weave a spell on the dance floor, but those days are long gone. Now, anyone dabbling in electronic music had better have some serious chops as a producer. And when it comes to production, Alex Metric is one of the finest acts currently on the scene. He's released dozens of original tracks that have been recorded and released by such illustrious organiza-tions as Ministry of Sound and BBC Radio 1, and he's also well known for his remix action, having created new versions of tracks by such disparate artists as Depeche Mode, Phoenix and Ellie Goulding. But the man's no slouch when it comes to mixing up his own sets, either, as evidenced by his recent world tour; he's been scorching dance floors from Singapore to Sydney to Miami. And now it's Denver's turn. Tomorrow night, Metric teams up with Destructo for what is sure to be an unforgettable night.

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The best concerts in Denver this weekend

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DISCO BISCUITS at OGDEN THEATRE / 1STBANK CENTER | 1/23-25
Jamtronica pioneers the Disco Biscuits build interesting set lists: They invert portions of jams into each other, surprising audience members again and again while shining a mega-ton of lasers in their faces for an overstimulation extravaganza. The Biscuits will take over the Ogden for two nights, then expand for a big finale on Saturday night at 1STBANK Center. The Philly band always shows Colorado lots of love, even when its touring schedule winds down to allow for work on other projects.

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The best EDM in Denver this weekend

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SAT| JUSTIN JAY at VINYL | 1/18/14
There's a certain freshness that newcomers bring to any scene they infiltrate, especially if they grew up in a completely different era. That's exactly what Jay is doing for house music. The teenager, who isn't even old enough to drink in some of the Los Angeles clubs where he's been performing, taps into his classical­ piano background for the house music he creates. Those tracks, bolstered by hip­-hop samples and infused with a modern dance sensibility, will make house­ music veterans sit up and take notice, especially for the way in which he weaves insistent forward-thinking beats into the grooves and melodies. He's provided mixes for Dirtybird and has handcrafted an assortment of tracks that are gaining traction everywhere.

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The best concerts in Denver this weekend

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FRI-SUN | MURDER BY DEATH at STANLEY HOTEL | 1/17-1/19
When Murder by Death first formed in Bloomington, Indiana, nearly fifteen years ago under the name Little Joe Gould, the outfit was somewhat of an anomaly, as the whole chamber-pop phenomenon hadn't happened yet -- and wouldn't for another five years. But the act, as would later become evident, wasn't afraid of swimming upstream. In the ensuing years, Murder by Death often bridged the gap between punk and indie rock, essentially building its name playing the same underground-music circuit as hardcore bands. It didn't really matter if the group's sound fit that milieu or not; the members of Murder by Death had no problem winning folks over with their spirited live shows. In a stroke of inspired booking, Murder by Death is performing three shows at the Stanley Hotel, the inspiration for the Overlook Hotel in Stephen King's The Shining.

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The best EDM in Denver this weekend

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SAT | CEDRIC GERVAIS at BETA | 1/11/14
French-born, Miami-based Cedric Gervais crafts a brand of house that weaves threads of electro and progressive house into a big, shimmery, club-smashing tapestry of late-night abandon. On hits such as "Spirit in My Life," Gervais displays a talent for slick, vocal-driven progressive house that would make fellow Frenchman David Guetta jealous. Then he can turn around and produce a bouncy, blippy, silly sample-driven track such as his remix of George Morel's "Let's Take Drugs," which is almost a throwback to the halcyon days of PLUR rave culture. That he can find success and maintain a DJ-culture buzz on both tracks is a testament to his talent as well as his rising star power. If he continues on the same trajectory, it's just a matter of time before he ascends to the top tier of the dance world. -- Cory Casciato


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FRI & SAT | ADVENTURE CLUB at OGDEN THEATRE | 1/10-1/11
The Montreal-based Adventure Club is a duo that started as a pop-punk act. Quickly outgrowing that hybrid, Christian Srigley and Leighton James started making electronic music, their first foray into it being a remix of Brand New's "Daisy." Adventure Club's break-out release, though, was a remix of "Everything to Me," by Lips, which was accompanied by a fantasy/superhero music video. Rather than just sculpting chill atmospherics between bass drops, Adventure Club employs methods used in older dubstep, creating textured melodies with transitions that tend to flow instead of tempos that merely stop, start and stutter.

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The best EDM in Denver this weekend

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SAT | PURITY RING (DJ SET) at CASSELMAN'S | 12/21/13
A Canadian duo made up of Corin Roddick and Megan James, Purity Ring has made a name for itself with syncopated rhythms and dreamy, pop-oriented soundscapes. James, who designs and stitches the clothes that the pair wear on stage, lays down the vocals, while Roddick's production precision gives the act's tracks the skeleton that supports and uplifts the group's sets. Drenched in the influence of hip-hop's and thick with emotion and soul, the music of Purity Ring is a thing of sophisticated beauty. Don't miss Purity Ring's DJ set this Saturday with Giraffage, Krooked Drivers and Vinnie Maniscalco.

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