It's First Friday again, folks, which means another awesome edition of the Whomp Truck's series of late night shows. This show's title is Ballerado and features DJs CacheFlowe, Jantsen, S.P.E.C.T.R.E. and Dirt Monkey. The show's location is a secret so you'll have to consult the Whomp Truck's Facebook page to get the drop, but it will be in the Santa Fe art district area in Denver. ($10, 21+ byob, 12am-5:30am)
Saturday night, get your underground rave fix with Spring Beats featuring Atom Pushers, Wildone, House Effect, Kriz and more. The tunes will be wide ranging from whomping dub to the house. The venue is the Atzlan Theatre in Denver ($10 presale, $15 @ the door, 7pm-4am)
Two of the biggest names in drum-and-bass, Ed Rush and Optical headline Reload this Saturday at City Hall. The pair practically co-founded the techno-influenced techstep subgenre in the 1990s. Their 1998 album, Wormhole, remains a genre classic, while the duo's latest effort, 2009's Travel the Galaxy, is widely regarded as a proper return to form. Local support provided by Liquid Stranger, MC Dino, Fury, Smash Bros., Shoebox, Dozha and Sureshot. ($25, 18+)
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Robbie Rivera plays the main floor of Beta Saturday night. His brand of commercial house music attracts a big crowd, but the real story will be upstairs, as Awesome Factory and Flatline Productions have joined forces to bring techno phenom Maetrik to the Beatport Lounge. The Spanish DJ/Producer, who also writes under the pseudonym Maceo Plex, has absolutely blown up in recent years and is truly one of the most impressive acts in underground techno. ($15-$20, 18+)
Sub.mission continues its winning streak of killer dubstep parties next week with Appleblim, who plays Cervantes' Other Side on Tuesday. The Bristol-based dubstep producer co-founded the influential Skull Disco label with fellow iconoclast Shackleton in 2005, releasing some of the most innovative recordings to come out of the dubstep genre during its brief, three-year history. Sub.mission's Budros Gali also performs, along with Ginger Perry, Rob Bass, Soleil PhunkE and Seeda. ($10, 18+)