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The best dance music in Denver this weekend: Max Cooper, Doc Martin, Miguel Migs and more

Max Cooper is just one of the weekend's best dance bets
Max Cooper is just one of the weekend's best dance bets

Max Cooper spends his Afterhours at NORAD this Saturday

The world of electronic music is lucky that Max Cooper, a computational biologist who earned his Ph.D. at Nottingham University, decided to pursue a life behind the decks. Before 2010, music was an evenings-and-weekends gig for Cooper, who was working as a post-doctoral genetics researcher at University College London.

These days, the techno producer and DJ makes his music all day, every day. It should come as no surprise, then, that the Serie trilogy is one of Cooper's best-known creative efforts: The tracks are each inspired by a different scientific or mathematical concept and are accompanied by related videos (created by animator Whiskas Fx).

His production skills pull from areas of the brain that many of us haven't used since high school, and his hypnotic, sweeping live sets are known to draw even the most reluctant of dancers onto the floor. He's embarking on his first-ever tour of the United States, and we've been fortunate enough to land a date here in Denver; Afterhours Anonymous will host Cooper with Andrew S and Hoang on Saturday, October 6, at NORAD.

Keep reading for more on the weekend's best dance music. Pack your inhaler. We've got a full Dance Card.

Catch Doc Martin this Friday night at NORAD.
Catch Doc Martin this Friday night at NORAD.

The illustrious Doc Martin brings his underground house flavorings to the masses tonight at NORAD, spinning a three-hour set; Sublevel Live featuring Lillia, Ejay and Khalib will open things up for the master. (7 p.m., 21+, $5-$15)

ILL-ESHA takes over the Whomp Truck for the final mobile party of the year down on Sante Fe for the First Friday. Whompy will also see the new regulars Fonzie and Paulo, as well as OhmStyles. Find the truck at 13th and Sante Fe starting at 6:00 p.m. until 11:00 p.m.

Adventure Club headlines the Ogden Theatre tonight, bringing those wobbly, whomping basslines into full effect; Nobody Beats the Drum, The Candyman and Treason support. (8 p.m., 16+, $22-$27)

Satori is moving into the space previously occupied by several other dance venues; Miguel Migs will headline this opening night, and Greg Eversoul and Darrell Foxx will also be in the mix. (9 p.m., 21+, $10-$20)

Beta hosts Vaski tonight on the main floor, bringing plenty of dubstep goodness over that supreme sound system; in the Beatport Lounge, Mikael Stavostrand and Sergei Loginov vs. Andrew Kevins will entertain the underground tech-heads. (9 p.m., 18+, $5-$15)

Satoshi Tomiie headlines Bar Standard tonight with Ty Tek and DannyB and tunes for your dancing pleasure. (9 p.m., 21+, $10-$15)

Two collaborative local powerhouses are taking over the Beauty Bar on Saturday night; the Dirty Funk Squad and the Tree House Collective are teaming up to present Himay, Heather Suzanne, Mike Di$co, Khalib, Brick Lee and Travis Press. House music forever! (9 p.m., 21+, free)

Dub FX headlines the Larimer Lounge on Saturday night with support from Flower Fairy, Snareophobe, and StarfighterZ. Presented by Hot 107.1 and Sub.Mission, this bass will be turned on high and the frequency will be kept down low. (9 p.m., 18+, $17 adv, $20 day-of)

Saturday night brings Doctype to Lumonics with Talk All Night, Time and the Acidophiles bringing a mix of dubstep, breaks and just plain dance music to the psychedelic headspace inside the gallery. (7 p.m., all ages, $5)

Keep things going on Sunday at NORAD with Himay, Mike Di$co, Dylan, Heather Suzanne, EriktheShiva and Lil'C Magnum dropping house, techno, disco and funk selections for your weekend-winddown pleasure. (4 p.m., 21+, no cover)