The best EDM in Denver this weekend
FRI | MOSCA at NORAD | 10/4/13 Many DJs who start off on the drum-and-bass/jungle end of things tend to stay toward the bass-oriented end of spectrum. But while Mosca still incorporates a hefty amount of dub/dancehall/reggae into his sets, he's primarily known for his underground house and techno sets, in addition to his production tracks. And he's also a prolific remixer, reworking tunes from both pop and underground artists. Mosca's own signature sound tends to be sassy and sexy, but quite a bit darker than most house or techno artists typically stray. He's a master of maintaining the line between raw, atypical, experimental and dancefloor-friendly tracks, and he frequently packs clubs with his unusual track selection and cutting-edge sensibilities.
FRI | AEROPLANE at CERVANTES OTHERSIDE | 10/4/13 Yes, disco follows a formula. But Belgian-Italian producer Aeroplane (aka Vito De Luca) isn't thinking small when it comes to the genre. He's not even concerned with floor fillers. In fact, he's aiming for nothing short of cosmic disco rapture, taking his cues from '70s prog-rock giants like Pink Floyd as much as he is Italo-disco masters like Giorgio Moroder. The epic musicality of De Luca's productions has been apparent since his 2010 debut, We Can't Fly, which garnered rave reviews from both the mainstream music press and underground EDM critics, meaning he's found that rare balance between pop accessibility and underground cred. But fluff aside, Aeroplane's product is still disco. That said, he's here to make you boogie. Catch him with Gigamesh at Cervantes' Other Side. (8 p.m., 16+, $20) -- Sean Levisman
SAT | SIGNAL PATH at BLUEBIRD THEATER | 10/5/13 When Signal Path first started out, over a decade ago, the goal was to bring elements of the jam scene into the realm of electronic music. While the notion of fusing those two sounds may not seem all that novel now, at the time the hybrid was quite a groundbreaking concept. The two styles ultimately proved to be a natural match for the musicians, a lot like their own creative partnership. The other pieces of Signal Path snapped neatly into place when the pair joined forces with bassist Dion Stepanski (who has since been replaced by Matt Schumaker). Signal Path shares this bill at the Bluebird with Mux Mool and RUMTUM, the subject of this week's profile. -- Britt Chester
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 4
Clockwork joins Shank Aaron and Grym at Beta for some serious dance music. (9 p.m., 18+, $10)
UNDERGROUND at Milk hosts Benjamin Shreves with Seth Nichols and Kevin Callison, so if you need some underground house fix, this is where it's at. (9 p.m., 21+, free before 10 p.m., $5 after)
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 5
Catch Photek, ANT TC1 and Sinistarr with Recon residents bringing some drum-and-bass to the masses at NORAD. (9 p.m., 21+, $15-$20) ION is back at Lumonics, featuring Hypnotoad, Labyrinth, Throw3R, E11even and Delta IX offering up psychedelic tunes for your dancing pleasure. (9 p.m., 18+, $10)
Le Castle Vania joins Funhouse residents at Beta for some dancefloor magic. (9 p.m., 18+, $10)
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