ALESSO @ OGDEN THEATRE | FRI, 2/15/13 Sweden is experiencing a groundswell of bass drops and bleep-bloops, the result of electronic dance music's worldwide takeover. And riding shotgun on the revolutionary journey is Alesso, the Swedish house DJ who broke onto the EDM scene a few years ago as one of the genre's biggest success stories. His remixes of Nadia Ali's "Pressure" and Swedish House Mafia's "Save the World" quickly became hits, and his collaboration Sebastian Ingrosso on "Calling" propelled him to dance music superstardom. -- Victor Gonzalez
DEAN PAUL @ BETA | FRI, 2/15/13 In order to fully understand the impact Dean Paul has had on the West Coast techno scene, you should know that he is a full-time resident with Droid Behavior, the Los Angeles collective behind the Droid Recordings label (other residents include techno powerhouses Audio Injection, Drumcell and Raíz), the D-Node podcast and countless techno underground events that have kept the L.A. scene popping. Dean Paul started mixing tracks when he was a mere fourteen years old and graduated to producing his own selections about a decade ago, when he was in his early twenties. His sound is on the murky side, dark and twisted and completely undeniable when it beckons you onto the dance floor.
Keep reading for more of the weekend's best dance music
Friday, February 15
Bunny from Rabbit in the Moon is taking over NORAD's main floor tonight with Reverend Pariah and Mental69. In the lounge, AMTRAC makes his Denver debut with disco-house style; LUST and Need & Necessity will help warm the crowd up for this pleaser. (9 p.m., 21+, $5-$10)
The Peanut Butter Jamz is back at Lumonics tonight; Dave Parrish, Dagan, S33d4, Matt Sloka, Hazy Meadow and B. Funky will provide the tunes, you provide the bread, peanut butter or jam for the hungry. (9 p.m., all ages, $10)
Saturday, February 16
Bit Funk is coming all the way from Brooklyn to the Larimer Lounge on Saturday for a throwdown with Option4 and Need & Necessity. If you want to dance till you forget who's watching, this is the place to do it. (8 p.m., 18+, $10-$15)
NORAD hosts Tim Xavier on Saturday night; the Berlin-based techno star will join PSYK and Roger That on the main floor, with Lurob, Tony Rodelli and J Fuzzion in the lounge. (9 p.m., 21+, $8 and up)
Cervantes' Masterpiece Ballroom is blowing up with bass on Saturday night; Eskmo, Andreillien (formerly Heyoka), Russ Liquid and NaS-Ja will be responsible for the whomp. (8 p.m., 16+, $15-$20)
The Sidechain Sessions take over Crash 45 on Saturday night for lovers of house music; Charlie Coval, Miz Astrid, Brandon Chase and Maya Amack will hold down the decks. (9 p.m., 21+, no cover)
There's an electronic-music blowout at Vinyl on Saturday night with Huglife (aka DJ Slink), Regulators and Treyy G offering up plenty of options for your weekend dancing selection. (9 p.m., 18+, $5-$20)
Congorock takes over the Beta main floor on Saturday night with Cognition + T-Rav and Jontron bringing the dance-centric tunes to the masses. (9 p.m., 18+, $10)
Still out and about in the wee hours of Sunday morning? There's a PSYK after-hours party featuring an extended set from the DJ plus tunes from Danny Marrin at 2126 Arapahoe Street. (1:30 a.m., 21+)
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