The best EDM in Denver this weekend
Nicole Cacciavillano of sub.mission
Sub.mission knows dubstep, and to mark another year of its devotion to the true sound, Nicole Cacciavillano and her crew are hosting a real U.K. underground-style throwdown with V.I.V.E.K., who performed at last year's party. He's set to perform alongside the entire roster of Sub.mission residents, who will rotating throughout the night with Kaiju and Grimblee. -- Britt Chester
If getting lost in a sea of trance-inducing beats and out-of-this-world mixing is what you crave, look no further than Random Rab and Bluetech. Random Rab is proof that auditory stimulation in a large room full of dancing people can evoke emotion like no other, while Bluetech has been creating music for over a decade that challenges listeners to think outside the box and work towards changing the world as a whole. It's a musical pairing of monumental talent you won't want to miss. Tor and D.V.S. share the bill tonight. (8 p.m., 16+, $20-$35) -- BC
Starting out on the West Coast passing out mixtapes, DJ BL3ND quickly caught the ears of clubbers who sought out the most epic parties to get down to. Sporting his mohawked, half-face-covering mask, BL3ND now reaches followers all over the world by speaking the universal language: party music. -- BC
DJ Heather grew up in a household in which eclectic music abounded, and as she got older, fate threw mixing opportunities her way, from a gig at a college radio station to a stint programming weekend music at a neighborhood pub. Those experiences led her to explore the ways that DJs at the best clubs in Chicago (including Derrick Carter, Mark Farina, Gemini, Lego and many more) put together sets in the late '80s and early '90s, and she quickly picked up on the art of mixing records. Since then, DJ Heather's irreverent, jazzy sound has helped define what Chicago house can be -- and she's been signed to fellow former Chicago resident Farina's Om label, proving her worth as an international tastemaker.
Weaving hip-hop and soul into his productions, the Polish Ambassador is staying ahead of the curve in a genre that is evolving faster than the BPMs of the music. Constantly pushing his sound to new levels, he approaches his productions with a seemingly boundless creative energy. The Polish Ambassador returns to Denver with a new album that underscores his readiness to experiment and fearlessly take on new challenges. -- BC
FRIDAY, APRIL 5
Need a bass fix on Friday? Beta's got you covered; head there to see Xilent join Mystical Influence and Subliminal on the main floor. (9 p.m., 18+, $10)
KDrew joins Nikki Marie and DJ Digga on the decks at City Hall for an all-ages dance-music extravaganza. (9 p.m., 16+, $20-$25)
SATURDAY, APRIL 6
Donald Glaude joins Ken Loi, Jaceo and Vedic Dublin for a round of house-based fun at Beta's aptly named FUNhouse Saturdays. (9 p.m., 18+, $10)
The Dirty Funk Squad is back for another round at Opal; this month, special guest Bryan Elsloo will join Dylan behind the decks. (9 p.m., 21+, no cover)
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