The best EDM in Denver this weekend
Artists like Danger Mouse and Z-Trip have brought the art of the mash-up to the forefront, but few take it to the extremes of Loo & Placido (aka Laurent Lupidi and Jeremy Johnson, respectively), who each played in assorted French bands before teaming up to create sounds that tweak your mind and rock your body. The two reach into the far corners of assorted genres, from rock, hip-hop and disco to funk, dancehall and pop, blending the music with any number of electronic sounds made with machines, keyboards and live vocals for a mixed-up set that's different every night. Their mixes have even been accepted into the mainstream, gaining attention from such high-profile stars as Madonna. Catch the duo of mixmasters on Saturday, October 19, at NORAD with Dirty Little Thieves.
When Diplo's Mad Decent spin-off label Jeffree's dropped the Bro Safari single "Da Worm" in 2011, it brightened the spotlight already shining on Nicholas Weiller. Bro Safari might be a relatively new project, but Weiller, who currently performs under that name, earned his stripes as a DJ and producer with years of bass-heavy joints as Knick, and as half of collaborative projects Evol Intent and Ludachrist. Having put his stamp on mash-ups, glitchy downtempo and hard, dark drum-and-bass, Weiller is focusing his latest evolution on moombahton, along with occasional dalliances with the emerging sub-subgenre of trapstep. After spending the summer on the Bros Gone Wild Tour with Baltimore party veteran Tittsworth, Bro Safari will deliver a set that will probably jump styles like a mad Double Dutcher. But no matter which crate he decides to pull from, the dance floor will be packed for a sermon on serious low-end frequencies. (9 p.m., 18+, $15) -- Patrick Rodgers
Mord Fustang has carved out his niche with remixes of popular American Top 40 songs. Earning a nod last year as Beatport's breakthrough artist of the year, Mord Fustang has steadily released a growing catalog of electro-house bangers that explore the depths of the genre with a modern microscope. Signed to Germany's Plasmapool imprint, Mord Fustang recently dropped a complex, multi-layered track called "Taito" that would be equally as potent whether played at the largest massives or rocking the smallest dance floor. (9 p.m., 18+, $10) -- Britt Chester
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 18
NORAD hosts an all-vinyl night with Panther, Axel Madden, Domino Trixter, Ill Kid and vocals by Fatima Lily. On the main floor, Option4, Need&Necessity and Mosis rock the house. (9 p.m., 21+, no cover upstairs, $6-$10 downstairs)
Denver Disco brings Plastic Plates to Bar Standard for a night of groovy sounds with MantaRay and Falcon Punch. (9 p.m., 21+, $5-$15)
Roy Dudley and Pnut are the special guests at Milk Bar's UNDERGROUND, with residents Seth Nichols and Kevin Callison opening things up. (9 p.m., 21+)
Global Fridays at the Church features JLEET, Faia Aisu, MasterMash, Trill Clinton, Rob Stone. (9 p.m., $5-$20, 18+/ID)
Latin Night at Vinyl with Star DJ Gonzo, Kachondo, DJ Raul, Guz, Banda la Batalla (9 p.m., $5-$20, 18+/ID)
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 18
The Zombie Crawl official after party STAY ALIVE features Basscrooks, Lotus Drops, DJ Criminal and Muppetpunk at Casselman's (7 p.m., $10-$15, 18+/ID)
The Apocalectro: Zombie Paint Party at City Hall features Kill Paris and Kennedy Jones (7 p.m., $10-$30, 16+)
A night of Trance at Vinyl features Mitiska vs Tangle, Ston3, DJ Snipez and Tommy Giaime vs T-Rx. (9 p.m. $5-$20, 18+/ID)
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