The best EDM in Denver this weekend
Blond:ish is proof that you can't judge a book by its cover. DJs Anstascia and Vivie-Ann might superficially resemble a dozen interchangeable, pretty blonde club spinners who seem more invested in their hairdressers than their record collections, but the hair and funky clothing are as far as that comparison goes.
The two weave sets and create tracks that playfully skirt the razor-thin line dividing house and pure techno, layering trippy vocals over sassy percussion and soft, melodic electronic thrums that buzz through your body, eliciting dance moves you didn't even know you had. Formed in Montreal and now based out of London, the duo has also perfected the trick of bridging old-world and new-world dance-music sensibilities. The floor at NORAD will no doubt be scorched bare when these ladies take the helm.
As the leading force behind SMOG, L.A.'s premier dubstep connection, John Dadzie (aka 12th Planet) is well known in the EDM world. Touring with Skrillex certainly helped, but this solo act stands alone, with a quarterly Beta residency that showcases just what is going on behind closed doors at the SMOG label. As a known drum-and-bass aficionado, Dadzie brings the dubstep alive with 12th Planet, and Coult-45 and Caustik will round out the main floor. Raiz of Droid Behavior and Sequence will hold down the Beatport Lounge. (9 p.m., 18+, $15) -- Britt Chester
FRIDAY, JUNE 28
The Juan MacLean headlines the Fox Theatre up in Boulder with Fun Factory and Falcon Punch to get the grooves started right. (8:30 p.m., all ages, $12-$17)
Party down old school-style at Star Light with Shaggz, Blitz, Danny Luv, Just B, Spencer Maple, Josh Manky vs. Devious D and Josh Red vs. Zane. They'll keep the beats going all night long! (7 p.m., 21+, $10 donation)
The Electric Pony brings in local favorite Brick Lee to balance out residents Sound Advice and Garrett at the Appaloosa Grill, so come get your house groove on. (10 p.m., 21+, donations accepted)
Denver Disco hosts a "Night at the Roxbury" theme party at Bar Standard featuring the Magic Beans. Disco fever is right! (9 p.m., 21+, $5-$10)
SATURDAY, JUNE 29
Dustin Zahn lights up NORAD with Steve Mangleson for some techno love for all you dance-music-aficionados out there. (9 p.m., 21+, $5 and up)
Funkagenda joins Dragon, Jaceo and Vedic Dublin for some dance-floor goodness at Beta. Lace those shoes up tight, because it's going to be quite the ride! (9 p.m., 18+, $10)
Beauty Bar turns three on Saturday with DJ Nu-Mark, so come get your dance on! (7 p.m., 21+, no cover)
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