The best EDM in Denver this weekend
SAT| JUSTIN JAY at VINYL | 1/18/14 There's a certain freshness that newcomers bring to any scene they infiltrate, especially if they grew up in a completely different era. That's exactly what Jay is doing for house music. The teenager, who isn't even old enough to drink in some of the Los Angeles clubs where he's been performing, taps into his classical piano background for the house music he creates. Those tracks, bolstered by hip-hop samples and infused with a modern dance sensibility, will make house music veterans sit up and take notice, especially for the way in which he weaves insistent forward-thinking beats into the grooves and melodies. He's provided mixes for Dirtybird and has handcrafted an assortment of tracks that are gaining traction everywhere.
FRI | KILL THE NOISE at BETA | 1/17/14 Finding success in signing with Skrillex's OWSLA record label, Kill the Noise has grown into one of the heaviest producers currently touring. Jake Stanczak, the brains behind the operation, has been developing Kill the Noise's sound for years. His powerhouse club bangers melt with melodic pianos and tease the fringes of metal anthems. This burgeoning genre -- this lovely-meets-heavy blend -- blasts from the speakers, leaving you in a state of seizing bliss. Catch Stanczak at Beta, with Fury and MC Dozha. In the Beatport Lounge, Josh Manke and Sergei Loginov host underground techno love. (9 p.m., 18+, $20) -- Britt Chester
SAT | THE CRYSTAL METHOD at BETA | 1/18/14 For the past two decades, Scott Kirkland and Ken Jordan have been producing top-notch dance music for both club settings and the radio airwaves. In 2011, the two were featured in the Grammy documentary Re:Generation, in which they created an R&B track alongside Martha Reeves and the Funk Brothers. These days, the act continues to move the masses with the kind of finesse that only comes with years of experience. (9 p.m., 18+, $25) -- Chester
SAT | ROBOTIC PIRATE MONKEY at FOX THEATRE | 1/18/14 Robotic Pirate Monkey started as a trio in Boulder and has since built up a national presence as touring duo giving a fresh new face to dance music. Working through the kinks of no longer living in the same town, Andrew Hathaway and Matt Berryhill are preparing for the release of their next effort, the Booty Snatch EP, due out this summer, and is hitting the road with Terravita, including this date at the Fox. (8:30 p.m., all ages, $14-$18) -- Chester
FRIDAY, JANUARY 17
NORAD hosts HOME Fridays with Goldroom, Action 52 and Uncle Buck. (9 p.m., 21+, $8)
Catch Posso and Mantaray at Bar Standard, courtesy of Denver Disco (9 p.m., 21+,
Go UNDERGROUND at Milk with Alex M. and Bryan Christian. (9 p.m., 21+)
SATURDAY, JANUARY 18
DJ Sante hosts an all-vinyl night with DJs LL Bishop Greg Eversoul, featuring the greatest hits from the '90s on the NORAD dancefloor. (9 p.m., 21+, free before 10 p.m., $5 after)
For House of Buddha Saturdays, Uriah West and Travis Press throw down the funk at the Funky Buddha. (9 p.m., 21+)
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