This weekend's Dance Card: The Prodigy, Mikael Stavöstrand and Jason Short, Dubtribe Sound System, JFK and Ben Klock
One of the biggest acts in electronic music, the Prodigy exploded onto the British scene with its 1992 debut album, Experience, and 1994 follow-up, Music for the Jilted Generation. The duo of frontman Keith Flint and producer Liam Howlett went on to become one of the first dance bands to successfully break through to the American mainstream with the 1997 major label release of The Fat of the Land, one of the watershed moments in the history of electronic music. The iconic group performs Saturday night at Pepsi Center with nü-metal gurus Linkin Park. ($68.50-$199.95, all ages)
Square One Productions has been on quite a roll lately. Their last event, "Droid Steps," with Drumcell, Audio Injection and Octave, is an early frontrunner for techno show of the year. Threatening to outdo themselves, they've booked Mikael Stavöstrand and Jason Short this Saturday at the Would Shop, a double-bill that has the underground techno community buzzing. Swedish-born Stavöstrand is one of the most high-profile European minimal techno producers (although he now resides in Los Angeles). Short lives in San Francisco, where he runs the awesome Auralism label with former Coalition of the Killing partner Marc Smith. Bones plays a three-hour opening set; Sequence closes the night out. ($15-$20, 21+)
Those of a more house-oriented persuasion can't be much more thrilled with the line-up for Love... An Evening with Dubtribe Sound System. The legendary San Francisco tribal house duo (comprised of Sunshine and Moonbeam Jones) performs Saturday night at Casselman's along with West Coast house music legend Doc Martin. Dubtribe and Martin have both been Colorado house-head favorites since the mid-nineties. Sunshine Jones and Jasun Lovejoy of the Tribe Posse also play a tag-team set; Frederick Gentry warms things up. ($20-$25, 21+)
Road to Ultra at Beta this Saturday features JFK, one half of the indie electronic act MSTRKRFT. Expect hard-hitting, club-friendly electro tracks, similar to what you would hear from the duo, including, most likely, some of its bigger hits such as "Bounce" and "Heartbreaker." With Dragon and Andrew Wickes. ($15-$20, 18+)
If you're still going strong into Sunday, PBR & Waffles #4 has an absolutely absurd lineup for you. Ben Klock, who regularly headlines shit-hot Berlin club Berghain, makes his Colorado debut alongside Minnesota's much-hyped DVS1. Resident Advisor's #5 DJ of 2010, Pabst Blue Ribbon and waffles? What more could you ask for on a (can I call it early spring yet?) Sunday afternoon in Denver? (No cover, 21+, venue TBA)
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