FRI | MICHAL MENERT, WINTER WARMER at FILLMORE | 2/14 Since dropping his debut solo album Dreaming of a Bigger Life, Michal Menert has been steadily touring the country building a grassroots following in the same way Derek Vincent Smith of Pretty Lights did when he first hit the scene. Menert has wo ... More >>
DECADENCE NYE at COLORADO CONVENTION CENTER | 12/30-12/31 Just to tease a few of the artists: Bassnectar, Beats Antique, Keys and Krates, Tiesto, Dada Life, Pretty Lights, Odesza, Above & Beyond, Paul Basic, and 12th Planet. Need we say more? Decadence landed in Denver as a result of Triad Dragons' ... More >>
With heavy distortion and intergalactic samples, Datsik fuses the heaviest elements of rap and dubstep to create a sound that's the equivalent of standing in the middle of an epic man-versus-machine battlefield. Datsik, known in his home town of British Columbia as Troy Beetles, followed up on the p ... More >>
Eric Prydz's biggest hits so far have both incorporated famous work by other musicians -- 2004's "Call on Me" samples Steve Winwood's "Valerie," and his '06 track "Proper Education" is a remix of Pink Floyd's "Another Brick in the Wall, Part 2." However, he released a number-one track on Beatport th ... More >>
Since first opening its doors in 2008, Beta Nightclub has been at the top of numerous "best of" lists, and it currently holds the top spot for clubs in North America. In commemoration of the club's fifth anniversary, being celebrated this week, we caught up with the folks behind Beta to get their th ... More >>
BONOBO @ OGDEN THEATRE | FRI, 4/26/13 Simon Green's Bonobo project has taken chilled-out downtempo on a meandering journey through complex syncopation, sweeping strings and heavy bass lines since 1999, when he released the single "Terrapin" on the Tru Thoughts label. Since then, Green has created fo ... More >>
We're right in that lull between three-day weekends, and we almost can't comprehend waiting until Washington's birthday to have another Monday off. Thankfully, the weekends in this city always provide plenty of distraction, and this one is no different: On our Dance Card this time around, you'll fin ... More >>
Velvet Acid Christ started as an offshoot of Toxic Coma, a project whose strange and unsettling recordings finally saw a wider release last year. Velvet Acid Christ was a decidedly more serious and musical effort rather than an attempt between friends to shock each other and make each other laugh. V ... More >>
Friday, January 4, Beta, 303-383-1909.
This weekend, the traveling dance music bacchanal Electric Daisy Carnival comes to Las Vegas. For those who are still bummed that it's skipping Denver this year or just can't afford the trek and want to live vicariously, we've got ya covered. Beginning tomorrow morning, our top-notch West Coast-base ... More >>
For Colorado's annual celebration in honor of smoking the ganja -- known otherwise as the twentieth of April to non-imbibers -- Rusko (aka Christopher Mercer), the reknown dubstep producer hailing from the England, is bringing his production to 1STBANK Center, along with DJ Shadow, Paper Diamond and ... More >>
British dubstep producer Flux Pavilion (aka Joshua Steele), one of the founders of Circus Records, and his cohort Doctor P headline the Global Dub Festival at Red Rocks Amphitheatre on Friday, May 18. Canadian dubstep producers Datsik and Downlink, and the electro-house duo DirtyLoud are also on the ... More >>
The riots in the U.K. destroyed a lot of things, but one dear to our hearts is the Sony distribution center that housed the bulk of one of the largest distro's in Europe, PIAS. On the August 9, looters torched the entire facility, destroying the inventory of over 150 labels, including the lik ... More >>
Katie ByronJimmy Tamborello of DntelJimmy Tamborello. While the name might not register immediately, you've probably heard his work with the Postal Service, an outfit that also features Death Cab for Cutie's Ben Gibbard. On his own throughout the '90s, Tamborello, who plays under the name Dntel (due ... More >>
John Digweed.Like it or not, John Digweed helped bring electronic music to the masses in the late '90s; his residency at Twilo in New York City with fellow DJ Sasha helped blow up the electronica scene, and Digweed's appearance in films like Groove sealed the deal. He'll be coming to Beta on ... More >>
Liondub will bring Jamaican-influenced beats to 2200.This weekend, the Unity Gain Reunion show will be taking over 2200, with special guest (and former Colorado resident) Liondub playing a reggae and dancehall set, along with guests Mr. Anonymous and Psychonaut, and house/slomo stylings by Pa ... More >>
Tonight and tomorrow night at the Denver Coliseum, the Big Bang dance music massive will be going off representing pretty much every genre of electronic music. Given the size and scope of the show (four stages per night) - along with the massive investment in the lighting and sound for the show - th ... More >>
Drum-and-bass seems to be re-surging, due perhaps in part to the current obsession with all things bass-heavy. Reload: Planet of the Drums, tonight at the Gothic Theatre, features a familiar line-up: Dara, AK1200 and Dieselboy, three selectors who have long been at the forefront of the Americ ... More >>
Friday night is Basic Rhythm at Sugar House. Just Ben from Whomp Truck headlines the event with other locals, including DJ Matty vs. Just Al, Joshua Red, DJJD, Shapeshifter and Shaggy. Sugar House played host to a few different dance music events recently; this one will be more bass-heavy. ... More >>
Photo by Sandlin GaitherChicago house heavyweight and acid-jazz/downtempo darling Mark Farina has already made two trips to Denver this year -- but for his third, a set at the Gothic Theatre this Friday night, he's promoting the release of the seventh Mushroom Jazz album, just as laid-back an ... More >>
In the spirit of Tom Waits, David Byrne, Nick Nolte and Steven Soderbergh, Brian Eno has just put up a video that looks a hell of a lot like Brian Eno interviewing Brian Eno. Of course, we can't exactly verify that information, but it's worth watching either way. The interviewer is hidden a bit be ... More >>
Shauna ReganDidn't get tickets to Lupe Fiasco and B.o.B. at the Ogden? Bummer, kid. It's sold out, from what we hear. No worries. Mark Farina's at the Gothic tonight with Miguel Migs, J Flash and Half Color, and there's still tickets left for that show. Farina, in case you're not familiar, g ... More >>
The preliminary lineup for Boulder's third annual electronic music fest Communikey Festival of Electronic Arts -- which takes place over four days from April 15-18 this year and continues its tradition of bringing in top-notch talent from the electronic music underground -- has been announced ... More >>
Over the next couple of weeks, Backbeat will feature some Top Ten lists from around the Village Voice Media chain. Click here for previous year-in-review coverage from Backbeat and VVM. Any knucklehead with DSL and a laptop can now make an electronic track. With a half hour of clicking and fiddlin ... More >>
Friday, September 29, Ogden Theatre, 1-866-468-7621.
Thursday, October 6, the Church, 303-832-3528.
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