The best EDM in Denver this weekend

VIBESQUAD @ THE UNIFIED FIELD/CERVANTES' | FRI, 5/3/13 Playing under the VibeSquaD moniker, Aaron Holstein creates music that straddles several genres, blurring the lines between breakbeats and bass without straying far from his hip-hop roots. Live, a VibeSquaD show can quickly go from Holstein setting the groove with a nice house tempo to an insane, raging, full-blown dance party. Catch him with Orchard Lounge and more at Cervantes' Unified Field on Friday night. (8 p.m., 16+, $25) -- Britt Chester

See also: - Aaron Holstein of VibeSquaD on balancing home life with being a touring DJ - A chat with Finnish dance-music producer Ville Virtanen, aka Darude - Why EDM is thriving while other genres aren't

DARUDE @ THE CHURCH | FRI, 5/3/13 Finnish dance-music producer Ville Virtanen, better known as Darude, scored a giant hit with his first release "Sandstorm," a track that's sold close to two million units worldwide since its release. While he's never managed to replicate the success of that initial monster track, he's managed to carve out a respectable niche for himself among the world's top trance producers and DJs. (9 p.m., 18+, $15) -- Cory Casciato

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The Bixel Boys bring HOME to NORAD on Friday night with their soulful, funky sound; option4, Max Klaw, Uncle Buck and Alex D. Wolf will open things up. (9 p.m., 21+, $10, free PBR before 10 p.m.)

Sub.mission brings Roksonix to Beta on Friday night, with Sub.mission and Reload residents supporting; in the Beatport Lounge, get your underground techno fix when P.U.N.C.H.I.S. presents Oscar P and Myquil (9 p.m., 18+, $10)

Mike Deez, Mantaray and Charles B bring the Denver Disco vibe to Bar Standard with a special secret guest. (9 p.m., 21+, $5-$15)


Thomas Gold headlines Beta on Saturday night; the world-class DJ will be rocking it out with Funhouse residents. (9 p.m., 18+, $15)

NORAD celebrates its Best New Club award with Endo, Cognition + T-Rav and Nasty Nate throwing down for your dancing pleasure -- go to the event Facebook page to get on the free advance guest list. (9 p.m., 21+, free with advance registration)

Lumonics hosts the righteously caused Trance for Animals with DJ MantraMatrix and the Lysergian Sound Diplomats; the Vegan Van will be there, and proceeds will benefit assorted animal-rights organizations. (8 p.m., $10-$12)

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Amber Taufen has been writing about people, places and things in Denver since 2005. She works as an editor, writer, and production and process guru out of her home office in the foothills.
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