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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