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FRI | BAUUER at BETA | 12/27/13 Sure, it's ancient history now, but remember earlier this year when you couldn't escape the "Harlem Shake" phenomenon. In case you need a refresher, "Harlem Shake" is what happened when a thunderous trap record on Diplo's Mad Decent imprint put the nation in a strangle hold. A vocal sample of "Do the Harlem Shake" signaled a death-rattling bass drop, summoning drums straight out of Helms' Deep to battle against the cheapest sounding synth horn until it all lurched momentarily to a halt to make room for the sweetest (if not first) rhythmically sampled tiger growl. Sounds tight, right? It was. It was also a pretty typical dance track, with a sixteen bar intro that repeated about three times and that's about all there was to it. Remember now? That was Bauuer, a 24 year old DJ from Brooklyn (aka Harry Bauer Rodrigues). He's at Beta tonight.

See also: Harlem Shake: Everything to know about YouTube's viral successor to "Gangnam Style"

FRI | DESERT DWELLERS at CERVANTES | 12/27/13 When Desert Dwellers opened up for EOTO at the Fillmore a few weeks ago, Amani Friend and Treavor Moontribe offered up a set of soul-flavored downtempo with elements of trance's fluid, textured atmospherics. The sampled vocals sounded like something out of an R&B song recontextualized. In certain ways, the act's sound recalled a more chilled out version of the Orb. The transitions were smooth, and the final section of its set had a fantastic build that seemed to create a sound like attaining some kind of existential peak, reaching a psychological vista and surveying a windswept bigger picture perspective. Before hitting the road supporting Shpongle this spring, the Sante Fe-based duo returns to the Mile High City tonight for a set at Cervantes with saQi, Mikey Thunder, Mouseterious, Ginger Perry. (Bedrockk with DJ Chap, Snubluck, Dawn Safari and Amor, Est. are at Cervantes' Other Side this evening.)


Uncle Buck is at NORAD for a horrendous holiday hootenanny, and In the Lounge: Phuture Bass Swizz, DJ Love, Tnure (Ishe).

Beckley & Krootz, DJ Digga, DJ Lee Harris and Sang Dinh are at the Church for the Night After Christmas (9 p.m., $10, 18+)

Denver Disco hosts a Funky Sweater Party at Bar Standard (9 p.m., $5, 21+)

DJ Ricky, DJ Le, DJ Charly and DJ Raul are at Club Vinyl for Viernes De Reventon (9 p.m. $10, 18+)


Boris is at NORAD with Dink and Andre Orcutt ($5 before 11 p.m., 21+)

Moguai is at Beta (9 p.m., $10, 21+)

Tribal Touch and DJ Paws host a Winter Celebration at Vinyl (9 p.m., $5, 18+)

Kachondo, Mr. Groove and Guz are at the Church for Noches En La Catedral

Steve Synfull and Miss Audry host an Ugly Sweater Party at Funky Buddha (9 p.m., Free, 21+)


Savant, Jelo and Dirt Monkey are at the Church (9 p.m., $15, 16+), as are DJ Roland and DJ Slave1 (9 p.m., $5, 21+)

Moby is playing a sold-out DJ set at the Belly Up Aspen with option4 (10 p.m., $85-$185, 18+)

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