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The best EDM in Denver this weekend

ARAABMUZIK @ RED ROCKS AMPHITHEATRE (WITH STS9) | FRI, 9/6/13 When it comes to EDM production these days, it seems like it's all been done before. Just the same, Rhode Island's AraabMuzik (aka Abraham Orellana) is doing everything he can to shatter any preconceived notions you might have about dance music. Steering clear of the standard "press play"-type sets EDM fans have come to loathe, AraabMusik utilizes his MPC to trigger effects and samples live -- jumping from obscure funk vocal samples right into popular dubstep drops -- and he does so with an ease and flair that keeps his compositions moving. Dude's a force to be reckoned with. Even getting shot earlier this year during an attempted robbery hasn't seemed to slow him down a bit. -- Britt Chester

DONOR @ NORAD | SAT, 9/7/13 It's fairly typical for electronic-music artists who are serious about their craft to uproot and move to a new locale, testing out the sounds in a different city and honing their own style accordingly. But Donor takes that trend to another level. After growing up in New York, he headed to Barcelona, Madrid and Tokyo before returning to Brooklyn to create his underground techno tracks and then weave together dancefloor-friendly sets. Despite his wide-ranging wanderlust, the tunes Donor spits out tend toward the traditional; you can hear how cities like Detroit and Berlin have influenced his tastes, and attendees of last year's Great American Techno Festival experienced firsthand what a truly global artist can do when given free rein. If you missed it, don't fret; he'll be spinning a three-hour set at NORAD with Perc Trax labelmate Mick Finesse in the lounge. On the main floor, catch Sébastien Léger with Scott Paradis. (9 p.m., 21+, $5 and up)

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 6

Brenmar headlines HOME Fridays at NORAD with option4 and Mosis, so come get your house on. (9 p.m., 21+, $8-$10)

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 7

Golf Clap heads to Milk Bar with Bryan Jones and Hugh Cleal, plus Steve Synfull and Sean Michaels bringing it to the decks. (9 p.m., 21+)

Get your bass fix at Cervantes' with Getter, AFK, Must Die!, Au5, and Mizer & Goetz bringing the Getter label celebration to the dancefloor. (8 p.m., 16+, $15-$20)




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