The best EDM in Denver this weekend

FRI | DOCTOR P at BETA | 3/14/14

My dubstep has a first name, and it's D-O-C-T-O-R-P. Having established himself as one of the originators in bringing dubstep to the masses, Doctor P's early hits still get regular play in the biggest sets. To boot, his Circus Records imprint is constantly releasing new bangers, and that means the now-tired "Sweet Shop" can get a little break from constant plays. Alongside Cookie Monsta, it's safe to say that both of these acts will destroy the Funktion-Ones, and the ears of everyone throwing down on the main floor of Beta. (9 p.m., 18+, $25) -- Britt Chester


Chris Glover plays under the moniker Penguin Prison, and with that moniker comes live production at its finest. Remixing, mashing, and live vocals all infuse a set that leaves dance floors sweaty and thirsting for more. This is the second time Denver Disco has brought the artist, and it certainly won't be the last given how hard he throws down in Denver. Disco is easily coming back with a vengeance, and this new mask it is wearing seems to be really catching on. See Penguin Prison alongside Pruitt and SightLow. (9 p.m., 21+, $5 and up) -- Britt Chester

SAT | DUBFIRE at BETA | 3/15/14

Dubfire won a Grammy in 2002 as part of the duo Deep Dish, for a remix of Dido's "Thank You." And while that's certainly a crowning achievement for any musician, most of the DJ's best work has come in the dozen years since then. Working as a solo artist since 2006, Dubfire is best known for creating tracks and spinning sets that pack dance floors worldwide. But it's among his fellow musicians that he's earned the most accolades, acting as a guest for several high-profile Ibiza residents and releasing tracks from both established and up-and-coming artists on his SCI+TEC label. He's crafted a signature sound since breaking out on his own: sleek, powerful, elegant techno that's carefully paced, each beat and melody precisely placed within the overarching musical machine. It's something you have to hear to believe, and you'll have your chance on Saturday, March 15, when Dubfire headlines Beta. (9 p.m., 18+, $10)


Ladytron plays a DJ set at Summit Music Hall; Gourghi, Fun Factory and Mike Deez support the powerhouse. (8 p.m., all ages, $16-$18)

Catch Joakim -- all the way from Paris -- at NORAD with Need & Necessity and Danny Marin. (9 p.m., 21+, $8)


Trapfest lands at the Fillmore, featuring Brillz, Ookay, Butch Clancy, Getter and more. (7 p.m., 16+, $52.50 and up)

M A N I K and Lil Will headline Vinyl for house music courtesy of the Hundred. (9 p.m., 18+, $5-$20)

The Dirty Funk Squad takes over the lounge at Opal for a St. Patrick's Day bash; Dylan, Maya Amack, Erik TheShiva and Travis Press will provide the tunes. (9 p.m., 21+, no cover)

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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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