The best EDM in Denver this weekend

TROPICOOL @ BAR STANDARD | FRI, 7/26/13 David La Melza's Tropicool project is a beautifully executed brand serving up feel-good, breezy disco-house tunes that also happen to be irresistibly catchy. Everything about the project, from the name to the pop-infused female vocals, is designed to remind you of dancing sweaty and barefoot on hot summer nights in some beach club on an island far away from your everyday life. And the sound is so energetically fun and upbeat that you can't help grooving out with an infectious grin on your face.

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THE JUAN MACLEAN @ NORAD | FRI, 7/26/13 The Juan MacLean came into dance music via the punk scene, and after a tour with Cut Copy, John MacLean found himself fully immersed in the EDM scene. With an electronica-meets-funk sound, MacLean's proven himself highly adept at seamlessly fusing genres. Catch him with Mike Parker at NORAD (9 p.m., 21+, $10-$12). -- Britt Chester


The Others takes over the main floor at Beta with Tantrum Desire, High Rankin and Subliminal. In the Beatport Lounge, Sergei Loginov and Andre Orcutt bring on the underground techno. (9 p.m., 18+, $10)

Catch the Anjunabeats summer tour at the Church, featuring Norin & Rad and Maor Levi. (9 p.m., 18+, $15-$20)


Ready to start getting ready for the Great American Techno Festival? Join Mike Parker, Mick Finesse and John Templeton for a GATF pre-party at NORAD. (9 p.m., 21+, $5 before 11 p.m.)

Carl Kennedy joins Dragon and Tommy Michael for a dance party at Beta, the perfect opportunity to kick up your (dancing) heels. (9 p.m., 18+, $10)

Join the Dirty Funk Squad for a celebration of eight years and counting of dirty, funky house music. James, Heather and Dylan will be spinning at Opal. (9 p.m., 21+, free)

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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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