Ryan Crosson exemplifies techno at its finest, whether your measuring stick is based on the heyday of Detroit techno or on the sub-genre's modern-day residency in Berlin. Crosson made a name for himself in both cities; after sharpening his needles alongside artists like Richie Hawtin and Kevin Saunderson, he helped found the seminal Visionquest label with colleagues Shaun Reeves, Seth Troxler and Lee Curtiss. And although he can be counted on to lay down some of the very latest techno floor-pounders in his sets, Crosson is also a master of selecting blasts from the past to stitch into his latest sound, whether it's a jazzy, brassy sample from a vintage record or a righteous techno track you haven't heard for twenty years. He'll play a special set at NORAD on Friday, March 28. (9 p.m., 21+, $10 and up)
FRIDAY, MARCH 28
Zimmer joins Falcon Punch and Rose Hips at Bar Standard for some funky, groovy, hip-shaking action. (9 p.m., 21+, $5-$15)
Catch AC Slater with Coult-45 and Lotus Drops at Beta. (9 p.m., 18+, $10)
SATURDAY, MARCH 29
NORAD gets a little freaky with Hypnotic Groove, featuring all kinds of psychedelic goodness from Hypnoise, Androcell, Solomoon, Labyr1nth, Avery Runner, Sundragon, Buddha Bomb, Alexander, Orpheus and DJ Rolf; in the lounge, Ariel Rodz and Dela shake things up. (1 p.m., 21+, $10)
Gabriel & Dresden headline Beta with Dragon and Aquilae supporting the powerhouse duo. (9 p.m., 18+, $15)
Cassian and Touch Sensitive join Action 52 and Sylent Efx at Vinyl for four floors of madness. (9 p.m., 18+, $5-$20)
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