The best EDM in Denver this weekend

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DRUMCELL/GREAT AMERICAN TECHNO FESTIVAL | FRI & SAT, 9/13-9/14 When it comes to hard, dark, pulsing techno, Droid Behavior is one of the best labels out there, and the Great American Techno Festival will fill your need for some gritty underground sounds this weekend. The main festival takes place Friday, September 13, through Sunday, September 15, at Skyline Park, Beta and NORAD (tickets and more info at gatf.us); an after-hours party on Saturday will feature all Droid Behavior residents. Along with such illustrious names as Audio Injection, Raíz and Dean Paul, attendees will get to hear Droid Behavior co-founder Drumcell behind the decks.

See also: The Great American Techno Festival interviews, Jeff Mills, Lusine, Ctrl_Alt_Dlt, Brendon Moeller

Drumcell's work as a recording engineer and fascination with Native Instruments gives him an extra dimension beyond the driving techno sound, so his longevity in the Los Angeles scene is no mystery. He's one of the artists keeping the techno genre alive and relevant in a scene where house, garage and dubstep have gained increasing popularity; when you hear his powerful sets that build and build, insistently drawing people to dance floors around the world (including at Berlin's illustrious Berghain), you'll understand why. Catch him at the GATF after-hours party at Would Shop II on Saturday, September 14. (age restrictions vary, $10-$40)

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AFROJACK @ OGDEN THEATRE | FRI, 9/13/13 Afrojack made headlines and caught some flack for allegedly producing music for his then girlfriend Paris Hilton, who was being booked all over the world as a DJ. Sensationalism aside, the guy creates some big room bangers that make an entire crowd go crazy, and he crushes with his production, both of which have earned him worldwide fame in the EDM world. Catch him at the Ogden Theatre. (9 p.m., 16+, $32.50-$35) -- Britt Chester

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THE ORB @ GOTHIC THEATRE | SAT, 9/14/13 Alex Paterson went to school with Martin "Youth" Glover and roadied for Killing Joke before becoming interested in the burgeoning electronic-music world of mid-'80s London. As fate would have it, Paterson met Jimmy Cauty, who would later go on to found the KLF, and the two formed the Orb in 1988, combining their shared interest in ambient-era Eno with the sampling then in vogue within the spheres of experimental electronic music. The Orb subsequently became one of the most influential groups to come out of a fusion of post-punk, the avant-garde and dub. The group's groundbreaking 1991 album, The Orb's Adventures Beyond the Ultraworld, established the aesthetics of ambient house, and over the past few years, Paterson has collaborated with the godfather of dub, Lee "Scratch" Perry, on two of the Orb's finest releases. You'll find them at the Gothic Theatre. (8 p.m., all ages, $22.50-$25) -- Tom Murphy

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Catch Lotus with BoomBox, Break Science and Minnesota at Red Rocks for what should be an absolute banger. (6:30 p.m., all ages, $52.50)

HOME Denver brings Destructo to NORAD for some dancefloor tunes that are bound to help you shake off the weekday grind. (9 p.m., 21+, $10-$15)

Beta hosts Pegboard Nerds with Sureshot and Shank Aaron bringing some serious noise to Beta's amazing sound system. (9 p.m., 18+, $10)

Denver Disco presents the Knocks, Falcon Punch and Pruitt bringing the funky, soulful disco sound to Bar Standard. (9 p.m., 21+, $10)

Apart from the GATF insanity taking place today and tonight, there's also an unofficial after-party featuring Black Asteroid, Zenbi, Jan van Lier and FRGMNT at the Fusion Factory. (1 a.m., 21+, $10)


Beta plays host to GATF headliner Jeff Mills on the main floor, and in the Beatport Lounge, catch Adam Lee, Powtron, Steve Moller, Trever Nygaard (birthday boy) and Mike Louth. (9 p.m., 18+, $10)

Ott. lands at the Boulder Theater tonight, supported by Filastine and Anomie Belle doing the experimental electronica thing, so come partake! (8:30 p.m., all ages, $22-$25)

Tyr takes his tunes to the Fox Theatre alongside Proper Motion, Tip-Z and Nyevz showing Boulder what high-energy is all about. (8:30 p.m., all ages, $10-$12)

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