The best EDM in Denver this weekend: Pan-Pot, Prefuse 73, Bad Boy Bill, Tommy Lee and more

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Are you ready for this weekend? Are you sure? Because there's a lot on this weekend's Dance Card, from tech-house darlings Pan-Pot to the illustrious and always brilliant Prefuse 73 to the persistent house stylings of Bad Boy Bill. Tommy Lee from Mötley Crüe, meanwhile, will be drumming up a set at Beta with DJ Aero. It's the twenty-year anniversary of So What! The Club at Beauty Bar. There's a new breaks night to feed your soul at Lumonics, plus a drum-and-bass version of the Blend and more. Keep reading for the full rundown.

See also: - Pan-Pot on pushing boundaries and how prepared DJ sets are boring and unflexible - Why EDM is thriving while other genres aren't - The ten best EDM shows of 2012

PAN-POT @ NORAD | SAT, 1/19/13 Fans of experimental techno know that Pan-Pot is not a reference to something that comes out of a kitchen; rather, it's a German techno duo that's named for a panoramic potentiometer -- a switch that splits audio signals into left and right channels -- and has been taking the production and dance-floor realms by storm during the past few years. Tassilo Ippenberger and Thomas Benedix met at Berlin's prestigious SAE Institute, where they discovered they were both interested in electronica and began creating tunes together. Now the two produce music that spans the spectrum of techno's capabilities, dropping in elements from other genres (and sometimes creating entire tracks in other electronic subgenres). In person, the two switch off at the decks, using a combination of pre-recorded and live sounds to spin the floor into a frenzy with their unmistakable murky, twisted signature sound.

PREFUSE 73 @ CASSELMAN'S | SAT, 1/19/13 Prefuse 73 -- the production alias of Guillermo Scott Herren -- pushes the outer boundaries of hip-hop into the terrain occupied by Aphex Twin and Autechre. Slippery snippets of micro-edited samples dance elegantly for a few measures, then stop and chatter away in alien tongues. Elsewhere, jittery beats unkink and smooth out into sweet, funky breaks, then reverse course or just melt away. Even voices are frequently chopped, sequenced and rendered secondary to the groove in these productions. As a whole, the body of work produced under the Prefuse 73 moniker is consistently challenging and usually rewarding. If it suffers, it suffers from fans' preconceptions that an artist should be strictly hip-hop or strictly electronic, but Herren refuses to compromise his vision. Expectations be damned, he sequences the beat of his own drummer. -- Cory Casciato

This Friday night, the bass kicks in at Beta with Crizzly and Thorazine testing the sound system on the main floor; in the Beatport Lounge, Sergei Loginov, Shea Delany and DJ LoBoT will mix together underground techno for your dancing pleasure. (9 p.m., 18+, $5-$15)

NORAD and Synergy303 host Martinez, Chocolate Drop, Eyza Freak and DJ Jrose in the mix with solid dancing tunes to heat up your evening tonight. (9 p.m., 21+)

The Fillmore Auditorium hosts Glo on Saturday night with superstar Bad Boy Bill going hard with the house music, plus Darude, Robo and more. Party over here! (6 p.m., 16+, $32-$60)

Tommy Lee -- yes, the drummer from Mötley Crüe -- is coming to Beta on Saturday night with DJ Aero for a breakbeat/percussion extravaganza you won't want to miss. Cognition + T-Rav and Jontron open things up for the superstars. (9 p.m., 18+, $10)

So What! celebrates twenty years of existence on Saturday night at Beauty Bar with DJs K-Nee, Low Key, Big Styles and special surprise guests throwing down tunes that appropriately capture the festive vibe of this happy occasion. (9 p.m., 21+, no cover before 10:30 p.m., $5 after)

The Blend lives up to its name on Saturday night when it hosts a drum-and-bass extravaganza at the Meadowlark with Zane, Rare and Hanuman, who'll no doubt be mixing it up hard-core. (9 p.m., 21+, $5)

Audio Indika presents another banging night of house music at Funky Buddha on Saturday with special guest Jeff Bloom plus Uriah West and Rescue. Given the lineup, there's no doubt that dancefloor will be smokin' hot! (9 p.m., 21+, no cover)

There's a brand-new series at Lumonics launching on Saturday night: The Peanut Butter Jamz -- bring bread, peanut butter or jam to be made into sandwiches for hungry citizens. DJs DMX, Mass Destruktion, B.Funky, Diabolic, Brye and Hazy Meadow will throw down the breakbeats. (9 p.m., all ages, $10 door donation requested)

Vinyl hosts the official Snowdown pre-party, blending electronica and dance music and featuring DJ Sliink, Vinnie Maniscalco and K-Smash. (9 p.m., 18+, $5-$20)

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