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The Juan MacLean at Beta

You want to understand The Juan MacLean? Start with disco, follow it in the disparate directions it evolved — house and the synth-pop side of new wave — then re-synthesize the two into one cohesive whole. Got that? Okay, now bring that up to date in terms of sound design and production, and fuel it with the same indie attitude that's made DFA a leader and its sonic co-conspirator James Murphy (aka LCD Soundsystem) such a crossover sensation. Spanning the divide between house music's polished, seamless instrumental pulse and straight-up pop songs, The Juan MacLean is the kind of act that can make confirmed disco-phobes get out there and shake their asses with abandon. Just listen to recent singles such as "Happy House" or "You Can't Have It Both Ways" and try to resist. Bet you can't. Find out for sure when The Juan MacLean plays at Beta on Friday, June 12.

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Cory Casciato is a Denver-based writer with a passion for the geeky, from old science fiction movies to brand-new video games.
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