The ten best dubstep shows of 2012

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4. Bassnectar at Red Rocks Amphitheatre, 6/1/12 Lorin Ashton will rage until your face melts off -- metaphorically speaking, of course. On the first of two sold-out nights at Red Rocks, Ashton just hurt people. Bringing a massive rig to accompany his Bassnectar experience, we were taken on a journey through metal, rock and roll, rap and original tracks from the West-Coast producer. The highlight of the night, aside from the production and visuals in and of themselves, had to be his transition into mega-jam "Ugly." Kudos to Ashton for the multi-sensory stimulation. 3. Flux Pavilion at Global Dub Festival, 7/22/12 Flux Pavilion managed to create a genre within a genre when he released his banging 2010 remix of DJ Fresh's "Gold Dust." The question on many people's minds then was "Does this song define Flux Pavilion?" The answer: Certainly not. Joshua Steele's set at the inaugural Global Dub Festival solidified his presence in the world as one of the top producers at the time, and this came following his first Denver appearance at the sold-out Sub.Mission show at the Fillmore just months prior. At Global Dub Fest, Steele brought out his usual arsenal of tracks, but when played at Red Rocks, they resonated better and felt bigger.

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