The ten best EDM shows in Denver in July

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GLOBAL DANCE FESTIVAL @ RED ROCKS | FRI-SUN, 7/19-7/21 Going strong for ten years, Global Dance Festival is the premier summer event for EDM fans. Changing things up in the past few years, Triad Dragons has expanded offerings to include acts like Beats Antique, EOTO, Big Gigantic and Empire of the Sun. It's a full-on dance party, and this year's lineup will grab you whether you're out for laser-heavy electro-house, bass-in-your-face dubstep or genre-merging jamtronica. This year's headliners include Savoy, Sander Van Doorn, MiMoSA and Gramatik, among others.

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KILL THE NOISE @ BETA | FRI, 7/5/13 Finding success in signing with Skrillex's OWSLA record label, Kill the Noise has grown into one of the heaviest producers currently touring. Jake Stanczak, the brains behind the whole operation, developed Kill the Noise's sound for years. His powerhouse club bangers melt with melodic pianos and tease the fringe of metal anthems. This burgeoning genre -- this heavy meets lovely blend -- blasts from the speakers, leaving you in a state of seizing bliss.

PANTYRAID @ BOULDER THEATER | SAT, 7/6/13 Marty Folb and Josh Mayer have built the PANTyRAiD brand from the ground up. Folb and Mayer have delicately shaped their baby -- which started as a side project for the two successful producers -- from an underground name to a massive draw of its own. By applying their personal takes on hip-hop, dubstep and glitchy bass, the duo's latest release, Pillowtalk, flew to the top of the dance charts, and even premiered a special mash-up video on MTV Clubland.

GOLDIE @ NORAD | THUR, 7/11/13 Since producing in the '90s, Goldie has admirably stood the test of time, watching the scene go through many stages while staying true to his passion of true U.K. drum-and-bass. With sets filled with high synths, melodic pianos and soulful vocals, this longtime scene veteran will show you how it was done back then -- and how it's still done today.

RIVERBEATS III @ MISHAWAKA AMPHITHEATRE | FRI & SAT, 7/12-7/13 In its third year, Riverbeats returns to Mishawaka Amphitheater with a stacked lineup of local and national acts to performing at the creekside venue, including Half Color (Michal Menert and Paul Basic), Two Fresh, Samples, David Starfire, Knight Riderz, Ill Mannered, Sir Charles, SuperDre and Ana Sia, among others.

ELIOT LIPP & SUPERVISION @ CASSELMAN'S | SAT, 7/13/13 Two of the hottest names on the PrettyLightsMusic imprint, Eliot Lipp and SuperVision are steadily climbing the ranks. Lipp is gaining notice with spot-on production and a live show that offers fluid beats and on-the-fly MOOG synthesizing, while SuperVision delivers a modern take on dance music with strong roots in hip-hop and liberal use of glitched-out synths.

WOLFGANG GARTNER @ BETA | THURS, 7/18 Wolfgang Gartner is one of the most established names in house music. With tracks that build to a monumental drop, Gartner explodes with progressive house beats that are designed to make a big room go crazy. Gracing stages at Coachella, Sasquatch, EDC and Ultra, Gartner knows how to captivate any size crowd with the right tempos to help fans break a sweat and feel the music.

DJ IRENE @ BETA | THUR, 7/25/13 Starting out in the hard-house and trance styles in the '90s, DJ Irene has become a diverse performer whose sets jump in and out of several styles. She brings over a decade of experience that transcends modern styles catering to those addicted to the drop.

THE JUAN MACLEAN @ NORAD | FRI, 7/26/13 The Juan MacLean came into dance music via the punk scene, and after a tour with Cut Copy, John MacLean found himself fully immersed in the EDM scene. With an electronica-meets-funk sound, MacLean's proven himself highly adept at seamlessly fusing genres.

AC SLATER @ BETA | SAT, 7/13 With ongoing success through various music outlets like Beatport and Hype Machine, AC Slater has developed a rabid fan base that's always ready to party when he gets behind the decks. His electro-dubstep tracks bang like a herd of elephants tap dancing on a kick drum, and with proper audio control, the frequencies will make it impossible to not absolutely lose your shit on the dance floor.

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