The ten best shows in Denver this weekend

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Friday, March 14: Conspirator/YAMN (CD Release) at Ogden Theatre Formed in 2004 by Aron Magner and Marc Brownstein of the Disco Biscuits, Conspirator allows the two musicians to really explore and let out any electronic notions they have. Now a popular band in its own right, Conspirator plays shows that are heavy and melodic and there's always dancing. The occasional dub step beats mix with the bouncy textured electro to create a sound that pioneered a genre.

Friday, March 14: Doctor P at Beta My dubstep has a first name, and it's D-O-C-T-O-R-P. Having established himself as one of the originators in bringing dubstep to the masses, Doctor P's early hits still get regular play in the biggest sets. To boot, his Circus Records imprint is constantly releasing new bangers, and that means the now-tired "Sweet Shop" can get a little break from constant plays. Alongside Cookie Monsta, it's safe to say that both of these acts will destroy the Funktion-Ones, and the ears of everyone throwing down on the main floor of Beta.

Friday, March 14: Mike Gordon at Boulder Theater Just off the release of his critically acclaimed new album Overstep, Phish bassist Mike Gordon hits Colorado again with his band at the Boulder Theater. We just spoke with Gordon the other day, and he said that this time around they were going for a "more is more" approach, and had some tricks up his sleeve he couldn't wait to show the fans. The album is filled with catchy, quirky pop tunes that have some very complicated rhythms going on in the background, so expect a night of clever melodies, and get ready to jump together when they play "Jumping."

Friday, March 14: New Orleans Suspects at Cervantes' Masterpiece Ballroom New Orleans super group The New Orleans Suspects are no strangers to this area, and on March 14, they will be bringing their years of experience back through for a night of brassy funky Crescent City style sounds. As they throw the ball back and forth letting each talented musician show off their virtuosity with solo after improvisational solo, you can almost smell the powdered sugar wafting from Café du Monde. Leftover Salmon's Vince Herman will open the night with his raucous rock band Great American Taxi. Sounding at times like The Band, the songs blend honky tonk piano and rock and roll guitar with a little bluegrass and roots music. It will make a show that would be fun even without the great Vince Herman's effervescent front-man stage presence.

Friday, March 14: Penguin Prison at Bar Standard Chris Glover plays under the moniker Penguin Prison, and with that moniker comes live production at its finest. Remixing, mashing, and live vocals all infuse a set that leaves dance floors sweaty and thirsting for more. This is the second time Denver Disco has brought the artist, and it certainly won't be the last given how hard he throws down in Denver. Disco is easily coming back with a vengeance, and this new mask it is wearing seems to be really catching on. See Penguin Prison alongside Pruitt and SightLow.

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