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Weekend's best dance and party bets: DMCs, Cookie Monsta, Agaric, 2Chainz and more

It's the weekend! As always, there's no shortage of things to get into. If you're looking to twirl and whirl like a dervish all over the city, you've come to the right place. We've got the drop on the hottest dance music and parties going down, from the return of the DMCs and The Skinny Dip tonight to Cookie Monsta and Patrick Skoog (aka Agaric) tomorrow night to 2Chainz on Sunday, plus a whole lot more. Get the scoop here and then prepare to get on down to the sounds of hot beats amidst hot sweaty bodies and stiff drinks. Don't stop til you get enough. Page down to get the full rundown on the weekend's best dance and party bets.


The DMCs return to Casselman's Bar & Venue. Check out some of the hottest area DJs as they compete for a chance to move on to the national finals. B-boy/b-girl battles will go down earlier in the evening, and rhyme slayers will battle it out on the microphone for cash money.

ThisSongIsSick and Souls in Action have cooked up a heater with The Skinny Dip tonight at the Summit Music Hall. Expect things to get pretty randy with LazerDisk Party Sex headlining the first in this series of parties with Viceroy, Coyote Kisses, Religion and FatRat. Tickets are $13, 18+ admission.

Patrik Skoog (aka Agaric) will be holding down the headlining slot at an all-night bash that also features Live Dudes (John Templeton and the Missing Link), E2D2 (aka Tess and Deciprocal), Roger That, John Tyler and MikeRobot. Skoog's flawless tech-house blends will no doubt keep the dance floor occupied till the early hours of the morning. Stay posted on the event Facebook page for venue information. (21+, 9 p.m., $10 before 11 p.m., $15 after)

At Beta, Bassic Fridays continues to brings whompy, wobbly basslines to the main floor; this week, Helicopter Showdown headlines with Coult 45 and Thorazine. In the Beatport Lounge, it's P.U.N.C.H.I.S. Fridays, featuring Jaceo and Jedic Dublin this week, plus Andrew Wickes and Jens Irish. Whether your tastes are dubstep or underground techno, you'll be well taken care of here. (18+, 9 p.m., $5-$15)

Help the Atom and Eden camp raise funds for its Apogaea blowout tonight at 2200; wear Eden/Eve or post-apocalyptic/nuclear meltdown costumes. And bring your dancing shoes, because it's going to be a good night. (21+, 8 p.m., $10)

Glitchy, quirky experimentalist Daedelus is going to show people how weird and wild electronic music can get tonight at the Summit Music Hall; supporting will be glitch/dub darling Tokimonsta and special guest Thriftworks. (all ages, 8:30 p.m., $10)

There's a brand-new monthly dance party in town: Night Drive makes its inaugural joyride tonight with resident DJs James Miles and Shannon von Kelly; special guest DJs Black Amex will help them launch this electro/wave/disco baby at the Beauty Bar. (21+, 10 p.m., no cover)

Finally, Feel Good Fridays is going down tonight at Chances Grill, with BloodPreshah keeping the party moving and grooving with a little help from his friends. 21+up.


Dubstep lovers will want to hit the Ogden Theatre on Saturday night for Cookie Monsta's ridiculously sick (really: ridiculous) beats; Zomboy, Coult 45 and Dodger will also make appearances, so prepare to get your face melted off with the sheer power of the bass in the Ogden. (16+, 8 p.m., $22.50-$27)

On Saturday night, Tryst Lounge opens its ode to spring party with its first installment of 2nd Saturdays. DJ Mada and DJ Soup will be behind the decks keeping asses shaking. Opal Lion, meanwhile, is still providing the hottest reggae sounds in the city on Saturday nights. Connect to this island vibe with super awesome drink specials, $5 Red Stripe, and all the winding and grinding you can handle.

House Revival is featuring a vinyl-only throwdown this Saturday night at the Funky Buddha; Sean Michaels, Brick Lee and Supernova resident Brett Starr will be digging deep in the crates for your house pleasure. (21+, 9 p.m., no cover)

ION returns to Lumonics again on Saturday night; this one-year celebration will feature Boomslang (from Los Angeles) and Meta (from Santa Barbara), plus Chiral (L.A.-based also), E11even, Paradigm and Di5co. There will also be visuals, special performances, massage and more. (9 p.m., $10)

Feel like getting down to some dance-floor anthems on Saturday night? Serge Devant will be playing Beta, along with Cognition + T-Rav and the Real Wolfe (18+, 8 p.m., $10).

Some of Colorado's hottest DJs are hosting a second Warehouse Party tonight, Warehouse 2.0 (For the Love of the Scene), featuring house, debstep and trance by Ocean Nebula, Noxii, Audio Punk, Mr. Audity, Trajikk (birthday boy!), John Corey, DJ Nympho, Lexi Fey, DJ Laughing Man, Jason Van Draven, Social Legacy, Chai, Xenology, Joman, DJ mLe, Dirty Little Thieves, DJ Maciek and Antidote vs. Deftcon at a warehouse (duh) at 688 Bryant Street. (16+, $10-$12, 8 p.m.)


Once you survive the Drake show at Comfort Dental Amphitheater, check out co-headliner 2Chainz as he invades Cervantes'. The price is a hefty $30, but the evening promises to give the people what they want. 18+up.

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