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NocturnOwl: Dubsteppin’ into the Mainstream

In last week's Music Monday blog, I mentioned Rolling Stone's “Dance Takeover” mini-feature. Black-Eyed Peas producer David Guetta kicks off the section and LCD Soundsystem scores the majority of ink, but half of one page is dedicated to “Fresh Beats”, a chart-like breakdown of popular emerging electronica genres or “Clubland's Latest Sounds”. Dubstep sits at number two on the list. Duh.
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Aural Pleasure: Janelle Monáe

Metropolis is in trouble. A secret society known as The Great Divide is using time travel to suppress freedom and love among its citizens. Thankfully, heroic ArchAndroid Cindi Mayweather is here to save the day. If this all sounds like the plot of a science fiction flick, that's because it's inspired by the godfather of science fiction flicks, Fritz Lang's Metropolis.
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Tech-Savvy Siren: Imogen Heap

Computer music is unfortunately a primarily male-dominated field. Iceland's Bjork is a glaring exception. And England's Grammy nominated multi-instrumentalist Imogen Heap is another. Heap is a rare breed inde...
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Stage Advice: Reefer Mania

Pot is hot. Especially in The Mile High. Captain Obvious strikes again. But if you thought pot was hot before, wait til you get a load of weed-themed striptease. Reefer Mania, the self-described “Vaudevillesque Pot Opera” now playing at Five Points' Crossroads Theatre, takes pot's hotness to another level.
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Karaoke Showdown: Denver’s Next Nightclub Star @ Lannie’s

Upon recently noticing that a Hawaiian getaway was up for grabs at a Lannie's-hosted karaoke competition, I began plotting my song choices. I've never been to Hawaii, but I loved Forgetting Sarah Marshall to death (and, as we all know, Hollywood's interpretation of a geographic locale is always spot on).
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Fork It: TAG

Troy Guard is a cuisine genius. The gastronomical mind behind some of the Mile High's most cutting-edge eateries (Zengo, now-defunct Nine 75), he's been my taste buds' best buddy since first bite. If I were Troy, I'd hire armed guards to stand watch over my recipe box 24/7. TAG, his current “Continental Social Food” experiment in LoDo's Larimer Square, celebrates its first anniversary today. Word is there's Pop Rocks in one of the entrées. Trust Troy and try it.
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303’s Master Mix: DJ Mu$a

Mu$a is a master of aural kung fu. Two full decades behind the decks tend to facilitate that kind of skill level. Fittingly, Bruce Lee is one of his biggest influences. Lee once advised “Be like water making its way through cracks”; Mu$a follows Lee's counsel to a tee, perpetually filling the specific needs of each dance-floor he encounters. Versatility enables him to play everything from hip hop to dubstep, but also makes him difficult to pigeonhole.
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Boob Tubin’: Daily Show Gets “Mile High”

Adam Arete had a dream. The Denver music producer's fantasy might not have been on par with Martin Luther King's, but it was certainly within reach. Arete was prescribed sunglasses in eighth grade to curb chronic migraines, but “sticky icky” does the trick these days. When he stumbled into Suite 420 of a converted warehouse—the site of a medical marijuana dispensary called The Apothecary—recently, wearing a Velcro City Records hoodie and his now trademark dark shades (not exactly an old lady with glaucoma), he immediately recognized Daily Show correspondent Jason Jones.
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Aural Pleasure: Tipper

Dave Tipper is a mad scientist of the aural persuasion. Certain tracks of his actually sound like the audio equivalent of chemistry experiments, with bass that bubbles up and gurgles inside the container that is your ear canal. Tipper is a laptop chap for sure and not necessarily the most animated performer in the world to witness live, but standing idly by while watching a DJ mix really isn’t the point. Tripping out to his digital trickery is. If your eyes are jonesing for a spectacle, check out a DMC event or even DJ Swamp's pyromaniac @$$. If your body desires instead to get lost on the dance floor for an hour or four, then find yourself at Evolution of Sound 3 featuring Tipper and a small grip of supporting acts.
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Aural Pleasure: DJ MLe

What will MLE play in Wunderland? Disappear down the rabbit hole this Friday and find out. I'll be there, celebrating my umpteenth annual Unbirthday and singing with MLE's buddy Ishe.
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Aural Pleasure: MC Flipside

MC Flipside has never been more "In the Zone". Still coming down off his winningest Winter Music Conference ever, Flipside headlines Beta this week for Triad Dragons' NRG Thursdays. Frequencies are sure to be freaked.