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DanceMission @ Madison Event Center

If ever there was a time to jump on the electronic dance music bandwagon, it's right now. Skrillex just took home an armful of Grammys (while Deadmau5 and David Guetta put on showstopping performances during the awards ceremony itself), the epic electronica documentary Re:Generation is screening in theaters nationwide, and EDM is worming its way into everything from TV shows to car commercials. A good place to dive head-first into the scene — as well as brush up on your EDM knowledge to avoid coming off like an ignorate, à la Dave Grohl — is this weekend's DanceMission massive at the Madison Event Center, 441 West Madison Street. A half-dozen electronica tastemakers will headline the event and perform on two stages, including dubstep early adopter (and the dude who helped mold Skrillex into the cutie-pie poster boy for dance music) 12th Planet. Influential trance duo Tritonal, and Pittsburgh reigning king of bass Kastle. Doors are at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 presale, $25 at the door. See www.purplepass.com.

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Benjamin Leatherman is a staff writer at Phoenix New Times. He covers local nightlife, music, culture, geekery, and fringe pursuits.