Ladies and gents, Basel madness has finally begun ...
By day, that means four days of cultural enrichment and artistic appreciation at Art Basel Miami Beach and CONTEXT.
By night, though, it's all about sweaty partying in the club with celebrities, Europeans, champagne whores, even Uncle Luke.
Just check out Crossfade's six best dance parties to crash during Basel 2013.
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Ben Klock. With My Favorite Robot. Thursday, December 5, 11 p.m., Treehouse, 323 23rd St., Miami Beach; 305-614-4478; treehousemiami.com. Tickets cost $10-$20 plus fees via wantickets.com. Ages 21 and up. A true master, Ben Klock combines an "unexacting fusion of quantum jumps [with] effortless melodies.". Guess that versatility must be why the Berliner is considered to be "one of the most significant characters in techno's recent history."
See also: Art Basel Miami Beach 2013 Party Guide
You Can Always Leave. Presented by Scissor & Thread and SAFE. With Francis Harris, DJ Sprinkles, and Diego. Friday, December 6, 10 p.m., Electric Pickle, 2826 N. Miami Ave., Miami; 305-456-5613; electricpicklemiami.com. Tickets cost $20 plus fees via residentadvisor.com. Sure, "You Can Always Leave," but with the subtle and smart house beats of Francis Harris (AKA Adultnapper and the man behind the Scissor & Thread record label), not to mention the irrepressible electronic experimentalist and queer icon DJ Sprinkles (AKA Terre Thaemlitz), we're pretty sure that you're gonna stay. All night long. Till the very next morning.
Life and Death in Art Basel. Presented by PLOT with Tale Of Us, DJ Tennis, Thugfucker, Mind Against, Alejandro Sab, Baez, and Dsan Powell. Friday, December 6, 7 p.m., The Vagabond, 30 NE 14th St., Miami; 305-379-0508; thevagabondmiami.com. Tickets cost $45-$50 plus fees via residentadvisor.com. Like a massive sheet of ripped notebook paper with an "apolitical" handwritten message "designed perfectly to fit over your fucking couch," "all good music should tell a story. Tales of experience. Tales of joy. Tales of love lost and won." Or in this case, "a Tale Of Us," confused art gazers trying to figure out what the hell we're looking at. Let's just hope the DJ duo can help us understand the meaning behind the paradox of Life and Death in Art Basel.
Eric Prydz. With Mednas. Friday, December 6, 11 p.m., LIV, 4441 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305-674-4680; livnightclub.com. Tickets cost $60-$125 plus fees via wantickets.com. Ages 21 and up. Much like some of the art pieces you'll spot during Basel, Eric Prydz is a bit ambiguous when it comes to identity. You could call him by the names Pryda, Cirez D, Tonja Holma, among others. But one thing that truly defines this Swedish genius is his ability to produce chart-topping prog-house hits while still remain remain rooted and respected in the underground scene. That, and his "Proper Education."
See also: Five Best Concerts in Miami This Week
Uncle Luke. With DZA and Fashen. Friday, December 6, 11 p.m., The Garret at Grand Central, 697 North Miami Ave., Miami; 305-377-2277; grandcentralmiami.com. Free. While the rest of the 305 is checking out
heart-shaped balloons plastered on a wall somewhere art, we'll be keeping it classy, shaking ass, and setting our "Hydraulics" off with Luke.
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Art Bagel. Presented by Crew Love. With Soul Clap, No Regular Play (live), Tanner Ross, Nick Monaco, and Navid Izadi. Saturday, December 7, 11 p.m., Trade, 1439 Washington Ave., Miami Beach; trademia.com. Tickets cost $20 plus fees via residentadvisor.com. Ages 21 and up. You say Basel, we say bagel. This "night of bagels and no-holds-barred dance music" will feed your needs with an open bagel bar, starting at 10 p.m., and a shmear of uhntz-uhntz from Soul Clap, No Regular Play, Crew Love, and the rest.