Fifteen Best Parties at Winter Music Conference and Miami Music Week 2012

Check out today's top WMC and MMW parties -- plus Crossfade's daily party guide.

Maybe you're planning to spend the entire weekend performing glowstick tricks at Ultra Music Festival. Or enjoying the lavish amenities at Swedish House Mafia's Masquerade Hotel. Or bleep-bloop-ing around Biscayne Bay aboard the Biscayne Lady.

But if not, you need a beat-freaking plan. In total, there are nearly a half-thousand electronic music throwdowns taking place during Winter Music Conference and Miami Music Week. And it doesn't matter how many pep pills you gobble or Red Bulls you guzzle, there's absolutely no way that you're gonna do it all.

So here are Crossfade's fifteen best WMC and MMW ragers, raves, and parties.

Nervous Festival. With Oscar G, Sander Kleinenberg, Theo, Christian Arango, Peter Rauhofer, and others. Thursday, March 22, 10 p.m., Ice Palace, 59 NW 14th St., Miami; 305-347-7400; big-time.com. Tickets cost $42.40 plus fees via wantickets.com. Ages 21 and up. What's the right way to kick off your 96-hour Winter Music Conference and Miami Music Week party spree? Keeping it real with NYC party music label Nervous Records and old-school Miami house head Oscar G. He's the dude who recently told Crossfade that "DJs are going to have to grow some balls" and stop forcing commercialized music on clubbers. But it ain't just disc jockeys who need to man up. Party people gotta grow their cojones too. So hit up Nervous fest and show that you're about more than what Mr. G calls "photo shoots, followers, and hair-dos."

Hot Creations' Lee Foss.
Hot Creations' Lee Foss.

Hot Creations. With Jamie Jones, Cajmere, Lee Foss, Mark Kinchen, Dyed Soundorom, Robert James, and Russ Yallop. Thursday, March 22, 10 p.m., Shelborne Beach Resort, 1801 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305-531-1271; shelborne.com. Tickets are sold out. Ages 21 and up. No, Hot Creations isn't a South Beach stoner food truck, serving deep-fried, peanut butter-infused beef franks. It's actually a very rad electronic music label, owned and operated by underground superstars Jamie Jones and Lee Foss. And next Thursday, Jones, Foss, and five homies will be hotboxing the Shelborne with heavy house, Detroit techno, and a little all-natural psychoactivity.

Smog vs. Basshead. With 12th Planet, Juan Basshead, Pendulum (DJ Set), Zeds Dead, Hatcha, Drop The Lime, Caligula, and others. Thursday, March 22, 9 p.m., Mekka, 950 NE Second Ave., Miami; 305-371-3773; mekkamiami.com. Tickets cost $30 plus fees via wantickets.com. Ages 18 and up. If Smog vs. Basshead were a movie, this would be the synopsis: A low-end-obsessed guerrilla fighter named Juan Basshead crawls outta Downtown Miami's dirtiest alley, steals a spaceship, pimps its sound system, joins forces with a gang of fellow MIA guys called Caligula, and heads straight for outer-space to fight an interstellar sonic war against Pendulum, Zeds Dead, Hatcha, Drop The Lime, and all those rabid rumble junkies who pledge undying allegiance to 12th Planet.



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