For wealthy locals and jet setters, Art Basel Miami Beach is a chance to shop for fresh additions to their extravagant art collections and attend velvet-rope receptions in chic new getups. But for us uhntz-uhntz heads, it's just another excuse to put on our tattered dancing shoes.
Choice Meeting. With Matt Tolfrey, Simon Baker, and Lazaro Casanova. Presented by Leftroom and Air London. Thursday, December 6, 10 p.m., Electric Pickle, 2826 N. Miami Ave., Miami; 305-456-5613; electricpicklemiami.com. Tickets cost $15 plus fees via residentadvisor.net. Ages 21 and up. The Air London collective has become synonymous with the finest transatlantic tech-house. Don't miss this Choice Meeting.
Richie Hawtin. With Troy Kurtz. Friday, December 7, 10 p.m., LIV, 4441 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305-674-4680; livnightclub.com. Tickets cost $40 to $60 plus fees via wantickets.com. Ages 21 and up. This minimal-techno legend is so flawless behind the decks he might be half-robot. Try to peel back the cyborg's skin at this "celebration of music and technology."
Ten Best EDM Parties During Art Basel Miami Beach 2012
Get Physical vs. My Favorite Robot. With M.A.N.D.Y., Lee Curtiss, Blond:ish, Jared Simms, and Voytek Korab. Presented by Link and Miami Rebels. Friday, December 7, 11 p.m., Treehouse, 323 23rd St., Miami Beach; 305-674-4478; treehousemiami.com. Tickets cost $15 to $20 plus fees via residentadvisor.net. Ages 21 and up. By now, M.A.N.D.Y.'s Get Physical showcases are Miami mainstays during Basel. This year, though, the label is upping the ante by pairing with Toronto's My Favorite Robot.
Livio & Roby. Presented by Un_Mute. Saturday, December 8, 10 p.m., Villa 221, 221 NE 17th St., Miami; 305-416-5280; villa221.com. Ages 21 and up. The artist collective surrounding Loco Dice's Desolat label has a hard-earned reputation for funk-driven big-room techno. And beloved Romanian duo Livio & Roby is no exception.
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Joy Orbison and Ben UFO. Presented by SAFE. Saturday, December 8, 10 p.m., Cafeina, 297 NW 23rd St., Miami; 305-438-0792; cafeinamiami.com. Tickets cost $20 plus fees via residentadvisor.net. Ages 21 and up. Leave it to SAFE to serve up debut Miami performances by two of the most cutting-edge UK techno and future bass artists in one night. Mark our words, this throwdown is going to get deep.
French Express. With Perseus, Chris Malinchak, Moon Boots, and Jonas Rathsman. Presented by Nightdrive Miami. Saturday, December 8, 10 p.m., the Vagabond, 30 NE 14th St., Miami; 305-379-0508; thevagabondmiami.com. Tickets cost $10 plus fees via wantickets.com. Ages 18 and up. Lush, tropical nu-disco grooves are the specialty of Dallas blog-turned-label French Express, which makes it right at home in MIA.
Supplement Facts & Friends. With Guy Gerber, Dyed Soundorom, Clarian, Mao Fonnegra, and Vlada. Presented by Link and Miami Rebels. Saturday, December 8, 11 p.m., Treehouse, 323 23rd St., Miami Beach; 305-674-4478; treehousemiami.com. Tickets cost $25 plus fees via residentadvisor.net. Ages 21 and up. If deep, hypnotic tech-house beats are what you crave, look no further than Guy Gerber's Supplement Facts label showcase.
Fuck Art, Let's Dance. With DJ Harvey, PillowTalk, and Eats Everything. Saturday, December 8, 10 p.m., Electric Pickle, 2826 N. Miami Ave., Miami; 305-456-5613; electricpicklemiami.com. Tickets cost $15 to $25 plus fees via wantickets.com. Ages 21 and up. This is Basel week's foremost dance party. Go shout, "Fuck art! Let's dance!" with cosmic disco don Harvey and crew.