Art Basel Miami Beach

MOCA L.A.'s Basel Beach Party: Lykke Li, Miike Snow, Peter Bjorn and John

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We didn't have to sweat it, though, because we did our begging via email a few days earlier. And we'll admit, the lineup of Lykke Li, Miike Snow, and Peter Björn and John didn't exactly get us excited like LCD Soundsystem in 2010 or Soulwax last year. But that all changed once the Swedes hit the stage.

But we're getting ahead of ourselves. Like every year, the party took place in a sandy area behind the Raleigh. But for 2012, it was given a boost thanks to sponsorships by Starz and Samsung Galaxy. That meant you could play around with a Samsung tablet or phone as your sipped on drinks provided by Russian Standard vodka.

However, we weren't there to play with tech gadgets. We were there for the music ... And free drinks.

After an hour or so of waiting, the Swedish pop mafia took the stage. With Lykke Li, Andrew and Pontus of Miike Snow, and Björn of Peter Björn and John on the stage, what the audience got was a mix of the best of Scandinavian indie dance-rock.

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