Winter Music Conference

Winter Music Conference and Miami Music Week's 15 best parties March 22 to 25

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 Motel. 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 you're gonna do it all.

So here's New Times' list of the 15 best WMC and MMW ragers, raves, and parties.

Nervous Festival. With Oscar G, Sander Kleinenberg, Theo, Christian Arango, Peter Rauhofer, and others. 10 p.m. Thursday, March 22, at Ice Palace, 59 NW 14th St., Miami; 305-347-7400; Tickets cost $31.80 plus fees via Ages 21 and up. What's the right way to kick off your 96-hour Winter Music Conference and Miami Music Week party spree? Keep it real with NYC party music label Nervous Records and old-school Miami house head Oscar G. He's the dude who recently told New Times 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 cojones too. So hit up the Nervous fest and show you're about more than what Mr. G calls "photo shoots, followers, and hairdos."

Hot Creations. With Jamie Jones, Cajmere, Lee Foss, Mark Kinchen, Dyed Soundorom, Robert James, and Russ Yallop. 10 p.m. Thursday, March 22, at the Shelborne Beach Resort, 1801 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305-531-1271; Tickets are sold out. Ages 21 and up. No, Hot Creations isn't a South Beach stoner food truck that serves 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. 9 p.m. Thursday, March 22, at Mekka, 950 NE Second Ave., Miami; 305-371-3773; Tickets cost $25 plus fees via 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.

Kaskade. 11 p.m. Friday, March 23, at Amnesia Miami, 136 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305-538-2424; Tickets are sold out. Ages 21 and up. A rave can quickly become a riot. Case in point: On July 27, 2011, a dance music documentary titled Electric Daisy Carnival Experience was set to debut at Grauman's Chinese Theater in Los Angeles. And just hours before the event, Kaskade (AKA Ryan Raddon) decided to announce an impromptu DJ set as part of the premiere. The result: fights, bottle-throwing, and vandalism as cops tried to subdue the glowstick-wielding mob with whistles, cuffs, and bean-bag shotgun blasts. So if you somehow snag tix to Mr. Raddon's Miami Music Week rager at Amnesia, please remember to add some body armor to your standard bag of party supplies. 'Cause who knows when this sold-out rave just might turn into a riot.

Vagabond x Fixed. With Simian Mobile Disco, Tensnake, Tiger & Woods, JDH and Dave P, Pillowtalk, and Maxxi Soundsystem. 10 p.m. Friday, March 23, at the Vagabond, 30 NE 14th St., Miami; 305-379-0508; Tickets cost $20 plus fees via Free for all WMC ticket holders. Ages 21 and up. Last year, the Vagabond and Fixed hooked up for a sloppy-slash-sexy 14th Street party called the Miami Freakout. There was lots of perspiration, dance-floor humping, spilled drinks, terrifyingly pleasurable beats, and satisfied screaming. It was the climax of a trilogy. But now the Vag and Fixed are back for their fourth consecutive Winter Music Conference one-night stand. Of course, it's gonna be a group scene, starring Simian Mobile Disco, Tensnake, and Tiger & Woods. You should come.

No Sugar Added. With Paul Oakenfold, Gabriel & Dresden, Carl Craig, Heidi, Joachim Garraud, Sharam, James Zabiela, and others. Noon Friday, March 23, and Saturday, March 24, at Nikki Beach, 1 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach; 305-538-1111; Two-day passes cost $120 to $170 plus fees via Ages 21 and up. Addicted to the white stuff? Bleary-eyed and bloated? Constantly grinding your teeth while speed-dancing to silence? Just buy a ticket to the two-day detox known as No Sugar Added, a carb-free EDM retreat hosted on the sands of Nikki Beach by trance expert Paul Oakenfold, techno sage Carl Craig, and 71 other slim and sleek electro types.

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