Miami's Five Best Electronic Dance Music Parties This Week
This week alone, there are five world-class bookings. And there's a little something for everyone, from the dark minimal techno heads to the leftfield live electronica connoisseurs.
We've got the usual local crews -- like PL0T, LINK and Un_Mute -- along with the clubs -- Electric Pickle, Treehouse, and Eve -- to thank for closing out 2011 in style.
PL0T Presents No Regular Play (Live). With PL0T residents. Friday, December 16, 10 p.m., Electric Pickle, 2826 N. Miami Ave., Miami; 305-456-5613; electricpicklemiami.com. Brooklyn-based production duo No Regular Play have been turning conventional dance music on its head since first joining the Wolf + Lamb collective in 2009. Sexy live jazz trumpet and vocals by Greg Paulus filtered through Nick DeBruyn's kaleidoscopic live electronics will both jack your body and expand your mind on the dancefloor.
Link Presents Shonky at Treehouse. With LINK residents. Friday, December 16, 11 p.m., Treehouse, 323 23rd St., Miami Beach; 305-674-7447; treehousemiami.com. French DJ-producer Shonky's sound straddles the sleek futurism of techno and house's raw soul in a way that perfectly nails that "tech-house" hybrid every talentless run-of-the-mill producer's trying to pull off these days. As such, he's capable of bringing together both the techno purists and house heads and making them all bounce on one floor.
Un_Mute Presents Marc Houle. With Un_Mute residents. Friday, December 16, 10 p.m., Eve, 1306 N. Miami Ave., Miami; 305-995-5050; miamieve.com. Ages 21 and up. As part of the Minus label collective with Richie Hawtin, Troy Pierce, and Magda, DJ-producer Marc Houle has always focused on the darker minimalist sections of the techno spectrum. And that suits his fans just fine. Plus, with his penchant for playing loads of unreleased self-produced material, Marc Houle sets are unmissable one-off experiences.
Electric Pickle & Blkmarket Membership present Miami Residency Launch with Three, Ryan Elliott and Heartthrob. With Blkmarket and Electric Pickle residents. Saturday, December 17, 10 p.m., Electric Pickle, 2826 N. Miami Ave., Miami; 305-456-5613; electricpicklemiami.com. Blkmarket Membership has emerged as one of the foremost underground EDM parties in NYC, a safehaven for underground sounds similar to Miami's own Electric Pickle. So it makes perfect sense for the two to pair up with a new Blkmarket Miami residency, launching on Saturday. And they've prepared a formidable lineup for the occasion: Hallucination Limited's DJs Three, Ryan Elliott of Ghostly International, and the Minus Label's Heartthrob. Check out DJ Three's Top Ten Dancefloor Weapons.
Movement Presents Seth Troxler and Danny Daze. With Louis Dee. Sunday, December 18, 11 p.m. SET, 320 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach; 305-531-2800; setmiami.com. World-renowned DJ and Visionquest chieftain Seth Troxler hardly needs an introduction. And neither does Miami homeboy and the newest star of the Hot Creations label, Danny Daze. Troxler was one of the first star DJs to break Danny's hit "Your Everything" this year, so it's only fair Danny spots him an opening set this Sunday!
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