Basel 2013: Ten Best Parties

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Wu-Tang's Ghostface Killah, bringing the mayhem to Basel.

Who's ready to arty party?

Oh yes, you beautiful and brainy bastards, we're about to begin another edition of Art Basel Miami Beach week. But as we all know, four whole days spent wandering through exhibition after exhibition of world-class cultural artifacts just ain't enough. We also need four whole nights of getting drunk, hitting the mosh pit, and hump-dancing with strangers in some darkened corner of a pop-up party spot in Wynwood.

So here are the ten best (not private) parties during Basel 2013.

See also: Art Basel Miami Beach 2013 Party Guide

De La Soul. With DJs Ynot, Self Born, and Heron, plus an opening performance by the Problem Kids. Thursday, December 5, 10 p.m., The Stage, 170 NE 38th St., Miami; 305-576-9577; thestagemiami.com. Tickets cost $30 plus fees via wantickets.com. Ages 21 and up. Whether De La's Maseo, Pos, and Dave are sweating through a studio sesh or kicking off Basel week at the Design District's best party spot, it's basically all 'bout "just buggin' out." Which is to say, keeping it simple, having fun, and not acting like some pretentious, high-concept, jetset douche who's more worried about his "De La Clothes" than his "De La Soul."

See also: De La Soul's Maseo Talks Classic Hip-Hop and Basel 2013

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Darkside. Featuring Nicolas Jaar and Dave Harrington. As part of Flaunt Magazine, 3P Production, and Mana Wynwood's three-night concert series. Thursday, December 5, 10 p.m., Mana Wynwood Production Village, 318 NW 23rd St., Miami; 305-305-5574; manawynwood.com. Tickets cost $32 plus fees via showclix.com. Ages 18 and up. Visit artbaselmanawynwood.com. What is the Darkside? Umm, do you mean the nightmarish existential netherworld where ravenous demons await, slobbering over the imminent feast of your spiritual remains? Or the collaborative electronic music project from critically lauded producer Nicolas Jaar and guitarist Dave Harrington, who'll make your Basel dreams come true by performing the entirety of their new debut album, Psychic, in a Wynwood warehouse?

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