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

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Lykke Li.

MOCA L.A. Beach Party

With Lykke Li, Miike Snow, and Peter Björn and John

Raleigh Hotel, Miami Beach

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Better Than: A trip to Ikea.

There is something to be said about MOCA Los Angeles' annual Basel bash. Once again, it seemed like everyone in town for the art fairs wanted to go. Hoards of people made the line to check in, some of which didn't score an invite but were hoping to beg their way in.

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.

Photo by Ciara Osorio
Andrew Wyatt of Miike Snow and Lykke Li.

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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Jose D. Duran has been the associate web editor of Miami New Times since 2008. He's the voice and strategist behind the publication's eyebrow-raising Facebook and Twitter feeds. He has also been reporting on Miami's music, entertainment, and cultural scenes since 2006, previously through sites such as and He earned his BS in journalism with a minor in art history from the University of Florida. He's a South Florida native and will be a Miami resident as long as climate change permits and the temperature doesn't drop below 60 degrees.
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