Congratulations, if you’re a working stiff, you made it through the first week of the year. But, yep, it was a short week — just three days ago, you were likely getting rid of the effects of a New Year’s Eve rager. Now, another weekend dawns and it’s up to you whether you want to go that hard again or stay on the resolution-type straight and narrow. Either way, here are a few options if you decide to get out and about.
FRIDAY, JANUARY 4
Death to the Sun Presents: Miami Heat @ Churchill’s Pub
Seems like no matter how crappy booking shows in the city can be, artist/musician Ricardo Guerrero just can’t quit it. Under his ongoing Death to the Sun banner, he presents a slate of music tonight at Churchill’s featuring some of the best young names who are keeping the city weird. That means Manny Mangos, Boils & Goyles, AG/GG, Milk Spot, Guerrero’s own This Heart Electric, and local legend Dino Felipe as a headliner.
10 p.m at Churchill’s Pub, 5501 NE 2nd Ave., Miami. Admission is free; age 18 and up. Call 305-757-1807, or visit churchillspub.com
SATURDAY, JANUARY 5
Shelly Fraley @ Books and Books
Here’s something free, chilled out, and somewhat off the usual cool-kid music stomping grounds. Books and Books’ original location in Coral Gables regularly hosts live music on the weekends. But this performance by Nashville-based indie artist Shelly Fraley offers something a little younger and fresher than the usual fare. This singer-songwriter specializes in catchy indie-pop in which she accompanies herself on piano or guitar. Her songs are hooky and sweet, and, unsurprisingly, have landed in episodes of shows like Pretty Little Liars, Private Practice, and, of course, One Tree Hill. Go check her out, and support independent musicians and independent book stores in one fell swoop!
7:30 p.m. at Books and Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. Admission is free. Call 305-442-4408, or visit booksandbooks.com
Dino Felipe, Painted Faces, and Whorish Boorish @ Sweat Records
You never know when or where Dino Felipe’s going to turn up — often, it seems like it’s random and in the wee hours. So, here’s an opportunity for the kiddies to catch him early, and in Sweat’s bright lighting to boot — should be weird as ever! He’s accompanied here by Whorish Boorish, quickly becoming one of the most ubiquitous bands on the circuit, and Painted Faces, the project of Miami-raised, Brooklyn-based artist David Drucker.
8 p.m. at Sweat Records, 5505 NE 2nd Ave., Miami. Admission is free. Call 786-693-9309, or visit sweatrecordsmiami.com
Slapshot @ Churchill’s Pub
Usually, we try to keep these lists to events costing $10 or less, but we’ll make an additional $5 exception for this gig at Churchill’s, featuring Slapshot! No, these Boston hardcore/punk legends don’t often play here; no, they’re not on tour; yes, that means it’s a special one-off, fly-in show courtesy of Roger Speedfreek. Locals Get the Ammo, Homestretch, Trust No One, and Die Trying open.
9 p.m. at Churchill’s Pub, 5501 NE 2nd Ave., Miami. Admission is $15 in advance; age 18 and up. Call 305-757-1807, or visit churchillspub.com or speedfreekevents.bigcartel.com
Cop City Chill Pillars, Lars Finberg, and New Coke @ Gramps
So, we’ve all mostly abandoned Wood Tavern and minted Gramps as the ultimate cool-kid Wynwood watering hole, right? We’re all about that. Prices have ratcheted dramatically downward since Basel — the frugal can enjoy $4 canned beers, and the pickier can still select from drafts, top-shelf liquor, and specialty cocktails if they so desire.
Meanwhile, owner Adam Gersten’s been skipping the usual “indie” boring-ness in favor or DJs playing relatively more rare tracks across the alt- and dance spectrums. Cool. This Saturday marks the bar’s first foray into live music, with two favorites of the South Florida d.i.y. scenes — Cop City and New Coke — and a headlining set by Lars Finberg, better known as part of thee Oh Sees.
9 p.m. at Gramps, 176 NW 24th St., Miami. Admission is $5; age 21 and up. Call 305-75-BOOZE (rly), or visit facebook.com/grampsmiami