Despite its reputation, Miami isn’t all salsa and sexy beats. Indie rock is alive and well, you just have to know where to dig. Here’s a day-by-day guide to getting your fix on good, honest music from The Streets to The Strokes and everything in between.
You suffered through a bad case of the Mondays, and you’re still feeling the residual effects. Cure yourself with, um, The Cure and other retro ‘80s classics during Shuffle Tuesdays at Fox’s Sherron Inn in South Miami. The old-school setting gives it extra hip cred. 6030 S. Dixie Hwy.; 305-666-2230.
If you prefer moving to the beat, head to Roll Out, an indie rock roller skating party that happens the first Tuesday of the month at Gold Coast Roller Rink in Fort Lauderdale. DJ Hottpants usually spins – he’ll be the one sporting something impossibly cool and metallic, or at least a sweatband. 2604 S. Federal Hwy.; 954-523-6783; www.myspace.com/rainbowsk8tuesdays.
Also worth checking out on Tuesday, The Attic at Jazid on Miami Beach features veteran indie DJ Ray Milian as well as weekly art installations by local talents like the color-happy Lebo. 1342 Washington Ave., Miami Beach; 305-673-9372; www.myspace.com/theatticmiami
Celebrate Hump Day by getting your indie freak on at UF-Oh at PS14 in Miami, where DJs Hugo and Oly will make you feel anything but alien. The cozy space is also perhaps the only place where you don’t have to suffer through bad classic rock in order to shoot a game of (free) pool. See, you can love billiards and Interpol. And when you’re done hustling, head to the backyard garden, where movies screen until the wee hours. 28 NE 14th St., Miami; 305-358-3600; www.myspace.com/psfourteen.
Thursday nights never bite – they are, after all, the unofficial start of the weekend – but you will want a taste of Rotten Apple at Set. Venture into most South Beach spots that claim to play retro ‘80s and you’re likely to be subjected to The Bangles and Guns and Roses. At Set, however, you can play SoBe fabulous and satisfy your indie indulgences. Case in point: Supermodel Giselle Bundchen table dancing to the likes of Lily Allen. 320 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach; 305-531-2800.
Or, head back to PS14 in Miami for Noches Indie/Gentes. The night is hosted by Fabrika, a collective dedicated to promoting indie culture in diverse cities, and they invite anyone – experienced or not – to be a guest DJ for the night (or at least a set). Latin alternative, punk, even TV show theme songs are fair game. 28 NE 14th St., Miami; 305-358-3600; www.myspace.com/indiegente.
It’s the end of the week, but the party’s just beginning. Off the Radar, hosted by Sweat Records owner Lolo and DJ Ray Milian, gets around, and its newest locale is the Sandal Club in Miami. If the disco balls, leopard carpet, and glittery bar tops don’t convince you to stop in, consider the fact that OTR is one of the Miami indie scene’s longest running and most popular parties. Think of it as your chance to sit at the underground cool kids’ table. 1060 NE 79th St.; 305-758-3556; www.myspace.com/off_the_radar.
Circa Saturdays at Circa 28 in Wynwood is another project. Chill on the first floor, which features plush couches and an entire wall of books, or head upstairs, where there’s plenty of room to dance your heart out. Regular and guest DJs, movies projected on the walls, and occasional live music acts all in a completely unpretentious part of town. Kind of like that NYC lounge you so loved, before the Starbucks moved in next door. 2826 N. Miami Ave.; 305-722-1858; www.myspace.com/circasaturdays.
Close by is Dirty Disco at The Pawn Shop, where electro, pop, and electro-pop are the tunes of choice, and you’ll find everything from pop art shows to Paris Hilton tributes. DJs Matt Cash, Induce, and Contra spin, while ‘70s porn projected on the walls provides added eye candy. 1222 NE Second Ave., Miami, 305-373-3511; www.thepawnshoplounge.com
It’s your day to worship, so pray you don’t have to wake up early Monday morning and then head to Chocolate Sundays at Purdy Lounge. Free pool, back room movies, and lots of underground hip-hop and indie rock goodness. Sweet. 1811 Sunset Harbor Dr., Miami Beach, 305-531-4622. www.purdylounge.com
And on Monday, the hipster rested.