If music helps make the world go 'round, then it can definitely make the weekend get here sooner. Well, at least the retro pop, world, and shock-rock shows going down can make it seem that way.
Here are the five best concerts going down in Miami this week.
Moon Boots. With Pirate Stereo, Santiago Caballero, and Panic Bomber. Tuesday, July 16, 10 p.m., at Bardot, 3456 North Miami Ave., Miami; 305-576-7750; bardotmiami.com. Tickets cost $12-$20 via showclix.com. Moon Boots weren't made for walking -- they "were made for hopping in zero gravity..." And for "Love Strong" beach babes who can surf.
Miami New Times' Best of the Best Concert. With Baez, Day Music Died, Xela Zaid, Unity Rise, Diego & Gabriel of Jacuzzi Boys DJ Set, and others. Thursday, July 18, 8 p.m., at Churchill's Pub, 5501 NE 2nd Ave., Miami; 305-757-1807; churchillspub.com. Free. What do you get when you combine only the best named local acts under one roof? An orgasmic explosion of music.
Maria Gadú. Thursday, July 18, 9 p.m., at the Fillmore Miami Beach; 1700 Washington Ave., Miami Beach; 305-673-7300; fillmoremb.com. Tickets cost $69-$89 plus fees via livenation.com. You may have no clue what the hell she's saying, but the soft, lyrical vibe of Brazil's two-time Latin Grammy award nominee is enough to make you wanna sing "Shimbalaiê."
Star Slinger. With Will Buck, JBZ, and Niko Sacks. Saturday, July 20, 10 p.m., at Bardot, 3456 North Miami Ave., Miami; 305-576-7750; bardotmiami.com. Tickets cost $12-$20 plus fees via showclix.com. Star Slinger will keep you up 'till the "Mornin'" with his retro beats and funky sound. Dance on, friends.
Marilyn Manson. Sunday, July 21, 8 p.m., at the Fillmore Miami Beach; 1700 Washington Ave., Miami Beach; 305-673-7300; fillmoremb.com. Tickets cost $65 plus fees via livenation.com. Where do all "The Beautiful People" turn to for some hardcore shock-rock? To none other than the godfather of heavy metal itself, Marilyn Manson.