For those of us who didn’t fork over the titanic price to board Bruise Cruise, a “tropical rock’n'roll vacation” from Friday to Monday aboard the Carnival Imagination, the Bruise Cruise kick-off party at Grand Central Thursday night is a damn good consolation show (no dramamine required). Boasting most of Bruise Cruise’s sea-bound roster — the Black Lips, WPB’s Surfer Blood, Miami’s Jacuzzi Boys, Vivian Girls, Strange Boys, Thee Oh Sees, Ty Segall, Quintron and Ms. Pussycat, Turbo Fruits — the all-ages, $20 show starts at 7 p.m. and will run well into the wee hours of Friday morning, giving the bold ample time to execute a stowaway scheme. (I suggest stuffing yourself in Kickball Katy’s bass drum.) If you’re still undecided about attending a music fest in a model train station to send off a rock cruise, here’s a video from each of the bands on the kick-off roster to push you across the proverbial gangplank.
The Black Lips, “Katrina”
Turbo Fruits, ” Get Up Get Down”
Vivian Girls, “The End”
Jacuzzi Boys, “Smells Dead”
Surfer Blood, “Anchorage”
Ty Segall, “The Drag”
Strange Boys, “Should Have Shot Paul”
Quintron, “Place Unknown”
Thee Oh Sees, “Gilded Cunt”
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