Photos: Bruise Cruise Kick-off Parties

By | February 9th, 2012 | No Comments

Thursday night at The Stage was the second of two land-bound parties preceding the Bruise Cruise, a three-day “tropical rock’n’roll vacation” aboard the Carnival Imagination that launches Friday from the Port of Miami and returns Monday morning with stops in Nassau and the Bahamas along the way. The lineup Thursday night was Miami-based Jacuzzi Boys, The Soft Pack, King Khan and The Shrines, Thee Oh Sees, and Fucked Up. Here are our photos from the show.

Fucked Up frontman Damian Abraham

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Bruise Cruise 2012 Preview: Quintron, Odd Man In

By | December 22nd, 2011 | No Comments
Quintron and Miss Pussycat

Quintron and Miss Pussycat in the woods, of the bayou, bound for the Caribbean. -- photo from

On Nov. 29, New Orleans-based musician and musical inventor Quintron tweeted, “If I was a movie today, I would be Beat The Devil.” Directed by John Huston and co-written by Truman Capote, the 1953 film stars Humphrey Bogart, Jennifer Jones, and Peter Lorre and concerns, according to IMDb, “a group of rogues who hope to get rich” in Africa “and a seemingly innocent British couple. They meet and things happen …” While considered primarily a spoof of the film noir genre — which Huston pioneered with his classic, The Maltese Falcon, also starring Bogart and Lorre — Beat The Devil has also been called a thriller, a crime drama, a romance, and a comedy.

The film is, in a word, unclassifiable. Same goes for Quintron, who, alongside his wife, the puppeteer Miss Pussycat (aka Panacea Theriac), will board the Carnival Imagination on February 10 for the Bruise Cruise Festival, a three-day “rock’n’roll vacation” from Miami to Nassau and back. (Visit /bruisecruise to learn how you can enter to win a free cabin for two.)

Born Robert Rolston, Quintron grew up in Alabama before making his home in New Orleans’ …

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Bruise Cruise Kick-Off Party Vids

By | February 25th, 2011 | No Comments

I recorded these with my Flip, so the sound is terrible. Still, the first gives a sense of the smoky madness that was Quintron and Miss Pussycat (while doing damnable injustice to Quintron’s badass organ). The second is from the Thee Oh Sees set, during which Grand Central security (stage left) evidently got bored and started menacing everyone with flashlights. I saw the dude in the yellow tie scream in one girl’s face like a ‘roided out Lou Piniella, then browbeat her boyfriend when he stepped forward. (But I’m sure he’s a really nice guy.)

So, yeah, the vid quality sucks, but they serve a purpose. You can check out our photos and read a recap of last night’s all-nighter in this morning’s post.

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Bruise Cruise Kick-Off Photos and Recap

By | February 25th, 2011 | 3 Comments

Thee Oh Sees frontman John Dwyer takes the stage at Grand Central.

So, what’s the best way to survive a nearly nine-hour (largely) garage-rock marathon at Grand Central? Well, common sense says you should start slow, save the craziest energy expenditure for later in the evening, get drunk elsewhere to save money, and don’t dance near, look at, or even breathe in the vicinity of some of the venue’s over-eager security guards.

Many well-meaning music fans ignored at least one or all of these suggestions last night during the on-land kickoff party for the inaugural Bruise Cruise, which departs from Miami this morning. The mega-watt line-up featured virtually every performer slated to perform aboard the Carnival Imagination during the three-day rock cruise: Jacuzzi Boys, Turbo Fruits, Ty Segall, Surfer Blood, the Strange Boys, Thee Oh Sees, Vivian Girls, Quintron and Miss Pussycat, and Black Lips. As such, there was pretty much no skip-able opening act, Miami time wasn’t going to fly, and many, many people actually showed up early … which means that by 12:30 a.m. or so, many had also started to tap out.

Those who made it through to the wee hours, though, were treated to epic musician stage-diving fails, a psychedelic puppet show, and, of course, yet another trademark Crazy Black Lips set. It was a lot to process, so we’ll break it down, yearbook-style, into superlatives.

Band Most in Need of a Smile: Surfer Blood. These South Florida natives went on surprisingly early; one would think their quasi-hometown status would give them a more peak-hour billing. It turned out be for the best, though. Though the youngest and most eager fans near the edge of the stag (bless ‘em) still appreciated the set heavy with material from Astro Coast, the band looked glum throughout it all.

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