The Musicians' Guide To The Beach

'Tis the season

Photographed by Nina Westervelt

Summer has unofficially arrived. Sure, the first real day comes at the end of June, but everyone knows Memorial Day is short for the first day of summer.

Now, the call of the beach has reached a near fever pitch. Listen to it. It wants you to break free from the confines of your office, classroom, and nest. Be one with nature, the moon, and tides. It's summer, after all—aka the perfect time to embrace your freedom and love affair with suntan lotion. Of course, if you're going to do it, you might as well do it right. So, we asked a slew of musicians kicking it at Hangout Fest this year what their dos and don'ts of the beach are. What do they listen to and read? What do they avoid? Who do they crush on? Perhaps they'll inspire you to unplug a little and get some sand between your feet. Beach responsibly!