I've never been on a proper spring break trip (London doesn't count, right?), but that might change this February, when Bruise Cruise Festival--a three-day indie rock vacation ride through the Bahamas--embarks on its maiden voyage. Among the many participants (The Black Lips, Vivian Girls, Strange Boys, Thee Oh Sees, Turbo Fruits) is San Francisco's Ty Segall, whose garage rock songs only get better with every new album. Proof? "Girlfriend" which breaks through a wall of sound with hand claps, dirty '60s guitar riffs, and Segall's echoing '70s arena rock growl. Of course, committing yourself to the same boat as your random spring break hook-ups might not be the best idea, but for a lineup this solid, we'd take the risk.
REBECCA WILLA DAVIS, associate editor
Aptly named for Friday's Good Listener, Weekends are a duo from Baltimore whose music is the perfect accompaniment to a Saturday hangover or a Sunday spent sleeping in, eating bagels, and maybe stretching to a perusal of the Times or a matinee movie. Yes, Weekends is slacker music at it's best: Minimal vocals, lashings of furious guitars, drunken drums, and a little grunt-chanting, result in a haphazard, cacophonic vibe that feels both immediate and a little spaced-out. I've got “Raingirls," from their new album, Strange Cultures, on repeat this morning—to help me breeze through deadline and ease me into the weekend after last night's office tequila tasting.
NATALIE SHUKUR, senior editor
It just reminds me of the '80s.... Something the Cure would have played back in the day. The lead singer's voice is soft and melodic against the steady beat. Great song for a car ride, train ride, bus ride...pretty much any ride. Bliss.
RAJNI LUCIENNE JACQUES, fashion news editor
As far as we're concerned, summer has room for more than one anthem. The song "Meet Me in the City," by Brooklyn band The Babies (VivianGirls' Cassie Ramone and Kevin Morby of Woods are members) is one of the few we've got cranked up as high as the air conditioner.
MALLORY RICE, editorial assistant
Ever since the amazing video (directed by Patrick Daughters and Marcel Dzama, the latter who also did the costumes and set design) came out last year, i have intermittently not been able to get "No One Does It Like You" by Department of Eagles out of my head. Soldier ghosts in the desert just screams summertime.
HOLLY SIEGEL, beauty director