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Black Lips, Surfer Blood and More Bruise Cruise Performers at Grand Central

We continue with our wall-to-wall coverage of the inaugural Bruise Cruise this week with news that both the Black Lips and Surfer Blood will headline a kickoff show on February 24 at downtown Miami's Grand Central.

Looks like the celebratory contusions on the swashbuckling garage-rock-on-open-seas bash keep getting more black and blue. The event will be entirely gratis for those seafaring revelers who will be partaking in the Bruise Cruise's maiden voyage on February 25. There is good news for landlubbers too though; the event will be open to the general public, with tickets going for $10 apiece.

The pre-parties have worked out well for Bruise Cruise's elder, patchouli redolent sibling, the Jam Cruise, so we figure this night will go off without a hitch (because, what's good for the hippie gander must be good for the hipster goose right?)

Seriously speaking, we've been rather giddy since learning that our favorite native sons, Surfer Blood, would be jumping aboard this cruise, so it's comforting to know that even if we don't deem ourselves seaworthy we'll still have a chance to hear the group's anthemic indie rock either way. Also noteworthy, the skuzzy bliss of Miami's Jacuzzi boys (another local band we can't stop raving about) will also be on hand. And that's not it, just about every major band from the cruise will be showing up, including Vivian Girls, the Strange Boys, Thee Oh Sees, Quintron and Miss Pussycat, Ty Segall and the Turbo Fruits and some that are still TBA. Seems like a real steal for only $10.

To get everyone in the holiday spirit, the frolicsome fellas from Black Lips have made this jolly-yet-slightly-unhinged video about the Bruise Cruise. Perhaps the ideal gift for that effortlessly cool family member? Get your Speedos on boys.

Bruise Cruise Black Lips Holiday Special from BRUISE CRUISE FEST on Vimeo.

Bruise Cruise Kick-Off Show. 8 p.m. Thursday, February 24 at Grand Central, 697 N. Miami Ave., Miami. Tickets cost $10. Click here.

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Alex Rendon

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