What Your Favorite 'Weekend' Band Says About Your Upcoming Weekend : All Songs Considered As far as band-naming conventions go, "Weekend" is the new word to pop up everywhere, following such ubiquitous band-name words as "Wolf" and "Crystal." Hear five very different Weekend bands here.
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What Your Favorite 'Weekend' Band Says About Your Upcoming Weekend

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Band-naming conventions have gotten a little out of hand. There was the "wolf" epidemic of 2005 (Wolf Parade, Wolf Eyes) and the short-lived "crystal" wave of 2008 (Crystal Stilts, Crystal Castles), while the "[animal] + [some twee thing]" equation is, to this day, slowly killing me. Bear in Heaven, I am on to you.

It's over, folks. "Weekend" is the new whatever was popular five Google searches ago. With a tip of the hat to McSweeney's (and to MetalSucks), here's what your favorite Weekend band says about your upcoming weekend.

What Your Favorite Weekend Band Says About You

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What You Need

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The Weeknd

  • Song: What You Need
  • from House of Balloons

The slow-jam party in your Williamsburg loft is less Voodoo and quaffed Petron and more shotgunned PBR and a shuffled iTunes playlist. You and your friends called it PBR&B before it was cool, then subsequently joined in the backlash.

House of Balloons is available as a free download from The Weeknd's website.

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Coma Summer

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Weekend

  • Song: Coma Summer
  • from Sports

Sofia Coppola asked you and your friends to ride fixie bikes through a quaintly suburban neighborhood at night for her new movie. You do this every Friday night anyway.

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Sports
Album
Sports
Artist
Weekend

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Reason To Die

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Weekend Nachos

  • Song: Reason To Die
  • from Unforgivable

Only your Tumblr followers knew about the hardcore show in your basement, but it's cool; only 20 people can fit on the dirt pile you call a floor anyway.

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Unforgivable
Album
Unforgivable
Artist
Weekend Nachos
Label
Relapse Records
Released
2009

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Raingirls

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Weekends

  • Song: Raingirls
  • from Strange Cultures

There is a hairy, greasy, overweight man in nothing but a felt sippy-cup costume in your kitchen eating birthday cake. It's not your birthday. This is not out of the ordinary.

Strange Cultures is available from Friends Records.

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Horchata

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Vampire Weekend

  • Song: Horchata
  • from Contra

Ummm, I'm gonna need you to come in tomorrow. So if you could be here around 9, that would be great, mmm-kay?

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Contra
Album
Contra
Artist
Vampire Weekend
Label
XL Recordings
Released
2009

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