LA Weekly Lists 20 Worst Hipster Bands

    It just seems kind of counter-intuitive to bag on a bunch of bands who create some truly great music just because a bunch of people like them. The whole hipster-hating thing ran its course a few years ago, but that doesn’t stop LA Weekly from listing “The 20 Worst Hipster Bands.” It’s full of the obvious strawmen, but some of these choices are downright weird (Arcade Fire? Seriously? You’re going to complain about them?) Here’s the paper’s reasoning:

    On its surface hipsterdom seems to be an individuality-grab, but most of today’s 20 and 30-something bands from Silver Lake and Williamsburg sound shockingly similar. They’re all playing variations of retro garage and soul music — or bringing glockenspiels and choirs on incestuous nationwide tours — all the while clad in vintage garb likely infested with lice. We’re not saying that they should be outlawed by, like, Congress or something. Just that they should be avoided.

    Check out the full list below, and to get your hackles raised be sure to check out the individual explanations here. [Stereogum]

    20 The Black Keys
    19 TV On The Radio
    18 Sleigh Bells
    17 fun.
    16 MGMT
    15 Death Cab For Cutie
    14 Wavves
    13 The Decemberists
    12 Pomplamoose
    11 Edward Sharpe And The Magnetic Zeros
    10 White Rabbits
    09 Beach House
    08 The Airborne Toxic Event
    07 Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti
    06 Beirut
    05 Grizzly Bear
    04 Bright Eyes
    03 Arcade Fire
    02 tUnE-yArDs
    01 Bon Iver