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L.A. Weekly‘s 20 Worst Hipster Bands


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L.A. alt weekly L.A. Weekly, who is known to put together some of these "Worst ... Ever" lists, piled together their 20 Worst Hipster Bands countdown. Their thesis:

"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."

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Here is the list, in descending order:

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
9 - Beach House
8 - The Airborne Toxic Event
7 - Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti
6 - Beirut
5 - Grizzly Bear
4 - Bright Eyes
3 - Arcade Fire
2 - tUnE-yArDs
1 - Bon Iver

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Dec 24, 2012 7:54PM
Dec 24, 2012 7:53PM
I love these types of 'worst' music lists. It invaribly gives me a number of new groups that are very talented and who I enjoy. critcs are hilarious. Can't do jack spit in the field of thier supposed 'expertise' except whine about how bad others are who can. lol
Dec 23, 2012 8:58PM

I was originally going to say Coldplay, but I added Maroon 5 as well and forgot to change "is" to "are".
Dec 23, 2012 8:57PM
Dec 23, 2012 6:41PM
Okay... Now I'm completely baffled. What makes these bands "hipster"? Casual clothes? Names that sound like something an art school student would find clever?  I live in a hipster neighborhood - I know this because it's written up as such, internationally (???), and when people find out where I live, they get really odd and sniff "Oh! So you're a hipster!" Alternately, "That explains the black clothing!" and/or "I guess I'm not cool enough for you, then!"  What drives me nuts are the ongoing "hipster hat" comments. I was really hoping to see a photo of said hat or any unusual garb/look that mildly resembled my neighbors. Some have facial hair like this guy, but they're bears. You seem like a smart group. Can someone please tell me what makes these bands hipster & what a freaking "hipster hat" is? I keep looking for them, but all I see (even now that it's cold and raining), are the wool caps. Thanks.
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