Wish You Were Here: An Essential Guide to Your Favorite by Leslie Simon

By Leslie Simon

A snarky, fact-filled examine the folk and areas that made the indie/punk scene what it truly is today.

The American underground song scene is exploding everywhere—not simply in ny urban and L.A. (although we've obtained these towns lined too!):

In Washington, D.C. . . . Ian MacKaye and Fugazi encouraged the straightedge tradition, which had young children far and wide drawing black X's on their fingers in magic marker.

In Omaha, Nebraska . . . a tender Conor Oberst, aka shiny Eyes, all started writing and acting gut-wrenching love songs on the delicate age of thirteen.

On ny, long island . . . Taking again Sunday and fresh battled for emo supremacy and the delicate hearts of one million teenage girls.

From the coauthor of the cult-worthy Everybody Hurts: a vital consultant to Emo Culture comes Wish You have been Here—a blend trip advisor and tortured heritage overlaying every little thing from what constitutes right rock critic etiquette in Minneapolis to why pop-punk bands in Chicago have lots suburban angst, to how freegans within the Bay region can feed themselves on the cheap that will make frugal Rachael Ray's face blush.

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Take a look at the venue’s event calendar and you’ll fi nd a bunch of generic indie-rock bands with, well, incredibly generic indie-rock band names. ) Anyone who doesn’t love Spaceland for the club’s lack of proactiveness is totally missing the point, because if the bands that routinely play here had grand ambitions, then this would be a very different club. As it stands, even the staff seems to be made up of slackers, as proven by the fact that the marquee out front still reads “Dreams,” which was the name of the gay bar that used to occupy the space back in the late ’80s.

Whether you’re <43> rocking their keyboard charm (like Kelly Osbourne) or their “Cute as a Button” charm (à la Hilary Duff ), your neck would be naked without a White Trash charm. COM) In many ways, the Silverlake Lounge feels like Spaceland’s little brother. It doesn’t get the same amount of respect as the Land and, astonishingly, it has even less space, but all sorts of local bands are bound to turn up here. In fact, Silversun Pickups named themselves after the liquor store that is located directly across the street (Silversun Liquor).

Anyone who doesn’t love Spaceland for the club’s lack of proactiveness is totally missing the point, because if the bands that routinely play here had grand ambitions, then this would be a very different club. As it stands, even the staff seems to be made up of slackers, as proven by the fact that the marquee out front still reads “Dreams,” which was the name of the gay bar that used to occupy the space back in the late ’80s. A. scenester would be caught dead without at least one piece of iconic bling from White Trash Charms.

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