Posted in music on April 27, 2011

by Bill Pearis

8 Bands

It's that time of year again, when The L Magazine picks "8 Bands You Need to Hear Right Now." Like usual, the 2011 list is a mix of bands you may have seen, may have heard of, and more under-the-radar picks. No photoshoot at Bushwick Country Club this year. Here's the list, with the artists' next next NYC area show (where applicable):

Grand Rapids (no upcoming shows)
Devin Therriault (no upcoming shows)
Radical Dads (April 28 [tomorrow], The Delancey)
Mainland (May 25, Brooklyn Bowl)
Luke Rathborne (no upcoming shows)
Slowdance (May 9, Knitting Factory)
Yellow Ostrich (June 3, Mercury Lounge)
Family Trees (no upcoming shows)
This year's Honorable Mentions list includes Gross Relations, The Weed Hounds, The Hairs and more. There's also an entertaining sidebar where The L asks local bands and tastemakers "So, What's Wrong With the Brooklyn Music Scene?"

And if you missed it, The L Mag's Northside Festival just announced a slew of new bands to this year's line-up, including Surfer Blood (opening for GbV), Sharon Van Etten (opening for Beirut), Iceage (U.S. debut), Frankie Rose & the Outs, Teengirl Fantasy, Theophilus London, DOM, Mount Eerie, White Fence, Blondes, Janka Nabay • Holiday Shores, Eternal Summers, Delicate Steve, Gatekeeper and pretty much every band on the "8 Bands" list.

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Comments (26)

uh.. who?

Posted by Anonymous | April 27, 2011 3:50 PM

White people everywhere!

Posted by Anonymous | April 27, 2011 3:52 PM

i.e. 8 bands never to be heard from again

Posted by Anonymous | April 27, 2011 3:54 PM

"Man, do you know how hard it is to write an intro for this thing every year?"

CLOSE TAB

Posted by J | April 27, 2011 4:19 PM

Nice Flock of Seagulls haircut, douche!

Posted by Anonymous | April 27, 2011 4:23 PM

Where are all the hip hop acts? 8 more bands that need to take a shower.

Posted by The Real Real Yup. PERIOD | April 27, 2011 4:33 PM

Yeah-- 8 bands never to be heard from again, like Vampire Weekend and Pains of Being Pure at Heart. This list has actually discovered a bunch of bands that did really well. Though not last year... I can't remember a single one? Oberhofer maybe.

Posted by Anonymous | April 27, 2011 5:00 PM

Oberhofer and Twin Sister have done alright for themselves.

Posted by Anonymous | April 27, 2011 5:05 PM

^ Yeah except the magazine didn't discover those bands. They were already bands. Ughhh. Europeans.

Posted by Anonymous | April 27, 2011 5:08 PM

those 8 bands are all incredibly toothless. and white.

Posted by Anonymous | April 27, 2011 5:14 PM

I just don't really appreciate L Magazine's tone. I need to hear them RIGHT NOW? My chickpea blending regimen need not suffer these fools.

Posted by Anonymous | April 27, 2011 5:25 PM

How is it that of the 8 bands chosen, in a city of 8 million people in Manhattan, and 5 million in Brooklyn, they couldn't find ONE ACT that isn't either all white, or indie pop or rock?

Posted by Anonymous | April 27, 2011 5:33 PM

Yea, bad brains shoulda def been on this list

Posted by Anonymous | April 27, 2011 6:58 PM

skinny white kids write this magazine. What do you expect?

Posted by nick | April 27, 2011 7:29 PM

white people

Posted by Anonymous | April 27, 2011 7:29 PM

boring as usual.

how about widowspeak and live footage and ela orleans?

Posted by Anonymous | April 27, 2011 7:39 PM

NOBODY CARES ABOUT L MAG>>> ITS RUN BY A BUNCH OF MUSICAL IDIOTS

Posted by Anonymous | April 27, 2011 7:42 PM

Hey these bands seem alright man. Y'all need to chill and eat some tan mash and chill out with these bad vibes.

Posted by Anonymous | April 27, 2011 8:13 PM

Yeah, they definitely shouldn't have picked their favorite 8 bands, but rather the most ethnically diverse ones. Good call.

Posted by Anonymous | April 28, 2011 1:48 AM

in other words 8 L-Magazine interns friend's band with that hot chick I'm trying to bang

Posted by Anonymous | April 28, 2011 9:40 AM

if it aint got puro it aint no list

Posted by Anonymous | April 28, 2011 10:46 AM

Yeah, I was going to say 8 More Bands That You Don't Need To Give A Shit About, but all you guys were quick to the punch.

Gonna have a grilled cheese sandwich now.

Posted by Anonymous | April 28, 2011 11:29 AM

This guy works at L Magazine I think.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gh43j0uNMh8&feature=related

Posted by Anonymous | April 29, 2011 3:02 PM

dude Mainland's bassist is half black

Posted by jimmy | April 29, 2011 3:20 PM

^ which half?

Posted by Anonymous | April 29, 2011 3:36 PM

The fella on the left in the suit jacket. Great talent this year.

Posted by Anonymous | May 3, 2011 12:20 PM

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