Posted in music on April 23, 2014

by Bill Pearis

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It's springtime, ramps are at the greenmarket, cherry trees are in bloom and The L Magazine has published it's annual list of "8 Band You Need to Hear." This year, they are positing it as a rebuttal to claims that the Brooklyn scene is dead now that 285 Kent is closed:

When the beloved underground venue 285 Kent closed in January, a bunch of thinkpieces took stock of the local music scene. Some pronounced the club's final night the end of Brooklyn as the country's (and continent's) music hub... Toronto, Philly and San Francisco--even Columbus, for crying out loud--might all be producing lots of new and exciting bands, but we'll be damned if New York hasn't churned out the most consistently vibrant (and weird) records and live shows in the last 15 years. Here are eight bands helping to keep it that way.
We're not sure anyone has actually said that ever but, whatever their excuse, this year's list is, as usual, a mix of bands you may have heard, you may have heard of, and perhaps some you haven't. They are:
The Flag
Slothrust (May 6, Bowery Ballroom opening for Ben Kweller)
Gondola
Yvette (June 15, Warsaw with Fuck Buttons)
Porches (May 17, Shea Stadium)
Wet
Cities Aviv
Teen Girl Scientist Monthly (May 23, Cameo)
Read more about all eight bands over at The L. Maybe you caught Slothrust at Rough Trade's Record Store Day extravaganza. What do you think of this year's list?

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Comments (34)

Will Greg Ginn sue The Flag?

Posted by Anonymous | April 23, 2014 11:18 AM

Cute city stuff.

Posted by Anonymous | April 23, 2014 11:33 AM

8 hummus blends you need to try

Posted by Anonymous | April 23, 2014 11:44 AM

Yvette = art school noise

Posted by Anonymous | April 23, 2014 11:45 AM

Let me guess some tools on here are going to say Belle & sebastian.

The only band more loved on here than Grimes and Phish, Belle & Sebastian

Posted by Anonymous | April 23, 2014 11:48 AM

How will we remember Death By Audio when it closes?

Posted by Anonymous | April 23, 2014 12:09 PM

hahaha Cities Aviv.
Out of all the bands to choose from, they chose this knucklehead.Opened for Factory Floor at 285 Kent..no matter how edgey he thinks he is, that show was boring beyond belief. I was going to see Weekend at Glasslands until I saw him on the bill. Now I'll just show up late or not at all.

Posted by Anonymous | April 23, 2014 12:25 PM

Agree on Cities Aviv... dude is wack

Posted by Anonymous | April 23, 2014 12:29 PM

screw you guys cities aviv is awesome

Posted by Anonymous | April 23, 2014 12:34 PM

Why are all these middling-to-big publications like L Mag treating 285 Kent like it was CBGBs in its heyday? There were places like it before, and there are after.

Did anyone treat Market Hotel like this when it closed?

Posted by Anonymous | April 23, 2014 12:35 PM

12:35 - Indeed...Market Hotel was WAY better!

Posted by Anonymous | April 23, 2014 12:37 PM

Teen Girl Scientist Monthly self-describe themselves as sounding like "Ra Ra Riot and Clap Your Hands Say Yeah making out in the bathroom."

If that isn't enough to completely disregard them, then nothing is.

Posted by Anonymous | April 23, 2014 12:40 PM

beloved underground venue 285 Kent? More like lameass sausage fest.

Posted by Anonymous | April 23, 2014 12:56 PM

ya miss market hotel

Posted by Anonymous | April 23, 2014 12:56 PM

@1235 I think that DIY venues usually cater to underground punk-type genres, young (under 18/all ages crowds because of serving alcohol) and/or very amateur acts. This type of venue was booking medium/larger acts and exposing an audience to a vibe that they probably have never experienced before (not all, but some) in a venue and that made it special to them because it was different. But it wasn't the first, nor the last.

Posted by Anonymous | April 23, 2014 1:04 PM

cities aviv is absolutely terrible. 285Kent closing is a godsend.

Posted by Anonymous | April 23, 2014 1:11 PM

More like "8 Bands You Need Avoid At All Costs" Ever check out their lists from years past?

Posted by Anonymous | April 23, 2014 1:14 PM

I hate everything about this.

Posted by Anonymous | April 23, 2014 1:28 PM

Just so we can all see what a stellar track record L Magazine has with picking talent, here are their previous picks:

2009
pow wow!
Savoir Adore
The Albertans
Amanaguchi
Darlings
Emanuel & The Fear
The Beets
Xylos

2010
Ava Luna
MiniBoone
Twin Sister
Asa Ransom
Nohow On
Ball of Flame Shoot Fire
North Highlands
Oberhofer

2012
Field Mouse
Ski Lodge
Daytona
Evi
Black Marble
Starlight Girls
Plates of Cake
Ravens & Chimes

2013
Free Time
Parquet Courts
Coastgaard
Juniper Rising
Celestial Shore
Caged Animals
Big Ups
The Denzels

Couldn't find 2011.

Posted by Anonymous | April 23, 2014 1:43 PM

The lists are mostly terrible. Yvette is good though

Posted by Anonymous | April 23, 2014 2:24 PM

I saw slothrust last weekend. They did a completely embarrassing Nirvana cover. They are so generic it's shameful.

Posted by Anonymous | April 23, 2014 2:33 PM

Twin Sister was a great pic....better than anything pitchfork can do

Posted by Anonymous | April 23, 2014 3:01 PM

Unbelievable - they misspelled Perfect Pussy EIGHTS TIMES!

Posted by Anonymous | April 23, 2014 3:37 PM

@104 I never went to Market Hotel - was it smaller than 285 Kent? I suppose 285 Kent booked bigger acts than your usual all ages/DIY venue like Market Hotel, but that's more about outside NYC artists, not whatever scene it created in Brooklyn.

If one wants to lament a closed small all ages venue with history, what about Maxwell's?

Posted by Anonymous | April 23, 2014 4:14 PM

I don't know what they're really trying to do with these lists. I mean I like Celestial Shore enough, but are any of these bands actually going to make any noise? Let's be serious here. Or is this the most visible bands that play NYC 100 times a year list?

Posted by Anonymous | April 23, 2014 4:34 PM

Pitchfork's investment/deal with 285 Kent is the only reason anyone has been talking about it like it was some amazing special place.

Posted by Anonymous | April 23, 2014 4:38 PM

So they're basically 1/4 each year for picking bands that go anywhere. Money's on Slothrust and Yvette out of this crop.

Posted by Anonymous | April 23, 2014 6:05 PM

Brooklyn's been dead since 2005. Too many upper Middle-class Vancouver/Florida/Connecticut transplants who don't amount to shit.

Posted by Matt Fuller | April 23, 2014 6:34 PM

Not that my generation did any better...

Posted by Matt Fuller | April 23, 2014 6:37 PM

I heard these bands before it was Kent.

Posted by Anonymous | April 24, 2014 12:01 AM

Clearly L-Mag & p4k bought stocks in 285 Kent.

Posted by Anonymous | April 24, 2014 12:02 AM

vampire weekend in 2007, pains of being pure at heart in 2008. not SO bad.

Posted by Anonymous | April 24, 2014 1:00 AM

vampire weekend in 2007, pains of being pure at heart in 2008? Both bands blow!

Posted by Anonymous | April 24, 2014 3:18 AM

This is exciting´╗┐

Posted by Kieran Fresh | May 27, 2014 3:36 AM

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