The 20 Worst Hipster Bands

Bon Iver

Bon Iver

…at least according to LA Weekly. They get it right in a few cases (Bon Iver, Death Cab For Cutie) but come on… why all the hate for Beach House and Arcade Fire:

Who are these hipsters we see each day in the streets, on our Tumblr feeds, and on the local news? And why are so many in bands? It’s not the mere existence of hipster groups that distresses us — some of our best friends are hipsters, after all — it’s their lemming-like tendency to, if you’ll pardon a mixed metaphor, ape each other.

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. Here then, is our field guide to the worst offenders

Check out the list here.


  1. So lets all just continue listening to ACDC over and over again.

  2. Bushwicket says:

    The most tiresome thing is snarky laments of hipsters. Doing so should be banned by Congress.

  3. They get it right with Bon Iver? Fuck you.

  4. I hate half the bands they’ve listed, too, but none of them are as bad as the most famous L.A. bands.

  5. “…bad as the most famous L.A. band”? bit of contradiction?

    these bands do meld together. garage and soul? where? and deathcab was around way before any of this? Article missed a few marks. They are ONE of the progenitors but fortunately inimitable. Partly because they are good and partly because of the conundrum that befalls many artistic acts or movements. These bands strive so much for originality that they end up losing definable characteristics, thus succumbing to what they were so desperately trying to avoid as everyone gets pigeon holed. Really, a choir of cats being roasted in a barrel sounds euphoric in comparison. The worst is yet to come but its always darkest before the dawn.

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