The NYC Underground
By Sam Houghton
The fact that we can grow up surrounded by the same things as a fellow neighbor - eat at the same bodegas, go to the same schools, fight in the same fights - and at the end of the day, listen to completely different music, is remarkable. Music today is all over the place. There’s the top 40 that plays to teens and soccer moms, there’s Hip Hop and all that noise, there’s indie and the rebirth of laissez-faire hippy attitude, there’s classic rock, blues, and on and on and on. It’s no wonder words like Hipster have fluttered back as we all take incredible pride in our record collections and Pandora stations. "Independence Baby." If you read the right blogs, you’ll see the headlines of gun-slinging duels over which 8 tracks mix is better. The reasons are obvious: Our influx of media outlets, with the overwhelming help of the interweb, has turned us all into song ripping Bucanneers, blood thirsty for an itunes account with more and more days of music just in case the apocalypse comes and we have nothing better to do but sit around and listen to music. No longer told what to like by MTV or Rick Dees, we are all a bunch of whiney music journalists with our blogs and our facebook. That is why, as true journalists in the greatest definition of the word, we at Knocks have asked our wonderful readers, you, to vote on what was good in 2010, and what will be good in 2011. What we got was a whole slew of different bands, most of which I have never even heard of. But, there is clarity. We do have here some winners, and a list of five excellent bands to listen to, and, most importantly, to get out to the streets and shake it on down to.
Editors Pick/Honorable Mention:
Next show: January 16 @ Party Xpo, Brooklyn
#5. The Beets
Next show: Jan 15 @ Glasslands, Brooklyn
#4. The London Souls
#2. Twin Shadow
Next show not until May 6 @ Webster Hall, NYC (Currently touring world, proudly).
#1 Hank & Cupcakes
Next show: January 21 @ Knitting Factory, Brooklyn