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By Leslie Simon

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

The American underground track scene is exploding everywhere—not simply in big apple 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 teenagers in all places drawing black X's on their palms in magic marker.

In Omaha, Nebraska . . . a tender Conor Oberst, aka vivid Eyes, begun writing and appearing gut-wrenching love songs on the soft age of thirteen.

On new york, ny . . . Taking again Sunday and fresh battled for emo supremacy and the delicate hearts of 1000000 teenage girls.

From the coauthor of the cult-worthy Everybody Hurts: an important advisor to Emo Culture comes Wish You have been Here—a mix go back and forth advisor and tortured heritage protecting every thing from what constitutes right rock critic etiquette in Minneapolis to why pop-punk bands in Chicago have rather a lot suburban angst, to how freegans within the Bay zone can feed themselves on the cheap that may make frugal Rachael Ray's face blush.

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Quick, someone change the subject. A. want to get extremely famous very quickly and spend as little time playing in tiny clubs as possible. A. band gets a record deal, it’s all about getting its grubby hands on a tour bus and having one of its songs featured on The Hills. That said, when Spaceland opened in the mid-’90s, it seemed like just another club most local bands would forget about once they got to the top. So why does Spaceland still remain the club to play on the east side of Los Angeles?

Also, last I heard, not a lot of people seemed to care. Go figure. ” WHAT MAKES IT ESSENTIAL: Posthumous also included a song called “The Regrets,” which was the name of the band singer Danny Pound, guitarist Brad Allen, and drummer Dan Benson formed just before Vitreous Humor split in 1998. Sure, the band never became much of a draw outside the Midwest, but old-school scenesters in Lawrence credit Pound and his posse with inspiring a generation of bands influenced by disjointed chords and distortion.

Scenester would be caught dead without at least one piece of iconic bling from White Trash Charms. Founded by celebrity stylist Brooke Dalien, WTC has been a jewelry fave for local bands like She Wants Revenge, Rooney, and theStart. 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.

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