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Today In Ill-Advised Attempts to Summarize Youth Culture: “There’s Only One Viable Avant-Garde Art Form Nowadays, And It’s Called Indie Rock”

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Our Dylan, in action.

So this is making the rounds lately, and aside from that first quote (the first line of the piece, following a please-young-people-don’t-kill-me disclaimer), key sentiments include:

* “Three stages were surrounded by hipsters, and for a short while I actually hung out with Devendra Banhart, the Bob Dylan heir apparent of this age.”

* “Indie music rose during the great rock famine that stretched between Nirvana’s demise and the sudden explosion of garage bands like The Hives, The Vines, and the White Stripes.”

* “For some reason, there’s often a banjo involved…”

* “…and truly avant-garde bands like Animal Collective, The Unicorns, and Grizzly Bear…”

* “Its movie star avatars are Zooey Deschanel and Jason Schwartzman.”

* “I saw Arcade Fire at L.A.’s Troubadour for $15 four years ago, practically standing in the band’s lap, with Beck staring open-mouthed next to me.”

Stick around for “A Baker’s Dozen Indie CDs You Ought to Own” (Spoon: “the best straightforward rock since the Stones’ heyday”) and Other Bands That Matter (Das Racist, totally dissed!).