Bon Iver named ‘worst hipster act’ by LA Weekly

Tune-Yards, Arcade Fire and Grizzly Bear also named and shamed in poll

Bon Iver has been named as the “worst hipster act” in a list published by LA Weekly.

The American outfit, who are fronted by Justin Vernon, were given the dubious honour ahead of Tune-Yards, Arcade Fire, Bright Eyes and Grizzly Bear, who rounded out the rest of the top five.

Other acts to have made the publication’s list of hipster offenders – which they define as bands who are “all playing variations of retro garage and soul music” and “clad in vintage garb likely infested with lice” – include The Black Keys, MGMT, Sleigh Bells and Beach House.


Speaking about the list, LA Weekly said: “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.”

The Top 20 Worst Hipster Bands as voted by LA Weekly are as follows:

1. Bon Iver
2. Tune-Yards
3. Arcade Fire
4. Bright Eyes
5. Grizzly Bear
6. Beirut
7. Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti
8. The Airborne Toxic Event
9. Beach House
10. White Rabbits
11. Edward Sharpe And The Magnetic Zeroes
12. Pomplamoose
13. The Decemberists
14. Wavves
15. Death Cab For Cutie
16. MGMT
17. Fun
18. Sleigh Bells
19. TV On The Radio
20. The Black Keys

Despite his perceived hipster afflictions, Bon Iver’s popularity has never been greater: after headling this year’s Latitude festival, the folk band are set to embark on a UK and Ireland arena tour this November. They will play the following shows:

London Wembley Arena (November 8)
Manchester Arena (9)
Glasgow SECC (10)
Dublin O2 Arena (12)


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