L Magazine’s 8 NYC Bands You Need to Hear

Local event guide L combines two of our favorite things to blog about (NYC bands and lists) in a feature for the current issue. The publication’s criteria? “Bands that have written a bunch of songs we really, really like, and that’s pretty much it.” Among the chosen ones are a couple of Stereogum’s Bands To Watch, The Pains of Being Pure At Heart and High Places (watch the latter’s SXSW set here). For the photo shoot, everyone convened on Bushwick Country Club with bagels and beer. L also asked the bands to name their favorite local venue, and the answers may surprise you (no, they won’t).

  • The Lisps (favorite venue: Union Hall)
  • The Pains of Being Pure at Heart (favorite venue: Cake Shop)
  • Famous Amos (favorite venue: Cake Shop)
  • This Is Ivy League (favorite venue: Highline Ballroom)
  • La Strada (favorite venue: Sound Fix)
  • Team Robespierre (n/a)
  • High Places (“They aren’t ‘real’ venues, but Dead Herring House and Cinders Gallery.”)
  • Violens (favorite venue: Bowery Ballroom)

Compare with last year’s models…

  • Vampire Weekend
  • Frances
  • Jealous Girlfriends
  • My Teenage Stride
  • The Muggabears
  • She Keeps Bees
  • White Rabbits
  • Bear Hands

And Class Of 2006.

  • Phonograph
  • Bravo Silva
  • The Black Hollies
  • Megan Reilly
  • Oakley Hall
  • The Mugs
  • Favourite Sons

Next year: your band.

Check out all the pretty pics and profiles at thelmagazine.com. [High Places photo by Zandy Mangold/L.]