The day we were scheduled to begin shooting the bands you’ll read about on the following pages, the Market Hotel finally got the city’s nod of approval on the renovations needed to bring the building up to code and ultimately return it to its rightful place atop Brooklyn’s DIY music and art scene, a post it abandoned when it was unceremoniously closed in April 2010. The last show I saw there was two young Brooklyn bands, Woods and Real Estate, both of whom were riding a sizable wave of blog-induced buzz. Just outside, at the intersection of Myrtle and Broadway, the buzz was softer. The streets were nearly desolate. That sort of thing changes pretty quickly in New York, though. As the venue works toward reopening in the next few months, the neighborhood is bustling, and Woods and Real Estate are no longer merely promising upstarts.
One thing that doesn’t change, though, is that New York is full of young bands working on their craft, hoping to contribute something to the city’s considerable musical legacy. Who will be the next Woods and Real Estate? Here are eight we’re willing to put money on.