>So many of the young bands here seem to feel it's their
>god-given right to never have anyone criticize their music,
>that they should be praised unconditionally
Well let's start criticizing also the L Magazine's writers when they say stupid things like this one then. At least they get paid for writing, while criticizing an up and coming artists is like shooting on the ambulance. If you don't like them, don't cover them, silence and lack of an audience will speak for itself, they'll understand.
The only thing that's objectively wrong with the music scene IN GENERAL is that there are too many bands, and many of them are really good, and that unfortunately the music industry can't support lasting careers of more than a handful of really talented people. It's sad to see incredible musicians struggle or give up doing what they were born to do.
The rest is just opinions - there's nothing objectively wrong with "corny people" attending gigs (Gee dudes, it's corny even just to say that!), or agents picking up unknown bands, or venues wanting to make sure bands actually promote their shows.
As far as the commercialization of rock music is concerned - well, it hasn't begun this year in NYC. There's a layer of people in the scene that "thinks commercial" in a bigger way and another that has a more moderate commercial approach (indie or DIY). The minute you sell tickets for the show you are commercial. But I mean, nobody starts in this business just for the money. There's nothing intrinsically wrong in either approach, unless you somehow can demonstrate that you can survive and feel good about yourself without making any money.
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