Brooklyn Bands Heat Up Music Scene

Dirty Projectors, MGMT just a few of the borough's exciting indie acts
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 9, 2009 2:45 PM CST

(Newser) – Brooklyn is returning to the forefront of the indie music scene—with a vengeance. New York delves deep into the borough’s offerings with a list of the top 40 songs from Brooklyn musicians, the most important music bloggers, and a map of the best places to see shows. The magazine takes a closer look at three specific acts:

  • Dirty Projectors: One of the most risk-taking groups out there. “There’s just a culture of getting things done here,” says frontman and Yale graduate David Longstreth, who returned to New York in time for the band’s fifth album, Bitte Orca, its most accessible to date.
  • MGMT: “I never thought I’d live in Brooklyn Heights,” says frontman Andrew VanWyngarden, “but it’s a nice place to come down off tour.” The band is finishing Congratulations, a followup to 2007 hit Oracular Spectacular; one band member calls it “a mixture of depression and excitement.”
  • Jace Clayton, aka DJ /Rupture: Released an acclaimed mix tape last year and is working on a follow-up. “I really dislike Boston,” he says of his time there. “Musically it’s super-segregated. People weren’t mixing anything up at all.”