The conceit of local music scenes is pretty much half bullshit and half the best ever. On the one hand, big-upping bands that live and play where you live and play is like patriotism for teenagers, and y'all know where that leads. Also to be considered is how super-localized scenes lead to scenester douchebags merrily proclaiming entire cities "so over" or "so next level" and writing hyperbole-heavy, context-free books about tiny subgenres of punk rock (like mine, due out in 2007). On the positive side, local scenes can cultivate communities of like-minded people, combat cultural homogeneity and give kids hobbies other... More >>>