Fleetwood Mac and Five Other Oldies Acts Hipsters Love

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The term "hipster" is one that has evolved from a benign adjective used by grandmas and square folk to describe those with an inclination toward the arts and the off-kilter to a derogatory term of implied arrogance.

Although we all know at least one individual who is guilty of the modern hipster's self-importance (perhaps a music journalist?), the negative connotation of "hipster" -- at least in our experience -- is generally used by people with a predisposition toward feeling inferior. Somewhere in the gray of it are young people who hop trends with little rhyme or reason and strive to completely embody whatever specific artistic existence they've appropriated for the moment. Some examples include the posthardcore folky, the post-death-metal-noise "musician," the person who graduates from twinkling indie-pop to Sigur Rós records -- the paths are many, and the hip are legion.

Generally speaking, of course, one thing these people all share is a lack of reverence for the classics or anything that could be considered even moderately plebeian. A few artists, however, appear to transcend this phenomenon, and Fleetwood Mac is one of them.

Maybe it's the fact that hip girls love gussying up like Stevie Nicks in pseudo-occult jewelry and dark garb sourced from only the darkest bandwidth of Etsy? Maybe it's those infectious melodies that defy genre? Whatever the reason, Fleetwood Mac is a classic band that hip folk still get into. If you're really hip (like, one of those people who writes off anything the Stones did after Brian Jones' death), you might only like the Peter Green era -- but, no matter what, you still like Fleetwood Mac.

The Mac is coming to town this week. In our excitement, we've been pondering other classic acts that span the genres and years to rest among the songs of hipster Spotify accounts. Join us, if you will, as we take a closer look at some of the classic artists adored by hipsters.

5. The Velvet Underground
Go somewhere that hipsters hang out and you'll no doubt meet someone who looks like a member of the Velvets. Be it the guy wearing Lou Reed leather -- regardless of the weather -- or someone (guy or gal) rocking a cut that features John Cale's late '60s sweaty bangs, the Velvet Underground has spawned a legion of fans who shamelessly bite its style and aesthetic. Where is your Warhol banana tattoo?

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The reality is that hipsters, despite abundant post-graduate education,  can't even articulate WHY the like a band. They can babble incoherently, in between sips from a tall boy PBR, about "the ethos of the times" as well as the inevitable reference to the "Zeitgeist". And eventually They'll build a case , (with help from stolen phrases from Lester Bangs or Robert Christgau), for the alleged importance of a band and its supposed relationship to the era from which they came but the hipster will never go toe-to-toe and say "I like them because well I just do. Because then they'll have to defend their decision openly without the protection of bullshit theories.


An exciting and thoroughly engaging read. I'm a fan of both eras. Buckingham's  guitar drone solo at the tail end of The Chain certainly predates even the pre-internet 4AD era of hipsters.

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