What Is Hip?

I’m not sure Tower of Power included the question mark, but I guess we’ll find out soon enough. (Clip is from 1976 live album, with question mark.)

A website devoted to data with the uneuphonious name of Pricenomics devised a way to discover which bands are the best hipster bands, by plotting their ratings on Pitchfork (high is cool) and their Facebook likes (high is uncool). It will surprise no one that Vampire Weekend straddles the divide between pop and hip.

Follow the link to find out which bands are the hippest and those too pop to matter.

What is definitely not hip at this point, if it ever was, is Tower of Power. But they can play.

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