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Part VI: The one where there’s indie rock instead of pucks

Part six of an eight part series.  I’m looking at the indie rock bands from each playoff city and determining who would win each series if it depended upon those bands. 

Some big cities just don’t have any well-known indie rock bands, and I have learned the hard (but fun) way that many NHL cities fall into this category.  This matchup sort of fits under that umbrella.

SERIES #6 Detroit v Columbus
A city that invented a different genre of music against a city known best for college football.  Where’s the indie rock?

In Detroit, there’s not much, but there’s still more than I was expecting.  They have the White Stripes and Electric Six, neither of whom are exactly “my thing”.  They have The Von Bondies, who I hadn’t heard before today.  They have The Waxwings, and they get to borrow His Name is Alive from nearby Livonia.  And apparently, they get Versus.  The Baluyut brothers were born in Detroit and are Redwings fans.  They have asked to be listed in Detroit’s camp.  This is a big feather in Detroit’s cap.  They also get Doctor Cox from “Scrubs”.  Nothing to do with indie rock, but it’s a nice bonus.
Oh wait.  If they get Cox, that means the Devils get Puddy from “Seinfeld”, which might swing the series their way.  Never mind about that. 


Columbus has but one indie rock band to speak of.  Scrawl.  I permitted San Jose to borrow from Stockton and San Francisco, which are each about an hour’s drive away, so I have no choice but to let Columbus borrow from Dayton.  If they can, they get the likes of Guided By Voices,  The Amps (but—and this is important—NOT The Breeders) and Swearing at Motorists.

Even with the inclusion of the Dayton bands, Detroit wins this one.  Honestly, they might win it without the defection of Versus from NYC.  With those guys, it becomes a rout.

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David Lee is a restaurant manager with an unused degree in political science.  He can be found at Carolina Hurricanes games, Scrabble tournaments and indie-rock shows.  Sometimes, all in the same day. 

David has contributed to CBC.ca for their Stanley Cup playoff coverage in 2006 and to the New York Times Slapshot blog for theirs in 2008. Red and Black Hockey was founded in July of 2005.