The bartender/DJ. When you ask this perma-headphoned fellow what he does for a living, he’ll tell you he’s a DJ. If pressed, however, as to how he can afford such nice turntables and so many records when you’ve never even heard of him before, he’ll admit that his day job — as a bartender at a fratty joint on the Upper East Side — is paying the bills.
The blogette. Recession? What recession? This fresh-faced lass just graduated from NYU and is confident that a blog chronicling her sexual exploits in the big city will earn her a book deal, loads of money and instant fame. Good luck, sweetheart!
The tourist. You know this guy. He’s the most “alternative” bro in his square group of friends. While they listen to Coldplay, he knowingly rocks out Vampire Weekend. And, hey — he’s looking for this totally sweet bar in Williamsburg that’s supposedly full of easy art-school chicks. Luckily, the resident hipster douchebag will be able to point him in the right direction.
The old guy at the show. A father figure of sorts, he used to have a band back in the ’80s, when he was a minor local celebrity. But despite that early buzz, his career never quite took off. These days, he’s working a soul-crushing 9 to 5 but consoles himself by keeping obsessively current with music blogs — and that’s what he’s doing leaning against the back wall at a Real Estate gig in the far reaches of Bushwick.