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With so much music available, it's easy to feel lost.

Music Buffs - It's a Bluffing Game

Okay, so you want to sound knowledgeable about music. Perhaps you want to make friends with hipsters (I’m not sure why), or woo some pretentious member of the opposite sex, or maybe you’re just curious. You’ve come to the right place.

The first thing you need to know is that very few people who claim to be rock music buffs actually are rock music buffs. For the most part, the “rock music buff” is a façade – a public face used to garner attention and respect. Why is that? Well, the truth is that only so much music can be listened to in a lifetime, and most hipsters have only lived through about a quarter of their lives anyway. No one can possibly know everything about music, but then, rock music buffs are expected to.

Which means that you can put on this façade just as easily as the next hipster. In this Web site, you’ll learn how to handle yourself around rock music buffs in a way that maximizes your apparent coolness on a relatively small amount of music knowledge. And, if you choose to do so, you’ll learn how to start beefing up on your understanding of the hottest scenes and trends.

Gainesville resident Tyler Raszick, who has many “hipster friends” (but is not one himself), gives a few tips on how to have a conversation about music. As a fan of the robust Gainesville rock scene, Raszick has a good deal of experience with the subject; he’s helped organize rock shows at the University of Florida through his work with Reitz Union Board Entertainment.