All this leads back to a beginning, to a place lacking bitterness. It’s from the heart, not the spleen, sabes? We’re at a place now where independent musical scenes are ascendant. The grandiosity of the big record label and a massive corporate presence within music culture has been mostly dismissed. In its place, local scenes—like the one in our own backyard—have become the arbiters of culture, a civic quality that’s totally fantastic and worth checking out on a regular basis.