What music scenes seem to be losing is their capacity to act as a kind of vanguard, to prefigure the future and drive us forward to meet it. Instead we seem to have a kind of continuous musical present, in which the boundaries between past and present have become increasingly blurred. I would agree with this. Consider the OWS movement in the US, what music/bands were spearheading that, before, after or even during? You can't think of the counter-culture movements of the 1960's without immediately hearing any number of artists catchy tunes of dissonance in your head.
Where is this music today? Am I just missing it? cgod, sounds_sound do you guys know of a music scene that is acting as a vanguard for social change? I know that many bands/acts dabble in philanthropy or have the occasional song about social change, but that's not the same thing.