I picked up the March edition of Spin Magazine only to find Vampire Weekend on the cover and immediately thought, "Wasn't it about a minute ago they were one of my bands to watch?" I was far from the first to write about them, but I still figured it would be a while before they were on newsstands everywhere.
Vampire Weekend didn't spend much time on anyone's "favorite little unknown band" list and sped straight to the bigtime. But that kind of sudden spotlight can shine even on established artists — take Feist, who released a couple of albums to a small but devoted fan base before an Apple ad made her a breakout star. When your favorite musicians go mainstream, does it ruin them for you? Or are you generally happy for good little bands that make it big?