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2012-08-06 04:26:49 PM
What is supposed to be surprising there? Nashville, New York, Los Angeles have big music scenes. Austin, Miami, Chicago and Seattle are not far behind. There's some stuff in Dallas, Denver and some other random places... I guess Rochester being #9 is about all I wouldn't have expected.
 
2012-08-06 04:31:22 PM
None of that surprised me really, not even the rankings list.

Rochester maybe, but the explaination helped. I don't know much about The Symphony world.
 
2012-08-06 04:32:26 PM
That was the least surprising map that I've ever seen, and I've seen some pretty damn unsurprising maps in my day.
 
2012-08-06 04:32:35 PM
Of course, this isn't a Forbes (lets just guess) list, rather one that used real research.
 
2012-08-06 04:51:17 PM
Minneapolis is the only one that surprised me.

Mostly because I hate it.
 
2012-08-06 05:05:00 PM
Nashville??? No farking way!
 
2012-08-06 05:08:31 PM
Densest music scene? I dunno, wherever Evan Dando resides?

As far as dense music goes, the guy is a veritable black hole.
 
2012-08-06 05:21:41 PM
Another vote for "nothing surprising at all."
 
2012-08-06 05:25:44 PM
well this was an enlightening article. i hadn't realized that musicians sometimes band together to make their music.
 
2012-08-06 05:46:43 PM
Rhode Island Wooo!!!
 
2012-08-06 06:03:59 PM
Disqualifying places with under 1million people? I'm team not-surprised. Thought Atlanta would be a little higher though.
 
2012-08-06 06:13:54 PM

CommieTaoist: That was the least surprising map that I've ever seen, and I've seen some pretty damn unsurprising maps in my day.


I found one feature on the map surprising. WTF is the music scene in the west Utah desert? Salt Lake City makes sense. But once you go west of Tooele, you don't see anything musical until Wendover, Nevada.

/Maybe the deer and the antelope are playing?
//Somewhat proud to see some much musical action in Florida, by golly.
 
2012-08-06 06:22:42 PM

AirForceVet: CommieTaoist: That was the least surprising map that I've ever seen, and I've seen some pretty damn unsurprising maps in my day.

I found one feature on the map surprising. WTF is the music scene in the west Utah desert? Salt Lake City makes sense. But once you go west of Tooele, you don't see anything musical until Wendover, Nevada.

/Maybe the deer and the antelope are playing?
//Somewhat proud to see some much musical action in Florida, by golly.


Maybe that's all part of the same county? I can guarantee you there's all of about 2, maybe 3 musicians in the northern part of LA County, but the entire county map is colored dark blue.
 
2012-08-06 06:28:53 PM
I admit I was kind of surprised to see Lane county Oregon so prominent. I had no idea Eugene was such a hotbed for the music industry.
 
2012-08-06 06:33:11 PM
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2012-08-06 06:36:23 PM

Krymson Tyde: Nashville??? No farking way!


Nashfarkingville -- Way.
 
2012-08-06 06:37:28 PM
L.A. has a music scene? Huh. Thanks subby.
 
2012-08-06 06:47:57 PM

downstairs: None of that surprised me really, not even the rankings list.

Rochester maybe, but the explaination helped. I don't know much about The Symphony world.


The article doesn't mention it, but Rochester has had a *lot* of influence on the metal and alternative worlds, and jazz as well.
 
2012-08-06 06:49:04 PM

dugitman: Disqualifying places with under 1million people? I'm team not-surprised. Thought Atlanta would be a little higher though.


Maybe in the 90s for hip hop, but that's kind of over now. As someone who lives in Atlanta I can tell you it's frustrating that every band I like never stops here on their tour. People I know in bands eventually leave town for New York when they decide to really try and make it.
 
2012-08-06 06:56:09 PM
I like the Chapel Hill-Durham-Raleigh music scene: good combination of national and local acts, venues are easy to get to, ticket prices are reasonable.
 
2012-08-06 06:57:49 PM
Kinda surprised at milwaukee beating chicago, but not THAT surprised.
 
2012-08-06 06:58:49 PM
Suck it, Austin TX.

Now let's hear from the goofballs who claim to be music lovers but reject outright an entire genre that influenced most of their favorite bands.
 
2012-08-06 07:01:08 PM

dugitman: Disqualifying places with under 1million people? I'm team not-surprised. Thought Atlanta would be a little higher though.


How do you explain that big chunk in north Minnesota though? I doubt there are half a million people in that whole area.
 
2012-08-06 07:03:13 PM
Lessee: NY, LA, Nashville. Yeah subby I am blown away by that.

I lived halfway down the block from Maxwells in Hoboken for three years. Any random Tuesday night I'd walk in there and see a nationally known band either on its way up or slowley riding into the sunset.
 
2012-08-06 07:03:30 PM
FTA: "Austin has Stevie Ray Vaughn..."

No, he's quite dead. Geez.
 
2012-08-06 07:04:53 PM
Portland-Vancouver-Beaverton

Beaverton?? Seriously?

And I'm not sure what the darker blotch south of Portland is supposed to be. I'm guessing that's the Eugene area, but if it's darker shouldn't it be higher on the list than Portland?
 
2012-08-06 07:12:59 PM

fusillade762: Portland-Vancouver-Beaverton

Beaverton?? Seriously?

And I'm not sure what the darker blotch south of Portland is supposed to be. I'm guessing that's the Eugene area, but if it's darker shouldn't it be higher on the list than Portland?


WAT.

There's no music scene here. Just fern bars. No real music scene in the 'Couve either. Everything revolves around Portland.

I think somebody just picked neighboring suburbs at random.
 
2012-08-06 07:14:17 PM

Osomatic: AirForceVet: CommieTaoist: That was the least surprising map that I've ever seen, and I've seen some pretty damn unsurprising maps in my day.

I found one feature on the map surprising. WTF is the music scene in the west Utah desert? Salt Lake City makes sense. But once you go west of Tooele, you don't see anything musical until Wendover, Nevada.

/Maybe the deer and the antelope are playing?
//Somewhat proud to see some much musical action in Florida, by golly.

Maybe that's all part of the same county? I can guarantee you there's all of about 2, maybe 3 musicians in the northern part of LA County, but the entire county map is colored dark blue.


I'll mention that to all the musicians I run into Ventura and northern L.A. county. I'm sure they will be tickeled only two or three of them count.
 
2012-08-06 07:20:21 PM
The rankings appear to be based on either PSAs or MSAs, both from the Census Bureau and both combining city with suburbs. That explains Beaverton and the outlying areas of L.A. I imagine the results might be similar to showing a population density map of Egypt but using only one shade for the entire country, ignoring the clusters along the Nile.
 
2012-08-06 07:22:17 PM

kwame: reject outright an entire genre that influenced most of their favorite bands.


What genre? I'm no indie rock guy, just curious.
 
2012-08-06 07:24:14 PM
They don't call it Music City for nothing. You can't fart in Middle TN without some famous country star smelling it.
 
2012-08-06 07:31:23 PM

quickdraw: I admit I was kind of surprised to see Lane county Oregon so prominent. I had no idea Eugene was such a hotbed for the music industry.


Oh yeah.

WoW Hall always has something going on.

Then there's Sams Bond's Garage, hell even Cosmic Pizza has a lot of local acts on stage, and then you have the Axe and Fiddle down in Cottage Grove.
 
2012-08-06 07:40:08 PM
I was pretty shocked at the quality of San Diego's music scene when I moved out here. The local bands that open for most of the good "mid-level" bands that I've seen have all been surprisingly good. That being said, there are definitely way less serious musicians here than Boston and Boston didn't make the list. How the fark did Boston not make the list?
 
2012-08-06 07:46:09 PM
I'm surprised that Austin is not in the top ten
 
2012-08-06 07:46:39 PM

treecologist: I like the Chapel Hill-Durham-Raleigh music scene: good combination of national and local acts, venues are easy to get to, ticket prices are reasonable.


Absolutely agree - even though I live in a supposedly dense area on here (PDX) I would trade all of it for the Pour House and Cat's Cradle.
 
2012-08-06 07:49:00 PM
 
2012-08-06 07:52:04 PM

timujin: What is supposed to be surprising there? Nashville, New York, Los Angeles have big music scenes. Austin, Miami, Chicago and Seattle are not far behind. There's some stuff in Dallas, Denver and some other random places... I guess Rochester being #9 is about all I wouldn't have expected.


done in one.
 
2012-08-06 07:59:30 PM
Rochester, home of the international Jazz Festival, biggest in the world. One of the biggest/best music schools in the country, Eastman. Home of a great metal/alternative scene, and home to Lou Graham of Foreigner. #9 is well earned.
 
2012-08-06 08:10:59 PM
These are also the places with the best pizza delivery times.

/A large pizza can feed a family of four.
 
2012-08-06 08:11:52 PM

Rapmaster2000: dugitman: Disqualifying places with under 1million people? I'm team not-surprised. Thought Atlanta would be a little higher though.

Maybe in the 90s for hip hop, but that's kind of over now. As someone who lives in Atlanta I can tell you it's frustrating that every band I like never stops here on their tour. People I know in bands eventually leave town for New York when they decide to really try and make it.


When i was living there throughout most of the twothousands the music scene of indie/garage (black lips, deerhunter etc..) bands playing house shows and shiatty clubs was really kicking ass. Most bands that stay in Atlanta tend to doom themselves though.

Also, might just be my experience, but dont most music scenes end up like this?
 
2012-08-06 08:18:06 PM
I'm disappointed that the map only showed the US, I'd be interested to see how the density of some Canadian cities compared, particularly Calgary. I'm always hearing about new bands from there.
 
2012-08-06 08:30:20 PM
Interesting to see Louisville in that list. Lots of small, local bands around. Many places to see them, too.

4th Street, Phoenix Hill, Jim Porter's, etc...
 
2012-08-06 08:30:46 PM

TheJoe03: kwame: reject outright an entire genre that influenced most of their favorite bands.

What genre? I'm no indie rock guy, just curious.


Eh, I'm just making a jab at country music haters who can't elaborate their reasons for hating it other than using the word "twang."
 
2012-08-06 08:33:02 PM

Mr. Eugenides: dugitman: Disqualifying places with under 1million people? I'm team not-surprised. Thought Atlanta would be a little higher though.

How do you explain that big chunk in north Minnesota though? I doubt there are half a million people in that whole area.


Yeah, that big chunk is St. Louis county, which is one of the two counties in the Duluth-Superior MSA. Just shy of 300,000 in the MSA, but the majority of that county is VERY sparsely populated.
 
2012-08-06 08:33:15 PM

GhettoWinter: Rapmaster2000: dugitman: Disqualifying places with under 1million people? I'm team not-surprised. Thought Atlanta would be a little higher though.

Maybe in the 90s for hip hop, but that's kind of over now. As someone who lives in Atlanta I can tell you it's frustrating that every band I like never stops here on their tour. People I know in bands eventually leave town for New York when they decide to really try and make it.

When i was living there throughout most of the twothousands the music scene of indie/garage (black lips, deerhunter etc..) bands playing house shows and shiatty clubs was really kicking ass. Most bands that stay in Atlanta tend to doom themselves though.

Also, might just be my experience, but dont most music scenes end up like this?


That reminds me, Black Lips moved to NYC last September, or at least they said they were moving when I saw their show at Southern Comfort Lounge (awesome show btw).
 
2012-08-06 08:36:01 PM

dugitman: Disqualifying places with under 1million people? I'm team not-surprised. Thought Atlanta would be a little higher though.


The club scene here is kind of down. A lot of really good places rolled over for development.
 
2012-08-06 08:38:22 PM

Rapmaster2000: GhettoWinter: Rapmaster2000: dugitman: Disqualifying places with under 1million people? I'm team not-surprised. Thought Atlanta would be a little higher though.

Maybe in the 90s for hip hop, but that's kind of over now. As someone who lives in Atlanta I can tell you it's frustrating that every band I like never stops here on their tour. People I know in bands eventually leave town for New York when they decide to really try and make it.

When i was living there throughout most of the twothousands the music scene of indie/garage (black lips, deerhunter etc..) bands playing house shows and shiatty clubs was really kicking ass. Most bands that stay in Atlanta tend to doom themselves though.

Also, might just be my experience, but dont most music scenes end up like this?

That reminds me, Black Lips moved to NYC last September, or at least they said they were moving when I saw their show at Southern Comfort Lounge (awesome show btw).


At least three of them still live in atlanta.
Wasn't at that show but heard that was a good one. Can't really go wrong with a Black Lips show though. Black Lips at the Clermont lounge 3 years ago comes to mind.
 
2012-08-06 08:42:15 PM

Rapmaster2000: dugitman: Disqualifying places with under 1million people? I'm team not-surprised. Thought Atlanta would be a little higher though.

Maybe in the 90s for hip hop, but that's kind of over now. As someone who lives in Atlanta I can tell you it's frustrating that every band I like never stops here on their tour. People I know in bands eventually leave town for New York when they decide to really try and make it.


I lived in Atlanta in 2004-2005 and saw a a wealth of bands, that were not hip hop, and I am from New Orleans where we will listen to anything you can tap your toe to, and we are not music snobs, as long as it is good and has a bar, we are down.
 
2012-08-06 09:06:31 PM

kwame: Suck it, Austin TX.

Now let's hear from the goofballs who claim to be music lovers but reject outright an entire genre that influenced most of their favorite bands.


Um, they're on the list/map, you realize, yes? And country music is included in the metrics?
 
2012-08-06 09:07:51 PM
Kind of surprised Cincinnati didn't make the list, We've got a pretty good track record, From Bootsy Collins to Lonnie Mack to Heartless Bastards (They're in Austin now, but they started here)

Link Bootsy

Link Lonnie

Link Afghan Whigs

Link Ass Ponys

Link Over The Rhine
 
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