Keeping up with the slew of musical talent coming out of places like New York City and Los Angeles is enough to make anyone’s head spin. It can become overwhelming to keep up with all the other fantastic music scenes this country has to offer. From coast to coast, there are many cities making a significant mark on the musical world, many that go unappreciated.
With the likes of Deerhunter, Manchester Orchestra and Neutral Milk Hotel all hailing from Atlanta and nearby areas it’s impossible to say they don’t know what they’re doing. Venues such as The Earl, 529 and The Star Bar showcase many local and national acts. If luck is on your side, you can catch members of bands such as The Black Lips or Mastodon playing at these venues with side projects when not out on tour. Locally, Stokeswood gives everyone a reason to dance while Lazer/Wulf slays the instrumental prog metal scene. The Coathangers are a perfect example of the raw sounds that are coming out of this city right now. Further proof of the scene quality, multi-instrumentalist Derek Torres of TOW3RS has uprooted himself from Raleigh, NC to take his dynamic psych pop talents to ATL. The scene is hopping and don’t expect it to stop any time soon.
This city will be forever known for their blistering jazz- and understandably so. However, what lurks in between the bars is a whole slew of diverse greatness. The folk and blues styles that have been developed here for decades bleed into the city and it’s musicians in fantastic ways. From the always catchy indie pop of Generationals to the Americana influenced Cardinal Sons to the bluesy, sultry folk of Hurray for the Riff Raff, there truly is something to please everyone. With the Circle Bar showing live music every night and Gasa Gasa housing great up and coming acts, there’s no doubt that the music scene here is one to watch.
Bright Eyes, The Faint, steaks…These are a few names that come to mind when thinking about Omaha. This city’s music scene is still churning out great bands and it’s only looking to get better. The locally legendary venue Slowdown, made famous as a creative experiment by the Saddle Creek Records, is the place to play. The venue has become a springboard for local artists and, with no cover, the best place to catch the next great band. The Mynabirds released a standout album in 2015 that showcases just what Omaha and Saddle Creek Records are bringing to the table.
Portland has produced some stellar bands. The Decemberists. Sleater Kinney. Blitzen Trapper. The list goes on. The entire city seems to be a part of a hip band. There’s the indie pop of Radiation City, the shoegaze of Lubec, the folk rock of There is No Mountain. The list of music in Portland literally goes on forever. They’re enveloped by spectacular venues as well. Mississippi Studios, Doug Fir Lounge and the Aladdin Theater attract many local and national acts of an unimaginably wide variety. Good luck keeping up with all the talent coming out of this place.
Between Tulsa and Oklahoma City, you can find more than an earful of great tunes. From the kaleidoscopic sounds of Tallows to the indie rock of Horse Thief and Broncho, there’s plenty of variety to go around. Although a vast amount of the scene here is Americana influenced, that doesn’t stop any of the citizens from branching out. Annie Clark of St. Vincent was born here, only a stone’s throw from the birthplace of Woody Guthrie. The scene is varietal and interesting. Cain’s Ballroom is a nationally recognized venue. The Campus Corner provides a range of indie rock acts while The Blue Door features the quieter, folky side of the town.
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