This might sound hopelessly idealistic. Aren't we more fragmented than ever? Yet First Avenue appears to be in resurgence; the all-ages Foxfire is going steady (though the all-ages Coffee Shock closed). Everyone with a disk burner seemed to put out an album in 1999--many of them good (see "God Gave Rock 'n' Roll to You," right).
"Everyone's been taking this to the next level," says Glorius L. of the Abstract Pack. "In the media in general, Minnesota is the spot. On PlayStation you can even go to a nuclear plant in Minnesota. In movies. The same thing happened to Atlanta--you never heard of Atlanta [before]. That's what's happening here."