The helpful folks at Livability.com have chosen "Top 10 Cities With the Best Music Scenes Outside of Nashville NYC and LA," and trusty Minneapolis came in second. It does not seem as if Howler's Jordan Gatesmith or people who went to Jane's Addiction at the Brick were polled for this, but it's still a nice honor from a website we had never heard of before today.
By omitting the big three of New York, Los Angeles, and Nashville, the site gives us a summation of three more strong, tight local scenes at the bottom of the list. It's nice to see that our neighbors in Madison got included, but there are definitely some head-scratching omissions. Where the hell are Chicago and Austin? Only one city could topple the mighty MinneApple, and we have the complete list below. [jump]
From the entry on Minneapolis, we learn that:
Artists love playing the venue First Avenue, located in the vibrant Warehouse District downtown. Most remember it from the Prince movie Purple Rain, and if you want to know who has graced its stage, look no further than the building's star-spangled exterior. Each star bears a name such as U2, B.B. King, Death Cab for Cutie, Wilco and many more.Can we get a quick show of hands of how many Gimme Noise readers saw John Mayer at the Fine Line?
Another popular Warehouse District venue, the Fine Line Music Cafe, has presented shows by artists such as John Mayer, Sheryl Crow, The Black Keys, Lady Gaga, Ben Harper and Buddy Guy over the past two decades.
Anyhow, the somewhat predictable entry also gives deserved props to the Varsity Theater, the State Theatre, Hymie's, the Electric Fetus, and several summer festivals, including Rock the Garden and Soundset, but there's nary a mention of the Triple Rock Social Club or the Cedar Cultural Center or Rhymesayers. And I'll let the commenters fill in the many other aspects they missed.
Some band called R.E.M. is from the winning city. Big deal.
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