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MUSIC CITIES: Albuquerque, New Mexico

In the heart of the South West around the Middle Rio Grande Valley Albuquerque, NM, there is a growing underground music scene full of youthful musical artists creating their own takes on staple music genres. From Indie Rock to Burque Reggae, Pop Punk to R&B and Pop they’ve got it all covered.  These young musicians are working hard on changing up the underground music movement in the area creating fun meaningful music for all to enjoy. Local Indie wonder boys Five Mile Float throw a party every show. They play…

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The Austin Musician’s Struggle: “A story about being from Austin for us is about trying to leave Austin.”

You can find a gig in Austin seven days a week. This most attractive quality of the Austin music scene is also its most detrimental. It’s hard to stand on Red River and see past 6th St and over the hill country. For many artists that’s attractive enough, especially when it takes at least five hours to drive out of Texas in any direction. It’s a trip watching your band fall into their nook of the Austin music scene. It’s just as cool seeing where your contemporaries land. We’ve had the…

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Music Cities: Grand Rapids, Michigan

Michigan is no stranger to music. Hitsville USA a.k.a. Motown was founded in Detroit. Plenty of Michigan rockers came from the mitten state: Alice Cooper, Bob Seger, Diana Ross (The Supremes) Glen Frey (The Eagles), Iggy Pop, Madonna, Stevie Wonder, Jack White, Anthony Kiedis (Red Hot Chili Peppers), Grand Funk Railroad, The Romantics, Mike Posner, Sufjan Stevens, and the list goes on… While Detroit Rock City gets plenty of high praises for its music (thanks for the 1979 shout-out, KISS), a Western Michigan city is also making a way onto the…

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