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Chicago Venues: The Hideout


What can you say about “Chicago’s Most Loved Small Venue” The Hideout? Plenty. It’s a true shanty, and a true Chicago legend. It’s over 100 years old, sports the same name since prohibition ended and, probably, exactly the same look. There’s no sign out front, and nothing to suggest it’s a prime music venue, and it’s not necessary. It’s located in the middle of nowheresville, adjacent to an industrial truck park that is also host to The… Read More

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NYC Venues: The Bowery Electric

When CBGB finally succumbed to landlord pressure and closed in 2009, New York City musician Jesse Malin opened The Bowery Electric, a rock club a block away from the location of the legendary punk launching pad for The Ramones, Blondie, Television and Patti Smith.

Malin himself is a successful rock artist whose anthemic songs have earned him comparisons to his friend Read More

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Great Venues: The Wiltern Theater – Los Angeles

This is another L.A. deco beauty, and a landmark to boot, the Wiltern Theatre built in 1931 by G. Albert Lansburgh, with incredible decorative plaster and tile and murals on the walls. When it opened, it has the largest pipe organ in the United States—a little-known fact. It’s also in the National Register of Historic Places, and its… Read More

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LA Venues: The Echo/Echoplex

 

The Echo and the Echoplex are two of the most important music venues to have sprung up on the eastside of L.A. in the last decade. The clubs are essentially offshoots of  the former Club Spaceland, which was widely regarded as the pioneering venue of the eastside rock scene. But while Spaceland was primarily a rock venue, the Echo and the cavernous Echoplex are more diverse in their booking practices.

 

 

And while both clubs do feature bands, they also play host… Read More

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LA Venues: The El Rey Theater

 

The El Rey is yet another great L.A. deco theater. Built in 1936, it’s got sweeping staircases, an outdoor patio, a cafe and a balcony lounge. And it’s located in the Miracle Mile area of L.A., a preserved art deco district. For 80 years it was a first-run movie theater, and didn’t become a live Read More

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Nashville Venues: Grimey’s / The Basement

One of the smallest and grungiest spots for live music in Nashville, The Basement is situated beneath Grimey’s Record Shop (an independent record shop that’s time and again ranked one of the world’s best). Both establishments are owned by the affable Mike Grimes and both feature live music. During the day, you’ll definitely want to peruse Grimey’s.

 

Located inside a house on 8th Avenue between a… Read More

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