Best Small New Music Venues in the US for 2009.

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Entering Musical Bohemia With Franco Battiato At NYC's Le Poisson Rouge

Where: 158 Bleecker Street [map], New York, NY, United States, 10012
October 22, 2009 at 9:58 AM | by | ()

More than a music venue and beyond an art space, NYC’s Le Poisson Rouge is a self-proclaimed “creative asylum,” and its historic address (the site of the legendary Village Gate) is an inviting refuge from Bleecker Street’s rowdy, pub-crawling NYU crowd.

This week, we stopped by here—one of our "Best Live New Music Venues"—for a performance by Italian musician Franco Battiato. But the experience is so much more than just him; it's the entire venue. You'll see why...

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Silversun Pickups at the Brand New Fillmore Charlotte

Where: 820 Hamilton St. [map], Charlotte, NC, United States, 28202
October 12, 2009 at 12:25 PM | by | ()

When you think of the Fillmore the first thing that pops into your head is sparkling chandeliers, thick ruby curtains, a wooden dance floor and legendary shows. The legendary auditorium on Fillmore and Geary hosted *everyone* in the sixites, and when it was reopened in the eighties it didn't skip a beat. We have been lucky enough to see plenty of shows at the SF Fillmore, thus when we heard Charlotte was opening a new Fillmore in June of 2009 we were anxious to check it out.

Charlotte is a millennial city in every way and in the midst of a ten year boom, so it makes perfect sense that the Fillmore brand chose the Queen City as a key spot for Fillmore brand expansion.

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It's A Good Concert When Even The Drum Set Goes Crowd-Surfing

Where: 2539 N. Kedzie [map], Chicago, IL, United States, 60647
October 5, 2009 at 9:23 AM | by | ()

When you think of live music venues in Chicago, is the first thing that pops into mind the bright-lit vintage marquee of the Chicago Theater? If so, get ready to have your mind blown by learning what actually are the hot spots for concerts these days; one hint: they aren't clubs and they aren't sit-down theaters.

In true Chicago style, the city's forgotten spaces are being reclaimed for art and community—we once went to a Ghetto Gourmet dinner (a roving dinner party) in an old church loft, stained glass windows and all. And one old ballroom, the Logan Square Auditorium, is seeing its own fair share of shows this season. We headed into Chicago's hipster haven to experience the Israeli band Monotonix this last Saturday night, and we'll just say that it was an experience all right. Read on for all drum set crowd-surfing details...

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Waking Up Among Hollywood Headstones to the Music of Bon Iver

Where: 6000 Santa Monica Blvd [map], Los Angeles, CA, United States, 90038
September 30, 2009 at 9:33 AM | by | ()

Los Angeles is a city rich with live music venues. From the expansive Hollywood Bowl to the inevitably sticky floors of the El Rey Theater, L.A., a bastion of entertainment, provides bands passing through town with a home for their fans and a place to showcase their sonic stylings for a night.

In our search for an alternative concert experience we were tipped off to indie-folk band Bon Iver's one-off performance at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery, a sunrise show that couldn't be any more different than Britney's Circus extravaganza from the previous week.

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