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9 of the Best Live Music Venues in Boston You Simply Need to Visit

So… Where Does the Music Take You in Boston?

Boston offers a wide choice of bars, clubs, theaters and lounges where people can listen to great live music. But do you know which ones they are and what type of events can you attend? You can support local musicians, attend career-launching events and catch your favorite singers on tour. Not to mention the fact that you have your pick of music genres and different types of venues, from the more compact to the more accommodating. So, let’s see what Boston has to offer.

9 Boston Music Venues You Need to Visit

1.Great Scott

Video description: Krill performing at Great Scott in 2015

Located in Allston, Great Scott is a 240-person capacity venue known for its indie rock concerts. The place suffered a dramatic makeover more than 10 years ago, a change which may have brought upon its great success. It has no backstage therefore the artists are “forced” to make their way off stage into the crowd of fans – which is always nice… for the fans. A great “feature” of the place is that most up-and-comers who perform here end up famous within a year or two.

2. House of Blues

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The House of Blues is a franchised music venue, the location in Boston being the first ever location of the chain. This alone speaks of the popularity of the club. About 2500 people can enjoy a music event and, despite being a medium-sized venue, it still is able to welcome big acts like that of Bob Dylan and Lady Gaga.

3. Brighton Music Hall

The Brighton Music Hall is another venue that forcer artists to retreat through the middle of the crowd. Reason enough for you to visit it yet? Although the club itself is rather new, the building was built 40 years ago and served as a music hall for rock bands. Today, the Brighton Music Hall performers are alternative, punk and indie rock bands, touring as well as local artists.

4. The Middle East

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Image description: Artist Rittz taking a picture with the crowd during the Yelawolf concert at the Middle East in December 2014

The Middle East is one of America’s best rock clubs in Boston and in the country. There are two stages on which artists perform – the Upstairs and the Downstairs – and the place operates as a restaurant as well as a music venue. There are rock, alternative and indie concerts, and the ZuZu area offers great dance parties with DJ sets. Fleet Foxes and TV on the Radio are among the bands that have performed here.

5. Paradise Rock Club

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Image description: The Vaccines band performing at the Paradise Rock club in 2013

Paradise Rock is one of Boston’s MUST VISIT rock music venues. Need more information? U2 performed here in 1980 and this is the place to attend shows of bands like The Shins, The Radio Debt, OK Go, or Mastodon, Haim and Artcic Monkey. Local artists usually sing in the lounge and there are appetizers and sandwiches to be served.

6. Lizard Lounge

The Lizard Lounge is a basement bar in the vicinity of Harvard Square. The fun thing about it is that it has no stage and that the only thing separating the artist from the audience is the edge of a rug. Visitors can enjoy a very wide variety of music events from all sorts of genres like rock or folk, jazz and others, as well as good food. It is perceived as a warm and intimate space

7. The Sinclair

The Sinclair is considered the main act of the Boston music venues. It was recently renovated and its décor now boasts an antique wooden bar and other such elements, to preserve the character of the area. It has a 525 person limit as it doubles as a restaurant and a concert hall. Given the capacity and the names featured in their acts, it is no wonder that they sell out so quickly. Among the big names to have performed here there is that of the Manic Street Preachers’ band.

8. The Royale

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This place has a different kind of design, compared to the other venues that wanted to preserve the old-world regional charm. The massive room is adorned with dripping chandeliers, there are comfortable seating areas, the elegant foyer is made of marble and the sound system is something you would only expect from one of the best music venues in Boston. And if this is not VIP enough, there are balconies where you can retreat to and still enjoy the music from a more intimate setting. The type of music played here? House, dance, indie rock, pop and hip-hip.

9. TT The Bear’s Place

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T.T. The Bear’s Place is an underground venue by definition. It often features great yet unknown bands. Among the artists who had their early shows here we name The Strokes, Franz Ferdinand and the Pixies. It has a capacity of 330 people. Also keep in mind that once a week you can attend a new-wave party with DJ Chris Ewen.

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Here are 9 of the top music venues in Boston to bring you closer to great local bands, rock stars and up-and-comers. Some even serve food! So if you have not been here yet, you must do something to fix this!

8 Incredible and Young Musicians Who Carry the Banner of Blues Music

The Timeless Appeal of Blues Music

Many of us have a tendency to associate blues music with very old singers. In a way it makes sense, since this is considered pain and suffering on music notes. It is supposed to be sung from experience and have the most touching songs spring from real and raw feelings. Blues music is a form of coming to terms with life’s lows, something more likely for once a person who has gathered more life experience. So could younger people have lived enough or have felt enough to sing good blues music? The answer is in the rising number of artists who either please their audiences with covers, remakes or with their own personal creations.

8 Young Blues Musicians You Need to Be Listening to

1. Norah Jones

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Norah Jones is a 37 year old singer and songwriter who started her career in 2002 with the launch of her first solo album, Come Away with Me. The album was a hit. It sold in 26 million copies and brought Jones five Grammy Awards. The artist is now at her sixth album, released in October 2016. She has a total of nine Grammy awards and she sold more than 50 million albums worldwide. Apart from the blues, her music has jazz, soul, country, folk and pop influences.

2. North Mississippi Allstars

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The North Mississippi Allstars band was founded in 1996. Luther Dickinson, the vocalist, guitarist and lowebow player, his brother, Cody Dickinson at drums, keyboard and electric washboard, and Chris Chew at the electric bass guitar, make up the band. Their first release was in 2001 and it brought them the Blues Music Award. Their 2013 album, World Boogie Is Coming, features some amazing appearances of Alvin Youngblood Hart, Lightning Malcom and Duwayne and Garry Burnside.

3. Kenny Wayne Shepherd

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Kenny Wayne Shepherd is a 39 year old American blues singer and songwriter. He has released 7 albums, out of which three went platinum. The first two albums, Ledbetter Heights and Trouble Is… are among his most successful. Seven of his singles have made it to the top and he holds the record for the longest-running album on the Blues Billboard chart.

4. Damon Fowler

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Image description: Damon Fowler performing at the Blast Furnace Blues Festival

American electric blues and blues rock singer, guitarist and songwriter Damon Fowler was born in Florida. The artist has 6 albums, of which three are self released and three are under the Blind Pig label. The 2009 album, Sugar Shack, has been very well received by critics and audiences. Although very much blues based, his work is influenced by country, R&B and swing music as well.

5. Gary Clark Jr.

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Image description: Gary Clark Jr. performing live in Chicago at the 2013 North Coast Music Festival

Gary Clark Jr. was born in Austin, Texas in 1984. He is probably one of the most appreciated blues singers of his generation, having received the title of “Best Young Gun” from Rolling Stone magazine in 2011. You can easily recognize him as his musical trademarks are a distorted guitar sound and a very smooth voice. He has released four studio albums.

6. The Black Keys

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American garage rock, blues rock and indie rock band, the Black Keys was formed in 2001 in Ohio. Dan Auerbach is the guitarist and vocalist and Patrick Carney is the drummer. The duo has released a total of 8 albums between 2002 and 2014. They are said to have taken traditional blues elements and incorporated them in a more modern setting. Their sixth album, the 2010 Brothers, came in second for the Rolling Stone 2010 Best Albums but won them a Grammy Award.

7. Derek Trucks

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Derek Truck is a member of the Allman Brothers Band, of the Derek Trucks Band and of the Tedeschi Trucks Band which he formed together with his wife. He is seen as one of the best guitarists of the contemporary blues scene, even according to the Rolling Stone magazine. He appeared in the magazine’s list of 100 Greatest Guitarist of all Times twice, being on the 81st position in 2003 and on the 16th position in 2011. Also in 2011, he won a Grammy for the Revelator album released as a member of the Tedeschi Trucks Band.

8. Quinn Sullivan

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Quinn Sullivan was born in 1999 in Massachusetts. He is a very talented guitarist who has caught the public eye ever since he was six years old and he appeared on the Ellen DeGeneres show. He has since been performing on stage with Buddy Guy and BB King and in some of the most popular music venues in New York and Chicago. He appeared on Oprah, on the Jimmy Kimmel Show and he did his own set at the Lollapalooza festival in 2009. He is one of the youngest blues and rock singers of his generation. He already has three studio albums, released in 2011 (Cyclone), in 2013 (Getting There) and in 2016 (Midnight highway).

The fact that the blues is a timeless genre has been shown by all these young artists. They have proved more than able to carry on the blues tradition and to perform on stage along with the biggest musicians of the genre. Many of them bring something new to the table, so that future blues generations can be even more inspired.

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These 8 bands and artists have set their minds to proving that blues is not a genre for the old, but one for the very talented. Want to see who are the ones carving their names in blues music history?

6 US Cities with the Best Music Scene and Appeal for Music Lovers

What Are America’s Finest Music Destinations?

One of the greatest things about living in a big city consists in the opportunities it offers. Cultural activities, nightlife and fine dining are right up there. But when it comes to music, people may choose to follow their passion. And we are not only talking about aspiring artists. Music lovers want to be where good music is, where they can attend amazing live events and where music veterans come to perform and not only once in a blue moon. There are several American cities in the competition for the nation’s finest music destination.

Here are 6 US cities with the best music scene

1. Austin

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Austin is known for several music festivals that have people flooding and that have given it the name of “Live Music Capital of the World”. There is the South by Southwest organized in spring, the Austin City Limits festival organized in fall and the new indie Fun Fun Fun Fest. There are areas full of cool music venues all over Austin and places where you can enjoy music in a less crowded setting than that of a festival. You have larger indoor venues like the 20-th century Paramount Theater, or small and cool venues like Mean Eyed Cat. Some Austin home names are Janis Joplin and Stevie Ray Vaughn.

2.Nashville

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Image description: Zoey Deschanel performing at the Mercy Lounge in Nashville in 2008

The “Music City USA” is known for more than just country acts. Nashville is home to a very strong rock and indie music scene. Some of its music venues have become institutions like the Ryman Auditorium, the Grand Ole Opry House, the Bluebird Café or the Basement. Even the Nashville Airport has been hosting live performances since 1981. Some of the artists who started out here are Dolly Parton, Tailor Swift, Paramore, Kings of Leon and Jack White.

3.New Orleans

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We can say that music is at the very soul of New Orleans. This is the birthplace of jazz and the host of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, the biggest jazz festival in the world. Other genres that flourished here are gospel, blues and rock. Bourbon Street is the most famous area for music venues but you can enjoy it basically everywhere. There are street musicians, numerous festivals taking place anytime, as well as the local flavored jazz funerals – a procession in which loved ones accompany the deceased on the final journey with a brass band to celebrate his life with song and dance.

4.Seattle

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Image description: The Experience Music Project, on display at the Science Fiction Museum in Seattle

What is Seattle known for? It is known for having first created a scene for grunge music with bands like Pearl Jam, Soundgarden and Nirvana having originated from here. Before them, it was the home of Jimi Hendrix. Now it plays an important part in helping alternative and indie bands make their work known. Some other well known names associated to Seattle? Macklemore, Death Cab for Cutie, Fleet Foxes and the Shins. As a music lover, you have the Bumbershoot festival – a very large musical event, or small venues on Capitol Hill or Belltown.

5.Chicago

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Although it is the birthplace of blues music, Chicago caters to the needs of different types of music lovers. So if you are in Chicago to enjoy quality blues music at its origin, you can attend the Chicago Blues Festival. But know that your options do not stop there. As far as other festivals are concerned, the Lollapalooza comes to mind, a very exciting and big event you cannot miss out on.

Bands such as Disturbed, Earth, Wind and Fire, Smashing Pumpkins and Fall Out Boy and artists such as R. Kelly, Kanye West, Jennifer Hudson and Anastacia originated from here. Some of the best venues for live music are the Green Mill and Kingston Miles.

6.Atlanta

Atlanta’s contribution to the US music scene consists in helping some of the most prominent hip-hop stars start their careers. When we say Atlanta we say Janelle Monae, T.I., Ludacris, Nelly and Jermaine Dupri to only name a few. Radio station Hot 107.9 has played an active part in helping up-and-comers get heard. There is also the A3C Hip Hop Festival that mashes together big industry names and artists who are just now getting noticed. Some of the most popular music venues are The Tabernacle and Fox Theater. The Phillips Arena is where massive music events such as Lady Gaga, Fleetwood Mac and Motley Crue concerts are held.

Wondering why New York and LA are not on the list although they are packed with music venues and have numerous festivals daily? Because we wanted to point out how many other US cities have a lot to offer music wise, both for aspiring artists as well as for music aficionados.

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Here are 6 US cities that have made music history and that are competing for the status of the most musical city in the nation. Find out what is each one’s contribution to the US music scene.

Discover 5 of the Most Loved, Amazing Pop-Rock Artists of the Moment

Keep Your Eyes on These Guys

The music scene is busting at the seams and everybody has a favorite in the race for the most popular and the most loved artist. However, it’s the pop-rock bands that have the biggest claim on the popularity award. Their flamboyant concerts, their catchy tunes and their charismatic appearances produce instant crushes and long-term fan loyalty. And this is what can make an artist sell and remain in hot demand for a very long time. All of the following names have some history in the music industry and an outstanding fan base that will make concert tickets disappear in a matter of minutes or even seconds.

Here are 6 of the most loved pop-rock artist

One Republic

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The American One Republic pop rock band was formed in Colorado Springs in 2002. Its current members are Ryan Tedder – lead vocalist, Zach Filkins – guitarist, Drew Brown – bassist, Brent Kutzle – cellist and Eddie Fisher – drummer. The band had a bumpy start and was dropped by Columbia Records in 2005 two months before their first record, Dreaming Out Loud, was released. In 2007, the band managed to release its debut album with its lead single, Appologize, being remarkably remixed by Timbaland. The song was number one in 16 countries and even brought the band a Grammy. Other successful singles signed by One Republic are Stop and stare, Counting stars and Wherever I go from their 2016, fourth studio album, Oh My My.

Taylor Swift

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Tailor Swift is one of the most popular female singers and songwriters of our time. She started her musical career at 14 in Nashville and she released her first album at 17, in 2006. It reached number 5 in Billboard 200 and was in the charts for most weeks in the 2000s. She also became the youngest person to write and perform a number one song in the Hot Country Songs chart. Her second album, Fearless, was the 2009 best-seller. It won four Grammy Awards.
The following three albums were met with just as much enthusiasm and have secured the artist and unshakable fan base. Therefore, she appeared in Time’s 100 most influential people of the world in 2010 and 2015, in Forbes 100 most powerful women in 2015 and in Forbes’ Celebrity 100.

Maroon 5

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Maroon 5 is the name given to the band in 2001, when the boys underwent an image and general direction change. The band previously called Kara’s Flowers, was established in the 90s when the musicians were still in high school. The current band consists of lead vocalist Adam Levine, lead guitarist James Valentine, keyboarding Jesse Carmichael, bassist Mickey Madden, drummer Matt Flynn and keyboarding PJ Morton. The first album released as Maroon 5 was Songs about Jane from 2002. The same album went platinum in 2004 and in 2005 it brought them the Grammy for Best New Artist. The band is currently working on its sixth studio album.

Fall Out Boy

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The members of Fall Out Boy came together in 2001. The band consists of vocalist and guitarist Patrick Stump, bassist Peter Wentz, guitarist Joe Trohman and drummer Andy Hurley. Their first album, Take This to Your Grave, released in 2003, was an underground success. Heavy touring helped the band get a loyal fan base and moderate commercial success. From Under the Cork Tree was the band’s major label breakthrough and got them nominated for Best New Artist at the 2006 Grammy Awards. The 2007 Infinity on High album established their success with a first position in the Billboard 200.

The band hit a bump in the road and had a tough time from 2008 to 2013. In 2013 they released Save Rock and Roll and had their second career success. American Beauty/American Psycho, released in 2015, was the band’s third No. 1 album.

Pink

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Alecia Beth Moore, also known as Pink, released her debut solo album in 2000. It was called Can’t Take Me Home and it went double-platinum in the US. The collaboration on Moulin Rouge’s Lady Marmelade song gave her first Grammy Award and her first no. 1 single in the Billboard Hot 100. Mizunderstood, her second pop-rock album sold more than 15 million copies. Apart from the 2003 Try This album which performed below expectations, her next albums, I’m Not Dead (2006), Funhouse (2008) and The Truth About Love (2012) pushed her right back on top. Apart from her music awards, three Grammys included, Pink was awarded Woman of the Year 2013 by Billboard and VH1 ranked her 10 out of 100 of the greatest women in music.

In an ever-changing musical landscape, with small garage bands making an entry on the scene via youtube videos and becoming famous over night, some questions arise about how solid is the ground established artists stand on. As proved by the examples above, it is still pretty solid.

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Here are 5 of the most popular contemporary American pop-rock singers who are still rocking it. Find out how the careers of these artists and bands started and which albums got them to No. 1.

11 of the Most Popular Venues to Listen to Live Music in Los Angeles

Where LA Goes to Get Loud

Los Angeles is the place to be if you want to make it big. This means that is has amazing opportunities for talented artists to perform in front of live audiences. They can be successful in front of a very large audience, or they can build a very solid and loyal fan base with more intimate concerts in some of the following venues.

11 Most Popular LA Live Music Venues

1. El Rey Theater

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Image description: Rachel Platten performing at the El Rey Theater in 2016

The El Rey Theater is an LA live music venue located inside an art-deco building dating since 1936. Turned into a live music venue in 1994, the theater allows audiences to see artists perform in the beautiful setting of an art deco ballroom, under the neon signage.

2. Troubadour

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The club opened in 1957 and artists like Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, Elton John, Billy Joel, Van Morrison, Pointer Sisters, Bruce Springsteen, Leonard Cohen, The Eagles, Metallica, Guns’N’Roses, Pearl Jam, Korn, No Doubt, System of a Down, Radiohead, Johnny Cash, White Stripes, David Grohl, Franz Ferdinand, Coldplay, The Strokes, Red Hot Chilli Peppers and many, many, many more have performed on its stage since.

3. Largo at the Coronet

Largo at the Coronet is a place with a great vibe. In 2008, after 20 years in the previous location on Fairfax Avenue, the Largo club moved at the Coronet Theater. Among the artists who have ever performed here we mention Nellie McKay, Aimee Mann, Elliott Smith, Suzanne Vega, Fiona Apple, Sarah Silverman.

4. Hotel Cafe

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Image decription: Anna Nalick performing live at Hotel Café in August 2011.

This place may surprise you at first – that is if you manage to find its alley entrance. But know that this is the place where you can listen to some of the great new artists. The acoustics is great and among the most recent appearances we can mention Leighton Meester, John Mayer and Charlotte OC.

5. Echo

Looking for a great place to listen to indie music? This is it. Looking for a place to listen to the newest and hottest indie music? Right again! And this is a 2 in 1 venue with the Echoplex just downstairs, a place intended to remind you just how great music sounds underground and with a sound system that will turn you into a regular on the spot.

6. Hollywood Bowl

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The Hollywood Bowl opened in 1922. Sinatra performed here in 1943 and the Beatles in 1964. This is the place to listen to some of the greatest music, from the LA Philharmonic to pop, rock and any other genre and collaborations between them. One thing you will love about it is that events at the Hollywood Bowl are pretty extensive as many people like to start them with a nice picnic before enjoying amazing music.

 7. Avalon

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House music lovers usually flock to this place, but this is not all there is to it. Apart from offering the coolest DJ sets, the place can also cater to a different kind of audience: the Bardot. This venue is upstairs from the main one and it is decorated like a French bar and lounge. DJ and rock music is played here.

8. Staples Center

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Staples Center is a venue with 20,000 seats that allows artists to put on big shows with pyrotechnics and other shenanigans. So if this is what you enjoy, then Staples Center is the place for you. It has featured performances of Lady Gaga, Katty Perry and Justin Beiber.

9. Theater at Ace Hotel

An architectural gem and a landmark for the city’s artistic heritage, the Theater at Ace Hotel is a place here you can have some pretty spiritual musical experiences. The interior has been restored and it can host amazing large scale events.

10. Wiltern

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The Wiltern is another beautiful art deco building hosting performances of artists such as Wilco and the White Stripes. It was built in 1931 and was first meant to be a vaudeville house. The venue has a lot of character which it transfers it to all the events taking place on its stage. Music lovers appreciate the mix of old and new and it is one of the most appreciated locations in the city.

11. Greek Theater

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The Greek Theater is the place where you can see the stars from under the stars. That is if the performance is held at night. Otherwise, this 6000 seat outdoors amphitheater offers great acoustics and a romantic setting.

If you are looking for a place to listen to amazing live music in LA you sure have where to choose from. Keep your eyes on the programs and book your seat because these popular locations tend to be sold-out quickly.

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Take a look at this list of 11 of the most popular LA venues where you can enjoy quality live music. You can either be there when a new artist gets discovered or enjoy the tunes of established musicians.

9 Best Known Chicago Singers and Bands Who Made It to the Top

Did You Know These Famous Musicians Are From Chicago?

Where do stars go once they make it big? Wherever they want, of course. But they all start somewhere and for these 9 artists and bands that somewhere is Chicago. The “Windy City” must have helped in one way or another because they surely blew us all away and our appreciation has helped them get all the way to the top of national and international charts. And we are not talking only about recent years when good music is made so available on so many channels. The musical heritage of Chicago is impressive and it has been supplying the world with incredible talent since the 50s.

9 Music Stars Who Started Off in Chicago

1. Kanye West

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Rapper Kanye West was raised in Chicago and started off as a producer for Alicia Keys and Jay-Z under the Roc-A-Fella Records label. His first solo album was The College Dropout, released in 2004. It was received with both enthusiasm as well as critique. With 7 albums in the market at the moment, Kanye West is now one of the best-selling artists of all times. He has 21 Grammy awards, being the most awarded artist of all times, and he was nominated twice by Time among the 100 most influential people in the world.

2. Smashing Pumpkins

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Smashing Pumpkins is an alternative rock band formed in 1988. It was their second album, the 1993 Siamese Dream, that set them on the road to success. Out of the 10 albums the band has ever recorded, it was the 1995 Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness double album that secured their place among the most commercially successful bands of the 90s.

3. R. Kelly

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R. Kelly is a singer, a producer and a songwriter who debuted in 1992 with the Public Announcement group. His first solo album was 12 Play, released in 1993. Other 13 albums followed. The artist has numerous Billboard awards, 3 Grammies, 2 American Music Awards, 1 BET Award and 11 Soul Train Awards. All three Grammy awards are for the I Believe I Can Fly song.

4. Muddy Waters

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Image description: Muddy Waters performing at Ontario Place in Toronto, in June 1978

Muddy Waters is the stage name of McKinley Morganfield, also known as the father of modern Chicago blues. He moved to Chicago in 1943 and in 1946 he registered his first record. His influence on the American and the world music scene in blues, rhythm and blues, rock and roll, folk music, jazz and country music is tremendous.

5. Earth, Wind and Fire

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Earth, Wind and Fire is an R&B, soul, funk, jazz, disco, pop and rock band founded in Chicago in 1970. With over 100 million records sold, this is one of the world’s best-selling bands of all time. They have a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and they are in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and in the Vocal Group Hall of Fame.

6. Wilco

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Wilco is an American alternative rock band from Chicago. There have ten studio albums, four collaborations and one live double-album. The band won two Grammy awards for the 2004 A Ghost is Born studio album and a Wired Rave Award for the Yankee Hotel Foxtrot album of 2002.

7. Fall Out Boy

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The Fall Out Boy band has been around since 2001 when its members, four boys from Wilmette, Illinois started it. Their first album was Take This to Your Grave, but it was only their second album, From Under the Cork Tree, that brought them their success in 2005. The band has 6 albums and about 27 awards

8. Anastacia

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Anastacia is a Chicago born singer, songwriter and record producer who debuted in 2000s. The eclectic artist knew immediate success from her 2000 Not That Kind and 2001 Freak of Nature albums. She was dubbed “little lady with the big voice” due to her small stature and her mezzo-soprano voice. Anastacia has sold 52 million records worldwide and even her latest Ultimate Collection album released in 2015 was a success.

 9. Styx

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The American Styx band was formed in Chicago in 1972 and produced hit albums in the 70s and 80s. They have released a total of 15 albums with power ballads in which they melted pop rock, hard rock with acoustic guitar and piano.

Chicago is associated with the rise of various kinds of music genres, Illinois being a very prolific state in this respect. It has given us artists who have risen in the Billboard charts in the 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s and who have led the way in the creation of electric blues, jazz, hip hop, pop and rock.

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Discover Chicago’s finest musicians! Here are 9 of the best known artists and bands who have started out in Chicago and who have made it to the tops of national and international charts.

8 Great Places in New York to Remind You Why You Always Loved Jazz

Go Where the Cool Cats Gather

We know how the world looks like to a jazz fan. Everything simply flows to its own rhythm, it dances and it changes shape. The world sits still as if it knew it was being painted with musical notes and that some people are there simply to enjoy the view. Your passion for jazz may be old or new, but strong nonetheless. And this is why we wanted to help you get reconnected or stay in touch with the jazz scene and enjoy live performances. Sure, you can sit back at your own place and listen to good quality jazz music, or you can go out and enjoy it with the rest of the cool cats.

Here are 8 great jazz venues in New York

Smalls

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Founded in 1994 by Mitchell Borden, the Smalls Jazz Club is probably the most popular venue of its kind. Since the very beginning, this was the place where the needs of the musician and of music lovers came first. The most fascinating thing about it is that since 2011, every show was recorded with the intention of creating a valuable music archive. Smalls Jazz Club, 183 West 10th Street, basement, Greenwich Village, NYC, 10014

Blue Note

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This club has been around since 1981 when it was founded by Danny Bensusan and it is just the place where you can enjoy the world’s finest jazz music in an amazing setting. Patrons can listen to the jazz of veterans as well as to progressive and innovative sounds. Blue Note main acts feature Chick Korea, McCoy Tyner, Joe Lovano, John Scofield and Chris Botti. Blue Note Jazz Club, 131 West 3rd Street, New York, NY 10012.

Jazz Standard

This is the place where you can enjoy some fine Southern cuisine and barbecue seasoned with warm hospitality and, of course, world-class jazz. Not only is Jazz Standard one of the finest New York venues, it is one of the best such venues in the world. Jazz Standard Club, 116 E 27th St, New York, NY 10016

Village Vanguard

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Looking for something with a historical pedigree? Then go and sit at a table in a club opened in 1935 by Max Gordon and imagine having been there when the Live at the Village Vanguard albums of John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins and Bill Evans were recorded. This place is unique both in physical appearance, program as well as character and background. Village Vanguard Jazz Club, 178 7th Ave South, New York, NY 10014

Iridium

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Renovated and reopened in September 2015, the Iridium now has unique lighting, an amazing stage treatment and the sound system has benefited from a consistent upgrade. Need more reasons to check out this location? Then know that it attracts some of the best musicians of the genre. This is the place where you can spend a night in the presence of jazz, rock and blues legends. Iridium Jazz Club, 1650 Broadway, New York, NY 10019

The Jazz Gallery

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Video description: Musicians talking about the Woodshed project that allows them to rehearse at The Jazz Gallery free of charge

Founded in 1995 by Dale Fitzgerald, Lezlie Harrison and Roy Hargrove, the Jazz Gallery is known as “the most imaginatively booked jazz club in New York”, according to the NY Times. The place serves as an international culture center with programs built to nurture the future jazz generations. The 21 Century Jazz showcases emerging artists; the Residency Commissions supports the creation of new works; the Mentoring Program pairs young musicians with established jazz veterans and the Woodshed provides a free practice space. Jazz Gallery, 1160 Broadway, 5th fl, New York, NY 10001

Fat Cat

More than a jazz club, Fat Cat presents itself as a diverse cultural institution where class trips can be organized for music classes. This is an art space with musical offerings to highlight both emerging as well as established artists. Also, if you are looking for a place for a unique birthday party, you have just found it. Fat Cat Club, 75 Christopher St, New York, NY 10014

Birdland

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The original Birdland opened in 1949 on Broadway and had Charlie Parker as a headliner. Other club regulars were Count Basie and John Coltrane. The club’s name has found a place in their musical legacy as Count Basie recorded George Shearing’s “Lullaby at Birdland” and John Coltrane’s Quartet recorded “Live at Birdland”. It was a place frequented by celebrities such as Gary Cooper, Marilyn Monroe, Frank Sinatra, Joe Louis, Marlene Dietrich, Ava Gardner, Sammy Davis, Jr. and Sugar Ray Robinson. Birdland, 315 W 44th St, New York, NY 10036

New York is packed with amazing music venues and it would take more than a lifetime to go to all of them. Compiling this short list alone was difficult as there were a lot of options to sort through, a lot of music styles, a lot of venue experiences and a lot of other specific details to take into account. Some places are intimate while others are crammed and you have to keep your elbows about you so as not to spill the drinks on other tables. In some locations you can enjoy a nice meal or an art exhibit. There is something for every taste and every type of jazz lover. In the end, we all just go where the music takes us.

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Discover 8 of the most popular jazz venues in New York. You can see firsthand how young musicians experiment with their instruments or you can enjoy a night in the company of famous jazz veterans.

The 4 Songs That Will Make You Drive Like Crazy

People love to listen to music no matter what we do. There is no doubt that music is a great companion when we are driving around. Whether we are just taking a stroll, going to work or drive for a living, music is something that we love to have around our cars. Here is some music that can make you speed up a little bit more than the usual. These songs have that energy to make you feel good and drive like crazy.

Top 1: Ready, Steady, Go!

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Paul Oakenfold sang it, and it has been used for several commercials and even racing tournaments. Why not? It has a great tune that will make you step on the gas even more. It is the kind of music that will put you in the mood to drive.

Top 2: Confusion

There may be another version of it, but the right track that made a significant impact to people behind the wheels is the version made by New Order. It was used for a movie called Blade. If you listen to it, it’s hard to stop yourself from going faster, but you got to get a grip before you get into any accident.

Top 3: Chop Suey

The song that was made famous by System of a Down or SoaD is a song that is guaranteed to keep you up on your toes if you are in a rush to go somewhere. The excellent thing about this music is that it will be able to help you stay up even on a long drive.

Top 4: Rollin’

We all know that Limp Bizkit made real good music. It is no surprise to see a song from them because if you listen to it, there is a different kind of adrenaline that makes you want to step on the gas while enjoying the groovy music.

Even if these songs can make you drive like a mad man, all of us should be cautious in making sure that we are safe. We must remember that we can listen to these songs a thousand times, but it can kill us and we only have one life.

The 5 Most Unforgettable Live Performances Of All Time

For all those people who love music, we have seen and heard a lot of individuals who performs great music on a live audience. Among all those performances there are some of it that no matter how much time passes by, we would not be able to forget it. Let’s go back in time and check the most unforgettable live performances of all time.

1. Stevie Ray Vaughan

He is part of the Double Trouble Band which performed in Montreux Jazz Festival dated 1982. Stevie’s performance left the crowd in awe and silence. Later on, the recorded performance earned a spot on his Live Alive album that reached platinum.

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2. Greenday

Greenday is an incredibly talented band but the live performance of the group in Woodstock, New York dated 1994 was the highlight of their career. It was the performance that pushed their debut album to multiplatinum all over the globe.

3. Judas Priest

A band that struggles after Rob Halford left the band to go solo. People may call it destiny, but they eventually got reunited. Dated 2004, they played again at AWD Hall in Germany. It was the time when millions of fans heard the powerful voice of Rob Halford again in center stage.

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4. The Who

It may be old school, but they were able to create some Guinness World Record when there were millions of fans attended their concert in the Isle of Wright. It was an excellent performance that rock music enthusiasts will never forget.

5. Michael Jackson

We all know how a great performer Michael Jackson was but the most unforgettable performance he ever made was in Motown. It was the time when he was reunited with the Jackson 5. The fans were delighted when he gave a solo performance of the famous Billie Jean.

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Live performances are something hard to pull off even if you are already an experienced artist. There are great gigs that we can never forget no matter how long it has been.

4 Top Reasons Why People Love Hip Hop Music

The hip hop type of songs has gained tremendous popularity to the public. People love this kind of music for a reason. Some might be wondering why there are a lot of individuals who indulges in this kind of songs. Let’s check out the top reasons why there are a lot of people who love hip hop music.

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1. The lyrics

It is one kind of music that contains a lot of thoughts with words that are compressed in just a few minutes of a song. You would be able to write a whole story into it.

2. The Slang

People love to say things in slang when they talk, and with hip hop, you can hear a lot of it with no problem at all. Don’t be surprised if you can hear some it in your home because this type of song has created a significant impact in the music industry. The slang words that you can hear from hip hop songs are the words that are also used worldwide.

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3. The Fashion

Among any other type of music, hip hop is the one that can set the fashion trend. You will get to see the singers wearing the hip and fabulous outfits. The next you’ll see are all the people in the streets wearing the same kind of fashion.

4. The Dance

People listen to hip hop music because they want to feel good when they are having a bad day. It is true because hip hop songs can provide you the jive because all these songs can make you dance. It has the feel good factor that everyone can enjoy.

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Hip-hop dominated the world of music. It is one of the most listened music all over the globe, but it is one of the hardest music to make. It is not surprising why there are millions of people who love to dance and sing with this kind of song.