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Top Ten Alternative/ Indie Music Cities in the World

Apr 4, 2006  Music Journalist and Belle & Sebastian fan
3.0 of 5 stars based on 12 votes

Cities with the best indie music scenes, birthplaces of top indie bands and best places to catch an alternative band.

  • 1. Glasgow
    Glasgow, Scotland

    Belle & Sebastian, Teenage Fanclub, Franz Ferdinand, Beta Band, Mogwai, Snow Patrol, The Blue Nile, Dogs Die in Hot Cars. Something about this rainy city has made it the home of more top indie and alternative sounds than anywhere else in the UK. Catch the next big name at legendary venue, King Tut's.

  • 2. Austin
    Austin, Texas

    An energetic home town scene and world-renowned South by Southwest music festival has the world's music industry people scouting for the next big things.

  • 3. Seattle
    Seattle, Washington

    Kurt and co grabbed as much fame for Seattle as Starbuck's. catch today's hot names at The Crocodile, Neumo's or Labor Day weekend music fest - Bumbershoot.

  • 4. New York
    New York, United States

    From the New York Dolls to Beck, New York seethes with sounds like nowhere else.

  • 5. London
    London, England

    On any night literally thousands of bands play. There are dozens of ace alternative club nights to choose from, from under age indie discos to gay and lesbian clubs, pulsing with alt anthems.

  • 6. San Francisco
    San Francisco, California

    Something about San Francisco gets bands all misty eyed, and they all play here.

  • 7. Dublin
    Dublin

    far from the mainstream fodder U2 churns out, bands like the Frames, the Chalets, Mundy and Cowboy X stir up the eager throngs in venues such as Whelan's, the Olympia, the Shelter and Vicar Street.

  • 8. Portland
    Portland, Oregon

    So great that Jack White and Loretta Lynn sang about it. Venues such as Berbati's Pan, the Roseland, the Crystal Ballroom, the Aladdin and the Doug Fir make Portland a regular halt for bands playing the west coast.

  • 9. Los Angeles
    Los Angeles, California

    All forms of entertainment have at least a part time home in L.A. The alt world is no exception.

  • 10. Chicago
    Chicago, Illinois

    Home to indie rock goddess Liz Phair, every band plays this dynamic city.