America’s Best Rock Clubs…

Playboy recently listed “America’s 10 Best Rock Clubs” (link via Brooklyn Vegan):

The right venue can become an incubator for talent and make its own deep mark in music history. Identifying the 10 rock clubs in America fulfilling this mission best was tough. Many cities have cool venues with distinct personalities that support local music, but the best also have adventurous lineups and exercise just enough pull to draw up-and-coming touring acts. After consulting with musicians, music journalists and industry insiders, we tagged these 10 sonic hotspots (listed in alphabetical order) as the ones booking the most exciting and forward-thinking acts.

So here’s their list, which includes The Echo (MySpace) in Echo Park, home to Jax @ Rock Insider‘s Hell-Ya! (MySpace):

  • 2 Galaxies, San Francisco, CA
  • Black Cat, Washingtonb D.C.
  • Cake Shop, New York, NY
  • Doug Fir Lounge, Portland, OR
  • The Earl, East Atlanta, GA
  • The Echo, Los Angeles, CA
  • Emo’s, Austin, TX
  • Empty Bottle, Chicago, IL
  • First Avenue, Minneapolis, MN
  • Mercury Lounge, New York, NY

And here’s their description of The Echo:

The Los Angeles rock scene has had a decadent streak ever since Jim Morrison started drawing crowds at the Whiskey-A-Go-Go. So it’s fitting the Echo, which arose from a converted Latin dance club, sports post-disco debris like mirrored walls and vinyl booths. The floor still sees plenty of wear and tear during regular DJ events, like Dub Club reggae nights, but the real action is onstage. Located in the artist-heavy East L.A. neighborhood of Echo Park, the venue draws on L.A. hipsters and a constantly replenishing supply of local talent. It’s also the sister club to the larger and more established Spaceland, but because it’s more intimate, the Echo tends to draw edgier, under-the-radar touring acts.

Famous Alumni: Elliot Smith, Mia Doi Todd, Rilo Kiley
Bands to See Now: Lavender Diamond, The Gray Kid

More after the jump.

Meanwhile, The Echo and The Troubadour in West Hollywood are competing against ten other clubs around the country for the Plug Awards“Live Music Venue of the Year” (link also via Brooklyn Vegan):

  • Bowery Ballroom, New York, NY
  • Cake Shop, New York, NY
  • Doug Fir Lounge, Portland, OR
  • Empty Bottle, Chicago, IL
  • Emo’s, Austin, TX
  • Joe’s Pub, New York, NY
  • McCarren Pool, Brooklyn, NY
  • Mercury Lounge, New York, NY
  • Schubas Tavern, Chicago, IL
  • The Echo, Los Angeles, CA
  • Troubadour, Los Angeles, CA
  • Union Hall, Brooklyn, NY

So, what are your thoughts? Did Playboy and the Plug Awards get it right? Whither Spaceland (MySpace)? If not, what’s your favorite local rock club to catch those rising stars?

6 Replies to “America’s Best Rock Clubs…”

  1. Yeah… must’ve been a NY writer or sumthin… I lived in Boyle Heights in the early ’90s (also known as the ‘bad old days’) and east LA is… EAST of there. What’s next from those other coast writers? Silverlake as a suburb of Palm Springs???

    I like the Knitting Factory, and btw, the Troub still kicks ass on a regular basis.

  2. just to beat a dead horse a little more: East LA is a specific place, not even part of the city, but an unincorporated area that you can find by crossing the river going east at Cesar Chavez.

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