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According to This, San Antonio Has a Better Music Scene Than Houston

Like any and all lists, the Martin Prosperity Institute (MPI)'s list regarding the best music scenes in the country will leave most of you passing out side-eyes and stares. Easy to spot and digest, Nashville, New York and Los Angeles ranked 1-3, but after that it's a complete flaming crapshoot.

The study itself, brought together by Richard Florida and composed of data from MPI used to rank the most music-heavy metro cities in America.

Who knew a place like Denver held a higher cachet than Atlanta, which by and large is the most booming section for new rappers to emerge nationally in the country?

Here's where it gets even stranger, they're considering future data pulled in from MySpace to in Florida's words, "measure the diversity and richness of music scenes." That's right America, MySpace still matters to some people in 2012.

I guess they plucked their ideas while rocking a Zune. He also says, [they're] "measuring the concentration of musicians and music-related businesses, not the vibrancy or impact or quality of artists to emerge from a regional scene."

Here's the list, mind you:

1. Nashville-Davidson-Murfreesboro-Franklin, TN 2. New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island, NY-NJ-PA 3. Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana, CA 4. San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont, CA 5. Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 6. Las Vegas-Paradise, NV 6. (tie) Portland-Vancouver-Beaverton, OR-WA 8. New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, LA 9. Rochester, NY 10. Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 11. Orlando-Kissimmee, FL 12. Austin-Round Rock, TX 13. San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 14. Pittsburgh, PA 14. (tie) Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI 16. Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach, FL 16. (tie) Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL-IN-WI 18. Indianapolis-Carmel, IN 19. Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 20. Denver-Aurora, CO 21. Charlotte-Gastonia-Concord, NC-SC 22. Louisville-Jefferson County, KY-IN 22. Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 22. (three-way tie) Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 25. San Antonio, TX

I'm curious. Was there a black hole the entire Houston music scene signed up for to be not even ranked? We just held a showcase detailing some of the best artists in the country, have some of the best venues and businesses and we couldn't even leapfrog San Antonio?

The end of days is coming if we can't beat San Antonio as a music city.


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Brandon Caldwell has been writing about music and news for the Houston Press since 2011. His work has also appeared in Complex, Noisey, the Village Voice & more.
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