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Old 05-18-2009, 04:33 PM
 
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Default Boston Music Scene

I'm a young kid ready to move out on my own, I'm 17 as of right now but by the time I'm around 19 I want to find a city to settle in. I was going to move to Orlando and try to start my music up there but I've been doing some research and it turns out it's a heavy metal/scremo town something I'm not into at all.

Young Chap Moving To Orlando

Can a kid like me afford a place in Boston? Probably not huh.. But I've heard good stuff about Boston when it comes to music, here is what I'm into - I'm defiantly more involved with more experimental type rock music - Coldplay, Radiohead, Sigur Ros, U2. And I'm also heavily involved in ambient type music Boards Of Canada, Burial, Jon Hopkins, Stars of the Lid.

But really I'm ready to do anything to get a start in music.
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Old 05-18-2009, 09:18 PM
 
Location: Dallas
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Boston has a thriving and fairly friendly music scene. It suits your style - it was somewhat of a birthplace for alternative music of the eighties and nineties with bands like the Cars, Pixies, Lemonheads, Sebadoah, Tracy Chapman and Dream Theater and such coming from there. Boston is the home to several significant music schools the most significant being Berklee which draws top players from around the world. And with 375,000 college students, the audience is there. Street corner and subway playing is encouraged all over.

The downside of Boston is it is expensive and competitive. Not long ago I read the Boston Phoenix had catalogued 5000 bands in Boston. You should also google rehearsal space in Boston to get an idea how much it costs to try to hit it there. It's hard. There are so many Berklee grads just floating around it's a pity. Sometimes when trying out guitars in Guitar Center I would overhear some players who were so freakin good it made me wonder why I ever wasted a moment thinking I knew how to play music.
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Old 05-18-2009, 09:27 PM
 
Location: Metrowest, MA
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Great advise....Bostonian08 Too bad I cannot repu you again.

So many musicians roaming the streets of Boston... play in the subway...
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Old 05-19-2009, 01:54 PM
 
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Do you guys have any idea of a good city that fits my style and is cheaper?
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Old 05-19-2009, 02:15 PM
 
Location: a bar
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Do you guys have any idea of a good city that fits my style and is cheaper?
Providence.
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Old 05-19-2009, 02:18 PM
 
Location: Sweden
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Is there any good hardcorepunk in Boston nowadays?
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Old 05-19-2009, 03:40 PM
 
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Is there any good hardcorepunk in Boston nowadays?
It's not really my scene, but Jerry's Kids, Gang Green and Sam Black Church have done shows recently. Darkbuster, who I do try to catch when they're back in town, are always touring. More local acts like the McGunks and Tenafly Vipers seem to do atleast a show a month. I believe Blood for Blood is still together, but not sure howe active they are.
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Old 05-19-2009, 05:16 PM
 
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Providence.
seriously? that's my place? maybe i could settle down there and then do the touring east coast thing, some shows in Boston...hmm
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Old 05-19-2009, 05:30 PM
 
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Music | Urge for going

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Old 05-19-2009, 05:45 PM
 
Location: Boston
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That article is 1/2 a decade old. Providence is the second best scene in New England, bar none. It's not a big city scene, but it's cheaper and it's in an excellent location. If you outgrow the local scene, you can book in Boston or any of the other smaller cities in the area (even little New Bedford, MA down the road has a good little scene-- nowhere near the scale of Providence or Boston though).

If you can make it work in Boston, go for it. If you find yourself priced out, check out Providence. It wouldn't be my first choice, but it's a great alternative.
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