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Old 11-09-2010, 08:41 PM
 
Location: Wilton, IA
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Hello everyone. I'm a frequent creeper on the city-data website, and I have posted a similar thread before about the same thing I am about to ask, but now it's in more specific detail.

Here's the thing.....my three friends and I currently reside in a small Iowa farm town, born and raised. We are looking to move out of here to somewhere a little warmer, more active, and just as or close to as cheap as here. We're all 25 and have pretty good resumes so the job thing is not a big concern and we'll be all rooming together to save money. What we're looking for is a place with a very live and active music scene, since we plan to play gigs and tour on a regular basis (we play alt. rock). Outdoor activities are also a plus since Iowa doesn't offer much. Lakes, bars, hiking, etc etc.

The top 3 places we have come up with thus far is Tennessee (no idea what city), Austin, TX, and Raleigh/Durham, NC. Granted we have never been to any of these places, this is what looks and sounds the best via the internet. We plan to take a road trip to TN in December since it's only a 14 hour drive from here. Our goal is to rent a house out in the boonies of a major/decent sized city. We have no idea what to look up or what to look for anymore. Two of us have lived out west before (Seattle and Vegas), but the cost of living is not reasonable for what we want.

So our wants/needs......good active music scene, cheap/decent cost of living, and somewhere young and fun. What would you guys recommend? Please help and thank you!
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Old 11-09-2010, 08:45 PM
 
Location: metro ATL
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If I were you, I'd concentrate my search to Austin and Nashville. They definitely have very active live music scenes, much more so than Raleigh.
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Old 11-09-2010, 08:52 PM
 
Location: Wilton, IA
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That's what I was thinkin'. The only thing that concerns me about TN is, and this is just an assumption, but wouldn't TN be predominately a country music scene? I have no idea, I'm just assuming. Playing gigs and people enjoying it would be nice, don't think we'd fit in very well with the country scene haha. Austin is my #1 pick so far but their music scene is so big that there's a lot of little fish swimming in a very big pond. What about Memphis?
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Old 11-09-2010, 09:05 PM
 
Location: metro ATL
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Nashville is known for country music, but a lot of people don't know that its music industry goes well beyond country. Memphis has an active music scene as well. As a city, it's grittier than both Nashville and Austin, but I think you should check it out while you're in Tennessee also.
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Old 11-09-2010, 09:05 PM
 
Location: Austin,Tx
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Yeah I would check out Austin great live music scene plus South By Southwest is here plus plenty of outdoor activities with parks and greenbelts and the area lakes

SXSW.com

City of Austin - Parks and Recreation Department: Greenbelts

Highland Lakes Visitors Guide


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NOABhN4hj3I
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Old 11-09-2010, 09:06 PM
 
Location: Wilton, IA
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What do you mean by grittier?
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Old 11-09-2010, 09:20 PM
 
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If a smaller city would work, take a look at Athens, GA. It has a reputation for a good music scene, and, being a college town, it's going to have a young and lively feel.
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Old 11-09-2010, 10:04 PM
 
Location: Austin,Tx
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Here's a few more Austin Videos


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lwN-qJZC_Zg


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BpXDa...eature=related


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t6Wi_ptZ35A


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cmFcubU_5Bs


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UZqaf...eature=related
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Old 11-10-2010, 06:07 AM
 
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Check out the entertainment section of metropulse.com for an idea of the music scene in Knoxville.
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Old 11-10-2010, 07:17 AM
 
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Without a doubt...Chapel Hill/Carrboro NC. Very non-small fish in big pond-like. Much easier to establish an identity and not get lost in the crowd. Affordable cost of living and good job opportunities in the Raleigh-Durham metro area. It's a young and fun college town (UNC) with a liberal demographic.

Chapel Hill/Carrboro Nightlife: Bars, Music Clubs and Cafes
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