5 Places I'd Rather Play Than Saturday Night Live

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Recently I returned to being an active musician, and that is peachy with a side of keen. Like most musicians, I'm a day dreamer who spends his bathtub time answering in-depth questions from imaginary hot, red-headed music journalists about the undeniable genius of my art. Also returning are the ever-present dream gig musings.

Since I was a kid, the dream gig was always Saturday Night Live. I can't even tell you how many great new artists I discovered on SNL, but in the last several years I've watched the show most weeks and seen only two, Adele and Beck, who really wowed me. The rest were quite forgettable.

Clearly, SNL isn't the place it once was when it comes to musical brilliance. This lead me to seek a new dream gig. Here's the top five places I'd rather get showcased than SNL.

05. The Daily Show/The Colbert Report

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Hands down some of the best out and out performances I've seen are from the Comedy Central news shows. Granted, they focus more on established artists than rising ones, but Colbert especially has an open mind and discerning taste musically. The evidence is in that video up there where he forces Vampire Weekend and Black Keys to square off over which band has been in more commercials.

04. Onion's A.V. Club

Every artist wants the accolades of the best music critics in the country. Being one, I can assure you it's not me. The Onion's A.V. Club is top-notch when it comes to album reviews.

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Don't know what surpises me more, that there's a music act on SNL, (that anyone would follow the soulful stylings of Ashley Simpson) or that SNL's still on the air. Good article.

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