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

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I know Dawson, we're hurt too.
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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"We just held a showcase detailing some of the best artists in the country,"


Say what?


Another useless list, since the concentration of musicians says nothing of their talent. If there were a way to objectively quantify the ratio of TALENTED musicians to musicians in general, Houston would probably leapfrog most cities on the list.


This is a man who wrote a book entitled "The Rise of the Creative Class" and loves web 2.0. I think that says everything we need to know about him.


 @H_e_x I was in Memphis when I read a blurb about that book. Memphis was dead last on the list of cities he ranked. I remember thinking that I'd rather be in Memphis that a good number of the cities that beat it out. The criteria were sort of silly, and completely discount a ton of elements that add character to a city.


This has been your cool story of the day, bro.


 @Wyatt Indeed it does leave a lot out, and whitewashes any negative externalities. If people like him had his way (and they do in some places), every city would turn into an Austin or Portland. That might be good for some people, but what it ultimately means is that every city turns into the same, generic "hip" places without any real heart and soul. God only knows the heart and soul have been sucked out of Austin.


 @BrandonCaldwell Makes you wonder if he gets kickbacks from NewsCorp, because I don't know a single person who looks to myspace for anything, music related or otherwise

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