Houston's Top 10 Unsung Music Venues

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This Clear Lake alt-rock mecca may not be the average indie-loving inner-looper's cup of tea, but it's hard to imagine anyone at Scout Bar loses a lot of sleep about it. The walls are festooned with autographed guitars and tattoo-heavy promo photos, the sound system could turn one of those Saturn rockets over at NASA on its side, and the service is friendly and fast. Scout Bar takes both rock and roll and its customers seriously. 18307 Egret Bay Blvd., www.scoutbar.com.

Already legendary in local-music circles from its days as the beloved Helios, AvantGarden is an appropriately eclectic venue for one of the country's most comopolitan cities (and neighborhoods). Right now live music is restricted to Mondays -- with the avant-garde Free Radicals and even more avant Nameless Sound players -- and most Fridays, usually some sort of jazz-rootsy group like the Beans or Kelly Doyle Trio. Other times it could be hosting belly dance, comedy, a sketching class or good old-fashioned socializing, which ought to give you some idea of what a crossroads of bohemian ideas AvantGarden really is. 411 Westheimer, www.avantgardenhouston.com.

It's a little difficult to find out what's going on at the White Swan at any given moment -- they never call, they never write, but both the owners and bands who play there update the Swan's Facebook page often enough that it seems like things are going OK. Now the preserve of intimitading metalcore bands like Slut Puppie and Smells Like Someone Died, the decades-old venue near the Houston Ship Channel's Turning Basin could well outlast the cockroaches. 4419 Navigation Blvd., that Facebook page.

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Super Happy Fun Land

3801 Polk, Houston, TX

Category: Music

Last Concert Cafe

1403 Nance St., Houston, TX

Category: Music

Dan Electro's Guitar Bar

1031 E. 24th, Houston, TX

Category: Music

D&W Lounge

911 Milby, Houston, TX

Category: Music

White Swan

4419 Navigation Blvd., Houston, TX

Category: Music


411 Westheimer, Houston, TX

Category: Music

Scout Bar

18307 Egret Bay Blvd., Houston, TX

Category: Music


2010 Waugh, Houston, TX

Category: Music

Anderson Fair Retail Restaurant

2007 Grant, Houston, TX

Category: Music

Walters Downtown

1120 Naylor, Houston, TX

Category: Music

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