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November 27, 2009 8:25 AM   Subscribe

What are the good independent music/arts/entertainment/hipster websites in your city?

Is there a site in your large- to medium-sized city that fits these criteria:
* not affiliated with a print version (Onion, city paper, etc)
* not affiliated with a network in other cities of some kind like Gothamist or Yahoo
* not in NYC or Los Angeles for various complex reasons
* are totally awesome

and that you might turn to for most of the things listed below:

1. music and concert reviews
2. entertainment calender and preview of events
3. movie, tv, food or theater reviews
4. obnoxiously fashionable photographs of shows, dance-parties and events
5. other quirky articles about local goings-on
6. discussion of other current topics on the web or in the world of pop culture

I'm asking because I work for one like this in DC and want to find out if we're all alone or if there are sister sites out there in places like Minneapolis, etc, with which we can communicate. So if you've heard of one but never used it I'd appreciate the tip even if yr not sure of its quality. I have read this thread, but there aren't many choices in there which fit the criteria.

Thank you.
posted by Potomac Avenue to Media & Arts (24 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
I've pimped it here before, but I'm a fan of Jayceland for Rochester NY. One independent guy who just aggregates local entertainment options for the next week in one lo-fi page. Simplicity at its finest.
posted by knile at 9:08 AM on November 27, 2009

Seattle: Three Imaginary Girls.
posted by * at 9:19 AM on November 27, 2009

Maybe Fan-Belt for Milwaukee.
posted by drezdn at 9:25 AM on November 27, 2009

Philly has Philebrity.
posted by ludwig_van at 9:37 AM on November 27, 2009

Thrifty Hipster in the Twin Cities, great for looking up bars and their happy hours, plus reviews.

Also L'Etoile is a neat local blog. Its focus is somewhat on fashion, but it has postings on a decent variety of events in the area.
posted by deinemutti at 9:46 AM on November 27, 2009

Lots of Noise
posted by citron at 9:54 AM on November 27, 2009

Calgary Is Awesome
posted by RGD at 10:03 AM on November 27, 2009

Apartment613 for Ottawa
posted by KathyK at 10:40 AM on November 27, 2009

In Providence, RI, we've got LOTSOFNOISE. I haven't checked it out in a while, though.
posted by The Great Big Mulp at 11:02 AM on November 27, 2009

Minneapolis also has Secrets of the City, which used to be associated with a independent print paper called The Rake that went out of business a year or two ago.
posted by JannaK at 11:26 AM on November 27, 2009

(Drat. I've just noticed that citron already mentioned Lots of Noise. Sorry.)
posted by The Great Big Mulp at 11:50 AM on November 27, 2009

Not my city, but Hilly Town in Portland, ME is pretty great.
posted by youcancallmeal at 12:38 PM on November 27, 2009

RGD, those "is awesome" sites are part of a network: see Canada is Awesome.

But, definitely great sites nonetheless!
posted by Pomo at 1:22 PM on November 27, 2009

Seattle: captothehill
posted by kthxbi at 2:06 PM on November 27, 2009

Dublin, Ireland: thumped.com

Not so much with the fashionable photographs, but between listings and the forums, it's kind of got everything for independent music and then some.
posted by carbide at 2:46 PM on November 27, 2009

Perfectduluthday - Duluth MN
posted by edgeways at 3:21 PM on November 27, 2009

Chicago: Gapers Block
posted by sabira at 5:19 PM on November 27, 2009

posted by Beardman at 6:05 PM on November 27, 2009

Eat This City in Detroit

The Post-Rockist in St. Louis
posted by PhatLobley at 6:12 PM on November 27, 2009

posted by chocolatepeanutbuttercup at 6:13 AM on November 28, 2009

dc has Brightest Young Things
posted by stratastar at 4:15 PM on November 28, 2009

...erm, which you probably already know about, but may be good for other readers and completeness as well...
posted by stratastar at 4:18 PM on November 28, 2009

Response by poster: lol yeah stratastar ive heard of it! :D

thanks everyone,

these are all best answers in my opinion
posted by Potomac Avenue at 10:23 PM on November 28, 2009

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