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Favorite Venues

Ranked from worst to best. Mostly NYC venues.
1Bowery Ballroom

Easily my favorite venue in NYC. It's small (>500 capacity) and intimate, no rails and hosts a wide range of bands. The little bar area outside the stage is cool to just chill before the show and talk with other music fans, or when the openers suck. Plus it's located literally right outside the subway exit. If a band is hitting more than one NYC venue, Bowery is always my first choice. Many many memorable shows have been seen here.
2Grand Ballroom

A sub venue within the famous Hammerstien Ballroom. Smaller, better acoustics and a huuuge stage makes for one sweet venue. It's a shame only bigger bands pass by here, but I would rather them hit this place than any arena. Only downside is the 7 story climb to get to the fucking stage.
3Irving Plaza

Probably not one of the best venues in NYC, but I've seen too many shows at this place to not make my top 3. Actually, this venue is pretty shitty. Just a mid sized bar and a stage, but again, too many shows to pass by.
4Brooklyn Pool

A music venue and a pool hall, win and win.
5Hammerstien Ballroom

Grand Ballroom's bigger brother. While the room is much bigger, and the sound isn't as good for whatever reason, the massive venue is cool for big shows. Not too many bands roll by here much anymore, but I can look back on a few great shows I've seen here.
6Any House Show

Well not any house show, but good house shows. Nothing like seeing a DIY band set up in some random dude's kitchen.
7Terminal 5

Terminal 5 gets a pretty bad wrap. A lot of people claim it has shitty sound, bad line of sight and way too strict security, but personally I haven't experienced anything wrong with Terminal 5. Sure it's not the best venue (it's a converted night club with 4 floors,) but it's more than capable for mid sized bands. My favorite concert, Battles/!!!/Flying Lotus/Pivot was held here and it was a complete blast. Not my first choice of venue, but certainly not my last.
8That Chruch in PA

I forget the name of the place, but it's a fucking church and they hold concerts in the basement. It's hot as fuck, but I can't think of a better place to see metal bands.
9Roseland Ballroom

Your ReasonYour ReasonThis place used to be a piece of shit, but after some renovation (and still under construction,) the place is looking a lot nicer. The sound kinda sucks compared to other places, but it's not too big, not too small which makes it a pretty good venue.
10All Arenas

Arenas are the worst possible venue for a concert. It takes all the intimacy out of a show and leaves the band completely disconnected from the audience. My least favorite venue ever, PNC Bank Arts Center, might have skewed my view on arena shows, but I can attest every bar/club show I've ever been to have been better than any arena show I've been too (yeah, even my first Tool show.) It sucks when bands get so big that they only play arena shows, I would imagine some bands hate it as much as the fans. The prices are insane and the quality of the show is severely lacking to that of a club setting (in my opinion.) Grouped with arena shows would be Festivals. Fuck. That.
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