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Favorite American Music Scenes?

What does everyone think are the best United States music cultures? and why? I've listed 3 that I really enjoy.

Georgia Sludge - Although its a pretty small number of bands that make up this movement (bands like Mastodon, Baroness, and Kylesa leading the charge), the metal coming out of this part of the country is unique in the way of presenting dirty, muddy riffs to the public. Often with progressive tendencies, these bands have helped make Sludge Metal (and offshoots like Post-Metal which is basically prog-sludge) a bigger presence in modern music.
2Stevie Ray Vaughan
Soul To Soul

Austin, TX - Just a great big melting pot for music of all types. Not only do many great bands with varied styles still come out of the Austin area (such as This Will Destroy You, The Sword, and Explosions in the Sky), but Austin serves as a home that fosters and has fostered many superb acts (Stevie Ray Vaughan, Janis Joplin). The thriving festival scene also creates a perfect environment for outside groups to get a start and gain recognition with events such as SXSW, Austin City Limits, and Fun Fun Fun Fest. Austin is city that along with its own music scene, offers a home for others to prosper in.
Master of Puppets

Bay Area Metal - It all started with 80's thrash boasting acts like Metallica, Exodus, and Testament. But turned into a place where forward thinking heavy-metallers could thrive. Bands like Melvins, Neurosis, Sleep, and Machine Head now shape the way Americans play metal, just as their Thrash fore-fathers. As long as The Bay is swallowed by the sea, we can expect great metal to emerge from within.
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