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Since you pretty much never go anywhere anymore without headphones blasting music into your ear holes, a city's music scene ranks pretty close to its restaurants and bars in terms of cultural goings-on.
Speaking of Skrillex, Asheville's also the home of Moogfest: a biennial celebration of the inventor of the Moog synthesizer and patron saint of electronic music, Bob Moog, who lived right here in town.As one of the greatest college towns in the nation, it should come as no surprise that Athens also packs one of the strongest music scenes in the nation, pound-for-pound.Is it numerically overmatched by the country's larger cities?Sure, but with iconic venues like the 40 Watt Club and Georgia Theater, and legendary bands like REM, the B-52s, and Widespread Panic calling this place home, Athens definitely punches above its weight class (more boxing metaphors, please! And that's not even counting those affable weirdos in The Elephant 6 Recording Company, a local Athens musical collective that includes indie bands like Neutral Milk Hotel and The Apples in stereo, groups you've been told you should listen to but probably still don't entirely "get." Music City's synonymous with the "Nashville sound" developed by musical luminaries like Chet Atkins and Owen Bradley, and while much of it's obviously still dominated by artists like Blake Shelton and institutions like the Grand Ole Opry, there's more to Nashville's music scene than strictly country.This town's home to acts like The Black Keys, Paramore, Kings of Leon, and Jack White, with the latter opening Third Man Records: a combination record label/music store/venue that hosts live shows in its Blue Room performance space.