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San Diego 13th in Nation for Musicians and Music Industry

Digital magazine TheAtlanticCities.com published a study today ranking the leading urban centers for musicians and music industry in cities of over one million people.

By analyzing Bureau of Labor Statistics figures on the concentration of musicians and U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis statistics, Charlotta Mellander of the Martin Prosperity Institute combined the results into a Metro Music Index.

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“It is important to point out that we are measuring the concentration of musicians and music-related businesses, not the vibrancy or impact or quality of artists to emerge from a regional scene,” notes the report.

Perhaps not surprisingly, the top 5 cities by this measure are Nashville, New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Seattle.

San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos comes in just after music mecca Austin-Round Rock at number 13 with a Metro Music Index of 0.66 (whatever that means).

Not bad, when you find that former havens Detroit, Memphis, and Philly rank 37th, 35th and 45th among large metros — “a sign of how much the music scenes there have shifted to other centers.”

“Numerous U.S. cities have staked claims as leading music centers,” the article continues. “Seattle had its grunge, Chicago has electric blues, and Nashville its twang. Detroit was the birthplace of both Motown and the hard-edge distorted indie rock of The White Stripes. Austin has Stevie Ray Vaughn, Willie Nelson, and a host of legendary singer-songwriters. Then there's of course New Orleans jazz, brass, and funk; San Francisco’s psychedelic sound; and the reverb-soaked rockabilly that is inextricably associated with Memphis’s Sun Records.”

Among other names, San Diego has put itself on the national radar over the years with punk and hardcore acts such as Battalion of Saints and Unbroken, Gravity Records screamo innovators such as Heroin, Mohinder, Angel Hair, and Portraits of Past, post-hardcore staples Drive Like Jehu (and later Hot Snakes and Rocket from the Crypt), weirdcore insects The Locust and associated grindcore outfit Cattle Decapitation, Ocean Beach reggae guys Slightly Stoopid, pop punkers Blink 182, and more recently, lo-fi surf punk band Wavves.

What bands do you think best represent San Diego currently?

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Digital magazine TheAtlanticCities.com published a study today ranking the leading urban centers for musicians and music industry in cities of over one million people.

By analyzing Bureau of Labor Statistics figures on the concentration of musicians and U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis statistics, Charlotta Mellander of the Martin Prosperity Institute combined the results into a Metro Music Index.

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“It is important to point out that we are measuring the concentration of musicians and music-related businesses, not the vibrancy or impact or quality of artists to emerge from a regional scene,” notes the report.

Perhaps not surprisingly, the top 5 cities by this measure are Nashville, New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Seattle.

San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos comes in just after music mecca Austin-Round Rock at number 13 with a Metro Music Index of 0.66 (whatever that means).

Not bad, when you find that former havens Detroit, Memphis, and Philly rank 37th, 35th and 45th among large metros — “a sign of how much the music scenes there have shifted to other centers.”

“Numerous U.S. cities have staked claims as leading music centers,” the article continues. “Seattle had its grunge, Chicago has electric blues, and Nashville its twang. Detroit was the birthplace of both Motown and the hard-edge distorted indie rock of The White Stripes. Austin has Stevie Ray Vaughn, Willie Nelson, and a host of legendary singer-songwriters. Then there's of course New Orleans jazz, brass, and funk; San Francisco’s psychedelic sound; and the reverb-soaked rockabilly that is inextricably associated with Memphis’s Sun Records.”

Among other names, San Diego has put itself on the national radar over the years with punk and hardcore acts such as Battalion of Saints and Unbroken, Gravity Records screamo innovators such as Heroin, Mohinder, Angel Hair, and Portraits of Past, post-hardcore staples Drive Like Jehu (and later Hot Snakes and Rocket from the Crypt), weirdcore insects The Locust and associated grindcore outfit Cattle Decapitation, Ocean Beach reggae guys Slightly Stoopid, pop punkers Blink 182, and more recently, lo-fi surf punk band Wavves.

What bands do you think best represent San Diego currently?

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