Certain cities have their own sounds. Put your ear to the street, and you’ll hear the unique rhythm radiating up from the sidewalk. You’ll also get gum in your hair, and you just might catch a gnarly disease. That’s because the best musical cities are a little gritty. They can be pretty, like LA, or filled with cheap beer and tasty Tex-Mex, like Austin, but on some level, they bring together divergent elements of society: the rich and the poor, the foxy and the ugly, the transient and the entrenched. It’s the intermingling of weirdos from all walks of life that makes for great music, and what follows are our picks for 10 essential songs for 10 essential American cities.
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