Practically came out of hiding to further this. In Santa Cruz, CA, there's a place called the Catalyst club. Looking at their schedule for the month, picking out bands that sound cool, and checking them out on Spotify has become a little weekend thing I do regularly. You'd be amazed with how many great, relatively unknown bands there are playing in clubs like these. The local bands I've been able to see there (FIDLAR, The Frights, SWMRS) all put on kick-ass shows, and are at least for now untouched by all the bullshit commercialism that goes on in radio.
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