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The music lover's guide to...

The best venues and events in Austin, Nashville, New Orleans, and Portland

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The live-music capital of the world

Waterloo Records
The famed store has a huge collection of vinyl and hosts regular performances. (waterloorecords.com)

The classic blues and rock club will be featuring artists like the Nappy Roots and Justin Townes Earle in the next few weeks. (antones.net)

Stubb’s Bar-B-Q
The legendary restaurant doubles as a music venue with upcoming acts like the Fray and Snow Patrol. (stubbsaustin.com)

Alamo Drafthouse
Watch music-themed films on Music Mondays at this outpost of the beloved movie-theater/restaurant chain. (drafthouse.com)

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Austin City Limits Music Festival
Oct. 12-14
ACL is the laid-back counterpart to the frenetic SXSW. This year’s festival lineup is still TBD, but last year Kanye West, Coldplay, and Arcade Fire all graced the stages. (aclfestival.com)

La Zona Rosa
The no-frills bar and venue features everything from Latin music to rock, including performances soon from Say Anything and Heartless Bastards. (lazonarosa.com)

Collings Guitars
Guitarists as varied as Keith Richards, Emmylou Harris, and Lou Reed have all used a Collings. See where the magic gets made on one of the Friday factory tours. (collingsguitars.com)

Country music’s hometown

Ryman Auditorium
The former home of the Grand Ole Opry continues to offer top-notch performances. (ryman.com)

Ernest Tubb Record Shop
Opened 64 years ago, this main store remains a holy grail for hard-to-find country gems. (etrecordshop.com)

Tootsies Orchid Lounge
Nashville’s most famous honky-tonk bar is a ridiculously fun night out. (tootsies.net)

Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum
No trip is complete without a stop at this renowned house of history and memorabilia. (countrymusichall offame.org)

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CMA Music Festival
June 7-10
Country’s biggest names come out each year for the ultimate fan experience. This year’s lineup includes Faith Hill, Lady Antebellum, and Blake Shelton. (cmafest.com)

The Bluebird Cafe
Dozens of famous singer-songwriters got their start at this music club, including a young Taylor Swift. (bluebirdcafe.com)

Grand Ole Opry
The hallowed hall still hosts the long-running stage show and live radio program that nurtured so many country stars, like Hank Williams, Patsy Cline, and Dolly Parton. A can’t-miss destination for any music fan. (opry.com)

New Orleans
The birthplace of jazz

Preservation Hall
Enjoy some traditional New Orleans-style jazz at this historic French Quarter venue. (preservationhall.com)

New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park
Start your trip through music history — including walking tours and exhibits — with a stop at the visitor center. (nps.gov/jazz)

Snug Harbor
Legendary pianist Ellis Marsalis plays most Friday nights at this landmark club. (snugjazz.com)

Euclid Records
This mellow shop offers up a serious collection of vinyl and CDs. (euclidnola.com)

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New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival
April 27-29, May 3-6
The 2012 lineup of the sprawling festival, a.k.a. Jazzfest, includes Bruce Springsteen, the Foo Fighters, and Cee Lo Green. (nojazzfest.com)

Essence Music Festival
July 6-8
Aretha Franklin is headlining this jamfest along with R&B powerhouses Mary J. Blige and Fantasia. (essence.com)

Tipitina’s Uptown
The original rollicking watering hole features NOLA faves like the Rebirth Brass Band and Dr. John. (tipitinas.com)

An indie-rock paradise

Tiger Bar
Thursdays bring Karaoke From Hell, a karaoke band that lets you live out your rock-god dreams. (Also at Dante’s on Mondays; karaokefromhell.com)

Crystal Ballroom
Opened in 1914, the gorgeous venue still boasts a steady slate. Local band Wild Flag will be there on May 4. (mcmenamins.com)

The raucous restaurant/dance club/music venue in the Industrial District also houses a quieter bar downstairs. (rotture.com)

Roseland Theater
Acts like fun. and Ingrid Michaelson will soon hit the stage at this acoustically renowned music hall. (roselandpdx.com)

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McMenamins Edgefield Summer Concerts
June 17-Sept. 30
Concerts on the lawn at this resort are a summer staple. Among this year’s acts: Florence + the Machine and Foster the People. (edgefieldconcerts.com)

Music Millennium
The oldest record store in the Pacific Northwest, the 43-year-old landmark still hosts in-store performances. (musicmillennium.com)

Doug Fir Lounge
A swank ’50s modernist restaurant upstairs, it has a downstairs lounge that earns attention for its live-show lineup, which includes upcoming performers School of Seven Bells and Xiu Xiu. (dougfirlounge.com)