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Have Guitar, Will Sing Songs About Urban Planning

Melanie Hammet wants to turn obscure zoning ordinances into the universal language of song.

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Which Cities Are the Musical Trend Setters?

A new study ranks Atlanta, not New York or L.A., as the most influential on our musical tastes. 

Baud Valérie

The War on Bagpipes: Wiping a Single Instrument Off the Urban Map

The bagpipe is possibly the only musical instrument to have been labeled a tool of warfare.

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The Warehouse That Made It Cool to Be a Warehouse

How an old building's conversion into a nightclub changed Manchester.

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Where the Heavy Metal Bands Are

Why do most heavy metal bands hail from Scandinavia and Northern Europe?

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This Week in Bans: Miniskirts Outlawed in Indonesian Cities

Also, Hong Kong bans pregnant "birth tourists" from the mainland; New York City's public schools try to avoid using test words like "dinosaur" and "Christmas"; and Britain bans... something.

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2012's Hottest Music Cities, According to SXSW

A statistical look at the leading indie rock scenes represented at this year's festival in Austin.

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This Week in Bans: Philly Outlaws Feeding the Homeless Outside

Plus, Los Tigres del Norte Rancho are banned in Mexico for singing about drugs; it's forbidden to sleep in your car in Santa Margarita; get those cars off of your front yards, Muskegon!

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The Secret to Memphis's Blues District Success

Lots of cities have tried to build thriving arts and entertainment districts, but few have anything like Beale Street. As he gets ready to retire, the developer who made it happen looks back.

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Why Would Anyone Want Their Bus Shelter To Be an Interactive Jukebox?

Commuters in Sydney can now bop to high-energy techno music while they wait for their bus, thanks to an unusual advertising campaign.

How Birmingham Became an Indie Rock Destination

The story of the Bottletree and how a single great music venue can make a huge difference to a city.

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This Week in Bans: 'Pornographic' Songs Outlawed in Indonesian Cities

Scandalous songs like "Sorry I Got You Pregnant" are banned from radio in Jakarta. Also, a British town restricts sidewalk solicitors; Fruita, Colo., drops its "WTF" tourist campaign; a New York city tells frackers to get drilled.

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How Cities Can Build a Cultural Identity

What cities can learn from New Orleans' music scene.

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The Where and Why of Coachella 2012

A look at where popular music's next superstars are likely to hail from based on the California festival's lineup

Reuters

State of the Day: Wisconsin

The state offers a lesson for how smaller cities and metros can still compete in the globalized marketplace

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The Geography of the Year in Music

The cities with the most singles on Pitchfork's 2011 "Best of" list

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A Record Store Where Nothing Is For Sale

A new installation in Seattle encourages users to rethink how they consume music