1. First Avenue
701 1st Av. N., Mpls. • www.first-avenue.com
The greatest rock club in America, from the sight lines to the sound system, from the staff to the stars on the wall. A part of music history.
2. Turf Club
1601 W. University Av., St. Paul • www.turfclub.net
Everybody’s heart has a little Turf Club inside. People go here to see a concert and end up meeting the person they will eventually marry. Pure magic.
3. Bryant-Lake Bowl Theater
810 W. Lake St., Mpls. • www.bryantlakebowl.com
An intense little space where music can be taken to such a profound level of intimate confession that it’s hard to believe a door to Lake Street is just behind the black velvet curtain.
4. Triple Rock Social Club
629 Cedar Av. S., Mpls. • www.triplerocksocialclub.com
A place where the rappers and the punks don’t fight with each other — instead they create dance inventions of raw power.
2528 Nicollet Av. S., Mpls. • www.icehousempls.com
Watch some of our most talented jazz and experimental musicians play “out,” sip one of Johnny Michaels’ craft cocktails and hit on your friend’s mom or dad (or both) — all on a Sunday night.
6. Memory Lanes
2520 26th Av. S., Mpls. • www.memorylanesmpls.com
Who doesn’t love a bowling alley where punk rock bands play on the lanes? Get your punk on. Get your bowl on.
7. Cedar Cultural Center
416 Cedar Av. S., Mpls. • www.thecedar.org
This West Bank treasure is a historic nonprofit that hosts brainiac talent like Bill Frisell, Why? and Jandek.
8. Varsity Theater
1308 SE. 4th St., Mpls. • www.varsitytheater.org
The spirit of visionary Jason McLean’s elegant old vaudeville house is gourmet down to the brickwork. The ceiling is solid, too — I’ve been suspended upside down from it on more than one occasion.
9. Lee’s Liquor Lounge
101 Glenwood Av., Mpls. • www.leesliquorlounge.com
A museum piece in vintage country, where dancing to rockabilly all night just might bring on nostalgic tears ... ’cause you’re damn proud to be an American! #merica