Area Codes

Area Codes: 515 – Des Moines, IA

By Corban Goble / May 8, 2012
Des Moines, Iowa is ostensibly one of those cities caught in the long shadow of another, in this case, Chicago, to the extent that a lot of people in Iowa are devout Cubs fans. But, thanks to a lot of grassroots things going on in Des Moines, that's changing rather rapidly for a city of… More »


Area Codes: 907 – Anchorage, AK

By Corban Goble / March 13, 2012
Though Anchorage's music scene shares some similarities with other local ecosystems we've featured, the thing that makes the biggest city in Alaska stand out is its isolation, to the extent that all of the other states are referred to as the capital O Outside. Like Boise, it has a youth scene that crave… More »


Area Codes: 352 – Gainesville, FL

By Corban Goble / February 10, 2012
Like a lot of the previously featured towns in the Area Codes series, Gainesville, FL has a rich history as a music scene, going back to the '70s when some guy named Tom Petty ran ramshod in town. In the '90s, No Idea Records, and its associated bands, became a major magnet for… More »


Area Codes: 303 – Denver, CO

By Corban Goble / January 26, 2012
Of all the Area Codes we've done so far, Denver is the biggest city, so it's probably not a surprise that it has one of the richer histories of anything in the series. Before the jam band craze of the early-to-mid '90s, Denver was long established as a friendly, scenic city conducive to folk… More »


Area Codes: 256 – Huntsville, AL

By Corban Goble / January 12, 2012
Like any great music scene, Huntsville has been percolating for some time now. Through acts like PRGz and the production duo Block Beataz, Huntsville became a pin on the rap landscape with its stylistically Southern, but immensely colorful, music. Eventually, Huntsville bristled toward "breakout" status on the backs of groups like G-Side, whose last two… More »


Area Codes: 802 – Burlington, VT

By Corban Goble / December 2, 2011
Given that everyone in Vermont has the same area code -- the state's population is only 600,000, after all -- I could have easily copped out of spotlighting a single city in Vermont; the small state's fraught with interesting, tight-knit scenes like Brattleboro's punk nucleus and Bennington's folksier inclinations (shouts Mountain Man). But, Burlington,… More »


Area Codes: 916 – Sacramento, CA

By Corban Goble / November 11, 2011
A prominent narrative going into CMJ this year was the surge in the popularity of hardcore music, and at the forefront of that discussion was Sacramento's Trash Talk. Though Trash Talk have been together, and been very good, for a number of years, they pretty much stacked paper at CMJ, from a press clip standpoint. More »


Area Codes: 662 – Oxford, MS

By Corban Goble / October 27, 2011
When I think about the most "American" artists -- whatever that means -- my consideration often gravitates toward authors like William Faulkner, whose emotional prose shaded a number of complex feelings in all of their bluntness, and photographers like William Eggleston, whose photography truly captured the decay of traditionalism and the prevalence of Southern melancholy. More »


Area Codes: 208 – Boise, ID

By Corban Goble / October 13, 2011
Today, we're introducing a new series called Area Codes, and the focus of this biweekly feature is local music scenes across the United States and the globe. In a music landscape where musicmaking has been largely democratized and the notion of a regional sound is an outdated concern, local music scenes seem to still be… More »