The Coolest Underground Live Music Venues in the United States

  • 04 July 2018

America has time and again produced some of the best and the most celebrated musicians in the world. The country offers rich diversity of music and artists here are not afraid to experiment with vivid tunes to bring out some of the most mind-boggling music to our ears. From rock to hip-hop, blues, jazz, techno, house, and plethora of other music genres, you’ll have it all. Here’s a look at some of the coolest Underground Live Music Venues to have a surreal music experience.


The Casbah has a very interesting story. Similar to so many promoters who ventured into being club owners, Tim Mays, the founder of Casbah, was simply seeking for a place to showcase good Rock music when he inaugurated The Casbah with his partner, Bob Bennett and Peter English in the 1989. Gradually, the Casbah became a cult destination for rock and roll of all forms and sizes, ranging alternative rock pioneers like Nirvana, Smashing Pumpkins, and Blink 18. Cut down to 26 years later, San Diego’s best rock and roll hub prevails to be everything what a rock temple could imagine to be. It also lays great emphasis on boosting the likes of local artists like Rocket from the Crypt and the Three Mile Pilot.
Having its 200-person capacity, you’ll find Posters of rock legends put up against the wall paying respects to the city’s nostalgic underground rock history. Also, the fake palm tree set up and perennial kaleidoscopic lights give it the look of a punk rock house. Rock fans can experience music six nights a week making the place an ultimate haven for Rock music round the year.



Spybar has been boasting its underground house, tech house and techno music for the last 20 years, laying heavy emphasis on local artists as well as an extravagant roster of international guest musicians. Situated literally underground in the Chicago’s River North neighborhood, Spybar was garnered in Rolling Stone‘s countdown of the best dance clubs in America. Splurging $1 million in a total makeover a few years back, Spybar has made itself an intimate River North party paradise which is popular than ever. Renowned world class DJs mix their beats here periodically, and amidst the famous Lollapalooza weekend in August, commercial electronic bands like M83 spin their music on to the club sets. The club exhibits Great vibe is basically the best place for techno music in Chicago.
The club, in the last year itself, showcases some of the biggest names of industry such as Richie Hawtin, Seth Troxler, Nic Fanciulli, drumcell, Dusky, Magda, Seth Troxler, Guti and Maya Jane Coles. Check out their website for the details of their upcoming events.


Warehouse Live

Warehouse Live was inaugurated in 2006 and is one of the best live rap/hip-hop entertainment venues situated in East Downtown, Houston, Texas. The place has since been a platform to several numbers of renowned rap and hip hop talents. Situated ear Minute Maid Park and BBVA Compass Stadium and behind the George R. Brown Convention Center, Warehouse Live dedicatedly manifests a vibrant atmosphere to witness rap and/or hip hop live events. Citysearch has awarded Houston's "Best Musical Venue" to Warehouse Live in 2008. The place has gained irrefutable reputation for providing a hygienic and a world class friendly bar service. Warehouse Live has a unique architecture. A vintage warehouse belonging to the 1920’s was renovated to what we call one of the best rap/hip-hip convention centers today. The place is vividly known for its LED chandeliers and there are three distinctive performance rooms which can each hold independent events. All these events, however, are standing-room-only since there is no seating available at the venue.


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