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Can City Hall Make a Music Scene?

Behind all those happening new bands, there might be some hard science.
Where do these guys come from?
Where do these guys come from? Damir Sagolj/Reuters

In hindsight, the recipe always seems easy.

Take, for example, one comparatively affordable city—someplace sleepy and isolated enough to do its own thing. Add rain and second-hand flannel. Stir together some hangry young musicians and a pair of shrewd fans-turned-record-label-bosses. Garnish with distinctive black-and-white photography full of flying sweaty hair.