Where are the best places to hear live music in Austin?

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Hayley Bosch

It isn't hard to find a great place to hear live music in Austin. As the self-proclaimed "Live Music Capital of the World," Austin offers everything from festivals overflowing with well-known bands to dueling piano bars — all within a few miles of each other.

Thanks to Austin’s plethora of outdoor space, numerous music festivals call this laid-back city home. In the fall, don’t miss the amazing performances at the three-day Austin City Limits music festival. With headliners such as Stevie Wonder, Kanye West and Coldplay, it’s no wonder the tickets sell out so quickly. Not only can you dance in the great outdoors to live music from the biggest names in the industry, but you also get to discover new bands that are getting their start at ACL. If you can’t make it to this one, catch the big music and film festival in the spring: South by Southwest. Jam to the tunes of bands you likely haven’t heard of — that is, unless you are into the indie music scene. SXSW also showcases film and interactive festivals.

If you can't plan your trip around the two big music festivals, you still can get your fill of live music. In Austin, you can find live music pretty much every night, no matter where your ears take you. Venture to West Fifth Street for the likes of Antones, which was once a blues club on Sixth Street, but now features everyone from Eric Clapton to Bono and the Edge of U2. Or mosey on down Sixth Street until you hear something that your heart desires. Try Dizzy Rooster on East Sixth Street or Momo’s on West Sixth.

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