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From blues and jazz to Katy Perry-style mega pop, America’s music scene is off the charts. And all over the country, entire swaths of the states are extremely loyal to their own favorite genres, according to this interactive map by Movoto. Which begs the question: What cities are the best for each kind of music? Here’s where to go to sample the best music genres and scenes around, on the cheap.

Get ready to rock in New York City

New Yorkers are as dedicated to music as they are to their pizza and bagels. And the city that shaped The Velvet Underground, KISS and The Talking Heads—and who propelled CBGB into a pop-culture icon—just wants to rock, whether it’s a cheap underground show or a packed stadium. But it doesn’t get much more quintessentially New York as Billy Joel, who’s filling the equally iconic Madison Square Garden on the regular. With tickets starting at $93 for his January 7 show, there’s no excuse notto see him play your favorites like “Still Rock and Roll to Me,” “Movin’ Out,” and of course, “New York State of Mind.”

Dance to some EDM in San Francisco

Maybe it’s all the tech start-ups, but there’s just something about the Bay Area that makes people want to get down with some dirty bass. Cheap EDM shows are always within earshot—you can actually hear glitchy drums and layered strings pulsing down the steep San Francisco streets. If you need a little guidance on where to go, there’s a cheap Sound Tribe Sector 9 show on January 29, with tickets starting at $62. You’ll be treated to a trippy laser show and one of the genre’s top artists for your efforts.

Two-step, folk-style, in Las Vegas

You might expect mega-concerts to be Sin City’s biggest draw, but nothing gets the locals going quite like the twangy guitars and grassroots lyrics quite like folk music. And despite being surrounded by casinos and expensive hotels, there are plenty of cheap folk shows on the neon strip, including big names like Willie Nelson. Score some tickets to see him play January 8 amid all that glitz for as little as $62. Or, if your tastes run a little more country, see Reba, Brooks & Dunn for only $75.

Get back to your indie-rock roots in Austin

Austin, Texas, is the last bastion of excellent American music before you hit the southern border. There are cheap shows (and seriously cool venues) everywhere, and Austinites go crazy for the city’s vibrant punk and indie-rock scene. Catch The 1975 on May 5 for as low as $51. They’ll be rocking out in the Lone Star State for one night only.

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