For promoters and musicians, the two crucial ingredients to cook up a memorable show are the bands on the bill and the spot it's taking place. Independent media outlet Mondo Nation works with a heavy emphasis on the second ingredient, throwing shows in unexpected places — warehouses, rooftops, art galleries. Founded by SA resident Ryan Brummet in 2012, the project started as a blog, though Brummet brought it from URL to DIY the next year by booking gigs outside the bar circuit. But unlike a good deal of DIY culture, hiding among the city's unlabeled buildings like art-loving guerrillas, Mondo Nation makes the scene accessible with a strong online presence and welcoming attitude. From punk and indie rock to thrash metal and electronic pop, the music does veer toward the heavy side, so don't say we didn't warn you. mondonation.net
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