Hey, look! Another exercise in presumptive list-making! This edition comes from your rock godfathers at Rolling Stone, who have just declared San Francisco's Great American Music Hall the No. 6 club in America.
Great American Music Hall, you will recall, is the stunning former bordello at 859 O'Farrell St. with the ornate balconies, the long, narrowish wood floor, and the excellent sound. The club hosts both headlining sets from rising local bands, pricey fundraisers played by the likes of Elvis Costello and Nick Lowe, an lots of artists in between. (Including, to name a few, Animal Collective, Jeff Tweedy, and Jonathan Richman.)
Which is why we say: this gorgeous venue is only the sixth best in the contry? Nos. 1 and 2 on this list are represented by the Bowery Ballroom in NYC and the Troubadour in L.A., respectively, with Maxwell's (New Jersey), The Fox Theater in Boulder, Colo., and Schubas Tavern in Chicago filling out the top five.
Granted, complaining about lists like this is basically the point of them -- and we're happy to see S.F. represented -- but does this ranking make sense to anyone who's been to all those venues?
This top 20 is apparently the first of four installments in which Rolling Stone will tell us about great music venues -- which is possibly why no other S.F. clubs are represented. Take note, editors: we expect to see the Fillmore on a Best [Venues] in America List, pronto. And maybe the Independent, too. And, hell, find a way to give props to Bottom of the Hill while you're at it.