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In Scene Report, musicians from all over the globe fill us in on what’s going on sonically in their hometowns. This week Youth Pictures Of Florence Henderson gives the scoop on Oslo, Norway.

Apparently our country’s paved capital has one of the highest densities of concerts and other musical experiences in all of Europe (you can almost smell it). This constant flow of music seems to spark something in people, and new bands and artists keep popping up each day. Since cultural experiences get subsidized by the government, small independent bands have a better shot at getting up from the basement and out in front of people. Most foreign people associate the Oslo scene with black metal (and shoegaze—we have a TON of shoegaze-inspired bands here), but a lot more is going on that might not get outside attention. The “indie” music scene in Oslo is constantly growing and birthing bands that are more and more ambitious and with higher hopes of reaching beyond basements and smelly rehearsal spaces.

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