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6. Cactus Music

While Cactus Music is not actually a venue (it's a record store), no other place has a better pulse on Houston's best up-and-coming bands. They are always the first store to receive new, big-name releases, and are always open to stocking music from local bands. Located across the street from one of Houston's best music stores (Rockin’ Robin), Cactus is a revolving door of Houston musicians and tastemakers.

They frequently host in-store performances for bands hoping to promote new material — and those local music displays sometimes even dwarf larger releases.

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