As a graduate student with an interest in popular music studies, I’m certainly not going to tell you to take more courses that “prepare you for life” or “land you a job.” As a matter of fact, I’m more than happy to point you towards the sort of classes & programs that will make it impossible for you to be employed anywhere but in the world of academia.
Micah Vandegrift teaches “Underground Music in America, 1980-Present” at Florida State University, and he’s organized a panel on the state’s various underground scenes. It takes place Friday and features Reversal of Man’s Matt Coplon and Jake Brown, a founding member of 238. Looking at the low-res flyer (click the thumbnail for a bigger version), the event appears to be an engaging discussion of Florida’s punk subcultures, and how particular youth communities relate to their locales, that seems rooted (to me, at least) in the ethnography field with a dash of British Cultural Studies. If you happen to attend this, let us know how it went, but if the discussion turns out to be a bunch of fat dudes in cargo shorts arguing about Hot Water Music, get away as fast as possible.
Florida Underground Music Scene Symposium [Tallahasseeshows.org]