Of course, there are many locales that produce fine music. The small group that I have mentioned here are just notable starting places. As an interesting poll-like experiment, I'd be interested in discovering which location that you turn to for your idea of good music!
Cults is a buzz band getting lots of attention as they gear up for the US release of their debut on Columbia Records. The album, a winning combination of '60s-like girl bands and a wall of sound that would make Phil Spector forget he has a life sentence, is quite a bit of fun to listen to.