Somewhere between the truly DIY music spaces in the city (backyards, garages) and the mighty Cain’s Ballroom, there lies the legendary Tulsa dive bar/music venue. Mercury Lounge. Soundpony. Colony. If you want a feel for the true grit of the city, get to know these spots. They may not look like much from the street, but walk inside on a Monday night and see if you don’t hear some of the most raw, real, thrilling music in the region, often from bands that are on their way to blowing up. Add Whittier Bar to that list.