With two EPs – Storm After the Calm and Welcome to the Fall – and a celebrated self-titled debut album under their belt, Jubala’s blend of progressive and alternative rock has given the quintet perhaps one of the most favored voices of recent USC times, with the band quickly becoming a campus favorite. Far more than a novelty USC act, Jubala has risen to a level not commonly seen by other campus bands; working with Grammy Award-winning producer John Wooler surely puts them ahead of most other Trojan-rock-stars-in-the-making.

Now as USC grads, minus current journalism student Derek Staahl, the men of Jubala are closer to reaching their rock god dreams than ever before. From packing USC’s Ground Zero to gracing the stage of several world famous venues in Hollywood, Jubala has racked countless live shows to perfect their energetic stage presence. Together, they have put together a guide of their top favorite music venues in the USC area as told through the eyes and ears of fellow music-loving Trojans.

Zack Singh – Bass: 5) Henry Fonda Theater is conveniently located just off the 101 [6126 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood], making it prime real estate for a date night or an over-the-top evening. Our favorite perk, other than the crisp acoustics and in-your-face lighting system, is the upstairs patio bar. It’s an ideal spot for gettin’ tipsy while overlooking Hollywood’s finest.

Trevor Steer – Keys: 4) For those looking for a fun night out without the pretense of a Hollywood club, the Echo [1822 W. Sunset Blvd., Echo Park] is a great option. Rarely too loud or overcrowded, this intimate venue hosts DJs and electro-tinged indie bands alike. Dance amid a sea of shutter-shaded faces or, if your jeans are too tight, grab a drink and lounge in their huge back patio. Huge bonus points awarded for their cheap (and often free) cover and plentiful free parking lot just around the block.

Derek Staahl – Drums: 3) With its blackened wood and chipped, burnt-orange exterior, the Baked Potato [3787 Cahuenga Blvd., Studio City] looks long forgotten. But peer inside and you’ll realize this hole-in-the-wall is one of the oldest and most beloved bastions of jazz-fusion music. (Think exciting jam-rock with circus-quality feats of musicianship, not the stuff in your grandparents’ record player.) It’s almost always packed and you’re never more than about three strides from the stage. It’s a tremendous sounding room and has been home to dozens of notable live albums. So clap loudly and often; you just might hear yourself on the next Live at the Baked Potato CD. Oh, and they also serve 20 different kinds of baked potatoes.

Chris Lopez – Guitar: 2) USC’s best kept secret, Ground Zero Performance Café [615 Child’s Way, Los Angeles], is intimate yet spacious, offering an array lounge and floor space and a coffee bar serving up delicious shakes to maintain your sugar high. It boasts better sound and audio equipment than the majority of the venues in Los Angeles (think of it like IMAX vs. University Village), and the best part is admission is always free. Acts range from student comedy troupes to larger ones such as emo-sensation Augustana, who packed the place a few years ago. For me, Ground Zero still feels like home field. Some of my best memories from playing and watching shows are from that place.

Sam Saletta – Vocals: 1) When you slip in to the Hotel Café [1623 1/2 N. Cahuenga Blvd., Hollywood], you wouldn’t suspect that you’re entering a world-class acoustic venue, but when you settle in and start to listen, you’ll see why. Come in to see the headliners – usually local legends like the Rescues and Meiko – but be sure to stick around for the acts you’ve never heard of. “Bill Buchanan” might actually be John Mayer playing a secret show.

Jubala will perform June 29 at Howl at the Moon at Universal CityWalk. For more information, visit jubala.com and www.myspace.com/jubalamusic.