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Lizard Lounge

The underground Lizard Lounge doubles as a rock and jazz venue. The big drawcard is the Sunday-night poetry slam, featuring music by the jazzy Jeff Robinson Trio. Also popular are the Monday open-mike challenge and …
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Boston Symphony Orchestra

Flawless acoustics match the ambitious programs of the world-renowned Boston Symphony Orchestra. From September to April, the BSO performs in the beauteous Symphony Hall, featuring an ornamental high-relief ceiling …
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Red Room @ Café 939

Run by Berklee students, the Red Room @ 939 has emerged as one of Boston's least predictable and most enjoyable music venues. It has an excellent sound system and a baby grand piano; most importantly, it books inter…
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Wally’s Café

When Wally's opened in 1947, Barbadian immigrant Joseph Walcott became the first African American to own a nightclub in New England. Old-school, gritty and small, it still attracts a racially diverse crowd to hear j…
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Club Passim

Folk music in Boston seems to be endangered outside of Irish bars, but the legendary Club Passim does such a great job booking top-notch acts that it practically fills in the vacuum by itself. The colorful, intimate…
Live Music in Cambridge


Top-notch small venue to hear live music. The acoustics are excellent and the mezzanine level allows you to escape the crowds on the floor. The club attracts a good range of local and regional bands and DJs.
Live Music in Streetcar Suburbs

Midway Café

In addition to hosting a kick-ass dyke night (Thursday), a Grateful Dead–themed 'hippie hour' (Friday), and a regular Sunday open mic, this queer-friendly rock and punk bar books some of Boston’s finest independent …
Live Music in Streetcar Suburbs

Great Scott

A music palace for rock and indie. Get up close and personal with the bands, hang out with them after sets and buy them some beers. The sound system is not perfect and the bathrooms are nasty, but this is where you …
Jazz in Cambridge


Why does Boston have such clean jazz clubs? Regattabar looks just like a conference room in a hotel – in this case the Charles Hotel. Despite the uninspiring ambience, the sound system is ­excellent, they get big en…
Live Music in Kenmore Square & Fenway

House of Blues

The HOB is bigger and better than ever. Well, it's bigger. Never mind the ridiculously tight security measures, this is where national acts play if they can't fill the Garden (eg the Bosstones, Dropkick Murphys etc)…