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Top 5 Places to Catch Good Tunes in Boston

Rappers and country singers, undiscovered and huge stars, Boston is equipped to host all the hottest musical acts of our time. There’s beautiful venues strewn about the city that can host everyone from rockers to jam and lovers and people in between. This time of year is perfect to purchase tickets and cozy up in one of the best Boston music venues, big and small.

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Paradise Rock Club

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Rockers, this is the place for you. It boasts a deep, rich history in the city that dates back to 1977 and has welcome classic bands like Phish, REM and even U2 to its stage. Due to its intimate setting, many students will wander into Paradise for small shows and the chance to see bands right before they hit it big. It underwent a big makeover in 2010, but still hold on to its original vibe with a black interior and small front stage.

Middle East

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There’s several ways to enjoy this iconic venue located in Cambridge. They technically have four different venues rolled into one, with several floors of space and plenty of areas to jam. Grab dinner at the restaurant first, then wander up ro downstairs to listen to fantastic DJs, up and coming acoustic artists and old favorites.

TT & the Bears

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Right next door to the Middle East, it’s easy to miss if you’re not looking for it. This venue often features smaller acts that re edgy, eclectic and love to get people moving. If you dig local music, this is where you will find it, seven nights a week. Usually multiple bands are booked for one evening, so you can enjoy a sample of great tunes covering rock, hip hop, punk and more.

Wang Theater

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Time to get a little classier and head downtown. As one of Boston most aesthetically impressive music venues, this feels more like going to a Broadway show than a concert. Completed and opened to the public in 1925, the Wan Theater has been remarkably maintained and remains one of the top five largest stages in the country. See legends play from John Mellencamp to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.  Alongside the music performances, you can catch comedians, radio personalities and the Boston Ballet.

House of Blues

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An institution in its own right, the House of Blues is fairly new to the Boston scene compared to other venues. Opened in 2009 right across the street from Fenway Park, it has brought sold out shows to the city consistently and shows no sign of slowing down. There used to be a 200-seat House of Blues in Cambridge that closed in 2003, so this new spot is much bigger and better. Coming up, you can catch any and all hit performers, including country singer Sam Hunt, rocker Marilyn Manson and funky George Clinton.

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Top small music venues in NYC

Manhattan has some of the most creative and musical residents in the world. People travel from all corners of the globe to make it big as rockstars, on Broadway or anything in between. This gives everyone a chance to showcase their talents and also be witness to some incredible live music in almost every corner of the city. No matter if you are into rock, indie, soul, hip hop or even orchestral, there is a place for you to treat your ears to fantastic entertainment.

Beekman Beer Garden

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Most people do not head to NYC for the beaches, but there is in fact a city man-made shore overlooking the East River that doubles as a music venue. The Beekman has featured acts such as Eric Prydz, Moe., and even George Clinton on the past to patrons hanging out on the sand and in glowing, funky chairs outside. More energetic travelers can enjoy the massive dance space, or challenge a friend to a ping-pong or pool game on the premises. It’s located off of South St.

Gramercy Theater

Live Nation is dominating in ticket sales throughout NYC and the country – so they’ve decided to take creating concert venues into their own hands. The Gramercy Theater was born out of an old movie theater from the 1930s and re-designed to accommodate about 600 music fans at once. Some bands coming up on the calendar include Bassface, Wheatus and Switchfoot.

Living Room

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On Ludlow Street is a little gem that has a great coffee house feel and an intimate setting. Made famous by Norah Jones, the Living Room now features relaxed, singer-songwriter acts throughout the week. Some shows are so laid-back that the singer will make up songs on the spot, so guests can be sure they’re hearing completely original tunes. During the day, kids can even get in on the fun and hear some friendly jingles from famous rockers, like Nada Surf and the Hold Steady.

Jalopy

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Big lights and exciting bands are the draw to most NYC shows, but sometimes locals and travelers also want to get away from it all. Jalopy offers this ambiance on Columbus St. with its curtained stage and charming libations served in mason jars. People who get inspired can stick around for music classes as well, with instruments available to rent in concentrations of mandolin, ukelele, guitar and fiddle.

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