Best of Boston

2001 Best Music Store, New

Newbury Comics

Great variety (imports, independents, jazz, classical, rock, soundtracks) isn’t enough. Low prices (new discs as low as $9.99) aren’t enough. Even a knowledgeable, friendly, and helpful staff isn’t enough. Because every devotee of Newbury Comics knows that, on top of all of the above, it’s the store’s own distinct culture—a loud, high-energy setting in which you never quite know whom you’re going to meet—that makes it more than the sum of its parts.

Harvard Square, 36 JFK St., Cambridge, 617-491-0337,