Best of Boston

2014 Best Music Venue, Alt/Pop/Rock

Brighton Music Hall

The former Harpers Ferry has spent the past few years as the intermediary step between Great Scott and the Paradise, booking national acts on the rise and local acts on the path to national stardom. The recent overhaul of the old club has yielded a room with great sightlines and gloriously clean sound, as well as a stage that affords fans—specifically, those who pay close enough attention to catch great performers before they “blow up”—a modicum of intimacy.

158 Brighton Ave., Allston, 617-779-0140,