Best of Boston

Best Music

2013 Best Music

Somerville Grooves

Somerville
For music nerds, the neighborhood record store used to be a home away from home, and its disappearance in recent years has left us distraught. [...] read more»
2012 Best Music, Used

In Your Ear

Boston
Thirty years is a long time in the music business, particularly when you're still vending vinyl in the age of iTunes. But with hundreds of [...] read more»
2011 Best Music, Used

Looney Tunes

Boston
This beloved store serves bargain hunters and obsessive collectors alike. What would be a rare find elsewhere is commonplace at Looney Tunes, especially when it [...] read more»
2011 Best Music, New Arist

Lady Lamb the Beekeeper

With an unadulterated sound and a timeless, gamine look, Aly Spaltro, a.k.a. Lady Lamb the Beekeeper, upstages every testosterone-fueled act in Boston. Her voice is [...] read more»
2011 Best Music, New

Newbury Comics

Boston
The Newbury Street flagship of this legendary local chain is stocking less music (and more knickknacks and novelty books) these days, and the fact that [...] read more»
2009 Best Music

Newbury Comics

Boston
With brick-and-mortar record stores boarding up left and right, this local chain—launched in 1978 by a pair of MIT students—has acquired fresh polish on its [...] read more»
2008 Best Music, Specialty

Twisted Village

Cambridge
Largely, and proudly, devoid of the latest by Miley Cyrus, Lil Wayne, and their mainstream compatriots, this Harvard Square basement shop is ideal for seekers [...] read more»
2007 Best Music, Specialty

In Your Ear

Boston
An old-school record store that drowns out the download age by cultivating loyal customers and an understated cool you can't buy on iTunes, In Your [...] read more»
2006 Best Music, New

Newbury Comics

Boston
For all its diversification into DVDs, action figures, and Napoleon Dynamite doodads, Newbury Comics maintains an unparalleled selection of obscure art rock, under-the-radar hip-hop, and [...] read more»
2006 Best Music, Used

Cheapo Records

Cambridge
In a world choking on Black Eyed Peas, this cluttered basement shop is a refuge for the lonely few who still cling to the classics. [...] read more»
2005 Best Music, New

Newbury Comics

Boston
An independent music store with a fairly priced, unbeatable selection? Yes, it still exists. This hip shop, with a staff straight out of High Fidelity, [...] read more»
2005 Best Music, Used

Cheapo Records

Cambridge
You're likely to collide with other intent collectors as you wander Cheapo's narrow aisles. Whether the secondhand tunes you're tracking are on vinyl, CD, or [...] read more»
2004 Best Music, New

Newbury Comics

Boston
When was the last time you saw a CD for under $10? Newbury Comics regularly prices select new releases under 10 bucks and dozens more [...] read more»
2004 Best Music, Used

Looney Tunes

Boston
The reduced production costs of the digital age and the concurrent scouring of record-company vaults have given fledgling artists new opportunities and unearthed many a [...] read more»