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Locals Look Back As 3 Indie Music Venues Shutter In Greater Boston10:03


The Cambridge-Boston area has long been a hotbed of independent music. It's had some of the best rock clubs in the country — large and usually small. It's been the place to catch bands that could be huge in a few years, and you could say you caught them back when.

But it's been a rough few months for indie music lovers and performers. Three locally run venues — Johnny D's, T.T. the Bear's Place and Weirdo Records — are leaving the scene or have already closed.

WBUR's All Things Considered host Lisa Mullins spoke with some locals who became fixtures themselves at these three venues:

  • Peter Wolf, musician and lead vocalist for the J. Geils Band
  • Brad Paul, of the indie artist consulting and promotion company Brad Paul Media and formerly of Rounder Records
  • Tai Irwin, consultant and former DJ
  • Dicky Barrett, of the Mighty Mighty Bosstones
  • Julie Kramer, currently the music director at Radio BDC
  • Joyce Linehan, currently chief of policy for the city of Boston and a former band manager and talent scout


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