3. The Middle East: On any given night, there's a different act playing in each of this hip venue's four performance spaces. You'll rarely pay more than $15 to see music here, so you can party like a rock star without spending like one. 472 Mass. Ave., 617-864-EAST. mideastclub.com.
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(Dina Rudick, Globe Staff)