For more than 25 years, Newbury Comics (332 Newbury St., 617/236-4930; 36 JFK St., Cambridge, 617/491-0337; and other area locations; 10 a.m.–9 p.m. daily, www.newburycomics.com ) has been the music store of choice for area aficionados, with a terrific selection by local artists, regular in-store appearances, and hard-to-find singles and imports.
For used CDs, it’s hard to beat the selection at CD Spins (324 Newbury St., 617/267-5955; 54 Church St., Cambridge, 617/497-7070; and other area locations; 10 a.m.–7 p.m. Mon.–Fri.; noon–5 p.m. Sat.–Sun., www.cdspins.com ), a local chain with everything from punk rock to show tunes.