Night watch

Boston's club scene, one party at a time

By Anthony Savvides
Globe Correspondent / August 5, 2011

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Mondays at ZuZu, 474 Mass. Ave., Cambridge. 10 p.m. No cover. 21+. 617-864-3278, ext. 237,

The deal: Night of the Living DeadHead, which has been going on for nearly three years, offers live music every Monday night at ZuZu, usually highlighting local or independent musical acts. “On Mondays, there are very few places with anything going on. It’s a good night for people to be exposed to new music they wouldn’t normally hear,’’ said John Allen, bartender and booker. “It’s not super loud, and there’s that level of intimacy that people like.’’ ZuZu has no stage for bands, though. Instead, the floor is cleared of most tables and chairs, which get stacked alongside the walls and in the hallway - even in the bathroom - so that the bands can play right among the crowd.

The bands: I Hate You Just Kidding, a pop-folk duo (Jessi Fulghum and Jeremy Brock) from Costa Mesa, Calif.; the Swamp Angels, an indie-rock group from Martha’s Vineyard that are “on the quieter side’’; and Riff Gallagher, who plays bluesy rock and happens to be the father of Apollo Sunshine’s Jesse Gallagher.

Who goes there? “It could be a mix of young people and old people,’’ said Allen. “Riff [Gallagher] might pull in some old-timers, but you’ll definitely see some youngsters, too.’’

Three songs you might hear: “Some Things Never Change’’ from I Hate You Just Kidding, “Good Friend of Mine’’ from the Swamp Angels, and “The Spring of 49’’ from Riff Gallagher.

The drink: Pabst Blue Ribbon, Narragansett High Life, and Sam Adams Summer Ale.

The tip: “Come in early, get something to eat, color a flier, and hang out,’’ said Allen. “And enjoy the music later.’’