I'm gonna have to disagree with this article. I found quite a few small venues with decent live music. One of the best nights I had in Tokyo was when I randomly walked into a place called 'Graffiti' in Akasaka and discovered Sex Rex, as Jazz outfit who I fell in love with instantly, as well as three other acts ranging from weird electro concept stuff to more upbeat J-pop.
And just around the corner from where I was staying in Kuramae was a place called Kurawood. They have something practically every night, and a lot of regular acts (of which, it turned out, Sex Rex is one).
There are a lot of places, it's just a case of finding the hidden gems tucked away in little the nooks and crannies Tokyo.
Heres a list of hundreds venues ranging from little cosy live bars to bigger stages:
or just pick up a copy of Metropolis Magazine, which you will find everywhere:
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