Whether you’re looking for an old Willie Nelson LP or a new Adele record, Waterloo has you covered. It’s the city’s largest and most prominently located music store and the most well-stocked in terms of new releases from indie and major label artists, with plenty of deluxe reissues (save your pennies for that William Onyeabor box set!)to boot. Stay current on homegrown artists by consulting the Texas best-seller charts, and keep an eye on their event calendar—many will swing through for in-store performances. Records nerds with an eye for more than just vinyl should wander towards the extensive music-centric book and film sections, and for the analog-challenged, there’s also a robust selection of CDs and DVDs.
As the live music capital of the country, Austin sure has some neat record stores to quench the thirst of its rock’n’roll lovers. Yes, we may be in a world where streaming sounds is the norm, but something is comforting about a good ol’ record store, right? Maybe it’s the company of genius sleeves and artwork; the listening booths that transport you to the golden era; the T-Shirts and collectibles reminiscent of being on your favorite artist’s show; or just being among the creative community. We don’t care what anybody says; iPad screens are no substitute for the real thing.
And though brick and mortar record stores stand thin in Bat City, they stand proud. Many have been going for decades, and they ain’t going anywhere anytime soon. At least we hope not. So come on by and get your dose of EDM, metal, blues, pop, indie, or anything else music-themed in person, and help businesses keep on movin’; you may even find something ultra-cool and rare for your collection. Here are the best record stores in Austin to do so.
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