25 Best Indie Record Stores to Visit Across America

There’s nothing like listening to your favorite album on vinyl. There’s just something about the rich sound of a vinyl record, pops, squeaks and hisses included! Rescheduled for June 20 from April in light of coronavirus, National Record Store Day is a great way to celebrate the art of vinyl. Here’s our roundup of the best indie record stores coast-to-coast that you can support this summer!

Academy Records

12 West 18th St, NY, NY 10011

Put yourself in a New York state of mind at Academy Records in New York City! This Manhattan record shop near you has moved online, so you can shop safely.

Amoeba Music

1855 Haight St, San Francisco, CA 94117

Amoeba Music in San Francisco, California, is a Haight-Ashbury legend for a reason. This music mecca has been attracting vinyl geeks to its doors since 1997. With locations in Berkeley, San Francisco, Hollywood, and online, you’re bound to find what you’re looking for here.

Bananas Records

2887 22nd Ave N. St. Petersburg, FL 33713

With over 3.5 million records, the inventory at Bananas Records in St. Petersburg, Florida is, well… bananas. This record store near you is open by appointment and offers pre-paid curbside pickup.

Boo Boo Records

978 Monterey St, St. Louis Obispo, CA 93401

Boo Boo Records in St. Louis Obispo, California, has re-opened and is ready for you! Not ready for retail? No problem! They offer free shipping for domestic orders.

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Cheapo Records

538 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139

Cheapo Records in Cambridge, Massachusetts, has been slinging vinyl since 1954, so they really know their stuff! This record shop features everything from oldies, Cajun, jazz, soul, hip-hop, and more. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable and can even help you out over the phone!

Deep Thoughts Records

138 South St, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

Deep Thoughts Records in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, has a seriously groovy storefront that has to be seen to be believed. When we’re not on the pandemic timeline, they host lots of cool events for music lovers. For now, you can still order music and take a video tour of their funky retro-fabulous space online!

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Dusty Groove Records

1120 N Ashland Drive, Chicago, IL 60622

Dusty Groove Records in Chicago adds hundreds of new titles every day in a dizzying list of genres!

Easy Street Records

4559 California Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98116

Easy Street Records in Seattle makes being a record snob easy with their massive online catalog!

Electric Fetus Records

200 S 4th Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55404

With a name like Electric Fetus, you know the selections at this Minneapolis record store are gonna be far out! The record shop is offering curbside pickup and socially distanced in-store browsing.

Euclid Records

3301 Chartres St, New Orleans, LA 70117

Euclid Records in New Orleans is the type of place we could easily get lost in for an afternoon. From their Pepto-pink storefront to their epic collection of vintage gig posters, it’s a cave of wonders for music lovers.

Goner Records

2152 Young Ave, Memphis, TN 38104

Goner Records in Memphis is a musical institution. In addition to selling records and 45s online and at their brick-and-mortar shop, they also host Goner Fest, a four-day music festival with bands from all over the world!

In Your Ear Records

462 Main St, Warren, RI 02885

In Your Ear Records in Warren, Rhode Island, and Boston, Massachusetts, has a killer website packed with albums you can listen to and read reviews of so you can have that in-shop experience from your own home!

Jackpot Records

3475 Southeast Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR 97214

Jackpot Records in Portland, Oregon, isn’t just a record store. This record shop near you also has their own record label, merchandise, and online jukebox. Try them for all your one-stop hipster street cred shopping!

Jerry’s Records

2136 Murray Ave, Pittsburg, PA 15217

Jerry’s Records in Pittsburg doesn’t mess around. They’ll proudly tell you they were voted one of Rolling Stone’s Best Record Stores in America in 2010.

Jive Time Records

3605 Fremont Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103

Jive Time Records in Seattle is celebrating 18 years of being the city’s premier destination for vinyl. They pride themselves on being a clean, well-organized space where treasure hunters can score rare finds and big bargains!

Laurie’s Planet of Sound

4639 North Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60625

Laurie’s Planet of Sound in Chicago is a solar system of music unto itself, where happy customers can score great finds!

Newbury Comics

348 Newbury St, Boston, MA 02115

Newbury Comics is an independent record chain in Boston that lives up to its promise to be “wicked good.”

Peaches Records

4318 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115

You’ve never been to a record store like Peaches Records in New Orleans, we guarantee it. Their interior looks like a retro 1950s diner and they stock everything from vinyl, turntables, and speakers to fresh local merchandise like T-shirts.

Planet Records

144 Mount Auburn St, Cambridge, MA 02138

Planet Records, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, has been a hub for those in the know since 1983.

People’s Records

1464 Gratiot Ave, Detroit, MI 48207

People’s Records in Detroit has a killer website where you can listen to their favorite mixes!

Shake It Records

4156 Hamilton Ave #1, Cincinnati, OH 45223

Shake It Records in Cincinnati will help you get the dance party started!

Shangri-La Records

1916 Madison Ave, Memphis, TN 38104

Shangri La Records has been in Memphis for 30 years and tops an impressive roster of “Best Of” lists.

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Stereo Jack’s

1686 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139

Stereo Jack’s is a friendly record store in Cambridge, Massachusetts, that has been doing business since 1983.

Sonic Boom Records

2209 Market St, Seattle, WA 98107

Sonic Boom Records in Seattle was founded in 1997 by music lovers just like us!

Waterloo Records

600 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78703

Waterloo Records in Austin is a favorite of music lovers and musicians alike!

 

 

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