Literary and music fans must make a pilgrimage! 18 Independent Record Stores in the U.S.A.
Updated: Feb 9, 2022
1. Amoeba Music - California
Amoeba Music - 6400 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028
Amoeba Music, located in San Francisco, is a must-visit destination for music lovers of all types when they come to Los Angeles. Why? It's no exaggeration, they really have millions of records for you to choose from, and there are many musicians' shopping carts on their website for you to see what people with good taste are listening to!
2. Revolver Records - Arizona
Revolver Records - 918 N 2nd St, Phoenix, AZ 85004
Not the largest, but the most extensive record store, Revolver looks like a dilapidated house, dark and dusty, but it has the largest collection of jazz vinyl in Phoenix, and of course has everything from rock, funk, soul, R&B, electric and more, all at reasonable prices. If you are looking for a special and rare collection, please look inside the counter.
3. Sonic Boom Records - Washington
Sonic Boom Records - 2209 NW Market St, Seattle, WA 98107
New and used records, vinyl, and music of all genres are packed into this small store, but the owner has organized them very neatly, so if you need to find a record in particular, you don't have to worry about taking a day. The prices are reasonable, and the store also buys vintage items.
4. Music Millennium - Oregon
Music Millennium - 3158 E Burnside St, Portland, OR 97214
Opened 48 years ago and known as Portland's hottest record store, this is the place to go for a large selection of vinyl and CDs, as well as many long out-of-print and hard-to-find music. The owner, Terry Currier, is the local encyclopedia and general manager of the Music Hall of Fame in Portland, with an unparalleled level of professionalism. Many tourists come from all over the United States to visit the venue, making it a must-visit for music fans.
5. Vintage Vinyl - Missouri
Vintage Vinyl - 6610 Delmar Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63130
The most famous record store in St. Louis, the store is large and neat, and although the collection is quite extensive, it is very easy to find the album you want to buy. CDs, DVDs and vinyl are available in all genres, and free beer and music events are often held, so no wonder it is so popular.
6. Chain Reaction Records - Colorado
Chain Reaction Records - 8799 W Colfax Ave, Lakewood, CO 80215
If you're a big fan of heavy metal, if you like to shake your head to the musicians and music on stage, if you're a metal nerd, you'll thank God you visited this place. Many super rare and hard to find music such as new wave British metal, Canadian heavy metal, religious rock, and even those records you ordered from Viking Music and lost in transit, may be reunited here. In addition, the store also sells a variety of design skateboards, stickers, badges, and trinkets.
7. End Of An Ear - Texas
End of An Ear - 4304 Clawson Rd, Austin, TX 78704
Founded in 2005 by Dan Plunkett and Blake Carlisle, End Of An Ear is dedicated to promoting and supporting good music that is not mainstream, but is serious about what it does. Although the space is small, the store displays new pop, used, and non-mainstream music on CDs, DVDs, and vinyl, and has a tasting area where you can listen before you pay. The store holds regular music performances and free ticket distribution events, so you can track them down to get the latest information.
8. Hello Records - Michigan
Hello Records - 1459 Bagley Ave, Detroit, MI 48216
Motown music is a must when you're in Detroit! Detroit, once declared bankrupt, not only saw the decline of the auto industry, but also the decline of Motown Music, which was a huge hit in the 1950s, making similar Hello Records particularly rare. The store is filled with a rich collection from the mid-1900s to the 1990s, and there are many independently released records by local musicians that are worth a visit.
9. Louisiana Music Factory - Louisiana
Louisiana Music Factory - 421 Frenchmen St, New Orleans, LA 70116 USA
Louisiana Music Factory is the first record store to reopen after Hurricane Katrina and has been honored as the best record store in New Orleans for its rich collection and passion for music promotion. It has a large collection of jazz, blues, local musicians' independent releases, New Orleans music tours, Zydeco music and more. Oh yeah, and the super cute store cat - Snooks!
10. In Your Ear! Records - Massachusetts
In Your Ear Records - 957 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215
In Your Ear, the 2012 Boston Magazine Best Used Record Store, is one of the favorites of many musicians, with a small space filled with all kinds of vinyl, cassette tapes, and 8-tracks. This is a great place to spend a whole day.
11. Gramaphone Records - Illinois
Gramaphone Records - 2843 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60657 USA
Where else can you find a city with a richer history of music and dance than Chicago, other than New York and Detroit? Gramaphone has been selling this type of music since before House Music was officially named, and is a treasure trove for DJs and vinyl lovers.
12. My Mind's Eye - Ohio
My Mind's Eye Records - 16010 Detroit Rd, Lakewood, OH 44107
Cleveland's finest used and new vinyl record store, featuring everything from metal to punk to rock to jazz. Famous bands such as Ringworm and Nine Inch Nails started here, so you can imagine their pride is justified. Make sure you've had enough to eat and drink before you go in, this is a place you'll be staying for a while.
13. Princeton Record Exchange - New Jersey
Princeton Record Exchange - 20 S Tulane St, Princeton, NJ 08542
With a staff that has been in business for over a decade and a large selection of new and used CDs, DVDs and vinyl, it's no wonder that the store has been in business since 1980. Located in historic Princeton, it's a great place for students, residents, and tourists to find musical comfort in the neighborhood.
14. Double Decker Records - Pennsylvania
Double Decker Records - 808 St John St, Allentown, PA 18103
Founded in 1996, Double Decker Records is an independent record label with over 25,000 vinyl and 10,000 45's and over a thousand new releases every week, making it a well-known destination for many vinyl hunters. It must be reminded that if you see one you like, don't hesitate, because hesitating this second may be regretful for the rest of your life, and the next time you see it, you don't know where it will be.
15. Academy Records - New York
Academy Records & CDs - 12 W 18th St, New York, NY 10011