5 Record Stores that Every Music Fan Needs to Visit!

Autumn Simon

Similar to many other businesses, the music industry took a heavy hit during the 2020 coronavirus pandemic. Like many venues, shops and studios closed their doors at the time, there was one store that was able to prevail for 2021. Los Angeles’ iconic independent record store Amoeba Hollywood opened its new location on April 1, 2021. Drawing crowds of lines for weeks, the record store‘s iconic legacy lives on in the heart of music fans across the world. 

To celebrate the record shop’s opening, we wanted to look at other spots across America that draw in the best crate diggers and offer the best music fandom experience of all time. Are we missing your favorite? Let us know in the comments below.

Amoeba Hollywood

Amoeba Records Berkeley, Los Angeles & San Francisco

6200 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

1855 Haight St, San Francisco, CA 94117

2455 Telegraph Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704

When it comes to bucket list record shops, the top of everyone’s list is Amoeba. Originally founded in Berkley, the already popular spot landed on Sunset Boulevard in 2001. Known as the largest independent music store in the world, Amoeba drew in large crowds of music lovers who sourced vinyl records and CDs. Sadly, the Sunset location had to close due to the Covid-19 pandemic. This also caused their new Hollywood location, to slow their opening plans. Luckily, the new shop is now open and features a massive floor space filled with sections for records, books, shirts and more.

Reckless Records

929 W Belmont, Chicago IL 60657

1379 N Milwaukee Ave., Chicago IL 60622

26 E Madison, Chicago IL 60602

What is the best record shop in Chicago for hidden gems? Many Chicagoans would say Reckless Records. The original London shop, Reckless is now a group of three record stores throughout the state. The Milwaukee location has a large array of vinyl LPs, CDs, DVDs, cassettes and video games.

Academy Records

12 W 18th St, New York, NY 10011

New York is the home of most music, so you can expect this state to have several long-standing record shops. Academy Records was founded in 1977 and has been a staple spot for buying and selling records since. The book store turned record shop is now an NYC landmark home to films, LPs and more. They also have an in-house label for up-and-coming artists.

Waterloo Records

600 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78703

You know what they say, “everything’s bigger in Texas” and that also includes their music scene. Waterloo Records & Video is an independent music and video shop that’s been holding down Austin since 1982. The venue has hosted performances with headlining artists like Willie Nelson, Nirvana and more.

5505 NE 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33137

Who doesn’t love a good party with great music? Luckily, Miami is known for being a party town and having the best good-time music ever. One of its most iconic music locations is the independent music store Sweat Records. The Little Haiti record shop has been open since 2005 and is packed with thousands of vintage records. While you listen to your music you can even get some delicious coffee from their shop. Sweat records also host in-store performances that you can stream now from their site.