Louis Armstrong once wrote that “music is life itself,” and now, over 50 years later, the sentiment still holds true. Music is known to connect people and is also proven to play a strong role in memory – no wonder Americans want to listen along as much as they can! These days, there are many ways to consume music, and plenty of people opt to listen to music on digital platforms like Spotify or Apple Music. But, even still, vinyl record aficionados are on the rise, with over 27 million records sold in the U.S. in 2020.
If you’re interested in shopping for old-school vinyl, check out these local shops, which offer records and, in some cases, other musical gear and goods.
3617 Broadway #402
San Antonio, Texas 78209
With the pandemic still in effect, it’s likely you haven’t gotten around to checking out the new record store Crazy Rhythms. But, we highly recommend that you check it off your list if you want to shop a variety of records and CDs from all corners of the music industry. With two longtime collectors at the helm of the store, you’re also certain to receive top-notch help in locating what you’re looking for.
517 East Woodlawn Avenue
San Antonio, Texas 78212
First things first: Robot Monster is primarily a musical instrument shop. However, it’s still a shop worth visiting if you’re looking for something rare and collectible – and don’t mind the higher price tag if it means you’ll come away with something extra-special. This is especially true if you’re into punk, metal, new wave and underground rock, which is what Robot Monster specializes in.
Friends of Sound
700 Fredericksburg Road
San Antonio, Texas 78201
The vinyl music trend may be most associated with classic rock, but the reality is, there are many hip-hop records out there for the taking – and you’ll find a hefty selection of them at Friends of Sound. Rap fans will enjoy a solitary afternoon combing through Friends of Sound’s many stacks. Their catalog doesn’t stop there, though. The shop also has multi-genre records and a good selection of Chicano soul.
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