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10 Best Record Stores in America

Top spots for unique vinyl, CDs and other music finds, from Los Angeles to Boston

Music and vinyl fans are digging vinyls from the crates at Record Store Day 2013. DenmarkSTOCK

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Remember when record-store chains ruled the music world? It now sounds like the stuff of legend, but in the not-too-distant past, music fans of all types spent hours flipping through vinyl, perusing CDs and listening to songs before buying. Now that they’re much rarer, our city’s record stores have become some of our country’s greatest tourist attractions. Whether you’re looking for a relatively unknown African psychedelic rock band, an obscure techno 12-inch or your favorite indie act on limited-edition vinyl or other collectible merch, here’s a selection of 10 of the best from coast to coast.

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John Cranford

Jackpot Records (Portland, Oregon)

The City of Roses’ premier indie record store opened in 1997 and contains rows and rows of new and used vinyl. It also hosts the occasional in-store performance. Since the beginning, the concept behind the shop was simple: “We were really focused on filling in the neighborhood’s needs, so our tastes were dictated by what people wanted,” owner Isaac Slusarenko once told CMJ. It further serves the Portland community by serving as headquarters to the Jackpot Records label, which has reissued LPs by regional punk heroes like Wipers and Green River, as well as more famous artists like Dr. John, Sun Ra, Etta James and Devo. It’s all housed under an electric-red ceiling in the city’s Hawthorne neighborhood. “The sharp colors give the store a sort of Las Vegas-y feel,” Slusarenko said, “and that’s why we named it Jackpot.” —KORY GROW

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