BEST 2013: Best Store for Recordheads to Browse Vinyl

There's nothing wrong with getting your daily music fix from Spotify, but if you're the kind of person who prefers dropping the needle on a vintage '45 and gets a special thrill when peeling the plastic wrapping off a digipak, finding a physical copy of that one perfect album can be frustrating. But Boston-based vinyl and tape junkies need not turn to Ebay or Craigslist in despair. The following shops have something for music lovers of all kinds, from veteran crate diggers to hipster cassette hoarders to folks who just want to pick up their favorite band's latest CD. Treat yourself to hard copy jams at our nominees for Best Record Store.

__Scott Sugarman


Sure, you could content yourself with leaving this Harvard Square shop with an armful of ZZ Top and Deep Purple LPs, but the real temptation here is the devilishly awesome stockpile of metal, punk, and hardcore releases. This is the place to score that limited edition Immortal/Amputation split you've been lusting after. Those with more delicate ears may also find themselves pleasantly surprised-the indie selection's not too shabby either.


Descend into In Your Ear's basement stores at your own risk-you might find yourself hours later still flipping through boxes of records, mumbling, "Just one more." The low prices and friendly staff won't make it any easier to pull yourself away from these treasure troves of LPs, CDs, and tapes. There's a reason these guys have been around for over 30 years.


You're probably not going to unearth any super-rare collectibles at any of this chain's locations, but Newbury Comics is a must-shop for those keeping up with new releases. In addition to a consistently diverse stock of well-known indie, rock, pop, alternative, and metal CDs, swing by for exclusive in-store signings and acoustic sets (they always have something cool going down on Record Store Day.)


Like In Your Ear, Nuggets is a long-lived bastion of the physical format. This Kenmore shop rewards those willing to put in some time with a bounty of ‘70s and ‘80s rock and pop. Having trouble digging up that elusive 7" you've been after for the past few years? Their staff will track down and save it for you.


This cozy basement shop mainly deals in vintage clothing and quirky knickknacks but it also boasts a killer record collection. Step on down to browse quality threads and time-tested tunes to help pump some swagger into your old-school look.


Want to get a little more out there? ‘70s rock, jazz standards, and lo-fi indie too boring? Weirdo Records pledges to confound and enliven your jaded ears with "the obscure, the underrated, and the just plain fucked up." We promise an exploration of this Central Square store's wares will warp your aural horizons. In a totally awesome way.

Get browsing, get listening, and then get voting! And don't forget that if you don't see your favorite record shop repped here, you can write it in!

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