If you’re looking for music in Austin, Texas, here’s a list of the top ten places to visit during your search. Some of the stores offer vinyl exclusively, while others offer both vinyl and CDs. Each shop also has their own specialty – whether it be new or used music. A few of the stores have websites so that you can check out their inventory before you go.
1. Waterloo Records
600 N. Lamar Blvd.
Waterloo Records has been voted The Best Of by the Austin Chronicle every year since 1982. Open Monday – Saturday 10am-11pm and Sunday noon until 11pm. Offers new and used vinyl. Most genres of music.
2. Sound on Sound
102 E. North Loop
Voted Best New Store in 2004 by Austin Chronicle. New and used CDs and vinyl. Call store for hours. Most genres of music.
3. Antone’s Records
Specializes in hard to find music, both on vinyl and CD. All genres. Open Monday-Saturday 11am-11pm and Sunday noon until 5pm.
4. End of An Ear
2209 S. 1st Street
Specializing in local, indie, and obscure sounds. Vinyl and CD, new and used. Open Monday-Saturday 11am-9pm and Sunday from noon until 8pm.
5. Out of The Past
5341 Burnet Rd.
New and used music – CD and vinyl – 78s and 45s. Most genres of music, also stocks local and indie artists. Call ahead to confirm store hours.
6. Snake Eyes Vinyl
1211 E. 7th Street
Austin’s only store specializing in rock, metal, hardcore, and punk genres. Call ahead for store hours.
7. Turntable Records
2501 Ceasar Chavez 512-236-9393
3708 Woodbury Dr. 512-462-2568
Specializes in DJ turntable vinyl. Austin’s only DJ source. Offers new and used music in all genres. Open Monday-Saturday 10am-9pm at both locations. Both locations are closed Sunday.
8. Cheapo Discs
914 N. Lamar
Large assortment of used CDs and LPs. They also buy and trade music. All genres. Website claims they put out 500 new items every day. Open every day of the year from 9am-until midnight
9. Immortal Performances
1404 W. 30th
Specializing in classical pieces, but stocks all genres of Pre-1980 vinyl and CDs. New and used. Call ahead for store hours.
10. Friends of Sound
1704 S. Congress
Sells used vinyl only – most obscure genres. Open daily from 11am-8pm.