The music industry has changed drastically in recent years but there’s still something special about visiting a record store in person.

Take a trip to these 5 American cities for a bit of nostalgia, good recommendations, + better music! #SustainableShopping


Twist + Shout

Denver, Colorado

Touted as the city’s best record shop, Twist + Shout holds a reputation for housing a treasure trove of both new and rare vinyl, all for prices that won’t break the bank. This old-school shop has been a Denver staple since 1988, + is considered to be one of the top music destinations in the country. Hosting scores of live performances (Elvis Costello, Patti Smith + My Morning Jacket to name a few), Twist + Shout offers a dynamic experience with vinyl leading the way.

Check out live music while you’re in Denver! We recommend:

  • Syntax Physic Opera: Known as a multisensory music venue, eatery, + art bar, Syntax Physic Opera is a haven for local artists. Enjoy small plates dubbed as “Colorado Tapas” + grabbed a crafted cocktail while you listen to live music!


Waterloo Records

Austin, Texas

Opening its doors in 1982, Waterloo Records has been keeping Austin weird since. Travel to the southern city (home to the South By South West Music Festival + dubbed as the live music capitol of the world) and stop by this award winning record store. Waterloo Records also showcases in-store live performances in addition to their inventory of hundreds of vinyl records ranging from new indie releases to Texas classics.

No trip to Austin is complete without seeing some live music. Here is our recommendation:

  • Cedar Street Courtyard: This sunken courtyard provides an intimate setting for guests to enjoy music nightly. With bands that range from bluesy jazz music to rocking ‘70s + ‘80s there is definitely something for everyone in this loungey venue!


Jerry’s Records

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Named one of Rolling Stone’s best record stores in the US. Located in the heart of the historic Squirrel Hill Neighborhood, Jerry’s Records, is an old-fashioned, brick-and-morter shop that’s serious about their vinyl. Boasting more than half a million records, 12” singles, 45s, EPs, Jerry’s is sure to have whatever you’re looking for (plus some new finds)!

Listen to some live music in the Steel City! We recommend:

  • Mr. Smalls Music Venue: Located just outside the city, in the neighboring town of Millville, Mr. Smalls has been a Pittsburgh favorite for alternative music. Housed in a re-purposed 18th century Catholic church, Mr. Smalls is known for hosting big names in the industry (like Arctic Monkeys, Muse, + Smashing Pumpkins)!


Dusty Groove

Chicago, Illinois

Located in Chicago’s East Village, Dusty Groove is known for its beautifully designed bright + clean interior. Specializing in new + vintage jazz, funk, soul, and hip-hop vinyls and CDs. Celebrating its 20th birthday in 2016, Dusty Groove has been a Chicago favorite ever since + was named one of the best record stores in America by Rolling Stone!

While in Chicago, check out some live jazz music! Here is our top pick:

  • Constellation: This newly founded jazz club opened in 2013 and gives local experimental jazz acts a place to stretch their legs and test out their music.


The Sound Garden

Baltimore, Maryland

Located in historic Fells Point, The Sound Garden is considered to be not only Baltimore’s best record store, but one of the best in the United States (backed by Rolling Stone)! This independent record store is committed to showcasing vintage finds as well as stocking hot new releases.

Need a live music fix while in Baltimore? Check out:

  • Cat’s Eye Pub: Since 1975, this cozy music venue has been serving the Fells Point area. Enjoy 32 beers on draft while listening to famous Baltimore blues at this local favorite.

What’s your favorite way to listen to music?

Any record stores we should add to the list? Comment below! 👇