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Best Record Stores In Dallas / Fort Worth

October 12, 2010 6:45 PM

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Good Records

1808 Greenville Ave.
Dallas, TX
www.goodrecords.com

Good Records is the neighborhood music store every decent city deserves. It sits in one of the Dallas’ most accessible areas, prominently displayed along the southern end of Greenville Ave.

Crate-diggers can still spend a good chunk of their day rifling through the store’s used record selection. However, those looking to grab a new release on Tuesday and go are more than welcome to do that too. The store also sells T-Shirts and posters, as well as tickets to any non-Ticketmaster supported show in town.

The record shop often hosts in-store performances and artist signings from folks like Erykah Badu. Like I said, it’s the all-encompassing music store, which is becoming all too rare as of late.

Bill’s Records and Tapes

1317 S. Lamar
Dallas, TX
www.billsrecords.com

Vinyl nerds rejoice. And prepare to dig.

Bill’s is an afternoon killer. It’s a treasure hunt. It’s the type of place that can flood a music nerd’s brain receptors with dopamine, triggering an excitable search through thousands of records, stacked nearly floor to ceiling, loosely alphabetized and stored in what seems like hundreds of packing boxes.

Yeah, Bill’s can be a bit overwhelming, but it’s also incredibly rewarding. Nothing has a price tag so you’ll have to speak with Bill, the store’s kind and knowledgeable owner, to work out payment.

But that’s all part of the fun. This is a store for the serious collector, but the staffers are glad to help the casual listener find that Nina Simone record their father would play while they grew up. Chances are, it’s in one of those boxes.

Bill’s Records & Tapes also holds concerts on the stage in the back of the store each Saturday. Check its website for a schedule.

Recycled Books

200 N. Locust
Denton, TX
www.recycledbooks.com

Yes, this labyrinthine store is more books than records, but it does feature one of the best selections of local music in DFW. Its used records aren’t anything to shrug at either, especially for fans of classic rock, funk and soul.

Recycled is one of the most beloved storefronts in Denton. Located on the corner of Locust and Elm on the downtown Square, the monstrous books, music and movie store occupies the city’s former opera building.

And just as it dedicated one of its exterior walls to a psychedelic mural of the city where it’s located, Recycled gives ample promotion to album releases and compilations from Denton bands and other local artists.

Ernest Tubb Fort Worth Stockyards

Ernest Tubb Record Shop In The Fort Worth Stockyards

Ernest Tubb Record Shop
140 East Exchange St – Suite 135
Fort Worth, TX
(817) 624-8449
etrecordshop.com

Walk into the Stockyards outpost of this record store chain and you would think it’s the 1960′s again and you should be dressed in your best Nudie suit.  With a large selection of classic country vinyl,  Ernest Tubb is the place in Fort Worth to head to if you are in the mood to hear some Hank, Johnny, Merle or Willie.

Record Town Fort Worth

Record Town Near TCU Campus

Record Town
3025 S. University Dr.
Fort Worth, TX
(817) 926-1331

This record shop surrounded by TCU may be a relic of another time, but it’s the thrill of the hunt that keep the college students flocking into the one-roomed store. Known for the iconic sign on the roof as much as its music selection, Record Town may not have the selection of other stores, but just going in is half the fun.

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