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Lis­ten up, vinyl junkies and old-school au­dio­philes: Like a box of choco­lates, you never know what you’re gonna get at one of th­ese vinyl re­tail­ers, from lim­ited-edi­tion press­ings to rare and out-of-print LPs. On April 16, bet­ter known to turntable en­thu­si­asts as Record Store Day, many par­tic­i­pat­ing stores serve as the site of new and/or lim­ited vinyl re­leases, not to men­tion mu­sic-filled par­ties and events. Check out a few of our fa­vorite places for pur­chas­ing vinyl and cel­e­brat­ing its hum­ble hol­i­day. With a bit of pa­tience—and good luck—odds are you’ll find the per­fect al­bum(s) to add to your col­lec­tion, even if you have to dig a lit­tle bit. But hey, isn’t that part of the fun?


Head just south of down­town Dal­las and say hi to Bill, whose col­lec­tion of mostly used records is barely al­pha­bet­ized but one of DFW’s largest. New selections are min­i­mal and of­ten re­flect Bill’s own mu­si­cal tastes, but he’ll hap­pily or­der any spe­cial re­quests and has an ex­ten­sive eBay shop if you can’t find the elu­sive record you’re look­ing for.


A Fort Worth fa­vorite, Doc’s Records is neatly or­ga­nized and runs the gamut in genre. Find the clas­sics as well as new vinyl re­leases, or visit its clear­ance out­let at the nearby Mont­gomery Street An­tique Mall. With an im­pres­sive se­lec­tion of new and used LPs, a range of lo­cal mu­sic events and a knowl­edge­able staff, this Dal­las fa­vorite is worth a trip whether you’re look­ing to browse or find some­thing spe­cific. Live mu­sic heads will rel­ish in the size, se­lec­tion and sup­ple­men­tal ameni­ties Josey Records of­fers, from an art gallery and a DJ booth to lis­ten­ing sta­tions and a stage with a fully loaded sound sys­tem. Look out for top-notch events dur­ing Record Store Day week­end. While its LP in­ven­tory is rel­a­tively small, size isn’t ev­ery­thing: OTR is also a full bar serv­ing up a hefty live mu­sic cal­en­dar and craft beer on about two dozen taps. Grab a pint, en- joy the out­door pa­tio and browse the vinyl se­lec­tion, which ranges from Kanye West to the Talk­ing Heads. Find rea­son­ably priced clas­sics, retro fur­ni­ture and funky finds at this eclec­tic vin­tage gem, lo­cated be­tween Dal­las and Fort Worth (about 15 min­utes from DFW Air­port).

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