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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’ve been chas­ing. 1317 S. La­mar St., 214.421.1500


Ar­guably the mother of all record stores in the Metro­plex, For­ever Young Records is a beau­ti­ful sight to be­hold for any au­dio­phile. Its ex­pan­sive (read: about 250,000 records) se­lec­tion of new and out-of-print vinyl, as well as LPs by un­der­ground and in­ter­na­tional artists. Fam­ily-owned since 1984 and lo­cated about halfway be­tween Dal­las and Fort Worth, For­ever Young is an in­sti­tu­tion filled with hid­den gems wait­ing to be dis­cov­ered. 2955 S. High­way 360, Grand Prairie, 972.352.6299, www.forevery­oun­


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 to Lower Greenville Av­enue, whether you’re look­ing to browse or find some­thing spe­cific. Ex­pect the shop’s Record Store Day bash (typ­i­cally April 16) to be a mas­sive op­er­a­tion, com­plete with free beer and live mu­sic all day. 1808 Greenville Ave., 214.752.4663,


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 a top-notch sched­ule of events for Record Store Day. 2821 LBJ Fwy., Ste. 100, Farm­ers Branch, 972.243.2039,


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 and en­joy the pa­tio or browse the vinyl se­lec­tion, which ranges from Kanye West to the Talk­ing Heads. 2716 Elm St., 214.745.1402


The old­est, long­est-run­ning record store in the Metro­plex, Fort Worth’s Record Town is a lo­cal gem. Owner Sumter Bru­ton is a wealth of mu­si­cal knowl­edge and his­tory, and has main­tained a steady clien­tele of crate-dig­ging lo­cals and TCU stu­dents since 1957. 3025 S. Univer­sity Drive, Fort Worth, 817.926.1331


Oak Cliff’s Spin­ster Records has a small yet well-cu­rated in­ven­tory of new re­leases, al­bums by in­de­pen­dent and lo­cal artists, and clas­sic LPs span­ning a va­ri­ety of gen­res— not to men­tion turnta­bles and hi-fi sys­tems for the dis­cern­ing au­dio­phile and Dal­las-made ap­parel. 829 W. Davis St., 972.598.0814, www.spin­ster­

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