5 Essential New Orleans Record Stores
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Yes, you could fire up Spotify to stream your favorite New Orleans musicians — but the warmth, crackle and hiss of vinyl has so much more personality. (Not to mention that the beautifully designed sleeves can double as wall art.) Sometimes, music is best experienced both as an auditory and tangible product. For those times, here are a few standout record stores. You might just bring home a great souvenir — or discover a new favorite artist while flipping through the crates.
3301 Chartres Street
This two-story, 4,000-square-foot music mecca in Bywater hosts frequent free in-store performances and movie nights. You can also sell your old CDs and LPs here.
421 Frenchmen Street
Why not shop for music in the middle of a music district? You’ll find new and used records by local and national recording artists, T-shirts, music gear, magazines, and so much more.
228 Decatur Street
Located on the third floor of Beckham’s Bookshop in the heart of the French Quarter, No Pulp Records is well organized and is a must-stop for New Orleans-centric vinyl. The bookstore is a must-stop by itself, too.
4318 Magazine Street
You’ll find this family-owned shop Uptown. The 15,000-square-foot store has a plethora of LPs, EPs, CDs, cassettes, merch, T-shirts, and miscellaneous gifts, including prayer candles.
1037 Broadway Street
An Uptown mainstay for college students since 1970, this record store/head shop is dusty, incense-scented, and crammed with crates of records. It’s a pleasant way to while away an afternoon.
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