11 Best Boston-Area Record Stores for Record Store Day
Shop vinyl and score some exclusive deals
Vinyl is making a comeback. Fans say they prefer vinyl’s collectibility and richness of sound compared to streaming services like Spotify.
In 2007, independent record store owners got together and created Record Store Day to celebrate the culture and impact of records and independent businesses. Record Store Day has been celebrated every year since, and became a global sensation with big-name artists like Taylor Swift, Pearl Jam, Metallica, and Brandi Carlile adopting the role of “Record Store Day Ambassador.” This year, it falls on April 22 with Jason Isbell and Amanda Shires as ambassadors, releasing a special joint EP titled The Sonic Emporium EP with new songs from the two musicians.
In honor of Record Store Day, we’ve compiled a list of the 11 best Boston-area local, independent record stores. Many of them have promotions or limited releases, so be sure to visit your favorite neighborhood store—or head out to a new one—to celebrate music and independent businesses.
Another note: Stores with an “RSD” by their name have signed the Record Store Day Pledge, which certifies that they are selling exclusive Record Store Day editions of the albums to customers at their brick-and-mortar stores, with a promise not to price gouge or hold back any stock for online sale.