637 S. Pierce St. (504) 908-9612
Mid-City's newest record store is essentially a massive private collection. Cash only.
Domino Sound Record Shack
2557 Bayou Road (504) 309-0871
Listen for the dub music and smell the nag champa. This spot specializes in reggae and world music and stocks plenty of local releases, indie and classic rock, metal, punk, hip-hop and jazz, and DJ Soul Sister has her own row of hand-selected picks. Cash only.
3301 Chartres St.
Find a wide selection of records, from obscure metal and punk 7-inch discs to indie and classic rock, local and new releases, jazz and experimental sounds. The shop also hosts in-store performances.
The Iron Rail at Hey! Cafe
4332 Magazine St.
While anarchist lending library, record store and community space The Iron Rail is no longer open, its "Uptown annex" at punky coffee shop Hey! Cafe stocks obscure punk, metal and some indie releases, as well as books and 'zines.
Jim Russell Rare Records
1837 Magazine St. (504) 522-2602
The musty, aboveground basement is a treasure trove of used vinyl.
Where’s your favorite breakfast/brunch spot?
“Right now, my faves are Apolline, GG’s Dine-o-Rama, Wakin’ Bakin’, and the Mid-City location of The Ruby Slipper.”
DJ SOUL SISTER @djsoulsister,
Host of Hustle! at Hi-Ho Lounge, WWOZ DJ
Juan Le Ger Record Shop & Art Gallery
240 Pelican Ave.
This new Algiers outpost offers tons of used vinyl and doubles as a local art gallery.
Louisiana Music Factory
421 Frenchmen St. (504) 586-1094 The longtime Decatur Street record store moved to Frenchmen Street, where it still focuses on local music. It's open late (8 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, 10 p.m. Friday-Saturday), so you can buy the album from the bands you just saw. It also hosts frequent in-store performances.
1037 Broadway St.
This upstairs university-area outpost isn't just for blacklight posters and glass pipes. Find new and used vinyl and CDs in all genres. There also are occasional in-store performances.
408 N. Peters St. (504) 282-3322
The former Gentilly record shop reopened in touristy French Quarter digs with a large selection of new vinyl in all genres, a small coffee shop, T-shirts and other gear.
907 Bourbon St. (504) 592-4666 This pint-sized lower Bourbon Street store is packed with new and limited releases and rare records in all genres, with plenty of punk,indie and metal.