It’s a well-known fact that Austin is a music town – the phrase “live music capital of the world” may ring a bell. Here at About Austin Relocating, we’d like to remind you that Austin isn’t just a center of live music, but also of the recorded kind.

By Andrew Zekany 

Waterloo Records

600A N Lamar Blvd

Austin, TX 78703

Perhaps the most well-known record shop in the city, Waterloo boasts a sizable collection of new records and is conveniently located downtown on North Lamar. It doubles as a venue for locally and nationally known artists to hold concerts and album releases.

Friends of Sound

1704 S Congress Ave

Austin, TX 78704

Hidden away behind the storefronts of South Congress Avenue, it’s easy to miss Friends of Sound record store. But trust us when we say that you don’t want to! This no-frills store may not look like much, but if you’re looking for lesser-known works of soul or southern music, it’s your best bet in town.

End of an Ear

2209 S 1st St

Austin, TX 78704

 One of Austin’s most popular record stores, devotees hail End of an Ear for its selection of old and new music alike. Prices are quite often lower than those at other stores, and there’s even a cool section of ‘free’ merchandise. Awesome!

 Breakaway Records

211 W North Loop Blvd

Austin, TX 78751

 Located north of the UT campus, Breakaway Records is another local favorite.  Known for their knowledgeable and friendly staff, Breakaway sells everything from soul to punk music, but is especially known for their collection of music from the ‘50s, ‘60s, and ‘70s. Thrifty shoppers will be excited to learn about the dollar bin.

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