America’s 10 Greatest Indie Record Stores

Waterloo Records – Austin, TX

Photo credit: Sandy Carson, Austin Chronicle

Sure, music fans, critics, and industry types go to SXSW for the live music — but they always leave Austin with tales of the Shangri-La that is Waterloo Records. At a whopping 6,400 square feet, the place is sure to spark New Yorkers’ envy, and with nearly a 30-year legacy, it’s absolutely integral to the city’s music scene. Their staff picks are always ace (and never obvious), and this fall’s in-store performances feature the likes of The Black Angels and Ra Ra Riot. As if we weren’t already eating our hearts out, we hear those shows often include free beer.