America’s 10 Greatest Indie Record Stores

Criminal Records – Atlanta, GA

Janelle Monae at Criminal Records, Record Store Day 2010. Image via

You know Record Store Day, that yearly limited edition-vinyl-buying spree that takes place at all the best indie outlets across the country? Well, we can thank Eric Levin, co-founder of AIMS (the Association of Independent Media Stores) and the owner of Criminal Records, for that rocking-est of all holidays. It serves as something of a community center for Atlanta’s local music scene, and its selection of comics is a great side draw. Once packed into a tiny space, Criminal made the move to a larger space in 2009, which we assume means they’re doing just fine.