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Satisfy Your Aural Needs At These 5 Great Boston-Area Record Stores

Stereo Jack's in Cambridge (Amy Gorel for WBUR)
Stereo Jack's in Cambridge (Amy Gorel for WBUR)
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Calibrate your needles everyone! Summer is here and there is no better time to go crate digging for a warm weather playlist.

To help ease the search, we've created this map of some of the best record stores in Boston and highlighted five extra dope ones. No matter if you bump old school soul or blast krautrock, these stores will satisfy your aural needs. If all else fails, there’s always Mungo Jerry.


Armageddon Record Shop

Harvard Square, Cambridge

Armageddon Record Shop in Cambridge (James Miller for WBUR)
Armageddon Record Shop in Cambridge (James Miller for WBUR)

Across from the erudite halls of Harvard and below Cambridge’s best beer garden, Armageddon Records is an oasis for any metal, hardcore, punk, or similarly minded fan.

Inside the store a cacophony of shrill guitar and thumping drums plays incessantly as you search through the most illegible black metal typeface or the most brutal album cover. If you’re south of the border, make sure to check out Armageddon's Providence location as well.

Weirdo Records

Central Square, Cambridge

Weirdo Records in Central Square Cambridge (James Miller for WBUR)
Weirdo Records in Central Square Cambridge (James Miller for WBUR)

Last summer I was walking north on Mass Ave. in Cambridge and thought I heard a goat singing Barry White. In fact, there was a free karaoke machine in front of Weirdo for any passerby to croon on.

Weirdo offers Boston’s best collection of absurd, unknown, provocative, and strange music. The cramped storefront is lined wall to wall with experimental local acts and flash in the pan weirdos from Japan. This summer, pick your favorite jam and swing by Weirdo to belt it.

Deep Thoughts

Jamaica Plain

Deep Thoughts in Jamaica Plain (James Miller for WBUR)
Deep Thoughts in Jamaica Plain (James Miller for WBUR)

Since opening in April 2013, Deep Thoughts has slowly crept to becoming my favorite record store in Boston. Its selection of local tunes is unmatched, and rare smatterings of everything from crust punk to boom bap hip-hop are top-notch. The decor looks like Fred Schneider and Divine either both vomited or had a baby, and it’s beautiful.

Underground Hip Hop

Huntington Avenue, Boston

Underground Hip Hop on Huntington Avenue in Boston (James Miller for WBUR)
Underground Hip Hop on Huntington Avenue in Boston (James Miller for WBUR)

UGHH is different than any other record store in the city — it operates mostly online and serves an international clientele. Still, the spray painted walls and several crates of rap records give the physical store enough charm that we can claim it as our own.

And nearly every week, UGHH hosts rappers or DJs (I’ve seen Torae, Retrospek and Pharoahe Monch) and frequently helps to grow the local scene by collaborating with local talent.

Skippy White’s

Roxbury

Skippy White’s Records in Roxbury (James Miller for WBUR)
Skippy White’s Records in Roxbury (James Miller for WBUR)

The most quintessential record store of any record store in Boston. Skippy White’s is a producers paradise with rows of dusty soul 45s to sample and a living encyclopedia behind the counter.

Skippy has owned and operated the store for over 40 years and has built a reputation as the city’s expert on all things soul, R&B, blues and gospel. If you can only make it to one store on this list, go to Skippy White’s, if only to speak to the man himself.



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