Let me start this post by saying, Happy Record Store Day! It really is a shame that this day only graces us once a year. It’s like Halloween in the way that there should be at least two a year, but I digress. Now this list could go on and on, city to city, but I decided my lucky number 7 favorites in Las Vegas would be more than enough to suppress any record store junkies appetite. Lastly keep in mind that this list is ordered in no specific way, I don’t know that it would be fair to compare apples to oranges in this case. I’m going to stop rambling on now, enjoy & stay rock ‘n’ roll!
1. Moondog Records
Address: 4440 S. Maryland Pkwy, Las Vegas, NV 89119
Hours of operation: Tuesday – Sunday 11am – 5pm (hours a subject to change)
Record Store Day Specials: 50% select records (over 600 to chose from)
Why they’re great every other day of the year: This is an all around great neighborhood mom & pop record store. The owner is always on site and is always up to talk to you about vinyl/music in general. Not overpriced with a fantastic selection. Expect to find some limited addition pieces and those records you grew up with.
2. 11th Street Records
Address: 1023 Fremont St. Las Vegas, NV 89101
Hours of operation: Sun-Mon 12pm-7pm, Tue-Thu 12pm -10pm, Fri-Sat 12pm-12am
Record Store Day Specials: Pick up a copy of Anti-Flags acoustic album Live at Eleventh Street Records. There are also select vinyl on sale up to 30% off. Limited Record Store Day releases.
Why they’re great every other day of the year: Vinyl! Vinyl as far as the eye can see! Can’t complain about pricing and the staff are always helpful. Plus they have a sweet recording studio in the back and you never know who might stop by.
3. Zia Records (Eastern & Sahara Location)
Address: 4225 S Eastern Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89119 & 4503 W Sahara Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89102
Hours of operation: 10am-12am (both locations)
Record Store Day Specials: Limited addition record store day releases.
Why they’re great every other day of the year: In-store signings & performances, a one of a kind book & movie collection (I’m personally in loved with their used book section in particular, you cannot beat those prices). Plus you can Buy, Sell, & Trade your vinyl, movies, CDs, books, etc.
4. Wax Trax Records Inc.
Address: 2909 S Decatur Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89102
Hours of operation: 11am-4pm
Record Store Day Specials: none listed
Why they’re great every other day of the year: This is a great place to get lost in for a few hours on Saturday afternoon. You really never know what you’re going to find whether you were looking for it or not. The staff is all very friendly and helpful and great to talk music with. I personally love this place specifically for when I’m looking for rare vinyl, they always seem to have that special record I’m looking for.
5. Record City (Sahara)
Address: 300 E Sahara Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89104
Hours of operation: Mon-Sat 9am-5pm
Record Store Day Specials: Store will be opening at 8am.
Why they’re great every other day of the year: They are the original neighborhood record store. Perfect place to spend an afternoon browsing until you find what you didn’t know you were looking for, not to mention they have one of the best metal vinyl collections in town.
6. Record City (Charleston)
Address: 4555 E Charleston Blvd #102, Las Vegas, NV 89104
Hours of operation: Mon-Sat 10am-6pm
Record Store Day Specials: none listed.
Why they’re great every other day of the year: Until I started researching for this posting, I actually had no idea Record City had a second location in town. This was of course the perfect Record Store Day present for me and I do plan on stopping by today to finally check out their selections. If it’s anything like their Sahara location I have no doubt that I’ll be spending several hours there, at least.
7. Cash 4 Chaos
Address: 4110 S Maryland Pkwy #27, Las Vegas, NV 89119
Hours of operation: Mon-Sat 11am-8pm, Sun 12pm-6pm
Record Store Day Specials: none currently listed.
Why they’re great every other day of the year: It’s your one stop shop for punk, gothic, rockabilly, & horror merch/memorabilia. Best punk vinyl/CD/Cassette collection in town. This store has been a staple in my life since I was a young teen first discovering what good music was and the rest is history. With the convenient location next to The Dive bar, you never know who will stop in.
May you find all that you are looking for/not looking for today and if you’re like me remember to keep some money at home so that you don’t walk away completely broke. Now I think Penny Lane said it best, “and if you ever get lonely, just go to the record store and visit your friends.”