The tradition of record collecting has seen a recent revival, and it's no secret. Vinyl tantalizes with the lure of nostalgia, from flipping through the colorful album art looking for an old favorite to the vintage sound of the record spinning on the turntable. Record stores thrive by delivering quality analog products and fostering a sense of community, ensuring that the timeless ritual of vinyl collecting persists in the digital age.
From the lively streets of Providence to the welcoming storefronts of Newport, local record shops act as guardians of a rich musical history. They invite everyone to explore and enjoy vinyl (often also stocking cassettes, CDs, and other memorabilia of a bygone era), while boasting a diverse range of music genres from indie rock to jazz and beyond, inviting locals and tourists alike to discover new music and reconnect with beloved classics.
Please note that record availability can vary by season and vendor. For the most up-to-date information, we recommend calling or visiting the business' website or social media pages before planning your visit.
Analog Underground stands out for its handpicked assortment of records, ensuring music lovers can find both classic hits and obscure gems. This shop is known for its friendly atmosphere and knowledgeable staff, making it a staple in the Providence record shopping scene. Providence, Facebook: Analog Underground
Regarded for its diverse selection spanning multiple genres, Armageddon Shop is more than just a record store. It also sells CDs, cassettes, videos, magazines, and band merchandise, hitting multiple notes of nostalgia. Providence, ArmageddonShop.com
Located in the Pawtuxet Village, Doomed Records caters to a wide range of musical preferences with its extensive collection of CDs, cassettes, and merch. Originally recognized for its focus on heavy metal, the store has broadened to include hip-hop, jazz, and indie music, too. Cranston, DoomedRecordsRI.com
In Your Ear
Since opening in 1982, In Your Ear Records has stood as a long-standing presence in the Boston and Rhode Island music scenes, connecting patrons with music they adore. Their two East Bay locations provide a diverse selection, including rare and obscure items on CD, LP, and cassette. And now you can grab a drink at The Upside Bar, inside their Market Street digs. Warren, IYE.com
Looney Tunes II
At Looney Tunes II, find an extensive selection of both new and used vinyl in all genres, as well as a solid assortment of CDs, posters, music DVDs, magazines, and turntables. Wakefield, Instagram: Looney Tunes II
At Olympic Records, vinyl enthusiasts can find a well-curated selection of 12" vinyl and 45s. The store prides itself on the condition of its records and has earned positive reviews from the community for its variety and quality. Providence, OlympicVinyl.Tumblr.com
Round Again Records
An independent used record store, Round Again Records has been serving customers since 1979. They offer a vast selection of used records and CDs, emphasizing the importance of item condition. Specializing in jazz, rock, folk, country, and pop, they also carry a limited collection of R&B and classical music. Providence, RoundAgainRecordsRI.com
Vinyl Guru Records
Vinyl Guru Records is a cozy indie record store that takes pride in its carefully chosen collection of top-notch vinyl. The staff here are not only friendly but also well-versed in music, offering insights and recommendations with a passion for their local music community. Beyond records, the store is stocked with a variety of cool finds, catering to different budgets. Newport, Instagram: Vinyl Guru Records
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