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Although E-Commerce and digital music sales have taken a bite out of the record store world, they continue to work and promote bands across the country. We've gone ahead and found some of the best records stores across the country in a variety of markets to help your band sell more physical music, the old-school way.

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AIMS

AIMS stores are located coast to coast and their membership currently stands at 29 stores in 21 cities. They are not a chain, but rather an association of independent stores working together to benefit their customers and record label partners. They have a wide selection of music that goes far deeper than most mass-market retailers (including formats such as vinyl and DVDs at most of their stores). Through their combined efforts they are also able to work with record labels to bring consumers special issue CDs that you simply cannot find at any chain store. The site gives you store contact information for all 29 stores where you can contact them to try to get your music in those stores.

CIMS

The Coalition of Independent Music Stores (CIMS) is a group of some of the best independent music stores in America. CIMS was founded in 1995; its current membership is made up of 29 accounts that handle 59 stores in 21 states. Many of the accounts have been recognized by the music industry and their local communities for their outstanding dedication to customer service and developing artist support. They give information on how to get your records into their stores.

Best Buy

Location: Minneapolis, ME 55440
Best Buy has a program called "Find 'Em First" where you sell your CD in a local Best Buy Store and their online store. They are trying to find regional up and coming unsigned bands for this program and have chosen over 100 artists so far. We take you to the page that shows you how to submit your music for free. If you are chosen you can be in as little as 2 stores to 100's. There is a one time $250 set up fee if chosen. All sales are on consignment and you get paid $5.15 per album as they sell them. 

Newbury Comics

Location: Brighton, MA 02135
Offers a consignment program where you give them your CD’s for free and as they sell them you get paid. They have 27 retail locations in the New England States. You get about 70% of what the consumer pays.

Alternative Distribution Alliance

Location: New York, NY 10104
ADA is a full service, independent national distributor whose services include: National distribution of music with a knowledgeable sales force spread across the country, digital preparation, distribution and marketing, co-operative advertising planning and placement, manufacturing and printing of music (CD,DVD,vinyl), warehousing, and inventory management, full suite of financial reporting and marketing tools for distributed labels including a B2B web site.

Jack's Music Shopped

Location: Red Bank, NJ 07701
Jack's Music Shoppe in Red Bank, NJ is a smaller store selling music and instruments of and to independent artists. Contact the store for information regarding an in-store performance or appearance whilst on tour. 

Rev Distribution

Location: Huntington Beach, CA 92615-5232
Rev Distribution has been providing independent retailers and distributors with a one-stop solution for punk, hardcore, indie, rock, emo and metal music including hard-to-find releases.

BK Music

Location: Richmond, VA 23225
BK music in Richmond is an independently owned store selling CDs, DVDs and vinyl of local and unsigned artists. Contact BK for inquiries regarding a performance and appearance while on tour. 

Jackpot Records

Location: Portland, OR 97214
With two Portland stores, Jackpot Records a huge selection of CDs, vinyl, and DVDs of independent music and art. Contact the store for info on an in-store while on tour. 

Joe's Records

Location: Mount Vernon, IL 62864
Joe's Records in the mid-west has two Indiana locations and one in each of Illinois and Ohio. Joe's sells CDs, DVDs and vinyl of local and independent artists and musicians. Contact the store for an oppurtunity to play or make an appearance in one of their four stores while on tour. 

Kief's Downtown Music

Location: Lawrence, KS 66046
A small but very well respected store, Kief's Downtown sells a variety of local and independent CDs, DVDs and vinyl. 

Boo Boo Records

Location: San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Boo Boo Records in San Luis Obispo, CA offers fans a large selection of independent music, as well as movies and clothing in their locally operated store. Contact Boo Boo for setting up a live performace and appearance in their store. 

CD Central

Location: Lexington, KY 40508
CD Central is Kentucky's hub for new and used CDs and vinyl for independent and local music. For a performance or an appearance, contact the store. 

Central Square Records

Location: Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459
Central Square Records in Santa Rosa Beach, FL is a beachside store selling CDs, DVDs, and vinyl of independent and local artists. They also maintain a very active blog on their website regarding albums they keep in the store. For a live performance in store, contanct Central Square. 

Cactus Music

Location: Houston, TX 77098
Cactus Music in Houston offers customers a selection of albums and movies of local and independent musicians. For information regarding an in-store performance or appearance, concact Cactus.

Chester County Book and Music Co.

Location: West Chester, PA 19380
Chester County Book and Music Co. is a small store in West Chester, PA, selling CDs, DVDs, and vinyl of independent musicians. For an appearance, contact the store for details. 

Criminal Records

Location: Atlanta, GA 30307
Criminal Records in Atlanta sells a wide selection of CDs, DVDs, and vinyl of independent and local artists. For information about an in-store performance or album signing, contact Crminal Records. 

Daddy Kool Records

Location: St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Daddy Kool Records in St. Petersburg sells a variety of music and movies of indendent artists. Daddy Records also helps in promoting shows in the St. Pete-Tampa area. 

Dearborn Music

Location: Dearborn, MI 48124
Dearborn Music has a huge selection of musical genres, but also sells indie CDs, vinyl and movies. Contact Dearborn Music for info regarding an in-store performance. 

Dimple Records

Location: Sacramento, CA 95825
Dimple Records has 6 Northern California locations, all selling a selection of CDs, movies and vinyl of independent and local artists. For in store performances and appearances, contact Dimple. 

Disc Exchange

Location: Knoxville, TN 37920
Disc Exchange in Knoxville offers CDs, DVDs and vinyl of various local and independent musicians. 

Earshot

Location: Winston-Salem, NC 27103
With a store in North Carolina and two more in South Carolina, Earshot sells CDs, movies and vinyl of independent and local artists. Contact Earshot for information regarding a store performance or appearance. 

End of an Ear

Location: Austin, TX 78704
End of an Ear in Austin offers fans a huge selection of indendent and local CDs, movies and vinyl. For instore events contact End of an Ear. 

Exile on Main Street

Location: Champaign, IL 61820
Exile on Main is a small botique record store selling music and movies of many independent and local artists in Champaign, Il. To set up an in-store performance and appearance while on tour, conact the store. 

Euclid Records- St. Louis

Location: St. Louis, MO
Euclid Records is a large store in St. Louis that sells albums and movies of independent musicians and artists. For an in store performance while on tour or other information contact Euclid. 

Finders Records

Location: Bowling Green, OH 43402
Finders Records in Bowling Green, OH is an entirely independent music store selling CD, records and movies of the lesser heard side of the arts industry. 

Good Records

Location: Dallas, TX 75206
Good Records in Dallas has established itself as an independent music store selling CDs and vinyl of local and lesser recognizeable music. For info about playing a live performance or making an appearance in the store while on tour, contact Good Records. 

Graywhale Enterntainment

Location: Salt Lake City, UT
With 6 Utah locations, Graywhale has build itself as one of the most prominent record stores selling CDs, movies and vinyl of independent and local artists. Contact for in-store live performance and appearance while on tour. 

Grimey's New & Preloved Music

Location: Nashville, TN 37203
Grimey's of Nashville is a small store selling new and used CDs, DVDs, and vinyl of independent and local artists. They frequently host in-store performances for bands rolling through Nashville, conact the store for details. 

Guestroom Records

Location: Oklahoma City, OK
With three Oklahoma City area locations, Guestroom Records sells albums and movies of local and independent artists. Contact the store for information regarding an in-store performance while on tour. 

Hoodlums Music and Movies

Location: Tempe, AZ 85238
Hoodlums Music is a nieghborhood music store in the Phoenix area selling CDs, DVDs and vinyl of independent and local artists. Contact Hoodlums for setting up a performance in their store. 

Independent Records and Video

Location: Colorado Springs, CO
With their 7 Colorado locations, Independent Records and Video offers fans a huge selection of independent and local music and movies. Contact the store to play a performance or make an appearance in one of their locations while on tour. 

Alternative Music

Location: Rochester, NY 14607
Rochester's Alternative Music is a record store that sells CDs, DVDs and vinyl of independent and local musicians. 

Luna Music

Location: Indianapolis, IN 46220
Luna Music in Indy offers music fans a huge selection of independent and local music and movies. Contact Luna for information regarding an in-store performace and appearance. 

Lunchbox Records

Location: Charlotte, NC 28205
Lunchbox Records in Charlotte, NC offers nothing but quality independent and local music. They frequently host bands for in-store performances and appearances while on tour. 

M-Theory Music

Location: San Diego, CA 92103
M-Theory in Sand Diego has an affinity for selling CDs, DVDs and vinyl of indie, alternative, and local musicians. Contact M-Theory for info regarding a live performance or an in-store appearance while on tour in Southern California. 

Monster Music

Location: Charleston, SC 29407
Monster Music in Charleston is South Carolina's indie, local and alternative music store, selling a huge selection of CDs, vinyl and DVDs. Conact for an in-store appearance or a live performance while on tour. 

Park Ave CDs

Location: Orlando, FL 32803
Park Ave CDs of Orlando sells CDs, DVDs and vinyl of independent and local musicians. Contact for information on a live performance or album signing. 

Plan 9 Music

Location: Richmond, VA 23220
Plan 9 Music has two Virginia locations, selling the CDs, DVDs and vinyl of independent and local artists. Plan 9 is very active in the music community of Va and often has artists come into the store for a live performance or other promototions while on tour. 

Princeton Record Exchange

Location: Princeton, NJ 08542
Princeton Exchange is an independently owned and operated store buying and selling music and movies of indie, alternative and local music (among other genres). 

Pure Pop Records

Location: Burlington, VT 05041
Pure Pop Records in Burlington, Vermont is a small record store offering music fans a variety of CDs, DVDs and vinyl of independent and local music

Rainbow Records

Location: Newark, DE 18711
Rainbow Records in Newark, DE has established itself as one of the largest CD, DVD and vinyl duplication and production companies in the country. Rainbow also sells a great variety of independent and local music. 

Rasputin Music

Location: Berkeley, CA 94704
With 9 Northern California locations, Rasputin Music is a large sized seller of CDs, DVDs and vinyl of independent and local musicians. Rasputin frequently brings in talent into one of their locations for a live performance or appearance while on tour, contact store for details. 

Schoolkids Records

Location: Raliegh, NC 27607
Schoolkids is a small record store that buys and sells independent and local music and movies in Raliegh. 

Silver Platters

Location: Seattle, WA 98109
Silver Platters of Seattle boasts 3 location in the metropolitan area, all selling and buying local and independent music and movies. Silver Platter often has artists come into the stores for a live performance while on tour, contact for details. 

Skip's Records and CD World

Location: Eugene, OR 97402
Located in Eugene, Skip's offers a massive selection of CDs and vinyl of local and independent artists. Conact the store for information regaring a lve in-store performance or appearance while on tour. 

Strictly Discs

Location: Madison, WI 53711
Madison's Strictly Discs is a small but very able record store, selling a variety of CDs and vinyl of local and independent artists. 

Sonic Boom Records

Location: Seattle, WA 98107
Sonic Boom Records in Seattle is a record mecca of the Northwest, buying and selling independent and local music and movies. Sonic Boom also has artists come in for in-stores frequently, contact the store for details. 

The Sound Garden

Location: Baltimore, DE 21231
The Sound Garden, or otherwise known as 'The CD Joint' has two locations, one in Syracuse, NY and another, the flagship store in Balitmore. The store buys and sells CDs, DVDs, and vinyl of independent and local music. Contact for setting up a live in-store performance or apperance while on tour. 

Stinkweeds

Location: Phoenix, AZ 85013
Stinkweeds of Phoenix in an indie record store selling music and movies of the lesser noticed talent. For setting up an in-store, contact Stinkweeds. 

Streetlight Records

Location: San Francisco, CA 94114
Streetlight Records offers the Bay Area three locations all selling a variety of music and movies of independent and local artists. Contact Streetlight for information on setting up a live in-store appearance or performance.  

Ameoba Music- Los Angeles

Location: Los Angeles, CA 90028
Ameoba Music in Los Angeles is the World's largest independent musc store selling what seems to be and endless selection of indie and alternative music. Contact Ameoba for in-store information. 

Ameoba Music- San Francisco

Location: San Francisco, CA 84177
Ameoba Music in San Francisco has been voted as one of the best record stores in the country multiple times, selling a fanatstic selection of independent music. Contact Ameoba for in-store performance information. 

Ameoba Music- Berkeley

Location: Berkeley, CA 94704
Ameoba Music in Berekely is the first store of the three, begining an independent music empire. Contact Ameoba for in-store performance information. 

T-Bones Records and Cafe

Location: Hattiesburg, MS 39401
T-Bones Records in Hattiesburg is a cafe-store combo selling a great selection of CDs, DVDs and vinyl of independent and local artists. T-Bones often has groups come on for live performances while on tour, contact for details. 

The Exclusive Company

Location: Milwaukee, WI 53202
The Exclusive Company located in Milwaukee and 7 other cities across Wisconsin is a record store offering a variety of CDs, DVDs and vinyl of independent and local artists. Contact one of the locations for information regarding an in-store performance or appearance while on tour. 

Twist and Shout Records

Location: Denver, CO 80206
Twist and Shout Records in Denver sells CDs, DVDs and vinyl of independent and local musicians. They also frequently bring in bands for in-studio performances, contact for details. 

Uncle Sam's Music

Location: Miami Beach, FL 33139
Uncle Sam's Music in Miami Beach sells a variety of CDs, movies and vinyl records of independent and local musicians. They also maintain a very active live music relationship with bands, bringing them into the store and into venues of the area, contact for details. 

Waterloo Records

Location: Austin, TX 78703
Waterloo Records in Austin is an independent music store selling indie, local, and alternative music. Contact Waterloo for setting up a live in-store performance or appearance while on tour in Austin. 

Zia Records

Location: Las Vegas, NV 89102
Zia Records in Las Vegas is one of there 8 Southwest locations selling CDs, DVDs and vinyl of independent artists. 

The Culture Clash

Location: Toledo, OH 43623
The Culture Clash in Toledo, OH is a well respected record store selling independent and local music. Contact for live in-store performances and appearances while on tour. 

In Your Ear

Location: Boston, MA 02215
In Your Ear in Boston has long been a staple for beantown music fans with their simple approach of selling used and new music of independent and local artists. In Your Ear has two more locations, one In Cambridge, Ma and another in Providence, RI. 

The Electric Fetus

Location: Minneapolis, MN 55404
The Electric Fetus is a record store in Minneapolis that sells CDs, DVDs and vinyl of independent and local artists. Contact the store for information regarding in-store performances and appearances while on tour. Electric Fetus also has locations in Deluth and St. Cloud, MN. 

Homer's Music

Location: Omaha, NE 68102
Homer's Music in Omaha is a record store selling music and movies of independent and local artists and musicians. Contact for live in-store performance and appearance information while on tour. 

Rockin Rudy's

Location: Missoula, MT 59801
Rockin Rudy's in Missoula is an independent records store selling CD, DVDs, vinyl and other merchandise. Contact for live in-stores while on tour in Montana. 

Euclid Records- New Orleans

Location: New Orleans, LA 30117
Euclid Records in New Orleans is a large store selling music and movies of independent artists. Contact for live in-store performances and appearances while on tour. 

Bull Moose

Location: Portland, ME 04101
Bull Moose runs a small record store empire in the Northern New England area with 8 stores in Maine and 2 in New Hampshire. Bull Moose sells CDs, movies and vinyl of independent artists. They also host bands for acoustic or live sets in one of their 10 locations, contact for information. 

Rep Records

Location: Philadelphia, PA 19147
Repo Records in Philadelphia is an old-school records store selling CDs, vinyl and movies of independent and local artists. 

Crooked Beat Records

Location: Washinton, DC 20009
Crooked Beat is a record store in Washington DC that sells a variety of independent and local music and movies. Contact Crooked Beat for information regarding a live in-store performance or apperance while on tour. 

 

"With traditional CD sales falling bundling t-shirts, CD's, DVD's, etc and selling them as a package to your music fans is a growing trend "

"NPD and Industry Sources say that of the age group 36-50 years old, 32% buy CD's and 32% buy digital downloads. These are the highest % of any age group. "

"NPD and Industry Sources say that of the age group 18-25 years old, 15% buy CD's and 21% buy digital downloads. "

"NPD and Industry Sources say that of the age group 13-17 years old, 10% buy CD's and 14% buy digital downloads. "

"NPD and Industry Sources say that of the age group 26-35 years old, 19% buy CD's and 27% buy digital downloads. "

"NPD and Industry Sources say that of the age group 51+ years old, 25% buy CD's and only 2% buy digital downloads. "

"While creativity and talent are obviously necessities, it is important to remember that the music business is just that, a business and you need to treat it as such."

"Vinyl records are on the way back, considering offering it to your fans bundled with a t-shirt and hat. "

"Nielsen reports in 2009 sales at mass retailers accounted for 36% of all album sales, chain outlets 29% and independent retailers 6% "