Denver/Boulder's five best places to buy records


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For many music fans, the last time they bought a CD might be further back than the last time they bought vinyl, a statement that was more common in 1982 than 2012, but here we are: Vinyl is back. Whether through grassroots measures (more vinyl-only labels cropping up) or more astroturfed efforts (Record Store Day's wave of re-releases on major labels), the warm sound of vinyl -- and let's be honest, the collectable nature of wax -- is back. Whether you want to characterize a 12-inch as having more soul than a digital disc, or you just like that the artwork is larger, records are the coolest way to own music in this digital era. With this in mind, here are Denver and Boulder's five best places to buy vinyl.


5. Independent Records, 937 East Colfax Avenue, Denver

Wedged in between some of the best music venues on Colfax is Independent Records. Normally it can be a little pricey -- but every third Saturday of the month they give 10 percent off new and used vinyl as well as 50 percent off new sale vinyl, making it worth the wade through dashboard bobble-heads and Nag Champa.


4. Bart's Music Shack, 236 Pearl Street, Boulder

It is certainly no joke that the reincarnation of the beloved Bart's CD Cellar is in a glorified tool shack. Lucky for us, the shack is chock-full of gems. Of course the selection is much smaller than that of the late Bart's, but it's a great place to browse used vinyl and music from local musicians, and the staff is devoted and friendly. If you're looking for a rare experience, take the trip up there to support the tiniest local vinyl shop we've ever seen.

Location Info


Wax Trax Records

638 E. 13th Ave., Denver, CO

Category: General

Twist & Shout

2508 E. Colfax Ave., Denver, CO

Category: Music

Ramada Plaza Convention Center

10 E. 120th Ave., Denver, CO

Category: General

Independent Records - CLOSED

937 E. Colfax Ave., Denver, CO

Category: General

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Hey Westword, maybe you should use a photo of the Independent Records that is in Denver, not the one that is in Colorado Springs? 

Sickum Frank
Sickum Frank

I heard a rumour that a 2.4 million dollar loan at the Lowenstein Complex has been in default since Feb.. I guess that makes Wax Trax #1 soon. B&R should be #1. Barts is a shack. Absolute Vinyl is a Van Nuys type of store just used to get stuff for eBay. Twist has too many RIAA visit candidates in their racks, not cool. The Record Show should be three times a year.

Nick Browning
Nick Browning

Absolute Vinyl in Boulder at Arapahoe and 55th.... Doug is the man...

Denver Ultigirl
Denver Ultigirl

Well, everything that needed to be said has been said.  Black'n'Read should definitely make the top 5.  Black'n'Read's employees are the type of people who volunteer to bring a high schooler home from a metal show because the kid's parents don't want to stay up that late.  Their selection is great and it is a place where you get more than you deserve. And Wax Trax is number 1, not number 2.  Hell, I know vinyl hounds who search the internet constantly for that one album...and in the end, it's Wax Trax who scores it on their behalf.  That goes far beyond hosting shows or offering local bands' albums or having a neat special deal.  It speaks to Wax Trax's passion for record collecting and how it plays out through attention to detail, relationships within the music and vinyl scenes and extraordinary customer service.  That's why they are number 1.


and they forgot Black & Read, plus who in Denver cares about Bart's? it's too small now... I did get heat outta there back when Vajra was still ringing people up. Can't hate.


Whoops, you guys listed Wax Trax wrong.  It's number 1, not number 2.

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