Houston's Top 10 Record Stores 2014
|A Cactus crowd awaits a Wild Moccasins in-store earlier this month|
Well surprise, surprise, surprise. That's right, Gomer: Cactus won again. Although this list was hardly a one-horse race, Cactus was the hands-down winner. The Shepherd Plaza store is so central to Houston's musical goings on -- from its crowded in-store calendar to its must-read email newsletter or must-follow Twitter feed -- it's not a stretch to call it the flagship of the local music scene, because it's owned, managed and staffed by people who think about music as much as we do. Some of them also play in Houston's most popular bands.
But it's also a damn fine record store underneath all that, with the city's deepest vinyl and CD inventory -- thousands of titles strong, playing favorites with local and Texas artists -- plus all kinds of nifty accessories when gift-giving time rolls around. We're still partial to that "I'm not moving to Austin" T-shirt after all these years, and anyone who spends even ten minutes at Cactus should have no trouble figuring out why.
2110 Portsmouth, 713-526-9272, cactusmusictx.com.
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