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“Music Lover's Haven”
Review of Waterloo Records

Waterloo Records
Ranked #7 of 109 Shopping in Austin
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed July 25, 2012 via mobile

Go here now! This is an Austin staple, great record store full of goodies. You can almost always catch an in store jam session as well. Lots of vinyl and cd's for a music hound to poke through. Keep Austin weird!

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Reviewed June 26, 2012

there is a pretty impressive vinyl selection here. lots of good box sets. check it out if you're in to music.

Thank Philip G
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Reviewed April 12, 2012

This is the best remaining record store I know of. Think of Tower Records, but with used vinyl and a Texas local music slant. If music is your thing Waterloo is a must-visit place.

1  Thank JOHNINALPHARETTA
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Reviewed January 9, 2012

I live in Austin, but have traveled enough to have been in scores of music stores in the US and around the world. But in my mind, no one beats out our hometown independent, Waterloo Records. An event last week reminded me why I feel this way.

Of course the store carries the requisite stacks of vinyl, shelves of music videos and music publications, scads of t-shirts emblazoned with the icons of folks, jazz and rock and roll.

But the heart of the store beats around its' easy ambience in a city's whose motto is "Keep Austin Weird".. The bulk of the music CDs are simply sorted alphabetically by artist, no matter what supposed "genre" they would be pigeon-holed into at other stores. For better selection and value, the used CDs are placed with new ones.The store actively accentuates and promotes the local and Texas music scene while at the same time being a "real player" with national and international musicians who frequent the city for any of the many festivals (SXSW, Austin City Limits, Old Settler's Bluegrass, etc.) or just for a random gig.

All this makes for a great "record" store, but what takes it to the top are it's free in-stores, which feature a wide spectrum of artists in an intimate atmosphere, with the owner, John Kunz, usually acting as emcee. For example, last week a new book about the late Townes van Zandt was the occassion for several local musicians, ncuding Ray Wiley Hubbard, James MacMurtry , and Hayes Carll, to all perform their favorite "Townes" song, followed by one of their own that was inspired byVan Zandt. Turns out that one hour of talk and acoustic music now ranks as my best music experience in the past year.
My experience is that they have at least one in-store a week, more when the festival surges hit.

So if you find yourself prowling the "Alleys Of Austin" on a visit to Austin, seek out Waterloo Records at 6th in Lamar. The in-stores are posted in the Austin Chronicle or at the store and are usually accompanied by complimentary free beer. And remember, keep it weird!

Thank texwegian
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Reviewed July 9, 2017
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