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The tech boom of the 21st century may have brought us YouTube and Spotify, but it also led to the decline of music in physical forms. However, this does not mean that record stores have become obsolete. Amoeba Music may be an L.A. classic, but record stores in the San Gabriel Valley are definitely worth visiting for the thrill of finding one-of-a-kind collectible vinyl and albums from your favorite artists, no matter how recent they are.
The quaint, hipster village of Claremont is home to one of the best record stores in the area, Rhino Records. Probably the most diverse on this list, Rhino Records sells everything from rare vinyl and CDs to gag gifts and books. They keep a good mixture of both new and old vinyl, so there is something there for both the record enthusiast and the mainstream music lover. If you can’t find something you’re looking for, the staff is more than happy to see if they can order it for you. They also host live performances on their Rhino stage, which has been graced in the past with the likes of Jimmy Eat World and Yo La Tengo.
Rhino Records, 235 Yale Ave, Claremont, CA, +1 909 626 7774
By Sabina Li
Sabina Li is a born and bred Los Angeles native who is currently a UCLA bruin. When she is not getting sucked in by Pinterest or finding new chocolate-filled recipes to bake, she is out and about satisfying her craving for boba.