Both a record label and a brick-and-mortar record store, 1-2-3-4 Go! carries everything from punk and hardcore to country and soul stuff, hosts shows regularly, and has what's probably the only publicly operating vintage photo booth in the East Bay.
Amoeba houses virtually any medium for music and visuals — CD, DVD, records, cassettes — and any genre of music, from Bakersfield honky-tonk, punk from Texas 1965 and Iceland 1982, to baroque, hip-hop, bebop, remixes of remixes, old-school R&B, and obscure imports.
This record shop specializes in a variety of Mexican pop music, from Lupillo Rivera to La Banda del Recodo, Los Tigres del Norte to Selena.
In addition to supporting musicians with compilations, recommendations, and now its own record label, Amoeba also hosts live bands several times a week in its San Francisco store. Saturday shows happen at 2 p.m. and weekday shows occur at 6 p.m., usually prior to the bands performance at some big club in the city. Theyre a great opportunity to see your favorite band for free if you cant afford a regular ticket, plus its a much more intimate environment. Amoeba also books local bands of all varieties, in conjunction with their CD releases. While it is slightly weird to see a band play amid the rows of CDs and vinyl, its also a natural place for music and a great alternative to those dark, loud clubs.
You'll find an obscure and eclectic mix of vinyl at this S.F. institution, from 1960s garage rock to electronic grooves.
Given the size of the store, selection in some genres (jazz excluded) can be limited, but the emphasis is on quality. You're apt to find rare treats at decent prices, and owner Dave Kloski is more than happy to help.
This shop stocks around 24,000 roots and world titles, as well as music-related books, DVDs, LPs, and vintage 78s and 45s.
An independent hip-hop label and record store that also sells spray paint and other graffiti gear and hosts performances.
Vinyl-focused record store.
Features vinyl, posters, rare magazines, and memorabilia.
This little record store carries hard-to-find soul records, along with everything from jazz and rock to reggae and rap. You'll also find record players, books, posters, and other funky music-relate memorabilia.
Groove Yard has a fairly narrow niche— jazz on vinyl—yet that's precisely why loyal customers keep coming back.
The store has a wide selection of DVDs, CDs, and cassette tapes in Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Bengali, and Punjabi.
The place to unearth rare UK and European imports, B-sides, the latest and greatest indie albums, and a treasure trove of music memorabilia and magazines.