Inland Empire Arts | Independent Record Store Guide


Photos By: Megan Gonzalez

We love supporting small businesses located in the Inland Empire. That being said, we found some really cool, independent record stores that are still operating today. Some of these musical havens are strictly dedicated to selling vinyl records, old and new. Other record stores are cool places that you can buy music in various forms, as well as specialty gifts like book, movie memorabilia and unique toys.

Record stores have always been known as cool, local hangout spots. So visit one of the IE's independent record stores, and infuse your life with a little bit of musical culture from the past or present.


Dr. Strange Records in Alta Loma

If punk rock music is your thing, then Dr. Strange Records is the place for you. Dr. Strange prides itself in carrying a large selection of even the most rare hardcore punk rock music on vinyl and CDs, as well as punk rock clothing and accessories.


Rhino Records in Claremont

Inarguably one of the coolest businesses in Downtown Claremont, Rhino Records carries vinyl, CDs, DVDs, LPs, posters, toys, books and more. It's a great place to find your favorite music or a gift for a friend.


Mad Platter in Riverside

Located in Riverside's University Village, Mad Platter is the place to go for out of print CDs and vinyl records. It is known for having a knowledgeable staff that can assist even the pickiest music collector.


Katz Alley Records in Redlands

This cool spot is a great place to visit if you're into records, CDs or electronic equipment like turntables and receivers. Much like an old school record store, Kats Cavern is the performance venue of the record store that is utilized by local bands on the weekends.


Glass House Record Store in Pomona

Glass House Record Store has a huge stock of new and used vinyl, with over 10,000 records in stock. Check in with the store every week to see which new records have come in.


Penny Lane Records in Upland

This small but impressive record store has a unique feature, in that you can shop its inventory online. However the best way to see its entire selection of records, CDs and DVDs is by stopping by its brick and mortar shop in Upland.


Record Alley in Palm Desert

This has been the go-to desert destination for CDs, LPs, DVDs, tapes books and other collectibles for over 30 years. It also carries tons of music and movie-related merchandise like t-shirts, posters, buttons and more.


Palm Springs Vinyl Records & Collectibles in Palm Springs

This is a great place to shop for music or movies with a great selection of CDs, vinyl records, cassettes, 8-tracks, DVDs and movie memorabilia.


* All photos were taken at Dr. Strange Records and Penny Lane Records.



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