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A guide to finding vinyl in Vegas

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      Record City

      Record City

      This longtime vinyl outpost has two Valley locations: this freestanding purple home on East Sahara and a strip mall-housed shop on East Charleston. Though the former offers a fair number of new records, both spots specialize in the used stuff, with the Sahara store, in particular, a favorite of visiting collectors looking to dig for deals. 300 E. Sahara Ave., 702-735-1126; 4555 E. Charleston Blvd., 702-457-8626; recordcityonline.com.

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      On the rise: Moondog Records owner Clint McKean says “it’ll take time” for Vegas to become known for its vinyl.

      Moondog Records

      Sitting just a few doors down from the original location of the beloved, now-shuttered Big B’s CDs and Records, this University District store offers a great selection of used albums and 45s from all areas of music, and also sells CDs and cassettes, turntables and stereo equipment and even some instruments. 4440 S. Maryland Pkwy., 702-802-3333, moondogrecordslv.com.

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      Wax Trax

      Wax Trax

      Some vinyl collectors have rightly described the three-story, west-side shop as a local record museum. A staggering half-million records populate it, according to owner and doo-wop enthusiast/DJ Rich Rosen. Also impressive: his extensive selection of used turntables and vintage AMI jukebox. 2909 S. Decatur Blvd., 702-362-4300, waxtraxonline.com>.

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      Urban Outfitters

      Urban Outfitters

      No joke—this mall store has the goods. New vinyl dominates the impressive curation; you can buy everything from Haim and Public Enemy to Can, and if you’re lucky, you’ll stumble on one of their biannual sales, where premium platters can go as low as $10 a pop. Fashion Show, 702-794-4011; Miracle Mile Shops, 702-733-0058; urbanoutfitters.com.

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      Zia Record Exchange

      Zia Record Exchange

      An Arizona-based chain with two Vegas locations, Zia has beefed up its vinyl presence in a big way to meet recent demand, particularly its new release and reissues section. Best of all, store credit is relatively easy to come by, since the stores accept everything from video games to DVDs in trade. 4225 S. Eastern Ave., 702-735-4942; 4503 W. Sahara Ave., 702-233-4942; ziarecords.com.

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      11th Street Records

      11th Street Records

      Finally, Fremont East gets a record store—one loaded with new, used and local vinyl you can spin on house turntables before you purchase. Inspired to cut your own LP? There’s a legit, analog-friendly recording studio in the back. 1023 Fremont St., 702-527-7990, 11thstreetrecords.com.

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