Need Some Gift Ideas?

We got you covered. Representatives from three independent record stores in Texas recommend recent releases from local artists to give as gifts to music fans.
Need Some Gift Ideas?
Austin-based Hayes Carll recently released KMAG YOYO (& Other American Stories), which could be a good gift for the music lover in your life. Photograph by James Minchin III

Last month, more than sixty independent record stores across Texas kicked off the holiday shopping season with a Black Friday edition of Record Store Day, an annual promotion that features special vinyl and CD releases made exclusively for mom-and-pop record stores. It is intended to bring shoppers back to independent record stores, which offer what Internet retailers can’t: the element of human interaction between customers and clerks that often results in the discovery of a new favorite band or album. Better still, what makes small record stores different is their emphasis on stocking and selling locally produced music, whether released by a major label or brought in on consignment from the artists themselves.

As people prepare their holiday shopping wish lists, we asked representatives from three

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