Located in the heart of the South First IBIZ District, End of an Ear is a beloved Austin icon. Known for their expansive vinyl collection, End of an Ear also carries CDs, cassettes, books, turntables, and other music related merchandise. End of an Ear’s prices are some of the most affordable in town, especially on their new vinyl. Plus, they have turntable listening stations set up throughout the store, so you can listen to anything that isn’t sealed before you buy it.
Not only can you shop at End of an Ear, they also offer live music and display local art. Check out their calendar of events for in stores performances. And an added bonus, twice a year, they participate in Record Store Day, a day of promoting shopping for music at locally owned record stores, as was the tradition before big business took over the music industry. This is a day for the people who make up the world of the record store—the staff, the customers, and the artists—to come together and celebrate the unique culture of a record store and the special role these independently owned stores play in their communities. Special vinyl and CD releases and various promotional products are made exclusively for the day and hundreds of artists in the United States and in various countries across the globe make special appearances and performances. Record Store Day is celebrated the third Saturday in April and the Friday after Thanksgiving.
The Austinot raves about them, stating “With a place like End of an Ear around the corner, I urge you to put down your smartphone and go experience music the way it was meant to be experienced. This is a place where you can feel it, touch it, read it and, of course, listen to it. A place where you never know what musical discovery you might stumble upon. A place where you can find things you hadn’t realized you love.”
Online reviews give End of an Ear 4.8 out of 5 stars, with reviewers stating:
“Big enough to get lost in, but small enough to not spend your entire day trying to find “that one album I know they have.”