Like "High Fidelity"? It easily could have been set in Kstarke Records. The clerks of this Ukrainian Village shop will school you on who's who in the world of house, jazz, rock and disco while increasing your collection of 12-inch singles and 45s. Unlike at most schools, education here comes cheap: most records cost between 99 cents and $14.99.
Owner and operator Kevin Starke opened this 'boutique'-style shop in 2006, after years as part of the Chicago house scene. The rare wares cramming the exposed-brick space serve as evidence of his love for the music. The racks and crates hold selections culled from Starke's frequent trips to New York, as well as second-hand stuff sold to the store by customers.
The all-knowing employees here are on a mission to expand your musical horizons. If they lead you to something new and intriguing, take a test drive at the listening station stashed next to the Mortal Kombat II machine. Just be sure to leave the scratching to the local DJs who spin onsite.
Looking for some silk-screened t-shirts to sport at your next gig? Kstarke's got a few, all featuring hip-hop legends such as N.W.A. and Biggie Smalls. And in case you forget you're in a store of rarities, head toward the registers. Behind the glass-encased Atari machine, you'll find the super jackpot: a wall of rare originals and represses priced up to $500 each.
Centerstage Reviewer: Nola Akiwowo