Revolver is one of the newest record stores on the block and one of the first on the up-in-coming 18th Street. In a city with lots of indie record stores hawking rock albums, Revolver takes a fresh approach by filling a different niche. It carries mostly used records and CDs, particularly hip-hop and soul ones. And if it were only easy to get inside the store, it would be perfect.
Revolver has no posted hours, and neighbors say it opens any time between 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. each day. If you show up to find the doors locked, it doesn't mean the store is closed for the rest of the day, but you may have to wait around for a bit before you get to look around.
Once you do get inside, check out the vinyl selection of soul and R&B. The small, dingy store isn't jam-packed full of music, but everything inside has been carefully selected. You can also listen to any pick before you decide to purchase it, making sure you'll never get home and regret buying that sealed limited edition. Along with the music, it also stocks video games and custom-made, screen-printed shirts.
What's most appealing about the store is the lack of pretentiousness. You'll never feel judged by the cashier for your selection, and they won't make you feel stupid for asking questions, no matter how obvious the answers may seem.
Centerstage Reviewer: Sarah Dahnke