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    Best Of 2015: Store for Music, Movies and Video Games

    Best Of 2015: Place to Buy Vinyl

    Even if Independent Records didn't have several area outlets, the Annex on Platte Avenue would probably be enough to win this category on its own. There, music fans and collectors can spend hours browsing through a sprawling collection of pre-owned, deep-catalog LPs, CDs, DVDs, books and magazines. Vinyl buyer Chuck Snow says '70s and '80s punk and New Wave tend to command the most attention, but notes that teenage girls have lately taken to buying up a lot of classic rock records, especially those of Fleetwood Mac, for reasons largely unknown. "The best albums are the ones that don't have warps, shredded covers, mold, cat pee or the Hantavirus," Snow advises. He adds: "Three albums I see in every buy are Herb Alpert's Whipped Cream and Other Delights, Kenny Rogers' The Gambler, and the Jesus Christ Superstar soundtrack." Fortunately, most local thrift stores will be happy to take those off your hands. — Bill Forman

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    Best Of 2105: Local Venue for Live Music

    With the Black Sheep's 10th anniversary fast approaching, the all-ages venue continues to offer the kind of shows that deserve its clientele's hard-earned allowances. "Whether it's Waka Flocka tossing delighted fans into a sold-out crowd after he takes a selfie with their iPhone, or Kongos pumping out eight-foot smoke rings before they hit Red Rocks the night after, we like to think this little place has something for everyone," says general manager Jeremy Grobsmith. Part of the venue's success is that it draws audiences as diverse as its musical offerings, which in the months ahead will include Hieroglyphics co-founder Del the Funky Homosapien, Rough Trade recording artists Houndmouth, glam-rock upstarts The Struts, and punk-rock warhorses Agnostic Front. "It isn't every day that you get to stand inches away from your future favorite rock star," says Grobsmith, "or ogle your former childhood crush." — Bill Forman

 

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