Crossroads Music
Credit: Christopher Onstott

Crossroads, which trumps its competitors in size, selection, and price, carries music in most formats, though vinyl dominates its shelves. Old concert posters cover the high ceilings, and sub-par lighting makes it feel appropriately dingy. The store's unassuming exterior, coupled with its distance – six solid blocks from the heart of Hawthorne at S.E. 37th Ave., – keep it from getting picked clean. Rummaging through it all, it's hard to imagine going anywhere else for records – a perfect condition vinyl of Elvis Costello's 'This Year's Model' sits in plain sight for only $5. Crossroads has music from 25 dealers, covering most every genre in the musical spectrum. "Psychedelic, post-punk, obscure new wave," says one employee when asked what to sum up the shop's specialty. "Lots of jazz, blues, classic rock," he adds. "Pretty much everything."