New record store called R&D Vinyl now open on Fabric Row

Are you looking to discover your new favorite band? R&D Vinyl, a new record store on Fabric Row, is providing a selection of music that the shop considers “innovative/out-there.” The R&D stand for research and development, after all.


The shop opened at 716 S. 4th St. over the weekend in celebration of Record Store Day.

R&D Vinyl is a shop run by four friends. They raised over $2,000 to help fund this venture through a gofundme campaign.

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The shop carries music on records, tapes and CDs. They hope to have a “very high turn-over of records and to have a collection that grows and grows.” The music carried here is either directly from independent artists, many from Philadelphia, or from a number of music distributors.

According to the gofundme these are some of the distributors providing to the shop:

we’ve established relationships with incredible distributors like Redeye, Forced Exposure, Secretly Canadian, Scorpio, Light in the Attic, and Midheaven, as well as labels like Dull Tools, Flenser, Wharf Cat, Subpop, Matador, Dischord, Feeding Tube, 4AD, Captured Tracks, DFA, Dirtnap Records, Stones Throw, Hyperdub, Rough Trade, Warp, Thrill Jockey, Touch and Go, Suicide Squeeze, Ranch, Ramp Local, Single Girl Married Girl, OSR Tapes, NNA Tapes, Northern Spy, Mexican Summer, Katorga Works, Holy Mountain, Hanson, Exploding in Sound, Drag City, Mississippi Records, Kill Rock Stars and many, many more.

Hours are 10 a.m. through 7 p.m., Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. You can keep up-to-date with R&D Vinyl on Facebook.