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Sonic Boom Records, Seattle, Washington

2209 N.W. Market Street
Seattle , Washington
Tel: 206 297 2666's insider take:

This independent minichain knows rock 'n' roll. You won't find a better selection of Northwest artists and small, independent labels in the city. Listening stations, placards, and knowledgeable staff members (many of whom moonlight as rock 'n' roll stars themselves) make it easy to sift through the large collection of new and used CDs. This branch in Ballard occasionally has great in-store performances from local and national acts; there's a smaller outpost in Capitol Hill (514 15th Ave. E.; 206-568-2666).

Open Mondays through Saturdays 10 am to 10 pm, Sundays 10 am to 7 pm.

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