Best Alternative Venue for Live Shows - 2011
Its street address should be enough to tell you that Fingerprints Records will take you to a higher level of bliss. Not only is the 7,200-square-foot space proving, once and for all, that the physical format isn't dead for music-lovers who snap up collectible vinyl, independent CDs and hard-to-find books, but it's also located in Long Beach's arts district. Situated beside a coffeehouse (Berlin by Portfolio) and within walking distance of a vegan restaurant, art-supply store, sex shop and the beach, it's perfect for whiling away afternoons. Add the high-caliber acts who perform in-stores there—the Foo Fighters, Michael Franti, G Love and Dengue Fever have all played for free—and you're hard-pressed to find a place at which you'd rather spend all your time and money.