Best Of Tucson®

Best Newly Opened Record Store

Ancient Radio

Opening just off of Fourth Avenue in March, Ancient Radio has an amazing selection of records, covering nearly every cool genre, from punk to avant-garde jazz. Vinyl is increasingly of the moment, appealing to music-lovers who enjoy the tangibility and the warm sound, so the store is a welcome addition to the retail landscape. However, when the store opened, we tried to set up a video interview, only to be rebuffed (via a third party; the Ancient Radio folks wouldn't even answer our emails) because the owners weren't interested in corporate promotion. It's an interesting strategy to try to make money in secret with only a select list of customers—but with their selection, Ancient Radio might pull it off.