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Sun-Thu, 11am-10pm; Fri-Sat, 11am-11pm
Nearby Subway Stops
6 at Bleecker St.; A, B, C, D, E, F, M at W. 4th St.-Washington Sq.
Musical tastes definitely lean toward the down-and-dirty at this West Village rockery, where the emphasis on punk, hard-core and heavy metal can be gleaned by a quick glance at the generously inked-up staff and clientele. But spend a few minutes rooting through the sloppily alphabetized collection of music and video, and you'll see there's more to be found than initially meets the eye. Music documentaries and concert DVDs, official and otherwise, occupy an entire wall on the fully loaded top floor, and cover the spectrum of rock from the Beach Boys to Belle & Sebastian to Buzzcocks. Though they're not given their own sections like their safety-pin-studded cousins, electronic music and indie rock are peppered throughout the racks, and the roomy downstairs collection of new and used vinyl has a respectable representation of jazz, blues, and R&B. While in the basement, look out for band stickers and the slew of movie posters—not to mention the wayward cat or two lounging underfoot. And though the Lord of the Rings pinups may seem like the rubbery nail in the punker-than-thou coffin, let the all-black arsenal of obscure gutter-rock band tees serve as a reminder: This is a hard-core store. Mostly.