Good Records is definitely a unique Dallas place to check out. It is an independent music store located at 1808 Lower Greenville. It is a small, inviting store, tucked away from the street. Inside, random cotton candy colors and rows of light bulbs decorate the walls and CD racks. Good Records is known for their selection. Think of an obscure band... They probably carry it! The staff is friendly and knowledgeable. Let them know some of your musical influences, and they can usually guide you toward something new you will like. Good Records carries new and used CD's and records, DVDS, turntables and LP accessories, t-shirts, posters, and magazines. Buy something and support a local music shop in these days of digital music.
Good Records is known for their quality in-store concerts. National and local bands set up on an astroturf covered stage at the back of the shop. Goodrecords.com is updated regularly with an instore calendar and a list of notable D/FW live shows to check out. The store is owned by Tim Delaugher, the lead singer of the nationally-recognized bands The Polyphonic Spree and Tripping Daisy. He's not usually involved with the running of the store, but if you're lucky, you might catch him at an in-store.
Stop by Good Records and enjoy indie music and southern charm. No pretentiousness. No arrogance. Just down-to-earth lovers of music here to serve you.
(I'd recommend checking out their in-store calendar before March 16th. Many bands should be passing through Dallas during South By South West. You might be able to catch a quality show for free while everyone else deals with crowds in Austin.)