L.A. has plenty of awesome record stores, so why make the trek to Long Beach? Because Fingerprints has everything: a great selection of new and used vinyl, CDs of all genres, DVDs, books, T-shirts, gifts and an awesome atmosphere to boot. The 22-year-old store moved to its new Fourth Street digs almost four years ago, gaining a larger, airier space and an adjoining cafe. At Berlin, an offshoot of the locally famous Portfolio Coffeehouse, you can sip espresso (or order a full meal) while contemplating your purchases. In-store performances from the likes of Rivers Cuomo and Foo Fighters are a regular occurrence — and they've got the walls of posters to prove it. Out-of-towners can spend all day at the Fingerprints/Berlin compound, while locals know it's one of the city's gems. —Sascha Bos
420 E. Fourth St., Long Beach, 90802. (562) 433-4996, fingerprintsmusic.com.