Social scientists speak of “third places,” by which they mean informal anchors to community life. These places are neither home's first place nor work's second, but somewhere in the middle...

Cactus Music co-owner Quinn Bishop

Especially when it hosted in-store concerts, Cactus functioned as a third place for a good portion of Houston’s music scene, a convivial meeting spot that was neither home nor a bar. [...] Where else could you enjoy free music and bevies with dozens of your closest friends? – John Nova Lomax

Houston’s oldest independent music store with over 40 years service.

The roots of our business springs from the Daily music family and the legendary record man, Pappy Daily, the founder of D Records and Starday Records. Pappy's sons, HW "Bud" Daily and Don Daily, opened Cactus in 1975 and it was one of the country's first music super stores.

Now co-owner Quinn Bishop (pictured above), together with a dedicated and longstanding team of friendly, music-knowledge-filled folks, run the 5,800 square foot location at 2110 Portsmouth and S. Shepherd.

Cactus Music and Records

We have an extensive selection of almost every physical format, historic memorabilia, hard-to-find items and music-related gifts and products. Cactus Music also showcases local, regional and national talent on our stage with weekly in-store performances.

The Record Ranch, located inside Cactus Music as an ode to our original store in the Heights (Daily's Record Ranch), is a 1800 square-foot vinyl-only store and art gallery offering a unique shopping experience people who love records. In addition to thousands of new and used records, The Record Ranch gallery presents ongoing exhibits featuring music-related artwork.

Next time you're in Houston, stop by and see us. You might just hear something new while meeting a friendly group of music-obsessed humans. Did we just become best friends?

Thank you – Let the good times roll.
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My gurls with @Rhino_Record’s latest installment of the 50th Anniversary Studio Releases of the @GratefulDead. ‘From The Mars Hotel’ is the 7th album and 2nd released on the Dead’s label, Grateful Dead Records. It is out today, Friday 06/21/24, on CD & Vinyl. 𝙁𝙍𝙀𝙀 𝙝𝙤𝙩𝙚𝙡 𝙠𝙚𝙮𝙘𝙝𝙖𝙞𝙣, 𝙨𝙩𝙞𝙘𝙠𝙚𝙧, & 𝙥𝙤𝙨𝙩𝙚𝙧 𝙬𝙞𝙩𝙝 𝙥𝙪𝙧𝙘𝙝𝙖𝙨𝙚 𝙤𝙛 𝙚𝙞𝙩𝙝𝙚𝙧 𝙛𝙤𝙧𝙢𝙖𝙩. 𝙒𝙝𝙞𝙡𝙚 𝙨𝙪𝙥𝙥𝙡𝙞𝙚𝙨 𝙡𝙖𝙨𝙩! ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ 𝗥𝗲𝗮𝗱 𝗺𝗼𝗿𝗲 𝗼𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗿𝗲𝗹𝗲𝗮𝘀𝗲‼️‼️⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ Grateful Dead will celebrate the 50th anniversary of their Mars Hotel album with a three-disc “Deluxe Edition” that includes bonus tracks and a previously unreleased live performance of the Grateful Dead at the University of Nevada-Reno on 5/12/1974.⠀ ⠀ In addition to the remastered original LP from 1974, the expanded 50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition includes two demo recordings from the era and a complete, previously unreleased concert from that year’s tour in support of the album.⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #houstonvinyl #houstonvinylstore #houstonrecordstore #indieisbetter #cactusmusic ⁣⁣#nowspinning #vinylrecord #shoplocalhouston #shopsmall
The crew with a few #newmusicfriday releases that are out today Friday 06/21/24! Don’t see something in stock? Be sure to check back for “daily-ish” restocks or new arrivals. ⠀ ⠀ •𝗟𝗮𝗸𝗲 𝗦𝘁𝗿𝗲𝗲𝘁 𝗗𝗶𝘃𝗲 - 𝗚𝗼𝗼𝗱 𝗧𝗼𝗴𝗲𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗿 (𝘊𝘋, 𝘪𝘯𝘥𝘪𝘦 𝘦𝘹𝘤𝘭𝘶𝘴𝘪𝘷𝘦 𝘭𝘪𝘨𝘩𝘵 𝘣𝘭𝘶𝘦 𝘷𝘪𝘯𝘺𝘭 & 𝘯𝘦𝘰𝘯 𝘺𝘦𝘭𝘭𝘰𝘸 𝘷𝘪𝘯𝘺𝘭) ⠀ ⠀ Good Together is an eclectic set of genre-bending songs that could only have come from popular music’s most agile and compelling outliers. Fusing pop, R&B, soul, and jazz, Lake Street Dive have created the most confident and accomplished recording of their career.⠀ ⠀ ⠀ •𝗚𝗿𝗮𝗰𝗶𝗲 𝗔𝗯𝗿𝗮𝗺𝘀 - 𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗦𝗲𝗰𝗿𝗲𝘁 𝗼𝗳 𝗨𝘀 (𝘊𝘋 & 𝘠𝘦𝘭𝘭𝘰𝘸 𝘷𝘪𝘯𝘺𝘭)⠀ ⠀ This album was written with the urgency with which you run home to detail every moment of a night to your friend, with her live experiences over the past year having deeply shaped the identity of this album.⠀ ⠀ •𝗣𝗮𝘀𝘀𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗣𝗶𝘁 - 𝗠𝗮𝗻𝗻𝗲𝗿𝘀 (15𝘵𝘩 𝘈𝘯𝘯𝘪𝘷𝘦𝘳𝘴𝘢𝘳𝘺)(𝘪𝘯𝘥𝘪𝘦 𝘦𝘹𝘤𝘭𝘶𝘴𝘪𝘷𝘦 𝘰𝘳𝘢𝘯𝘨𝘦 𝘷𝘪𝘯𝘺𝘭, & 𝘭𝘢𝘷𝘦𝘯𝘥𝘦𝘳 𝘴𝘸𝘪𝘳𝘭 𝘷𝘪𝘯𝘺𝘭) ⠀ ⠀ The debut album by Passion Pit. Manners is coming back to vinyl for its 15th Anniversary. Remastered for vinyl with full gatefold jacket that displays alternative artwork only previously available on the cd.⠀ ⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #houstonvinyl #houstonvinylstore #houstonrecordstore #indieisbetter #cactusmusic ⁣⁣#nowspinning #vinylrecord #shoplocalhouston #shopsmall
Here’s a small sampling of #newmusicfriday new & reissued vinyl releases out today, Friday 06/21/24! Don’t see something in stock? Be sure to check back for “daily-ish” restocks or new arrivals. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ •#ACDC - Let There Be Rock (Gold Vinyl)⠀ •#ACDC - If You Want Blood You’ve Got It (Gold Vinyl)⠀ •#ACDC - 74 Jailbreak (Gold Vinyl)⠀ •#ACDC - Ballbreaker (Gold Vinyl)⠀ •#ACDC - Stiff Upper Lip (Gold Vinyl)⠀ •#ACDC - Rock Or Bust (Gold Vinyl)⠀ @katenash - 9 Sad Symphonies (Limited Edition Baby Pink Vinyl)⠀ @officialkoolkeith - Feature Magnetic⠀ •#LilKim - Now Playing (Crush Pink Vinyl) (𝙏𝙝𝙚 𝙘𝙤𝙡𝙡𝙚𝙘𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣 𝙗𝙖𝙡𝙖𝙣𝙘𝙚𝙨 𝙗𝙚𝙩𝙬𝙚𝙚𝙣 𝙜𝙧𝙞𝙩𝙩𝙮, 𝙖𝙨𝙨𝙚𝙧𝙩𝙞𝙫𝙚 𝙩𝙧𝙖𝙘𝙠𝙨 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙘𝙡𝙪𝙗-𝙧𝙚𝙖𝙙𝙮 𝙖𝙣𝙩𝙝𝙚𝙢𝙨, 𝙨𝙤𝙡𝙞𝙙𝙞𝙛𝙮𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙇𝙞𝙡 𝙆𝙞𝙢’𝙨 𝙨𝙩𝙖𝙩𝙪𝙨 𝙖𝙨 𝙖 𝙩𝙧𝙖𝙞𝙡𝙗𝙡𝙖𝙯𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙛𝙞𝙜𝙪𝙧𝙚 𝙞𝙣 𝙝𝙞𝙥-𝙝𝙤𝙥)⠀ •#TheStorySoFar - I Want To Disappear (#indieexclusive Coke Bottke Clear with orange splatter vinyl) ⠀ •#TeamSleep - Team Sleep ⠀ •#QueensOfTheStoneAge - Queens of the Stone Age (Three Additional Tracks) ⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #houstonvinyl #houstonvinylstore #houstonrecordstore #indieisbetter #cactusmusic ⁣⁣#nowspinning #vinylrecord #shoplocalhouston #shopsmall #koolkeith #katenash
Donald Sutherland, a beloved film presence for more than 50 years whose warm, rich voice was as distinctive as the regal bearing he brought to so many of his roles, died Thursday at the age of 88.⠀ ⠀ Sutherland’s agency CAA confirmed the actor’s death to the Hollywood Reporter, adding that he died in Miami following a long illness. Sutherland’s son Kiefer also revealed his father’s death on social media, writing, “With a heavy heart, I tell you that my father, Donald Sutherland, has passed away. I personally think one of the most important actors in the history of film. Never daunted by a role, good, bad or ugly. He loved what he did and did what he loved, and one can never ask for more than that. A life well lived.”⠀ ⠀ The epitome of a first-class character actor — always reliable, yet often surprising — Sutherland represented several Hollywood eras, coming up during the 1960s when the industry was entering a period of existential uncertainty, becoming a star during the 1970s counterculture renaissance, and then transitioning into a respected elder statesman, his effortless authenticity enlivening every film in which he appeared, whether it was as the mysterious whistleblower in JFK or the scheming President Snow in the Hunger Games films.⠀ ⠀ Shockingly, he never received an Academy Award nomination, although he was presented with an honorary Oscar in 2017. “I wish I could say thank you to all of the characters I’ve played,” he said humbly at the ceremony. “Thank them for using their lives to inform my life.” But despite the immense joy he brought to so many moviegoers, Sutherland didn’t consider his work to be fun.⠀ ⠀ “It’s joyful, it’s passionate, it’s rewarding, it’s a pursuit of truth, but I don’t think of it as fun,” he said in 2016. “It’s not a game. It’s a very serious endeavor for me. It’s not for a lot of people. It was a wonderful job.”