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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𝗨𝗣𝗗𝗔𝗧𝗘: Day 9.5 WE ARE BACK BABY! All the lights and our sweet, modestly working AC 🥵𝗧𝗵𝗮𝗻𝗸 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝗮𝗹𝗹 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝘀𝘂𝗽𝗽𝗼𝗿𝘁 & 𝗲𝗻𝗰𝗼𝘂𝗿𝗮𝗴𝗲𝗺𝗲𝗻𝘁. ⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀ 1. Regular store hours this week will resume starting tomorrow, Wednesday, 07/17, from 10 to 7 p.m.⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀ 2. Monitor our socials for information regarding previously postponed events.⠀ ⠀ 3. 𝗪𝗲 𝗿𝗲𝗮𝗹𝗶𝘇𝗲 𝘄𝗲 𝗵𝗮𝘃𝗲 𝗶𝘁 𝗯𝗲𝘁𝘁𝗲𝗿 𝘁𝗵𝗮𝗻 𝗼𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗿 𝘀𝗺𝗮𝗹𝗹 𝗯𝘂𝘀𝗶𝗻𝗲𝘀𝘀𝗲𝘀, 𝘀𝗼 𝗱𝗼𝗻’𝘁 𝗳𝗼𝗿𝗴𝗲𝘁 𝘁𝗼 𝗲𝗮𝘁 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝘀𝗵𝗼𝗽 𝗹𝗼𝗰𝗮𝗹𝗹𝘆, 𝗲𝘀𝗽𝗲𝗰𝗶𝗮𝗹𝗹𝘆 𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗵 “𝗽𝗿𝗶𝗺𝗲” 𝘄𝗲𝗲𝗸 𝗶𝗻 𝗲𝗳𝗳𝗲𝗰𝘁. ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ 4. 𝗣𝗲𝗿𝘀𝗼𝗻𝗮𝗹 𝘀𝗶𝗱𝗲 𝗻𝗼𝘁𝗲: it looks like I once again managed to escape their clasps. 𝘐 𝘯𝘦𝘦𝘥 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘭𝘪𝘨𝘩𝘵𝘴 𝘵𝘰 𝘤𝘰𝘮𝘦 𝘣𝘢𝘤𝘬 𝘣𝘦𝘤𝘢𝘶𝘴𝘦 𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘳𝘺 𝘵𝘪𝘮𝘦 𝘐 𝘭𝘰𝘰𝘬 𝘪𝘯𝘵𝘰 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘮𝘪𝘳𝘳𝘰𝘳 𝘰𝘧 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘥𝘢𝘳𝘬 𝘣𝘢𝘵𝘩𝘳𝘰𝘰𝘮, 𝘐 𝘩𝘢𝘷𝘦 𝘵𝘰 𝘴𝘵𝘰𝘱 𝘮𝘺𝘴𝘦𝘭𝘧 𝘧𝘳𝘰𝘮 𝘢𝘤𝘤𝘪𝘥𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘢𝘭𝘭𝘺 𝘴𝘢𝘺𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘉𝘭𝘰𝘰𝘥𝘺 𝘔𝘢𝘳𝘺 𝘰𝘳 𝘊𝘢𝘯𝘥𝘺𝘮𝘢𝘯. 𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘭𝘢𝘴𝘵 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘸𝘦 𝘯𝘦𝘦𝘥 𝘪𝘴 𝘵𝘰 𝘴𝘶𝘮𝘮𝘰𝘯 𝘢 𝘨𝘩𝘰𝘴𝘵. ⠀⠀⠀ ⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #houstonvinyl #houstonvinylstore #houstonrecordstore #indieisbetter #cactusmusic ⁣⁣#shoplocalhouston #shopsmallhouston #thingstodoinhouston #hurricaneberyl
🗣️𝗥𝗘𝗠𝗜𝗡𝗗𝗘𝗥! To celebrate the release of @Beyonce’s #CowboyCarter “The Official Vinyl” edition, @Cactus_Music has been chosen to host an enter-to-win for a 👑🐝 𝗮𝘂𝘁𝗼𝗴𝗿𝗮𝗽𝗵𝗲𝗱 cover print! ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ 𝗣𝗹𝗲𝗮𝘀𝗲 𝗿𝗲𝗮𝗱 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗰𝗼𝗻𝘁𝗲𝘀𝘁 𝗿𝘂𝗹𝗲𝘀. 𝗡𝗼 𝗽𝘂𝗿𝗰𝗵𝗮𝘀𝗲 𝗻𝗲𝗰𝗲𝘀𝘀𝗮𝗿𝘆 𝘁𝗼 𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗲𝗿! ⠀ ⠀⠀ 1. You must come by #CactusMusic (2110 Portsmouth ST Houston, TX 77098) during business hours to fill out an entry form. 𝗗𝘂𝗲 𝘁𝗼 𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗹𝗮𝗰𝗸 𝗼𝗳 𝗽𝗼𝘄𝗲𝗿, 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗰𝘂𝗿𝗿𝗲𝗻𝘁 𝘀𝘁𝗼𝗿𝗲 𝗵𝗼𝘂𝗿𝘀 𝗮𝗿𝗲 𝗠𝗼𝗻𝗱𝗮𝘆 𝘁𝗵𝗿𝗼𝘂𝗴𝗵 𝗦𝘂𝗻𝗱𝗮𝘆, 𝟭𝟬-𝟱 𝗣𝗠! ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ 2. One entry per person.⠀ ⠀⠀ 3. Please write legibly. If I can’t read your contact information, the entry is null & void. ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ 4. Drawing will be at the end of business Monday, July 22nd at 7 PM! ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ 𝗜𝗳 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗵𝗮𝘃𝗲𝗻’𝘁 𝗽𝗶𝗰𝗸𝗲𝗱 𝘂𝗽 𝘁𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝗻𝗲𝘄 𝗲𝗱𝗶𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻, 𝗰𝗼𝗻𝘀𝗶𝗱𝗲𝗿 𝗴𝗿𝗮𝗯𝗯𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗮 𝗰𝗼𝗽𝘆 𝘄𝗵𝗶𝗹𝗲 𝘆𝗼𝘂’𝗿𝗲 𝗵𝗲𝗿𝗲 🤠 😉⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ 𝗥𝗲𝗮𝗱 𝗺𝗼𝗿𝗲 𝗮𝗯𝗼𝘂𝘁 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗿𝗲𝗹𝗲𝗮𝘀𝗲‼️⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀ 𝘊𝘖𝘞𝘉𝘖𝘠 𝘊𝘈𝘙𝘛𝘌𝘙 𝘖𝘍𝘍𝘐𝘊𝘐𝘈𝘓 𝘝𝘐𝘕𝘠𝘓 𝗵𝗮𝘀 𝘁𝘄𝗼 𝟭𝟴𝟬 𝗴𝗿𝗮𝗺 𝗯𝗹𝗮𝗰𝗸 𝘃𝗶𝗻𝘆𝗹 𝗟𝗣𝘀 𝗶𝗻 𝗽𝗿𝗶𝗻𝘁𝗲𝗱 𝗶𝗻𝗻𝗲𝗿 𝘀𝗹𝗲𝗲𝘃𝗲𝘀 𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗵 𝗮 𝟰𝟬 𝗽𝗮𝗴𝗲 𝗽𝗵𝗼𝘁𝗼 𝗯𝗼𝗼𝗸𝗹𝗲𝘁 𝗳𝗲𝗮𝘁𝘂𝗿𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗻𝗲𝘃𝗲𝗿-𝗯𝗲𝗳𝗼𝗿𝗲-𝘀𝗲𝗲𝗻 𝗶𝗺𝗮𝗴𝗲𝘀 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗮 𝗳𝗼𝗹𝗱𝗲𝗱 𝗰𝗼𝗹𝗹𝗲𝗰𝘁𝗶𝗯𝗹𝗲 𝟮𝟰”𝘅 𝟯𝟲” 𝗽𝗼𝘀𝘁𝗲𝗿.⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀ “Cowboy Carter is such a grand statement of intent that it feels like it could be her ultimate say on identity and purpose. The fact that it’s coming from outside her usual wheelhouse makes it even more impressive. While it won’t be able to please everyone, that’s not the point: this is an intensely personal statement about reclamation, belonging, and legacy, celebrating the past with hopes of changing the future. One can only hope Act III finds Bey going full rock.” allmusic.com⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #recordstores #houstonvinyl #houstonvinylstore #houstonrecordstore #indieisbetter #cactusmusic ⁣⁣#nowspinning #shoplocalhouston #beyonce #cowboycarterrecordstorecircuit