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 lovelies with a few #𝗿𝘀𝗱𝗲𝘀𝘀𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗶𝗮𝗹𝘀 titles out today #NewMusicFriday 12/09/22! The #𝗿𝘀𝗱𝗲𝘀𝘀𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗶𝗮𝗹𝘀 line are vinyl releases we feel should be part of any music lover's collection. Many titles will include a new #𝗶𝗻𝗱𝗶𝗲𝗲𝘅𝗰𝗹𝘂𝘀𝗶𝘃𝗲 color variant of the release. ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀ •#𝗗𝘂𝗿𝗮𝗻𝗗𝘂𝗿𝗮𝗻 - 𝗥𝗲𝗱 𝗖𝗮𝗿𝗽𝗲𝘁 𝗠𝗮𝘀𝘀𝗮𝗰𝗿𝗲 (#𝘐𝘯𝘥𝘪𝘦𝘌𝘹𝘤𝘭𝘶𝘴𝘪𝘷𝘦 𝘙𝘦𝘥 𝘝𝘪𝘯𝘺𝘭)⠀ ⠀ Out of print since the only pressing in 2009,⠀ ⠀ •#𝗗𝘂𝗿𝗮𝗻𝗗𝘂𝗿𝗮𝗻 - 𝗔𝘀𝘁𝗿𝗼𝗻𝗮𝘂𝘁 (#𝘐𝘯𝘥𝘪𝘦𝘌𝘹𝘤𝘭𝘶𝘴𝘪𝘷𝘦 𝘔𝘪𝘭𝘬𝘺 𝘊𝘭𝘦𝘢𝘳 𝘝𝘪𝘯𝘺𝘭)⠀ ⠀ Out of print since the initial pressing in 2004, which appears to have been released in the US only. Their first studio album since Seven and the Ragged Tiger (1983) to be recorded by the most famous five-member lineup of the band.⠀ ⠀ •#𝗗𝘂𝗿𝗮𝗻𝗗𝘂𝗿𝗮𝗻 - 𝗔𝗹𝗹 𝗬𝗼𝘂 𝗡𝗲𝗲𝗱 𝗜𝘀 𝗡𝗼𝘄 ⠀ (#𝘐𝘯𝘥𝘪𝘦𝘌𝘹𝘤𝘭𝘶𝘴𝘪𝘷𝘦 𝘔𝘢𝘨𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘢 𝘊𝘰𝘭𝘰𝘳𝘦𝘥 𝘝𝘪𝘯𝘺𝘭)⠀ ⠀ Produced by #MarkRonson, the album peaked at #11 in the UK, becoming the band's 13th Top 20 album.⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #recordstores #houstonvinyl #cactusmusic #houstonvinylstore #houstonrecordstore #nowspinning #vinylrecord #vinyligclub #vinylcommunity #instavinyl #vinyladdict #recordcollection #vinylcollector #shoplocalhouston #rsdessentials #duranduran
My ladies with some #ErykahBadu #NewMusicFriday vinyl reissues for tomorrow, Friday, 12/09/22. Reminder if you don’t see something in stock? Be sure to check back for “daily-ish” restocks or new arrivals. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ •#𝗘𝗿𝘆𝗸𝗮𝗵𝗕𝗮𝗱𝘂 - 𝗡𝗲𝘄 𝗔𝗺𝗲𝗿𝘆𝗸𝗮𝗵 𝗣𝗮𝗿𝘁 𝗧𝘄𝗼 (𝗥𝗲𝘁𝘂𝗿𝗻 𝗢𝗳 𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗔𝗻𝗸𝗵)(𝘓𝘪𝘮𝘪𝘵𝘦𝘥 𝘚𝘩𝘢𝘥𝘦𝘴 𝘰𝘧 𝘗𝘶𝘳𝘱𝘭𝘦 𝘝𝘪𝘯𝘺𝘭 𝘚𝘦𝘳𝘪𝘦𝘴) ⠀ ⠀ •#𝗘𝗿𝘆𝗸𝗮𝗵𝗕𝗮𝗱𝘂 - 𝗡𝗲𝘄 𝗔𝗺𝗲𝗿𝘆𝗸𝗮𝗵 𝗣𝗮𝗿𝘁 𝗢𝗻𝗲 (𝟰𝘁𝗵 𝗪𝗼𝗿𝗹𝗱 𝗪𝗮𝗿) (𝘓𝘪𝘮𝘪𝘵𝘦𝘥 𝘚𝘩𝘢𝘥𝘦𝘴 𝘰𝘧 𝘗𝘶𝘳𝘱𝘭𝘦 𝘝𝘪𝘯𝘺𝘭 𝘚𝘦𝘳𝘪𝘦𝘴) ⠀ ⠀ Both albums were respectively released in 2010, AND 2008 & are part of a series of celebrated records where Erykah explores a post-Civil Rights landscape in which African Americans have been left to sort out how to have a cultural identity as part of a nation that had, up until very recently, been a dedicated adversary. ⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀ ⠀ ⠀ #houstonvinyl #houstonvinylstore #houstonrecordstore #indieisbetter #cactusmusic ⁣⁣#nowspinning #vinylrecord #vinyligclub #vinylcommunity #instavinyl #vinyladdict #recordcollection #vinylcollector #shoplocalhouston #cimsmusic
𝗦𝘄𝗲𝗲𝘁 𝗗𝗮𝗶𝘀𝘆 𝗶𝘀 𝗰𝗼𝗼𝗹, 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗿𝗲'𝘀 𝗻𝗼𝘁𝗵𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗰𝗼𝗼𝗹𝗲𝗿 (𝗲𝘅𝗰𝗲𝗽𝘁 𝗗𝗮𝗶𝘀𝘆) 𝘁𝗵𝗮𝗻 𝗮𝗻 𝗼𝗹𝗱-𝘀𝗰𝗵𝗼𝗼𝗹 𝗰𝗮𝘀𝘀𝗲𝘁𝘁𝗲 𝗽𝗹𝗮𝘆𝗲𝗿 𝗯𝗼𝗼𝗺𝗯𝗼𝘅! 𝗪𝗵𝗶𝗹𝗲 𝘆𝗼𝘂’𝗿𝗲 𝗵𝗲𝗿𝗲, 𝗰𝗵𝗲𝗰𝗸 𝗼𝘂𝘁 𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝘀𝗲𝗹𝗲𝗰𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗼𝗳 𝗻𝗲𝘄 & 𝗽𝗿𝗲𝗹𝗼𝘃𝗲𝗱 𝗰𝗮𝘀𝘀𝗲𝘁𝘁𝗲 𝘁𝗮𝗽𝗲𝘀.✌️ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀ This 80s-style boombox has other features, so take a chill pill. Play cassette tapes, listen to AM/FM radio or connect to Bluetooth and stream digital music on your phone through the wicked speakers. You can even jam music from a USB thumb drive, SD card, or auxiliary input. Sweet! Adjust the volume, bass, and treble with the shiny silver knobs on the top of the unit and flip through the functions using the adjacent switches. Pop in some of those giant old-school batteries, grab the handle, and take this tape player on the go if you want to be the raddest dude or dudette at the party! ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #houstonvinyl #houstonvinylstore #houstonrecordstore #indieisbetter #cactusmusic ⁣⁣#nowspinning #vinylrecord #vinyligclub #vinylcommunity #instavinyl #vinyladdict #recordcollection #vinylcollector #shoplocalhouston ⠀
Scenes from tonight's (12/7/22) @itzy.all.in.us ‘Cheshire’ listening party! People had a chance to write personal notes to the band that the label will pass on to them to read. ⠀ ⠀ The step and repeat was set up on our stage for pictures! If you post pics, please tag us (@cactus_music), so we can repost and see! ⠀ ⠀ Thanks to everyone who came out, reposted or shared our event announcement, including @kpopinhou. ⠀ 𝗠𝗶𝘀𝘀𝗲𝗱 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗲𝘃𝗲𝗻𝘁? 𝗪𝗲 𝘀𝘁𝗶𝗹𝗹 𝗵𝗮𝘃𝗲 𝗰𝗼𝗽𝗶𝗲𝘀 𝗼𝗳 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗳𝗿𝗲𝗲 𝗽𝗼𝘀𝘁𝗲𝗿𝘀 & 𝘀𝘁𝗶𝗰𝗸𝗲𝗿 𝘀𝗵𝗲𝗲𝘁𝘀 𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗵 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗽𝘂𝗿𝗰𝗵𝗮𝘀𝗲 𝗼𝗳 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗖𝗗 𝗮𝘃𝗮𝗶𝗹𝗮𝗯𝗹𝗲. ✌️⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #houstonvinyl #houstonvinylstore #houstonrecordstore #indieisbetter #cactusmusic ⁣⁣#nowspinning #vinylrecord #vinyligclub #vinylcommunity #instavinyl #vinyladdict #recordcollection #vinylcollector #shoplocalhouston #kpophouston #itzy #midzy #itzy_cheshire