Waterloo Records is an independent music and video retailer in Austin, Texas, that has been an integral part of Austin's music scene since 1982. The store provides a large selection of new and used CDs, vinyl records, DVDs, Blu-rays, turntables, music-related magazines, t-shirts, concert tickets and other memorabilia. Waterloo is known for their knowledgeable staff, the ability to listen to anything in the store, and its support of Texas music.
The store takes its name, "Waterloo", from the original name of Austin adopted in 1839 after being designated as the new capital of the Republic of Texas. The store is located at 600A North Lamar Boulevard at the intersection of West 6th Street and North Lamar.
Waterloo regularly hosts in-store performances featuring live performances by local and internationally known artists of all genres, especially during the South by Southwest conferences and festivals during which they host up to 10 bands a day. Past in-store performers have included Willie Nelson, The Stooges, Sonic Youth, Nirvana, Spoon, Steve Earle, My Morning Jacket, Cheap Trick, Jeff Buckley, My Bloody Valentine, Sebadoh, Alejandro Escovedo (a former Waterloo Records employee), Queens of the Stone Age, Norah Jones, Iron and Wine, The Shins, Animal Collective, Grizzly Bear, Bill Callahan, The Black Angels, Deertick, Wild Flag, St. Vincent, The Sword, Billy Squier, Man Man, and thousands more.
The Austin Chronicle has awarded the title "Best Record Store" in its Best of Austin awards to Waterloo Records every year since the store opened. Waterloo Records is also frequently listed alongside similar music stores such as California's Amoeba Music as one of the best record stores in the United States. In 2015, the Music Business Association will present Waterloo owner John Kunz with the Independent Spirit Award at the Music Biz conference in Nashville in May.
- Austin Chronicle Club Guide listing, Waterloo Records
- PLUG: Independent Music Awards Nominated Record Store of the Year 3 years running
- National Association of Recording Merchandisers Retailer of the Year, Medium Division