Getting Your Groove Back

For some, iPods can no more replace vinyl than Brad Pitt can replace Steve McQueen. Like McQueen, vinyl is just cooler.

Arguably better sound quality and eye-catching album cover art have helped fuel a renewed interest in vinyl LPs even as CD sales have plunged in the digital age. Recognizing the trend, record companies now release old and new artists on vinyl, while punk bands never really abandoned the format. Fortunately for local analog junkies, O.C.'s indie record shops keep the vinyl hits coming. Here's where to get into the groove.