Best Place for Indie and Electronica

The Bent Crayon

Tucked away on the border of Cleveland and Lakewood, the Bent Crayon has a location almost as obscure as its selection of albums. Owned by John Cellura -- nicknamed "Smart John" for his discriminating musical tastes -- the store is a tribute to indie rock and electronica. Whether it's that 1995 Palace Brothers record you've been hunting for or the latest Black Boned Angel album, Bent Crayon is a mecca for seekers of all things esoteric and hard to find. The store's overstuffed shelves rival those of N.Y.C.'s Other Music and London's Rough Trade. It's internationally known for its extensive selection of rare electronica, and it's the only local store to stock indie acts like East River Pipe and the Softies. If you can't find what you're looking for here, it doesn't exist.