In an era where digital dominates music consumption, 72 percent of vinyl buyers are 35 and under as fans flock to the format's "comforting pops and clicks."
At Amoeba Music, the hangar-size rock'n'roll Mecca on Los Angeles' Sunset Boulevard, something surprising happened just before Christmas in 2013. After a few years of moderate growth, vinyl records started flying off the shelves in serious quantities for the first time since CDs took over in the late 1980s. Powered by Daft Punk's Random Access Memories and classic rock reissues, LP sales "exploded" that November, according to Amoeba GM Rik Sanchez. "It's just continued since -- it's substantial, a really heavy spike," he says.