Since too many years ago i travelled to Vitoria, and i remember there i bought an album of Buffalo Tom (many times i remember the cities for the music stores or the records that there buy, :D )
I'm agree with you, the best way of listen a band is on the concerts, but there is sooo many concerts those i'd have to go...(Not counting that most of the groups that I hear are from the sixties ... and i hate the meetings of old glories)
The Azkena Rock Festival should be great!, i hope can go someyear...
The last record that i bought i think were "Lullabies to ParaLyze" by The Queens of the Stone Age (i love this band). By the way, i don't think the records is so expensive, if you bear in mind that, ultimately, the music will be with you forever.