Vinyl sales in 2015 were the highest they’ve been since 1988, the year George Michael reigned supreme with the number one hit “Faith” and gave hope to ex-boyband-aspiring-sex-symbols everywhere. The vinyl resurgence is so strong that HBO named a whole television show after it. The music junky collectors and the hipsters and the “vinyl really does sound better!” crowd refuse to let this technology die, which is exactly what the founding independent music stores behind Record Store Day intended when they commenced the tradition in 2008.
From independent shops to local bands, the Twin Cities has a thriving music community, and RSD celebrations only seem to be getting bigger and better with each passing year. Participating stores stock up on the official RSD special releases and promotional products, and often schedule other activities, discounts, and music-related fare to hype the event.
Whether you’re a committed music aficionado on the hunt for a great steal, or a casual participant looking for a small scale festival-like experience, you’re sure to find an event to suit your interests. Take a look below to see what the local stores are doing this Saturday, April 16th.
The biggest bashes of RSD, these stores are pulling out all the stops for the celebration, so if you’re looking for an all-inclusive experience, these are the places for you.
RSD is a favorite holiday for the long-standing record store, and they put on one of the biggest (and most family-friendly) celebrations in the Twin Cities. There’s an array of exclusive releases and a full lineup of live music throughout the day from DJ Jake Rudh of Transmission, the Honeydogs, Prairie Fire Lady Choir, I Self Devine/Muja Messiah, and Magic Castles. Their Red Bull Sound Select lounge will host a variety of craft activities for kids, and if you’re looking for great chow, there’s food and drink from Peace Coffee, Glam Doll Donuts, Natedogs, Chef Shack, Bubble Boy Soda Fountain. The Fetus will also offer tons of discounts, goodies, and giveaways throughout the day. 9 a.m. 2000 4th Ave. S., Mpls.
This will be a first time RSD celebration for Flashlight Vinyl, which opened just two months ago, and they’re fully embracing the occasion by holding a marathon record-shopping weekend. Free donuts and coffee from Bogart’s Donuts when the store opens at 8 a.m. on Saturday, and for the following 36 hours straight, all used records will be 20% off, along with live music from Jill and the New Gruv, Marah in the Mainsail, DJ Marino, Egypto Knuckles, DJ Snuggles, and Travis Ramin. 8 a.m. 1519 Central Ave. NE, Mpls.
An early adopter of RSD, Hymie’s will be releasing a 12-track compilation album of live recordings from past RSD performances. Sponsored again this year by Pabst Blue Ribbon, their sixth annual RSD block party features live music on two different stages from the likes of Bruise Violet, Chastity Brown, and Ben Weaver. Charlie Parr, who will open Hymie’s 39th Avenue stage, will also be releasing I Ain’t Dead Yet, his new five-song EP pressed on 10-inch green vinyl. 11 a.m. 3820 E. Lake St., Mpls.
The old-school independent record store celebrates its 30th anniversary alongside this year’s RSD. The Kingfield gem will have special prizes and giveaways, a trove of recently-arrived used records, a Weenie Roast, and a full afternoon lineup of live music on their outdoor picnic deck (weather permitting). If you have a shirt from a previous Roadrunner RSD celebration, make sure to wear it for special discounts. 9 a.m. 4304 Nicollet Ave., Mpls.
These shops have an assortment of RSD happenings that will especially appeal to their specific customer base.
The vinyl-only store that launched in 2014 opens an hour early at 9 a.m., and offers an afternoon roster of live performances from Le Percheron, Big George Jackson, Tabah, King of Tramps, Ringout!, and Matt Arthur & the Bratlanders. 9 a.m. 783 Raymond Ave., Saint Paul
The two-year-old book, record, and tape store in south Minneapolis is partnering with Radio K to bring their biggest and best RSD celebration yet — the free event features 15% off all used records, sets from a variety of local DJs, and live performances from Kitten Forever, Rupert Angleyes, Animal Lover, Naïve Sense, and Pale Spectre. 8 a.m. 3330 E. 25th St., Mpls.
In addition to promising “the shortest lines in the city,” Eclipse will have DJs spinning and singers like Danny Sigelman and Dr. Midnight performing all day, and they hope to add a petting zoo in their parking lot. 10 a.m. 419 Wabasha St. N., Saint Paul
The independent Hip Hop store always has a full schedule of performances and discounts for RSD. Among the Fifth Element exclusives is deM atlas’ EP DWNR on vinyl for the first time ever, with each record cover individually drawn by deM atlas. Catch the slate of performances from Desdamona, Tall Paul, Baby Shel & DJ Quincy James, and deM atlas, and enjoy Rhymesayers discounts of 20% off vinyl and 50% off CDs. 9 a.m. 2411 Hennepin Ave. S., Mpls.
The Loring Park hair salon-cum-record store will release a number of records from local talent like Soul Asylum and Hüsker Dü. Platypus, who has a brand new CD coming out soon, will be providing some live tunes. HiFi is all about the surprises on RSD, so check it out if you’re looking for something unexpected but great. 9 a.m. 1637 Hennepin Ave., Mpls.
Know Name’s 39th anniversary celebration appropriately falls on RSD this Saturday. They’ll be stocked with all the 2016 RSD releases, and they’re still looking to secure live music and food trucks like they’ve had in the past. 9:30 a.m. 6009 Portland Ave., Mpls.
Mill City Sound’s second RSD celebration features DJs from KFAI Radio, hourly giveaways (including a grand prize of Audioengine A2+ Power Loudspeakers), and food and drink from Amy’s Cupcake Shoppe, Pizza Luce, and LTD Brewing. 9 a.m. 812 Mainstreet, Hopkins
Few frills but great steals, these are the perfect spots for the die-hard record collectors who want to make a beeline for the vinyl aisle.
Bluegrass band Depot Creek performs at 11 a.m. and DJs will be playing throughout the day at Agharta. They’ve ordered tons of records, hoping their large selection will draw in the crowds, and if you’re also looking for more live music, Barely Brothers Records is just around the corner. 9 a.m. 2512 University Ave. W., Saint Paul
All three locations will be opening an hour early at 9 a.m. and will feature special new and used records. DJ Rude Dawg spins some tunes at 3 p.m. in the Minneapolis store, and the St. Paul location is looking to secure a food truck for the day. 9 a.m.
2600 Nicollet Ave. S., Mpls.; 71 Snelling Ave. N., Saint Paul; 170 89th Ave. NE, Blaine
The three Down in the Valley locations are offering a 20% discount on all used vinyl, CDs, and DVDs, plenty of giveaways (including grab bags, promotional goods, concert tickets, LP box sets, and more), and refreshments from Valley Pastries. 9 a.m. 8020 Olson Memorial Hwy, Golden Valley; 13633 Grove Dr., Maple Grove; 5586 W Broadway Ave., Crystal
Extreme Noise is a popular spot on RSD, and you can expect great markdowns on their punk-metal-alternative selections. You can also expect several giveaways, pastries and coffee in the morning, veggie dogs at noon, and live music from the band Tormenta around 1 p.m. Doors open at 8 a.m. 407 West Lake Street, Mpls.
Located inside the vintage goods store findfurnish, IT Records is more of a room than a shop, and therefore doesn’t meet the criteria to be an official RSD store, but that isn’t stopping them from recognizing the music lover’s holiday. They have a huge collection of vintage pieces, and they’ll be stocking up their vinyl bins for the special day. 10 a.m. 13 5th St. NE, Mpls.
The small store has a loyal customer base that’s been known to line up around the block on previous RSDs. Treehouse concentrates on the records for RSD, and they’ve been saving up a bunch of great ones to release on Saturday—the store's manager thinks it’s the most interesting selection in recent memory. Look out for vinyl-related surprises like some exciting, recently obtained out-of-print records. 9 a.m. 2557 Lyndale Ave. S, Mpls.
Because of the crowds in previous years, the Saint Paul shop is opening an hour early at 9 a.m. and is prepared to stay open late if there’s a high demand. They’re looking to have an acoustic band play at some point in the day, and in addition to a huge selection of releases, you can expect 10% off all their new and used records. 9 a.m. 609 Marie Ave., Saint Paul