Saturday, April 18 marks national Record Store Day, the annual celebration of independent music stores that have been supporting your vinyl addictions since the beginning.
Since 2008, many record labels, artists, and stores alike offer exclusive albums and deals to their valued customers. Artists like Built to Spill, Queen, Bad Religion, and Tom Waits are just a few who have participated in the past.
If you're a newcomer to this tradition, the event appeals to everyone, from those with punk rock taste to those with an ear for hip-hop.
Special releases, live shows, and a local bar make this day a must for music fans. So take your Saturday for a spin at these Philadelphia area picks.
Repo Records (538 South St.)
Opening at 9:30 a.m., the music store will not only sell records, but it will host a day full of live entertainment and giveaways. Live music will start at noon featuring Girlpool, Sad Actor, Cheerbleeders, Easy Creatures, Gondola, The Tough S---s, and Witch Fist. It all wraps up around 7 p.m.
Some artist records available include: Father John Misty, Electric Wizard, A$AP Rocky, J. Dilla, and OFF!
a.k.a. music (120 N. 3rd St.)
The store will open at 10 a.m. and feature a live acoustic performance by Nothing at 2:30 p.m. Complimentary beverages by Narragansett beer will be provided. All catalog CDs and non-RSD releases will be 50% off.
Exclusive Record Store Day releases will be available throughout the afternoon.
Creep Records (1050 N. Hancock St.)
Opening at 8 a.m., the store will offer almost every RSD release (in large quantities), but you should still get there early. Expect live tunes from local DJs, a guitar demonstration by Vahe Sarkissian, and art displays.
Some artist records available include: The 1975, Atreyu, David Bowie, Cypress Hill, Miles Davis, Interpol, and King Crimson.
Johnny Brenda’s (1201 Frankford Ave.)
Starting at 4 p.m., celebrate Record Store Day with the official beer sponsor of the day, Dogfish Head. The bar will play vinyl throughout the evening and pour Dogfish Head selections such as American Beauty, 60 Minute IPA, Noble Rot, Black & Blue, Sixty-One, 120 Minute IPA, and Namaste. Limited-edition RSD posters and glassware will be available, and you’ll have a chance to take home a special Dogfish Head turntable.
Gold Million Records (451 W. Lancaster Ave.)
Want a unique shopping experience with a meet and greet? Guests can chat with artist visual collaborator of Frank Zappa, Cal Schenkel. For jazz fans, Billie Holiday biographer, John Szwed will be at the shop. A limited-edition Ramones record player will be available to purchase, too.
Some artist records available include: Deep Purple, Johnny Cash, Jethro Tull, and The Zombies.
Hideaway Music (861 Germantown Ave.)
Purchase your favorite vinyl releases and receive some freebies, such as Dogfish Head’s official 2015 Record Store Day poster. While you shop, the Freedom Fry Hi-Fi will play music featuring psychedelic tunes, sci-fi sounds, jazz, and more.
Some artist records available include: Robert Plant, Gram Parsons, Phish, Sun Ra, and The White Stripes.
Sit & Spin (1346 S. 9th St.)
If you like Record Store Day to be a bit of a surprise, Sit & Spin is receiving releases they don’t know about until they arrive. The shop will open at 10 a.m. and offer loyalty discounts if you wear a Sit & Spin shirt or if you bring in a shop tote bag. Concert tickets will be raffled throughout the day for Testament, Amaranthe, Gene Ween, and more.
Vinyl Revival (35-37 N. Lansdowne Ave.)
Landsdowne’s record store ordered a hefty amount of RSD specials this year for your listening pleasure.
Some artist records available include: The Kinks, 311, Blue Oyster Cult, The Flaming Lips, Gwar, and The Grateful Dead.
Milkcrate Cafe (400 E. Girard Ave.)
The restaurant/cafe will open its doors at 8 a.m. and sell their RSD special releases on a first-come, first-serve basis. Coffee and food specials will be available during the day.
Some artist records available include: James Cotton, Dandy Warhols, Bob Dylan, Brian Eno, Jerry Garcia, and Jurassic Five.
Long in the Tooth (2027 Sansom St.)
Opening at 9 a.m., the shop will sell RSD releases, and host live music by local band The Rentiers (7 p.m.) and more. Check out their Facebook page for daily record release updates.
Brewerytown Beats (1205-7 N. 29th St.)
All used vinyl records are 15% off. Doors open at 11 a.m.
Some artist records available include: Lord Star, Lemonheads, The Doors, The Rough Guide to African Rare Groove, and Black Star
Main Street Music (4444 Main St.)
Get an earful of live music and deals at this Manayunk record store. Doors open at 9 a.m. and shoppers can enjoy a “buy more, save more” special ranging from $5 to $25. Live music for the evening starts at 1:30 p.m. and features Adam Weiner, Cliff Hills, Anthony D’amato, Shark Tape, and Twin Peaks. RSD special albums will be revealed day of.