If you ask the most purist of vinyl record collectors, Record Store Day is a farce. If you ask those that aren’t jaded yet by the obscenely long list of RSD-exclusives and reissues each year, it’s pretty exciting. Regardless of whether you’re with side A or side B, there’s sure to be an event this April 18 that will be the needle that fits your groove.
There are some constants to most stores’ RSD parties this year. Most area stores are opening early, will have RSD-exclusive releases in stock (how many of which releases may vary at each location) and free beer on hand. But the best reason to get out to your local record shop is the live music. Here are the shows happening across the greater Philadelphia area this year.
A.K.A. Music: Opening at 10 a.m.; employees DJing throughout the day.
Long in the Tooth: Opening at 9 a.m.; The Rentiers (members of Plow United) playing at 7 p.m.
Main Street Music: Opening at 9 a.m.; Adam Weiner (member of Low Cut Connie), Cliff Hillis, Anthony D’Amato, Shark Tape, Twin Peaks starting at 1:30 p.m.
Philadelphia Record Exchange: Sean on the Drums (Sean McGuinness of Pissed Jeans), AyeAye (members of Bardo Pond) at 8 p.m.
Siren: Opening at 10 a.m.; Mike Lorenz Trio and more.
Note: Music start times and lineups may be subject to change due to some events not being fully booked at the time of this story’s deadline.
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