Your guide to Record Store Day 2019 in Philly and beyond

Brewerytown Beats | photo by Ben Wong for WXPN |

Record Store Day returns this Saturday, April 13, celebrating the unique culture of independent record stores and the role they play in their communities. This year brings over 400 official exclusive releases from artists like Bob Dylan, Elvis Costello, Courtney Barnett, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Robyn, Jeff Tweedy, Herbie Hancock and many, many more.

Most stores in the area will have a selection of the special titles in stock, but a few have some other events planned to celebrate the day, from live in-store performances to special promotions and giveaways. Whether you want to wait outside in the wee hours of the morning for the special releases, or you’d just like to stop by your local record store and browse, check out the roundup below to see what the region’s indie record stores have going on.

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Record Store Day is tomorrow. Here’s what’s happening in Philly.


Last month, we highlighted Record Store Day 2016 and gave you The Key’s picks of what to look out for when checking out your local record shops this Saturday, April 16th. For music fans, RSD is a national holiday that means more than just buying new music: it means watching shows, appreciating culture, and creating a positive environment around the music.

There are so many great record stores in and around Philly, and each of them will be holding different Record Store Day celebrations by bringing in great bands, guest DJs, and various music celebrities. Here’s a list of participating stores and all of the events that they will be holding this Saturday for Record Store Day. Continue reading →


Record Store Day 2016: What’s Coming, What’s New, & What’s Up


It’s almost that time of year again. Spring has (almost) sprung and Record Store Day is just around the corner. Whether or not you are a fan of RSD, it’s still an exciting time and a perfect excuse to go support your local record stores and while there, pick up something new to play on your turntable for the hell of it.

The official date this year for Record Store Day is Saturday, April 16th. Metallica have been announced as the ambassadors for RSD 2016 (the past three were Dave Grohl, Jack White, and Chuck D). Creep Records, Long In The Tooth, Main Street Music, Sit & Spin, and so many other Philly record stores will be participating. To see if your local record store is participating, check out the RSD website here.

A full list for Record Store Day releases can also be found on the website, but here are a couple key releases that we have our eyes out for: Continue reading →


Cassette Store Day is apparently a thing, and Beach Slang covered Dramarama’s “Anything, Anything” for it

Beach Slang | Photo via
Beach Slang | Photo via

You have probably heard of Record Store Day, the event in which numerous artists release new material every April as a way to celebrate independent record stores. What you might not have known is that there is also a similar celebration for tape heads called, you guessed it, Cassette Store Day.

This year Cassette Store Day takes place on October 17 and in honor of the celebration Philly’s Beach Slang will release a cassette of cover songs called Here I Made This For You. Earlier this week the band released their version of Dramarama’s “Anything, Anything” — which you can check out below. Continue reading →


Watch the gut-punching video for Courtney Barnett’s “Kim’s Caravan”


Courtney Barnett | Photo Credit: Pooneh Ghana
Courtney Barnett | Photo by Pooneh Ghana | courtesy of the artist

When Australian singer-songwriter Courtney Barnett isn’t wowing us with her live performances or having her album debut at number 10 on the US Billboard album sales charts, she takes on other feats: releasing music videos that seamlessly complement her tracks. The visuals for “Kim’s Caravan” are no exception. Continue reading →


The Return of The Tough Shits: Hear a new song, catch them at Repo Records this Saturday

The Tough Shits | Photo by Nikki Volpicelli
The Tough Shits | Photo by Grey Haas | courtesy of the artist

The Tough Shits recently played a show at Beautiful World Syndicate, a record shop just down the street from the bar we’re meeting at. It wasn’t was very publicized, and lots of their longtime fans could’ve missed it if they didn’t catch the Facebook note the group posted eight hours before showtime. There was no setlist because they never make setlists, and there were mistakes because they admittedly always make mistakes.

That show has helped the Philly band – who are quietly emerging from the several-year hiatus that immediately following the release of their self-titled debut – devise a plan for this weekend’s Record Store Day showcase at Repo.

“This time John will realize what’s wrong with his guitar after the first song instead of six songs in. I will remember all of the words…” singer/guitarist Mark Banfill begins. Continue reading →