While this compilation of shuttered record store photos is kind of depressing, it’s also a wake-up call, providing some extra inspiration to buy some wax at our local indie outlet on this Saturday’s fourth annual Record Store Day. Maybe you’re one of the people who’s going to camp outside of New York’s Other Music to nab Big Star’s special-edition Third reissue (get one for us too, mmkay?), or perhaps you’re just hoping to lock eyes with Regina Spektor during her in-store performance. RSD has done a bang-up job of assembling this list of special Record Store Day releases, but we’re live-out-loud kinda kids, so without further ado, here’s a roundup of the best in-store shows and shenanigans planned for this year. Find out what’s going on in your neck of the woods after the jump. Oh, and in case you’re wondering, Ozzy Osbourne is the official ambassador of Record Store Day 2011. Free bats for everyone?
Low, Haley Bonar, and more at Electric Fetus – Minneapolis, MN
Free breakfast and coffee at a record store? Now that’s Minnesota Nice. After you’re quenched, pick up a free compilation tape of the Twin Cities’ best local artists from Radio K and catch some gratis in-store sets from locals Haley Bonar, Chastity Brown, and more. If you stick around Electric Fetus until 4pm, you’ll see a special performance by some slightly more famous locals: Low. Click here to watch the video for the single “Try to Sleep” from their new album C’mon. Spoiler alert: Uncle Jesse is a Low fan. No, seriously.
Jason Wilber and Sleeping Bag at Landlocked Music – Bloomington, IN
Acoustic folk guitarist Jason Wilber has shared the stage with the likes of John Prine, Greg Brown, and Todd Snider, and played on Prine’s 2005 Grammy Award-winning album Fair and Square. His gentle Americana is an interesting match with the slouchy power pop of Sleeping Bag, but hey, we’re all in this together. Listen to Wilber’s golden voice and strings below.
We Are Hex, Beta Male, and more at Luna Music – Indianapolis, IN
Free grab bags, a one-day liquor license, and a full bill of local music? Sounds like Luna Music is the place to be in Indianapolis on Saturday. The thrashy, trashy female-fronted punk band We Are Hex headline the in-store performance schedule, but if you’re not in it for the long haul, you can check out half a dozen other bands before them, such as the New Wave-y Beta Male. Watch a live video of We Are Hex, shot at the Melody Inn in Indianapolis, below.
Silver Abuse and Bad Drugs at Permanent Records – Chicago, IL
Moar goody bags! Moar (possibly free) beer, and moar (definitely free) pizza! O.G. Chicago punks Silver Abuse head up the celebration at Permanent Records, supported by (comparative) young’uns Bad Drugs. See where Silver Abuse began in this clip from the early 80s: