For many in the business, and for even more civilian enthusiasts, indie record stores were our first teachers. Whether your town’s outlet provided you with alphabetized stacks, shelves arranged by genre, or haphazard bins, it amounted to a dusty browse through rock ‘n’ roll’s complex lineage that no Amazon or Spotify search can ever reproduce. Enter Record Store Day: This nine-country celebration was created in 2007 as a time for staff, customers, and artists to come together in support of independently owned record stores and their unique culture. This year’s ambassador is the appropriately grungy Dave Grohl, who has long supported RSD. As usual, expect a ton of exclusive releases by a ton of artists like Paul McCartney, Bob Dylan, David Bowie, A$AP Rocky, St. Vincent, and many more. There are twenty-one participating locations in Manhattan, nineteen in Brooklyn, one in Queens, and one in the Bronx.
Sat., April 18, noon, 2015