It's been seven years since Uptown's Treehouse Records took the baton from the much-beloved Oarfolkjokeopus and set up shop in the little red brick building at the corner of 26th Street and Lyndale Avenue. Seven is a lucky number, because the store is still hanging in there despite a topsy-turvy retail market that finds CD sales down, teens buying turntables, record companies giving away coupons for free MP3s, and brick-and-mortar shops closing in droves. There's some reflected glory, too, with predecessor Oarfolk being recognized at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony as one of the great U.S. independent record stores. To spread some of that pretty good karma around, owner Mark Trehus is donating proceeds from this (and all future) benefits to Common Ground Relief, a nonprofit agency rebuilding New Orleans's Ninth Ward. Featured performers are raucous roots rockers Chooglin', the angular and moody Vampire Hands, exuberant garage-stomp veterans the Hypstrz, and unfettered guitar improviser Paul Metzger.
Fri., April 4, 9 p.m., 2008