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Record Store Day, the annual celebration of good ol' fashioned mom-and-pop music shops, seems to balloon into a bigger event each year. Now in its fourth go-'round, RSD will overtake 18 different businesses in the Twin Cities—and Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak has even gone so far as to proclaim this Saturday, April 16, "Hymie's Vintage Records Day" in honor of one of the city's longstanding stores.
3820 E. Lake St.
Minneapolis, MN 55406
Region: Seward/ Longfellow/ Minnehaha
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Hymie's Vintage Records
3820 E. Lake Street, Minneapolis
Free street fair with two stages of music, plus local art, 50-cent bargain vinyl bins.
11 a.m. Molly Maher / 12:30 p.m. The Humbugs / 2 p.m. Annandale Cardinals / 3:30 p.m. Buffalo Moon / 5 p.m. Fat Kid Wednesdays / 6:30 p.m. Cadillac Kolstad
11 a.m. The East Lake Pavers / 12:30 p.m. Martin Devaney / 2 p.m. Erik Koskinen / 3:30 p.m. Is/Is / 5 p.m. Whitey Morgan and the 78s / 6:30 p.m. Ben Weaver
3506 Nicollet Ave., Minneapolis
45 sale, DJ sets by Girl Germs. / 4:30 p.m. Is/Is / 5:30 p.m. Littlefoot / 6:30 p.m. Hot Rash / 7:30 p.m. Cadette
822 W. 98th Street, Bloomington
20 percent off all used vinyl.
Down In the Valley,
8020 Olson Memorial Highway, Golden Valley
2 p.m. Autograph signing by Brother Ali
Down in the Valley, Crystal
5582 W. Broadway, Crystal
Down In the Valley, Maple Grove
Grove Square Shopping Center
I-94 & Weaver Lake Road
Electric Fetus, Minneapolis
2000 Fourth Ave. S., Minneapolis
Free breakfast and lunch, goody bags, door prizes. Exclusive free distribution of Radio K's Stuck on AM 7: Stuck on Tape compilation. / 1:30-3 p.m. Cookout / 4:30 p.m. Low in-store performance
1300 W. Lake Street, Minneapolis
Cheapo, St. Paul
80 N. Snelling Ave., St. Paul
Cheapo, Blaine (Northtown)
170 89th Ave. NE, Blaine
407 W. Lake St., Minneapolis, MN
Opening early; free veggie dogs, breakfast, and beverages.Performances by Condominiums and Frozen Teens (times TBA).
2411 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis
Special guest artist "employees"; RSD exclusive Rhymesayers picture disc vinyl (includes new tracks by Atmosphere & Aesop Rock, Evidence, Blueprint, Grieves, Brother Ali & Jake One, P.O.S); "Mix & Match 5 CDs for $10" special; free food; live DJs.
Know Name Records
6009 Portland Ave. S., Minneapolis
Road Runner Records
4304 Nicollet Ave., Minneapolis
Sidewalk sale, $1 bins.
Homestead Pickin' Parlor
6625 Penn Ave. S., Richfield
Refreshments; 50 percent off all in-stock Bear Family CD box sets; special selection of buy-one-get-one new and used CDs (some long out of print); hourly specials.10 a.m. to 2 p.m. In-Store appearances by Homestead Pickin' Parlor teaching staff / 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. "Jam session."
1744 Lexington Ave. N., Roseville
2557 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis
2443 Hennepin Ave. S., Minneapolis
To celebrate, Hymie's is ramping up its efforts this year by throwing a free street fair and hosting 10 bands, while Yeti Records will host "Girl a Whirl," four back-to-back in-store performances by girl-fronted bands. As in past years, the Minneapolis Electric Fetus (traditionally one of the stores to get the biggest selections of RSD-exclusive releases) will use a numbered ticketing system to control the flow of customers at the beginning of the day, in addition to being the only store to distribute copies of the free Radio K compilation Stuck on AM 7: Stuck on Tape.
Speaking of special RSD releases, there are a few records of local note being released this year: Green Day is issuing a split with Hüsker Dü, featuring the pop-punk band's cover of the seminal punk band's "Don't Want to Know if You Are Lonely" on one side and the original version on the flip, while Rhymesayers is marking the occasion by releasing a special-edition picture disc and deploying its artists to stores around the country for autograph sessions and fan meet-and-greets.
Check the listings below for all of the Twin Cities Record Store Day action, for more information on events in outstate Minnesota and beyond head to recordstoreday.com.