To that effect, here’s the rundown at what the record stores in the Twin Cities metro have going for RSD on April 16.
2600 Nicollet Ave. S.
2016 is Cheapo’s first RSD in their new digs in Whittier, and they’re hanging low-key. They’ll be opening earlier than usual, and they’ll have RSD specials on sale, but there will be no live music. DJ Rude Dawg will be on the ones and twos as the day winds down.
3330 E. 25th St.
Looking over the lineup, south Minneapolis’ Dead Media has easily the most exciting roster of local bands. Sponsored by Radio K, their day includes sets from Animal Lovers, Naïve Sense, Pale Spectre, Kitten Forever, and Rupert Angeleyes starting at noon and running all day.
Local labels No Problem Records, Night People Records, Forged Artifacts, MJMJ, and Fuck Mountain will be spinning DJ sets featuring their best releases from 2016, and on top of all that, all used records are marked down 15 percent.
2000 4th Ave. S.
One of the biggest Minneapolis/St. Paul hubs for RSD, Electric Fetus has a slew of marquee sponsors, including Glam Doll Donuts, Twin Town Guitars, and Dangerous Man Brewing, who’ll be giving out vouchers to try their RSD beer at the Fetus for the second year in a row. Natedogs, Chef Shack, and Bubble Boy Soda Fountain will provide the refreshments.
In the Red Bull Sound Select Lounge, DJ Funsize will host kiddie-friendly RSD activities, and a top-notch slate of locals will run the main stage.
10:30 a.m.: DJ Jake Rudh
12 p.m.: The Honeydogs
1:30 p.m.: Prairie Fire Lady Choir
3:00 p.m.: I Self Devine and Muja Messiah
4:30 p.m.: Magic Castles
407 W. Lake St.
Minneapolis’ DIY punk record store will be doing their regular diligence for Record Store Day this year. That means discounts, grilled veggie dogs, extended hours, and raffles for special-edition screenprinted shirts. There’s a bunch of bands that’ll take the stage starting at noon, but a lineup hasn’t been finalized yet.
2411 Hennepin Ave. S.
We named Fifth Element as the top destination for RSD in 2015, and for good reason. The Rhymesayers playhouse always has label exclusives that hip-hop heads line up for, and this year, they’ll be selling deM atlaS’ 2014 breakout EP DWNR for the first time ever on vinyl — with covers hand drawn by deM atlaS.
Select RSE vinyl will be marked down 20 percent. deM will be in-store to perform the EP in full, and he’s joined by some of the state’s hottest emcees, namely Desdamona, Tall Paul, and Baby Shel, who’s performing with DJ Quincy James.
1 p.m.: Desdamona
2 p.m.: Tall Paul
3 p.m.: Baby Shel & DJ Quincy James
4 p.m.: deM atlaS
1519 Central Ave. NE.
Flashlight Vinyl believes Record Store Day should be Record Store Weekend. They’ll be open for 36 continuous hours from Saturday at 8 a.m. to Sunday at 8 p.m. Bogart’s Doughnuts will be serving free coffee and donuts for the early risers on Saturday.
Music will be a constant presence at the newly opened shop, with DJ sets from DJ Snuggles, Travis Ramin, DJ Marinos, and Egypto Knuckles and gigs from Carnage the Executioner and Marah in Mainsail, among many others that have yet to be announced.
2 p.m.: Jill and the New Gruv
5 p.m.: Marah in the Mainsail
8 p.m.: DJ Marino
10 p.m.: Egypto Knuckles
Midnight: DJ Snuggles
1 p.m.: Travis Ramin
3 p.m.: Carnage The Executioner
Hymie’s Vintage Records
3820 E. Lake St.
Hymie’s has long been the go-to place for RSD, and they’re celebrating that fact by releasing a 12-track LP of songs recorded at their past shindigs. The run will be extremely short (around 300 copies), so get there early if you wanna score one, though co-sponsor Pabst Twin Cities will be giving a number away for promo. As always, Hymie’s will be running two stages of local shows from 11 a.m. to close.
39th Ave. stage
11:00 a.m.: Charlie Parr
12:30 p.m.: Tree Party
1:30 p.m.: Mike Munson
3:00 p.m.: Bruise Violet
4:30 p.m.: Black Market Brass
6:00 p.m.: What Tyrants
Hymie's Records stage
12:30 p.m.: Alex Crankshaft Larson
2:00 p.m.: Chastity Brown
3:30 p.m.: Ben Weaver:
5:30 p.m.: Corpse Reviver
7:00 p.m.: Narco States
8:30 p.m.: Shadow in the Cracks
13 5th St. NE.
IT Records opened as a sort of co-op in the back room of Nordeast furniture emporium Findfurnish right before RSD last year, and they jumped right into the celebrations with DJs and deals. For their second year, they’re scaling back, and they have no special plans for April 16, through owner Ryan Cameron assures they’ll be back in 2017.
Know Name Records
6009 Portland Ave.
Know Name’s RSD plans are still in flux, but ownership is trying to secure bands and a food truck to fill in the afternoon. As always, Record Store Day intersects with Know Name’s anniversary sale, so expect discounts in celebration of of the music retailer/head shop’s 39th year of business.
They’re already planning a big blowout for RSD and their 40th next year, but keep an eye on their Facebook for updates about this year’s festivities. Either way, expect some iteration of manager Dan Beck in Peter Criss makeup.
4304 Nicollet Ave. S.
Roadrunner has been hoarding what they call “blue chip” records in their stockroom, and they’ll finally be releasing the cache to the public on RSD. Weather permitting, they’ll also be out in the lot grilling and selling beers, with groups like the Starfolk, Kinda Kinky, Ye Ye Pow, Runes Av Vaskeri, and the Carpetbaggers playing on stage from noon to 4 p.m.
2557 Lyndale Ave. S.
Our pick for the Best Place to Buy Vinyl last year
, Treehouse doesn’t typically go over the top with their RSD program. In the words of manager Dan Cote, “For us, Record Store Day is really about the records.” As such, there’s no scheduled performances (though they’re currently in a run of weekly in-stores). They’ll have a full selection of RSD exclusives available starting at 9 a.m. and free coffee for those who get there early.
2512 University Ave. W.
Agharta owner Dylan Adams ordered thousands of records for RSD 2016, his biggest load ever, and that’s where the shop’s focus is this year. They’ll have southern Minneapolis bluegrass outfit Depot Creek at 11 a.m., and DJs will be going all day starting at 9 a.m., but the selection is the main highlight.
Other bands may be added, and there will be giveaways and discounts, but Adams just wants people to come browse the stacks — whether it’s at his shop or not, he wants every single person in the Twin Cities to walk into a record retailer on April 16, so try to make that happen.
Barely Brothers Records
783 Raymond Ave.
Doors at Barley Brothers open at 9 a.m., and the recently minted St. Paul shop will be welcoming a full roster of music starting at noon. Bands range from jazz to blues to Americana to rock. Discounts are probable but to be determined.
12 p.m.: Le Percheron
1 p.m.: Big George Jackson
2 p.m.: Tabah
3 p.m.: King of the Tramps
4 p.m.: Matt Arthur and the Bratlanders
5 p.m.: RINGOUT!
71 Snelling Ave. N.
Like its sister location in Minneapolis, the St. Paul Cheapo is opening early at 9:30 a.m. so that hungry vinyl hunters can score some of the goodies they’ve been stashing away. No bands at this location either, but backstock new and used records will be retailing at 20 percent off.
419 Wabasha St. N.
Matty Werner from Eclipse promises the shortest lines in St. Paul on RSD, but that’s not all. The sunny shop will also have DJs going all day and limited edition screen-printed Eclipse RSD posters. A parking lot petting zoo was mentioned, too.
10 a.m.: Danny Sigelman
11 a.m.: Christian Fritz
12 p.m.: Brian Engel
1 p.m.: Jason Nagel
2 p.m.: Matty Werner
3 p.m.: Dosh
4 p.m.: Joe Baumgart
5 p.m.: Dr. Midnight
Tri Sound Local Music Shop
609 Marie Ave.
Now that the city of St. Paul shut down their north location, the Minnesota Music Factory is doubling down on their south Tri Sound Local Music Shop. Their owner confirms that they’ve spent the most they’ve ever spent on records to secure one-time prints and new releases. There’s also a possibility that acoustic bands will be on hand, though that’s not been scheduled yet.
Down in the Valley
8020 Olson Memorial Hwy., Golden Valley
5586 W. Broadway Ave., Crystal
13633 Grove Dr., Maple Grove
Down in the Valley opens at 9 a.m. to help move some of the heft of RSD releases they’ll be selling. They’ve even co-opted the U.K. RSD exclusives. But what makes all three of DITV’s locations worth stopping by are the promo giveaways. Records, CDs, and concert tickets are all going out gratis to lucky shoppers, and paying customers will get a 20 percent markdown on used vinyl and DVDs. Valley Pastries will also be on hand if you get the munchies.
Mill City Sound
812 Mainstreet, Hopkins
2015 was Mill City Sounds first ever RSD, and they went a little overboard with the ordering. They still have unsold merch from last April, so they’re adjusting their ordering accordingly. To spur the sales, they’re giving away a free microfibre record cleaning cloth with all purchases (while supplies last).
Regardless of whether they don’t move a unit or they sell out completely, Mill City Sounds will still be serving coffee and cupcakes from Amy's Cupcake Shoppe, and T-shirts will be given away on the hour. There will also be a grand prize drawing for a pair of Audioengine speakers, which values at $250.
KFAI Radio will be spinning 45s from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the store, which opens early at 9 a.m.