Record Store Day

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Record Store Day
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Alternate takes, limited represses and colored seven-inches… Yes, the annual celebration of independent brick-and-mortar music shops is upon us! On one special Saturday each April, analog music junkies get their fix of rare vinyl, special re-releases and compilation albums, almost all made exclusively for Record Store Day. This national event, created to support local record shops (and recording artists, of course), has shops across the city—and country—opening their doors early to lines of music geeks eager to get their hands on previously unreleased recordings, picture discs and box sets by artists new and old. Some participating L.A.-based shops include Amoeba Music, Fingerprints, MONO Records, Vacation Vinyl and High-Fidelity. In addition to tons of great records, there are also parties and live music to round out the day—head to the website for more info on special releases, extended hours and events around the city. Tip: If there's a rare record you've gotta have, we recommend lining up as early as 5am to make sure it doesn't get snatched up. The lines get longer, earlier every year.

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On the westside of L.A., check out Record Surplus for Record Store Day. They have a big selection of RSD 2018 exclusive vinyl releases + live music + get 20% off used vinyl, CDs and DVDs.