Music lovers, your day has come. April 18 is Record Store Day, an annual celebration of independent record stores ushering in one-off titles and reissues from artists of all genres. Participating stores sign a pledge, promising not to mark up prices or hold anything for online sales, which allows them to order from an exclusive list of more than 400 releases by artists that include: Bob Dylan, Violent Femmes, Dandy Warhols, The White Stripes, Ryan Adams, Courtney Barnett, Neko Case, Miles Davis and Metallica.
2015's RSD ambassador, Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl, recalls spending his afternoons putting hard-earned lawn-mowing money toward purchases at indie record stores. "These places became my churches, my libraries, my schools. They felt like home. And I don't know where I would be today without them," he says.
With limited copies of each record (between 150 and 10,000) available at the nearly 1,400 participating shops nationwide, RSD often starts with customers scrambling for rare gems. But even those who don't score any vinyl can still celebrate the day with live music, food and festivities at any of these Utah locations:
There won't be live music at Graywhale this year, but the University of Utah location (208 S. 1300 East, 801-583-3333, FatFin.com) will feature art prints from local artists, plus coffee and food. All stores will be open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Arrive early for breakfast and the widest selection.
The Heavy Metal Shop
Starting at 11 a.m., The Heavy Metal Shop (63 Exchange Place, 801-467-7071, HeavyMetalShop.com) will have records available, including a purple Lydia Loveless vinyl—her "Would I Die For You" single, with Corey Branon's "Under the Cherry Moon" on the B-side. 14-year-old singer/songwriter Sammy Brue will perform at 6 p.m. with indie/bluegrass singer Jack Parker.
Along with records, Diabolical (238 S. Edison St., 801-792-9204, Facebook.com/DiabolicalRecords) will have coloring-book pages, live music, food and coffee. The lineup includes local artists Baby Ghosts, Big Baby, High Counsel and label Hel Audio (with an experimental electronic album release). Music starts at 4 p.m.; the store is open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Raunch (1119 E. 2100 South, 801-467-6077) is this year's source for underground albums. The store won't have titles from the official list, but the RSD spirit will be in no short supply. Look for vinyl from The X, Iron Lung and Heresy, as well as eight copies of a Nirvana tribute compilation album.
Albatross Recordings & Ephemera
Check out live performances by local artists including Aaron Smith, Sneaky Long, Chaseone2 and Fisch. The relatively new shop (870 E. 900 South) will also feature The Rose Establishment's barista and cafe manager Cody Kirkland making specialty drinks.
There are giveaways galore at Randy's Records (157 E. 900 South)—even a raffle for a Led Zeppelin mobile. Other prizes include posters and assorted RSD merchandise. The first 100 (or so) people will receive record bags.