Record Store Day 2016: Here’s What’s Happening at Philly’s Best Record Stores

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Whether you’ve got a faux-vintage Crosley turntable that you bought from Urban Outfitters, or your grandmother’s 1928 Victrola, it’s time to flip the switch or turn that crank because April 16th is National Record Store Day!  Here are just a few of the events happening at some of Philly’s best loved venues for vinyl.

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Main Street Music (4444 Main St. in Manayunk)

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A notorious hub for vinyl lovers and musicians alike, Main Street Music’s Record Store Day itinerary meets all our expectations for a rollicking good time.  The store is guaranteed to be teeming with sounds of Folk, Americana and Blues all afternoon thanks to performances by Baltimore’s Great American Canyon Band (1:00 PM), Phoenixville’s Cliff Hills (2:00 PM) and Philly’s own Ben Arnold (3:00 PM).  Catering provided by neighborhood burger and hot dog favorite, Lucky’s Last Chance and adult beverages provided by SweetWater Brewing Company.

Repo Records (538 South St)

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A Philadelphia music scene staple, Repo Records is one of the oldest record stores in Philly, having opened in 1986 in Wayne, PA then relocating twelve years later to its current location on South Street. Although they claim to specialize in punk rock and indie, Repo’s inventory involves a super broad range of everything from jazz to metal.  This year, Repo Records celebrates not only Record Store Day but also their 30-Year Anniversary!

Doors open at 9:00 AM (arrive early, as there will likely be a line to get in).  Live music will take place on the corner of 6th and South starting at 12:00 PM with performances from Grayscale, Sad Actor, The Whips, Little Scream, Point Breeze Country Club, and Worst Ones.

Creep Records (1050 N Hancock St #76 in Northern Liberties)

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Started in West Chester as a Record Label in 1993, Creep Records now occupies a storefront in Northern Liberties, within the Piazza.  Creep is the spot in Philly for new pop records and loads of merch.  The store is opening at 8:00 AM (yes, you heard that right) and kicking the day off with coffee and a DJ set from Eric Slick of Dr. Dog.  Philly’s own Aaron Ruxbin will then take over the tables until 2:00 PM.  Later that evening (around 8:00 PM), Creep will host performances by both Philly and non-Philly-based punk rock groups Pocket, Left & Right, Thin Lips and Goddamnit.

Creep Records is hyping a few of the limited releases that they plan to have in store for the events, including Justin Bieber’s Purpose and twenty one pilots’ rare Disquaire Day.  The shop is also hosting ticket giveaways, courtesy of AEG Live/The Trocadero for the following shows: Wilco, The 1975, Barenaked Ladies, The Avett Brothers, and Phillip Phillips.

Philadelphia Record Exchange (1524 Frankford Ave)

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Open since 1885, Philadelphia Record Exchange stands as a totem for new and used music in Philly.  This shop has a crazy good selection of R&B classics and an array of tapes, ready to be reintroduced back into your life.  Doors open for Saturday’s Record Store Day celebrations at 10:00 AM—attendees are free to bring their own beer and chill out all day, chill vibes are strongly encouraged.  Performances run from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM and feature DC-based Hothead, the new solo project of Gauche and Cool People’s Laurie Spector, who’s showing her effortlessly cool side on her latest release.  Also performing at PRE on Saturday are New Jersey-based garage/punk rockers Hosemen.

Sit & Spin Records (2243 South Lambert St)

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South Philly’s go-to record store and PA punk, metal and hard rock hub, Sit & Spin Records began as an independent record label in 2008.  They have since expanded into a large distributor and and storefront.  Notably one of the biggest supporters of the city’s local punk scene, Sit & Spin is pulling out all the stops when it come to limited releases for Saturday’s Record Store Day.  With rare find like a vintage G.I.S.M. (a classic 80s Japanese hardcore band) and an exclusivevRecord Store Day release from Kill Holiday (Revelation Records).  Special releases are first come, first serve.

Other participating stores include: Long In The Tooth, The Marvelous! Music, Vinyl Altar & Digital Underground, Milkcrate Café, and Hideaway Music (Chestnut Hill).

Which record store will YOU hit up this Record Store Day? Tell us in the comments below!

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