We’re quickly approaching that time of year when record shops get ready for one of the biggest vinyl related days of the year. That’s right folks, it’s the about to be the third Saturday in April which is Record Store Day, the worldwide event that brings record store staff, customers, and artists together for a day of vinyl goodness! RSD means a plethora of exclusive releases, giveaways, and in store performances to celebrate the music community.
This is the 10th Record Store Day and the past decade has definitely had it’s ups and downs, from humble beginnings to ridiculous exclusives with flippers buying the rarest only to resell. The criticisms of the day are valid, but you don’t have to succumb and be a part of them. RSD is supposed to be about celebrating with friends (new and old) the beauty of music and the wax it’s pressed on. While you’re lined up waiting to pick out you vinyl treasure, strike up a conversation with the people around you and start developing that sense of community that RSD strives to achieve!
Listed below are some of the great stores that will be having events this Saturday, April 22nd. Peruse the lists below to plan out the best day in vinyl aficionados’ year. The first batch are shops and venues that are celebrating the vinyl holiday in their own way. You may not find the exclusive Record Store Day releases, but you will have a great time! After the RSD alternatives are pledge stores that will be raising the vinyl flag proudly! Check out some good bands and DJs, have a few free drinks, and of course pick up some vinyl! You can see the full list Illinois stores at the RSD website.
Bloodshot Records – 3039 W Irving Park Road
This year Bloodshot’s Chicago HQ storefront pop-up shop will be open between noon and 6pm to act as an oasis in the RSD chaos! This will be the spot to relax and enjoy some free refreshments and maybe even some snacks inbetween your RSD stops. Bloodshot will have some unique items, test pressings, signed item, out-of-print albums, their regular releases, and more. So sit back and enjoy some of their Dark Matter Bloodshot Over the Cliff coffee while wearing an Alt-Country; Not Alt-Facts t-shirt!
Empty Bottle – 1035 N. Western Ave. – 773-276-3600 – @theemptybottle
Empty Bottle will be doing Record Store Day big with their 3rd Annual Hand Over Fist Release Party and Record Store Day Showcase. The beer, Hand Over Fist, is a collaboration between the venue, Reckless Records, and Revolution Brewing to brew a beer in celebration of Record Store Day! Doors open at noon and at 12:30pm the Intersectional Feminism Music Panel presented by The Inclusive Music Coalition will begin. Then you can stick around for some tunes from DJ Jill Hopkins and two great local bands, So Pretty and Oops!
Numero Group Pop Up @ Comfort Station – 2579 N Milwaukee Ave – @numerogroup
Numero Group will be continuing a seven year Record Store Day tradition but taking over Logan Square’s Comfort Station for a pop up shop! Starting at 10am, the amazing record label will be selling their catalog and deeply discounted prices! Honestly, this is a great way to diversify you collection with some lost and hidden gems.
PBR Record Store Day @ Boiler Room – 2210 N California Ave.
Celebrate RSD with something a little different! From noon to 4pm you’ll be able to enjoy some of Boiler Room’s pizza brunch and then partake in the Feeltrip Records Pop-Up Record Store! There will also some live acoustic sets by Matthew Alfano & Michael Vinopal, The Shades and A Friend Called Fire. RSVP here for a hosted PBR!
Secret Agent Supply Co. – 1276 N Milwaukee Ave. – @AgentSupply
The Secrect Agent Supply Co. will be taking part in the Record Store Day celebration with a pair of music related signings! Head over to this cool little shop and meet editor of “The Empty Bottle Chicago” John Dugan from 10am – 11am and then from 1pm to 3pm you can mett Steve Krakow, author of “My Kind of Sound: The Secret History of Chicago Music!
RSD PLEDGED STORES!
606 Records – 1808 S. Allport – 312-585-6108 – @606records
606 Records will open at 10am and will celebrate the day with an all-female lineup of DJ’s spinning vinyl sets from open to close! They will have RSD exclusive titles, good vibes, and giveaways available throughout the day. A portion of our proceeds will go to benefit Yollocalli Arts Reach. DJs will include
- DJ Angelfunk
- Betty Heredia
- Heather Gabel
- Fanita Banana
- Mixtress Annie
- Adhina Hamilton
- Suzanne Shelton
Beverly Records – 11612 S. Western Ave. – 773-779-0066 – @BeverlyRecords
Beverly Records will be enjoying RSD in two fun ways. The store itself will open at 8am and will have the exclusive RSD releases and 20% off used vinyl. Then at 11am, Beverly Records will take over Cullinan’s Stadium Club, the tavern right next door, for a Vinyl Fair where LPs will be on sale for $2.00 and 45s will be a quarter a piece. There will also be live music at 1pm!
Borderline – 5351 N. Clark St. – 773-728-6582
Record Store Day for Borderline starts bright and early at 9am. They’ll be playing great tunes in store and be offering 25% off all used vinyl/cassettes/cds!
Bric-A-Brac Records & Collectibles – 3156 W Diversey Ave – 773-654-3915 – @bricabracrcords
Bric-A-Brac will start things up at 8am to take part in the 10th anniversary of RSD with some style! Bands will be playing all afternoon as usual and they’ll have some tasty treats like free coffee from Halfwit Roasters, free donuts from the Donut Vault, and vegan pastries from Ash Lemasters! Bric-A-Brac will be partnering with their awesome neighbors Lost Lake, who will be opening at noon, hosting live DJs all day, and offering the RSD exclusive beverage: the Bric-a-Braquiri!
Bands will include:
- Staring Problem (Chi)
- Roman Polanski’s Baby (Nashville)
- Bev Rage & the Drinks (Chi)
- Evil Triplet (Austin)
- L.I.A.R. (Chi)
Bucket O’ Blood Books and Records – 3182 N Elston Ave. – 312.890.3860 – @bucketoblood
Bucket O’ Blood, which will open at 10am, usually turns their RSD into an awesome themed party and this year is no different. The RSD Luau Extravaganza will feature tropical drinks that will keep things festive throughout the day and everyone buying RSD releases will get a special themed shot! Come dressed in your finest Hawaiian shirt or coconut bra as there will be a limbo competition and a hula hoop contest to determine sale prices. They have also partnered up with a few local business for an interesting game with very cool prizes including a Great Lakes Brewing Turntable! Check their event page for more info!
Dave’s Records – 2604 N. Clark St. – 773-929-6325 – @davesrecordschi
Dave‘s will open up around 11, but he usually opens up quite earlier than the usual announced time, making for a nice long line. Previous years, the first people in line arrived at 10pm the evening before RSD. This year Dave’s will have a live musical performance! Stonebelly will be stopping by for an acoustic set at 3pm. So arrive early, get one of the exclusive posters that the store gets made for RSD, and don’t forget Dave’s Rules of the Road.
Dusty Groove Records – 1120 N. Ashland Ave. – 773-342-5800 – @DustyGroove
Dusty Groove‘s Record Store Day will run from 8am to 9pm and feature some magic in the afternoon, giveaways, refreshments and a chance to spin the wheel of fortune with every purchase.
Gramaphone Records – 2843 N. Clark St. – 773-472-3683 @gramaphonechi
RSD 2017 will start at noon or Gramaphone records! Inaddtion to some select RSD titles, Gramophone will be hosting release parties for two exclusive titles. Mr. White’s new Memphis based label, Edgewood Estate and new Chicago imprint “Night Sea Journey” have prepared limited Gramaphone editions of their 12″s. There will also be in-store performances by NSJ crew, Mr. White, Gphone staffers
Groovin’ High – 1047 W. Belmont Ave. – 773-476-6846
The one time of year that Groovin’ High is definitely open is on Record Store Day so don’t miss out on this pretty great shop.
- 9:00am – Noah Gabriel
- 10:30am – Jake Mack
- Noon – John Papadolias
- 2:00pm – Chris Duarte featuring Beth Lee
KStarke Records – 1109 N. Western Ave – 773-772-4880 – @Kstarke_Records
KStarke Records will be open from 10am to 8pm for RSD and will have free food, drinks, RSD exclusives, and lots of music! Live performances by Lettucehead and The Wick; as well as DJs including Mark Grusane, Tim Zawada,Mike L Bangles,Jarvis Mason, Glenna J Fitch, Jesse S Andwich, Alexander William Gonzales, Jerome Derradji, and Jackmaster Hater.
Laurie’s Planet of Sound – 4639 N. Lincoln Ave. – 773-271-3569 – @lauriespos
Laurie’s Planet of Sound will get their RSD started at 9am and will have a full schedule of musical performers.
- Noon: – Ted Wulfers (performing songs from his RSD release “The Cubs Won It All in 2016”!)
- 12:40pm – Phil Angotti and Friends perform “The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society”
- 2:00pm – Sanctified Grumblers
- 3:00pm – The Romeros performing the music of George Michael
- 4:00pm – Sweet Figurines performing the music of David Bowie
- 5:00pm – Dust Bunnies
Mile Long Records – 350 W. Front Street, Wheaton – 630-474-4954 – @mile_long
Mile Long Records will be opening its doors to the Record Store Day masses at 10am but will be handing out wristbands a little earlier. Check their Facebook page event for update info!
Permanent Records – 1914 W. Chicago Ave. – 773-278-1744 – @PermanentRex
Permanent Records is opening at 10am for a full day of events! They’ll obviously be carrying many RSD exclusives and releasing their own exclusive release of Frankie and the Witch Fingers’ “Sidewalk” LP (Limited to 500 copies total – 150 on colored vinyl). Dark Matter Coffee will be supplying free coffee first thing in the morning and then Half Acre Beer Company will tap a keg at 1pm to supply free beverages for all (21+) until it runs out!
- 10:00am –Permanent Records DJs
- Noon – Karissa Talanian / Eye Vybe Records (Heavy Space Rock, Krautrock, Space Disco, Proto Punk)
- 1:00pm – Tom Kenneally / Half Acre Beer Company (Sounds of The Half Acre Interplanetary Scene Collision)
- 2:00pm – Quinn Cunningham / Funk Trunk Records (Soul, Funk, Jazz, World)
- 3:00pm – Alejandro Morales (100% The Fall)
- 4:00pm – Brent Heyl / The Empty Bottle | Thalia Hall (Weird Synth / Atmospheric Things / Instrummental Jams)
- 5:00pm – James Moy (Mystery Set)
- 6:00pm – Jordan Reyes / Moniker Records (Synth-pop, New Wave, Industrial, Goth, Cult/Occult & Releated Novelty)
- 7:00pm – Leor Galil / Chicago Reader (Underground 90’s Chicago Hip-Hop)
- Dirt Cheap Date
- Dream Version
- Jesse W. Johnson & Coyote Scream
- Junkee Girl
- Gia Margaret
- Mother Nature Music
- Not Myself
Purple Dog Records – 329 N Center St., Naperville – @PurpleDogRecord
This year Purple Dog Records will be focusing on the vinyl and have ordered a ton of RSD titles for you to look through and purchase!
Reckless Records – (Various) – @RecklessRecords
All the Reckless locations will open at their usual time 10am for Record Store Day. They will have some cool giveaways including slipmats celebrating their beer collaboration “Hand Over Fist” with Revolution Brewing & much more!
26 E. Madison
- No instore performances, just lots and lots of vinyl
1379 N Milwaukee Ave.
3126 N. Broadway
Record Breakers (above Reggie’s Rock Club) – 2109 S. State St. – 312-949-0125 – @reggieslive
RSD at Record Breakers will be begin at 8am with tons of vinyl and free hotdogs and pop throughout the day. They will also have live music, starting at 10am! You can check out the lineup and set times below.
- 10:00am – Cascader
- 11:00am – The Bottom Dollars
- 12:00pm – Salvation
- 1:00pm – Fatherless
- 2:00pm – Chauncey and The Beast
- 3:00pm – Kevin and Hell
Rediscover Records – 9 S. Spring Street, Elgin – 847-961-8445
Rediscover Records will open bright and early at 8am for RSD! Then at 7:30, Scott Ligon, Casey McDonough, & John Perrin will be performing!
Shuga Records – 1272 N. Milwaukee Ave. – @Shuga_Records
Opening at 8am, Shuga will be giving away an exclusive Shuga Records + Lagunitas Brewing Co + Emporium Arcade Bar Venue 20oz Tall Boy Glass to the first 300 people (with purchase)! There will also be some free Dark Matter Coffee, free doughnuts, and a nice lineup of live music. The full lineup is TBA, but the Lucille Furs are confirmed for noon!
Squeezebox Books and Music – 1235 Chicago Ave., Evanston – 847-943-9309
Squeezebox will be opening at 10am on RSD, but they will have a sale that starts Friday with 20% off new and used vinyl/CDs. The discount only applies to non-RSD titles.
The Old School Record Store – 7446 Madison St Forest Park, Illinois, IL – (708) 366-7588
The Old School Record Store opens at 11am.
Val’s Halla Records – 239 Harrison St, Oak Park – 708-524-1004 – @ValshallaRecord
Val’s Halla Records will open at 9am with a day full of vinyl, sales, free donuts and coffee, and great in store performances. Musical performance will be curated by Phil Angotti.
- 11:00am – ???
- Noon – Bill Kavanaugh & Friends
- 1:00pm – Dead Freddies (Perform Bowie)
- 2:00pm – Ellis Clark & Ary Jeebie
- 3:00pm – NBRBO (Scott Ligon & Casey Mcdonough “The North Berwyn Rhythm & Blues Organization)
- 4:00pm – Phil Angotti (Beatle Bros. etc. So who knows)
- 5:00pm – Rachel Drew