All stores participating in Record Store Day will stock a selection of special RSD releases, but in most cases retailers won’t know until the last minute precisely what they’ll get. So these listings don’t attempt to address that question—they’re about special events, in-store performances, discounts, promotions, and giveaways. Last-minute changes are always possible, so check with the store if you want to be 100 percent sure.
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Dave’s Records Candy, cupcakes, freebies, 50 percent off all used seven-inch and 12-inch singles, live performances from Painted Ghosts, the Hops, and Brain Vacation (beginning at 3 PM). 11 AM-8 PM, 2604 N. Clark, 773-929-6325, davesrecordschicago.com.
Dusty Groove America Free coffee and bagels for anyone in line before doors open, gifts for the first 100 customers, “wheel of fortune” spin with every purchase, free refreshments, giveaways, magic show in the afternoon, in-store performance and discussion with George Freeman, DJ Joe Bryl spins (8 AM-10 AM). 8 AM-9 PM, 1120 N. Ashland, 773-342-5800, dustygroove.com.
Gramaphone Records In-store DJ set by Bonobo (2 PM), performance by Qwel & Maker (3 PM), DJ sets throughout the day by Leonard Part Sixx, Garrett David, and Jesse de la Peña. 10 AM-8:30 PM, 2843 N. Clark, 773-472-3683, gramaphonerecords.com.
Groovin’ High Half off used vinyl and movies. 7 AM-8 PM, 1047 W. Belmont, 773-476-6846.
Hyde Park Records Discounted records and DVDs, CD giveaways, free food, appearances by WHPK DJs PJ Willis and Gary Tyson and “local soul personalities” Ruby Andrews, Bobby Hutton, and Marvin Smith. Noon-8 PM, 1377 E. 53rd, 773-288-6588, hydeparkrecords.net.
Jazz Record Mart In-store performances by Nick Mazarella, Mike Reed, and Devin Hoff (noon) and Tail Dragger with Rockin’ Johnny and Martin Lang (2 PM). 10 AM-8 PM, 27 E. Illinois, 312-222-1467, jazzmart.com.
Laurie’s Planet of Sound Free breakfast and lunch from Chubby Wieners, giveaways, in-store performances by Cinchel, Claps, Unur, Dolly Varden, Luke Winslow-King, and Edward Burch & the Grand Ennui (beginning at 12:30 PM). 9 AM-10 PM, 4639 N. Lincoln, 773-271-3569, lauriesplanetofsound.com.
Numero Group Pop-up Shop Numero will have five tables of its own products, which include 24-Carat Black: Acetate, a picture disc in an edition of 500 that contains four songs whose source tapes were too badly damaged for them to appear on Numero’s 2009 24-Carat Black reissue. The label will also sell cassettes of staff-curated mixes containing released and unreleased Numero tracks, plus its three RSD releases. Rare-vinyl vendors will also offer their wares. 9 AM-5 PM, Comfort Station, 2579 N. Milwaukee, numerogroup.wordpress.com.
Old School Records Freebies and promos, DJDG and the Scientist spin throughout the day, in-store performances by Black Bear Combo, David Boykin, Daniel Fromberg, Thea Grace, and Zigtebra (beginning at 1:30 PM). 10 AM-8 PM, 7446 W. Madison, Forest Park, 708-366-7588, theoldschoolrecords.com.
Permanent Records In-store performances by Maybe & the Sick Fucks (covering Brainbombs), the Hecks, Verma, Matchess, Gel Set, Wax Idols, TV Ghost, Soupcans, and Sros Lords (beginning at 1 PM). 7 AM-10 PM (or so), 1914 W. Chicago, 773-278-1744, permanetrecordschicago.com.
Reckless Records on Milwaukee Rock ‘n’ roll caricatures by Steve Krakow, aka Plastic Crimewave (noon-5 PM), in-store performances by Lair of the Minotaur, Jar’d Loose, Speck Mountain, and Their/They’re/There (beginning at 1 PM). 10 AM-10 PM, 1532 N. Milwaukee, 773-235-3727, reckless.com.
Record Breakers Free food and drink, in-store performances by Joan of Arc (solo), Cloud Cult, Flatfoot 56, the Kickback, Kangaroo, Suns, Magicks, Super Minotaur, Free Drugs, and the New Diet (beginning at 10 AM). 8 AM-11PM, 2105 S. State, 312-949-0125, reggieslive.com.
Val’s Halla Records Sales on everything, raffles, refreshments from Buzz Cafe, Eastgate Cafe, and Trattoria 225, in-store performances by Chris Neville (Tributosaurus) and Terry White (Yellowhammers, Cannonball). 9 AM-7 PM, 239 Harrison, Oak Park, 708-524-1004, valshallarecords.com.
Village Records Ten percent off vinyl. A collection of records recently acquired from an estate sale will be sold off. 11 AM-8 PM, 2010 W. Roscoe, 773-549-7868.