We encourage several things for those that take RSD seriously: getting a good night's sleep the night before; biking from shop to shop; planning a nap somewhere in the middle of your day; bringing lots of cash for tacos and beer. Oh, sweet, sweet Record Store Day.
Indy CD and Vinyl
Standing in a line wrapped around the corner down Broad Ripple Ave won't be so painful because Rocket 88 Donuts and Hubbard and Cravens will be there to keep your blood sugar and spirits high. (The first few hundred in line also get swag bags from RSD official.) The doors, prize-winning, and dancing will commence at 8 a.m., with live acts including Devil to Pay, U.S. Bastards, Veseria, Sweet Poison Victim, Moor and The Northmen, Desert Planet, Mr. Daniel and Shoobee Loo kicking off at 10 a.m. in a tent out back. Other deets: Kuma's Corner will serve food; Dogfish Head will provide beer; Klipsch, Audio Engine, and DO317 and Live Nation will provide swag for giveaways. "Firstly, the first few dozen folks in line will get a giant swag bag at checkout. Second, we are combining the Bob Peele posters with a pair of Klipsch headphones, the Audio Engine speakers and some concert tickets together for a raffle. We have a raffle to raise money for charity every year, and this year the raffle proceeds will benefit the 501(c)3 not-for-profit organizations Girls Rock! Indianapolis and Musical Family Tree," owner Andy Skinner says. "The remaining items (tickets, posters, headphones) will be given away between bands. With each beverage purchase at our Rock Lobster bar and each purchase from our food vendor Kuma's Corner, they will give a free entry ticket. We will pull winning tickets between each band." Other things they're giving away? A turntable and every record on vinyl 92.3 FM WTTS are playing air on RSD; plus a crazy huge Blue Man Group Chicago show trip.
Okay, now for things that you have to pay cash money for: Shop owners have ordered at least one of every exclusive RSD release (and for most of them, multiple copies). Indy CD and Vinyl stacks all their goodies up in the front so you can get your hands rick in their boxes when you get in the door. And if you decide this day is the day you're going to invest in a brand new turntable, new speakers and new headphones (a.k.a The Total Package), well, Indy CD and Vinyl has all those things and more on hand.
806 Broad Ripple Ave, 8 a.m.
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Click here for an interview with Irvington Vinyl's Rick Wilkerson, who will release a lathe-cut box of Hardly Music records in celebration of RSD.
Irvington Vinyl lineup features:
2:00 Ghost Gun Summer
2:45 Mark Tester
3:30 Pink Breeze
4:15 The Holy Sheets
5:00 White Wax
Irvington Vinyl, 9 Johnson Ave., 8 a.m.
One of Indy's oldest record stores will be in full swing this RSD. In fact, all of the Karma Record's locations will have exactly what you're looking for.
21 N. Post Road, 3532 W. 86th St., 3802 N. High School Road, opening times vary
The little shop at 52nd St. will fill your pockets with endless exclusive RSD releases, as well as filling your tummy with delicious La Margarita tacos from the truck parked out front. Live outdoor performances include Video Grave, S.M. Wolf, Hoops, Peter and the Kings, and Ghost Gun Summer. Music shenanigans start at noon — hosted by Bloomington party king Mike Adams, who will perform last at 6 p.m. Inside, Rusty Redenbacher will run the stacks. Things not to miss: grab bags, sidewalk sale cheapies, special Nat Russell releases; tasty delights from Tinker Coffee, Upland and La Margarita will be offered. Officially, doors open at 8 a.m., but the line definitely forms before that and benevolent LUNA gods hand out Taylor's bakery donuts + giveaways to those who show up to wait early.
5202 N. College Ave., 8 a.m.
JBBL Round 7
This is the last battle before the J Brookinz Battle League championship, featuring eight producers and special performances by DJ TXTBOOK and Mula Kkhan.
The Hi-Fi, 1043 Virginia Ave. Ste. 4, 9 p.m., 21+
Joyful Noise Recordings RSD Afterparty
John Stamps and Sirius Blvck, Chives, Ejaaz, Skin Conditions, Sedcairn Archives, MK-II, KNags & Blottboyy and more will perform.
Joyful Noise Recordings, 1043 Virginia Ave. Ste. 208, 7 p.m., 21+
State Street Pub After Party
When Landon Caldwell approached Rick Wilkerson about taking over the booking for his Hardly Music-themed Record Store Day, Wilkerson was relieved. Not only because Caldwell is familiar with the current boundary-pushing Indiana local bands and artists, but also because he understands the aesthetics captured by Hardly Music in the '80s.
Speaking to the lineup for Record Store day Caldwell stated, "There is something quintessentially Midwestern, and particularly Hoosier, about all these bands."
In fact, some of this authentic Hoosier spirit recently drew Caldwell back to Indiana from California where his band Burnt Ones found success on the underground scene.
He continued , "Their [Indiana bands'] lack of concern for whatever hype is on the Internet, the coasts, and beyond is what drew me back to Indiana. No one is trying to be something they are not and, in my opinion, the art is more authentic and pure that way."
Caldwell carefully chose the Record Store Day lineup "in the spirit of Hardly Music." He explained, "I think much of what this selection of bands represents is an attitude in the Midwest Underground that has remained a constant since the dawn of punk. This selection of bands is just a small slice of what I consider to be a very fruitful, authentic music scene in Indiana."
State Street Pub's lineup features:
7:00 FSDC Vhs Mixtape Vol. 2
8:00 "The Hardly Music Story" Listening Party
9:45 Last Four (4) Digits
10:30 Serpent Piss
State Street Pub, 243 N. State Ave., 7 p.m.
One of Bloomington's best selections for vinyl, cassettes and CDs new and used, there's an eclectic population of stuff to choose from. Pam Thrash, Mark Chilla, Blake Rhein, and Dan Coleman will DJ in the store and Fiit, Nice Try and Laffing Gas will play sets.
202 N. Walnut St., 11:30 a.m.
TDs CDs and LPs
This nifty little store is perfectly squeezed between a burrito joint (Laughing Planet) and a coffee shop (Soma), and it's honestly a wonder that we haven't moved into the Kirkwood stone mansion already.
322 E. Kirkwood Ave., noon
Tracks is always getting restocked with new stuff and classics, so this coming RSD there's no way you won't find your favorite music.
415 E. Kirkwood Ave., 10 a.m.
West Lafayette's biggest and largest selection of CDs, DVDs, Vinyl, cassette tapes you name it! On top of that, to make sure that you find everything you're looking for this Record Store Day, they've taken requests and pre-ordered your favorite stuff. You won't wanna miss out on JL's deals and discounts.
380 Brown St.; 10 a.m.
They've been rockin' and rollin' the Purdue area for over 40 years, and Von's ain't stopping any time soon. If they don't have it in stock, never fear — they can special order it for you! No live music this year, but a great sale on vinyl and lots of RSD goodies.
317 W. State St.; 9 a.m.
Fort Wayne's relatively new record store will celebrate RSD with plenty of special deals.
4201 Coldwater Road, 10 a.m.
Neat Neat Neat Records and Music
They're ready ready ready for you to come and down and spend Christmas, I mean, Record Store Day, with you. They'll have new releases, classics, cool store apparel, and pretty much anything
your little music-loving heart could desire. Bravas will shell out breakfast dogs; Birddog Brewing will give out beer samples, and Addison Agen, Legendary Trainhoppers, Jafunkae, Shades, Void Reunion, March On Comrade and Belle and The Strange will play in-store. Store owners say that the line started the night before for RSD 2015, so they're very kindly providing a port-a-potty for those looking to camp out on RSD Eve.
1836 S. Calhoun St., 8 a.m.
All three locations are in Fort Wayne, and all three are ready and pumped up for Record Store Day. There will be live entertainment, food and drink (Sol Kitchen food truck and Dogfish Head brews), prizes (limited edition disney turntable, gift cards, 50th anniversary Beatles U.S. albums CD box set, more) and discounted music, obviously. Their North Anthony location has the most live acts booked, including Black Cat Mambo, The Union Project, Sum Morz and Adam Baker and The Heartache.
3422 N. Anthony Blvd., 3627 N. Clinton St.; 6427 W. Jefferson Blvd, opening times vary
Dan's Downtown Records
Don't be fooled by the tiny size of the store: Dan's Downtown Records is a vinyl sanctuary that will not disappoint. One of Muncie's pride and joys, this RSD will thrive on at Dan's, which boasts 10,000 items on display.
105 N. High St. 11 a.m.
Village Green Records
The constant supply of new and used vinyl that this store gets on the daily is just absolutely ridiculous. They're offering 10 percent off everything new (minus RSD exclusives) and 20 percent off used goodies. Music starts at noon outside and includes Shiny Penny, Freak, Lee Harvey and The Oswalds, Architecture Aviva, Forgotten Tribe, Ampersand Blues Band, Archives and Bonesetters.
519 N. Martin St., 10 a.m.