Two new record stores open in St. Paul on Saturday

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With so much bad news coming out about the struggling music industry, it's gratifying to get some good tidings every once in a while to confirm that there is indeed still hope for musicians and their fans.

To that end, the recent announcement that two brand new record stores are opening in St. Paul is something that local music fans can certainly rejoice in. On Saturday, Barely Brothers Records and Agharta Records will both be hosting music-related festivities to celebrate their big openings.

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Barely Brothers Records is located in the St. Anthony Park neighborhood of St. Paul, on Raymond Avenue. It is owned by Mike Alias, a music store vet from the area who is now getting the opportunity to open his own vinyl-centered shop.

Barely Brothers has a Grand Opening Party scheduled for this Saturday, March 22, with live performances from local bands Eleganza, the Mystic Order of Reverb and Twang, Nikki & the RueMates, CP Lawson, Brian Drake & the April Fools, Jon Rodine & Friends, and Matt Arthur & the Bratlanders. Music starts at noon, though the shop opens at 10 a.m. and closes at 9 p.m.

Throughout their Grand Opening Party, all vinyl at Barely Brothers will be discounted at 10 percent off.

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Over on University Avenue, Agharta Records is set to open on Saturday, March 22, as well. While the shop has an official Grand Opening Party scheduled for Record Store Day on April 19, they still have something special planned for this Saturday. In addition to opening the doors to his all-vinyl record store, owner Dylan Adams will also be hosting a book launch party for his friend Nick Tillemans' new book, The Torture of Girth.

As for Agharta Records itself, the vinyl shop is located in the central corridor on University Avenue, on the border of Minneapolis and St. Paul. The shop will host in-store performances, book launches, listening parties, and record releases, as well as selling a wide array of new and used vinyl.

"Vinyl lives, forever," Adams says. "The mission of the store is to have an outstanding selection that embraces all genres. This will make it an exciting place to shop for collectors and all music fans."

In addition to their all-vinyl inventory, Agharta will also offer a unique digitizing service that aims to preserve and protect your valuable vinyl. There will also be a well-curated Rock 'n' Roll literature section of the shop, along with a music-inspired film section.

So, if you are looking to pick up some new or used records this weekend, I suggest trying out both of the newest record stores in the area, and support the good folks at Barely Brothers Records and Agharta Records as they do their best to nurture and assist the local music scene and keep our collective love of vinyl going strong.

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33 comments
Jeff Young
Jeff Young

Vinyl, blehh. Great news if it were 30 years ago, I had a working turntable still and liked my music fills of pops, hisses and scratches.

Mary-Louise Nash
Mary-Louise Nash

Any Classical music? Hard to find here (recorded, that is - live, is easy) .

Daniel DjName Whalen
Daniel DjName Whalen

Dimitry Killstorm we should go to Shelbyville and check these places out on Monday!

Logan Erickson
Logan Erickson

Super close to each other and one is having an opening party the same day as the other but isn't opening for another couple weeks? That seems like they're trying to rain on the other guys parade. Regardless that's exciting to have two new record stores opening soon.

Ryan Korkowski
Ryan Korkowski

Is it just a store with a computer kiosk you can d/l torrents from?

hoffm83n
hoffm83n

woah, they're a 2 minute walk away from each other

Stephanie Schultz
Stephanie Schultz

So wait, are they practically right next door to each other??

jonnyzygomatic
jonnyzygomatic

Love this! Our cities have always been a haven for great music. Our locally owned record stores have been my church for my entire life. If work permits, I am hoping to make it Saturday to Barely Brothers opening. Keep the vinyl spinning Twin Cities

adam0499
adam0499

Saint Paul rules for life!

Jason Bistodeau
Jason Bistodeau

Wish one of these places was opening in St CLOUD instead...

Daniel Hanson
Daniel Hanson

I can't wait to get up to the Twin Cities this summer. My path will be paved in vinyl.

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