Slim Dunlap Joined HiFi Hair and Records' Record Store Day Celebration

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As nice as it would have been to make the rounds and take in all the shows on Record Store Day, the festivities at HiFi Hair & Records by Loring Park stood out the most. This was for many different reasons, not the least of which (in the interest of full disclosure) was that my band, Street Hassle, got to close out the night there.

But more important was the fact that the whole day there was dedicated to local hero Slim Dunlap. Slim is the former guitarist for the Replacements (and renowned solo artist in his own right) who suffered a serious stroke a few years ago and is still struggling with the effects of it. Exclusively for Record Store Day, New West Records re-released Slim's two solo albums, The Old New Me and Times Like This, as a double-LP set, and they were being snapped up by fans from the minute the store opened.

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Record Store Day 2015: Twin Cities Events Guide

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In celebration of Record Store Day this Saturday, April 18, area music shops have plenty of fun activities, sales, and live music planned surrounding the big yearly event. In addition to the exclusive RSD releases themselves, there will be food trucks galore, along with carefully curated lineups gracing stages across the cities. Each record shop has something unique to offer, and those devoted enough to show up early will certainly be rewarded with good times and great music, as well as free donuts, coffee, and other special perks from various local retailers.

In order to get you through Saturday's overwhelming amount of activities, we've created this handy guide to Record Store Day 2015 events in the Twin Cities area.


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Electric Fetus Reveals 2015 Record Store Day Festivities

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They Might Be Giants is one of the acts set to perform during Record Store Day at Electric Fetus

For the past eight years, the Electric Fetus -- along with numerous record stores around the Twin Cities and nationwide -- has thrown open its doors for an annual, day-long celebration of all things music (as well as the independent music shops themselves) on Record Store Day.

This year, the Fetus has once assembled a fantastic lineup of music, food, and family fun for the discerning record shopper (and their kids) from 9 a.m.-8 p.m. on Saturday, April 18.

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Rhymesayers Announces 2015 Record Store Day Plans

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Greg Grease is one of the acts set to perform at Fifth Element on Record Store Day

Soundset isn't the only thing on Rhymesayers' radar these days. In addition to celebrating its 20th anniversary throughout 2015, the tastemaking local hip-hop label has some exciting plans in the works at Fifth Element for Record Store Day on Saturday, April 18.

Along with cool in-store performances, deep discounts on albums and merchandise, and free giveaways and RSD exclusives, Rhymesayers is also putting out a double picture disc vinyl set of Eyedea & Abilities' landmark 2004 album, E&A, the first time it's been released on vinyl in over five years.


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Hymie's Records Announces Record Store Day 2015 Lineup

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Pennyroyal are gonna rock RSD at Hymie's!

Hymie's Records was named Best Record Store Day Location last year for good reason. For the fifth year, the pride of Longfellow and beyond will host another huge block party on April 18 with a slate of 14 acts planned for the indoor and outdoor stages.

For the uninitiated, the Hymie's event closes off 39th Avenue at Lake Street so that the browsing for vinyl and merriment can spill out onto the street.


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Record Store Day 2014: Twin Cities events guide

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The exclusive, limited-edition releases aren't the only things that get music fans to come out in droves on Record Store Day. Many local, independent record shops go all out for the big day, bringing in a strong lineup of bands, food, and refreshments for their patrons, making the event that much more special for everyone involved.

This year, plenty of record shops throughout the Twin Cities have stellar entertainment line-ups planned for Record Store Day. Here's a handy list to let you know all the musical festivities that await you tomorrow.

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Record Store Day 2014: 10 must-have releases

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Record Store Day 2014: 10 must-have releases

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Part of the reason that Record Store Day has grown in popularity over the years is the wide array of exclusive releases that bands put out specifically for the event. Whether it's limited 7-inches, vinyl reissues, or deluxe box sets that you set your sights on, the sheer amount of cool, unique albums that are released on Record Store Day are enough to get all types of music lovers out in droves to pick up these collectibles -- all while supporting their independent local record shops at the same time.

The list of exclusive releases this year is quite impressive and more extensive than ever before. So for your convenience, ahead of Saturday's Record Store Day, we've come up with a list of what we feel are the 10 must-haves of this years bumper crop of RSD releases.

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Record Store Day 2014: Twin Cities events guide

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Electric Fetus posts Record Store Day 2014 lineup

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The music purveyors at the Minneapolis Electric Fetus have just announced an extensive lineup for this year's Record Store Day. Saturday, April 19 will be a lengthy day of deals, free live entertainment, and some food to keep everyone's energy up.

The lineup includes a mix of rock, soul, and more experimental groups from the local pool. K. Raydio (pictured above) and producer partner Psymun will perform.

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Hymie's announces 2014 Record Store Day Block Party lineup

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Black Diet is one of the bands performing at Hymie's Record Store Day Block Party

Record Store Day in the Twin Cities has become a bigger deal with each passing year. Music fans in the area have not only come to depend on the thrill of tracking down the numerous exclusive releases that are featured on RSD, but also the unique events that most independent record stores plan for the big day.

Hymie's Vintage Records typically goes all out for its grand celebration of both live and recorded music, and for the store's fourth annual Record Store Day Block Party on Saturday, April 19, the owners have planned their biggest event yet. In addition to the wide array of exclusive RSD releases on offer, Hymie's will be closing off 39th Avenue to host an outdoor music stage, which will feature performances by 14 fantastic local bands, including Black Diet, who will be celebrating their own album release that day.


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Twin Cities Record Store Day 2013 deals and specials roundup

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Record Store Day is like a religious holiday for audiophiles -- people who revel in digging through crates of vinyl, getting their fingers dusty paging through piles of records to find that one album that will complete their collection. It's also a day to help celebrate the local record store and appreciating what they contribute to the community.

This Saturday, get out early to support your local stores, and to help you find the exclusive deals, Gimme Noise has compiled a list specials and deals from stores around the Twin Cities.

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