Even though we bade a tearful farewell to Vinyl Fever in February, several other high-quality indie record stores remain. They're surviving by broadening their offerings, stocking plenty of vinyl to meet the revival demands, and getting involved in the internationally recognized Record Store Day campaign, a celebration of indie music retail. This year marks the fifth annual edition, and each store involved locally carries limited, RSD-exclusive (not available anywhere else) releases and hosting free live music throughout the day and in some cases, late into the night.
Record Store Day 2011 is held this Sat., April 16. Here's a quick breakdown of three Bay area stores hosting full-scale events. Get more info along with the full schedule and some recommended releases at cltampa.com/RSD2011.
Mojo Books and Music
Mojo presents live in-stores halfway through a move to much bigger digs in the very same plaza where they're currently located — which means two stages, one at each storefront and easy to maneuver between. Bands scheduled to perform include Diamond Man, Sons of Hippies, Blast and The Detergents, The Red Rockits, I AND I, Cairo Youth Brigade, Jesse Thelonious Vance and King of Spain. 9 a.m.-midnight., 2558 E. Fowler Ave., Tampa, 813-971-9717.
DJs spin records outside the store, and in conjunction with RSD, Daddy Kool has also organized a day of concerts at its adjacent venues — The Local 662 and Fubar. Bands scheduled to perform at Fubar (noon-midnight) include November Rush, Infinite Skillz, Florida Night Heat, Brahm Bones, Empire Cinema and Holiday; bands at the Local 662 (3 p.m.-1 a.m.) include Sun Society, John Gold, Dead Sound, Flying Snakes, Set and Setting, Guiltmaker and Pretty Voices. 10 a.m.-8:30 p.m., 666 Central Ave., downtown St. Petersburg, 727-822-5665.
Live music all day long by the Dukes of Juke, James O'Neill and the Silver Shadows, The Sea Legs, Coerced Contentment Committee and Zebrageist. 10 a.m.-7 pm., 2887 22nd Ave N., St. Petersburg, 727-321-6814.