Record Store Day isn't just another day in the shops -- most feature a schedule of in-store performances and other activities to juice the holiday. Here are five must-see events on Saturday in Chicago ...
Well, half of them, anyway. Candy Golde is a Chicago supergroup featuring Nicholas Tremulis, Bun E. Carlos (Cheap Trick) John Stiratt (Wilco) and Rick Rizzo (11th Dream Day). Carlos and Tremulis will toss off a guitar-and-drums set Saturday.
1 p.m. @ Laurie's, 4639 N. Lincoln, lauriesplanetofsound.com
(After Laurie's, Candy Golde heads to Reckless on Milwaukee for a 3 p.m. gig!)
"Zaireeka" listening party
The Flaming Lips have a special box set out for RSD that encompasses the band's late-'90s successes -- but leaves out 1997's four-disc, play-them-simultaneously "Zaireeka" symphony. Experience or relive the sound of four boom boxes playing at once, and be glad you're not doing it in a parking garage.
7 p.m. @ Permanent Records, 1914 W. Çhicago, permanentrecordschicago.com
Chicago's acclaimed Numero Group reissue label will not only open its own pop-up record shop just for RSD, at 1371 N. Milwaukee (featuring Numero stock as well as other vendors), the vintage-loving, trash-to-treasure music hounds also will be broadcasting a low-power radio station. Within a five-mile radius of the shop location -- or via an online stream -- Numero will be broadcasting "a variety of programming, including 'The Eccentric Soul Hour,' 'Cutty's Cutting Room Floor Cuts' and Mad Dog Sevier's 'Sevier Morning Advisory' ... also vintage regional advertisements ('Funtown,' 'Ember Furniture,' 'Friendly Dodge'), air checks, bumpers, news, weather, and if things get really hot we'll dust out the Browns/Raiders live broadcast from 1967."
"Sound It Out"
One of the selections at the Chicago International Movies & Music Festival this weekend certainly applies to record hunters. "Sound It Out" is a documentary described as "funny, loving portrait of the last record store in the northeast of England and the loveable eccentrics who travel across country to buy actual vinyl from fellow music aficionados."
3 p.m. @ Wicker Park Arts Center, 2215 W. North Ave, cimmfest.org
Happy birthday, Dusty Groove
Dusty Groove opened its stacks of wax in April 1996 and is happy to share the occasion with RSD. The shop will open early and feature CD giveaways, a roaming magician, snacks and Chicago's Phil Cohran & the Artistic Heritage Ensemble performing at 4 p.m.
9 a.m. to 9 p.m. @ Dusty Groove America, 1120 N. Ashland, dustygroove.com
The 1900s and more
Saki, a new shop in Logan Square, has one of the best in-store schedules Saturday afternoon, featuring local bands the Distractions (1 p.m.), Chaperone (2 p.m.), Bob Dey's Tank Engine Man (3 p.m.), the 1900s (4 p.m.), Rabid Rabbit (5 p.m.), In Tall Buildings (6 p.m.) and This Is Cinema (7 p.m.)
1-8 p.m. @ Saki, 3716 W Fullerton, sakistore.net