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On April 16, record stores across the country will take part in the ninth annual party known as Record Store Day.

The celebration of the culture of the independent record store goes on all day in thousands of record stores throughout the country and includes music, food, artist appearances and all kinds of fun, no matter which record store you plan to celebrate with.

Who’s Participating (scroll down to see what’s being offered on Record Store Day)

Here in Newport, Music Box and Vinyl Guru Record Shop are both officially participating in the annual celebration.

Other participating record shops in Rhode Island participating include Kangaroo CD’s & Tapes (North Providence, RI), Luke’s record exchange (Pawtucket, RI), Armageddon Shop (Providence, RI), Newbury Comics (Providence, RI), Olympic Records (Providence, RI), What Cheer Records + Vintage (Providence, RI), Looney Tunes (Wakefield, RI), In Your Ear (Warren, RI), Zingg Music (Warren, RI) Newbury Comics (Warwick, RI) and
Blast From The Past (West Warwick, RI).

Plumby’s Event: Dogfish Head “Beer To Drink Music To” Release

Head to PLUMBY’S this Saturday, April 16 at 12:00 pm for the release of Dogfish Head’s “Beer To drink Music To,”a limited Belgian-style Tripel. To celebrate “Record Store Day,” they will be raffling off a CROSLEY record player, as well as a $25 Brick Alley Pub Gift Card and some Brick Alley gear. The winning raffle tickets will be pulled at 9pm. If you are there at 12, do not worry, you need not be present to win!

The first 48 people to buy a pint will receive a glass to keep as well as a ticket in the raffle. Those late to the party will not get a glass (they are limited and first come first served) but will still receive a raffle ticket. When the glasses run out then they will still get a ticket for each pint.

What’s Being Offered On Record Store Day

This year’s Record Store Day offers a fantastic array of exclusive titles, plus the launching of the Record Store Day Disney Cruiser turntable, The Smart Studios Story as the official Record Store Day 2016 film, our first ever Record Store Day inspired beer with RSD poster, the first in a series of re-recordings of iconic albums at Electric Lady Studios, and a series of releases in response to last year’s tragedy in Paris, will all help to make for a memorable April 16.

Just as Record Store Day celebrates independent record stores of all sizes and specialties, the list is varied and covers nearly every genre of music. Once again this year, nearly 60% of the titles are from independent artists or released through independent labels and distributors.

Several artists, including Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Shawn Colvin & Steve Earle, Jason Molina, Brandi Carlile, Florence + The Machine, Regina Spektor, John Grant, New Barbarians, and over a hundred more will release exclusive tracks for Record Store Day.

Madisen Ward & The Mama Bear, The Sonics (with special guests), Stephan Jenkins of Third Eye Blind and Langhorne Slim & The Law all release live recordings made in record stores. The Reverend Horton Heat releases a 7” with new music and artwork taken from the video made especially for it and premiering today at

Metallica is the official Ambassador of Record Store Day 2016 and is helping RSD support and honor the victims of last year’s tragedy in Paris with the release of Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité, Metallica! – Live at Le Bataclan. Paris, France – June 11th, 2003, a CD featuring a live recording from the club, with the band, distributor Think Indie, Record Store Day and independent record stores donating proceeds to Fondation de France’s Give For France charity. In addition, Twenty One Pilots, Anthrax, and The Doors will be releasing Disquaire Day 7” singles in a show of solidarity and to celebrate the relationship between Record Store Day and Disquaire Day, between French record stores and US record stores, and between American and French lovers of music, art and culture. In addition, Record Store Day will see special releases from French artists Air, Erik Satie and Metal Urbain, as well as a recording of Johnny Thunders & The Heartbreakers’ 1977 final gig, also at Le Bataclan in Paris.

A Record Store Day collectors’ heads up: Concord (UMG) will release the Creedence Clearwater Revival 1969 Box Set– 3 vinyl and ephemera from the time period celebrating the historic year. The box will also come complete with 3 CDs and 3 international EPs on 7” vinyl. Albums include Green River, Bayou Country and Willy And The Poor Boys. A sneak peak at this amazing piece can be seen here:

Record Store Day 2016’s Official Film couldn’t be more appropriate: The Smart Studios Story, Wendy Schneider’s brilliant and acclaimed feature-length documentary about the trailblazing Madison, WI outpost, co-founded by producer Butch Vig, that finally shuttered in 2010 due to financial difficulties after producing an enviable stream of recordings by such rock icons as Smashing Pumpkins, Nirvana, Tad, L7, Killdozer and of course, Garbage, among others. The film features Vig himself along with a number of other well known faces who have
worked at the studio, including Dave Grohl, Billy Corgan and Shirley Manson.

And, in anticipation of the younger and younger attendees who have embraced the vinyl counter-revolution to digital, Record Store Day is excited to announce special releases from The Weekend, Justin Bieber and the aforementioned Twenty One Pilots, as well as a Disney compilation and Hello Kitty Picture Disc for fans of all ages.

Record Store Co-founder Carrie Colliton said, “Record Store Day is not about a single genre of music or a single format, but Record Store Day has drawn a whole new audience of music fans into the world of independent record stores. This year’s line-up should continue to do that and we’ll hopefully continue to introduce the next generation of record buyers to both vinyl and the unique world of the record store.”

For a complete and accurate list of Record Store Day 2016 titles, go to

Ryan Belmore is the Publisher of What'sUpNewp. 
Belmore has been involved with What’sUpNewp since shortly after its launch in 2012, proudly leading it to be named Best Local News Blog in Rhode Island by Rhode Island Monthly readers in 2018, 2019, and 2020 and an honorable mention in the Common Good Awards in 2021.

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