Record Store Day 2016: Local Deals and Events in Los Angeles, New York and More

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By Michael Galvis, Editor

Record Store Day 2016 is April 16 and music hobbyists across the globe will be flocking to independent music stores to get their hands on much anticipated new releases and highly-coveted reissues from artists like Justin Bieber, Metallica and David Bowie.

Here's a look at the top RSD releases and tips on how to save money when expanding your vinyl collection.

Top Record Store Day Releases

Some of the most notable Record Store Day releases include a 12-inch picture disc version of Justin Bieber's "Purpose," multiple David Bowie records -- including a 12-inch vinyl of "I Dig Everything - The Pye Singles 1966" -- and Deftones' "B-Sides & Rarities" double LP.

In addition to an impressive Record Store Day 2016 release list, many stores will have an all-day party vibe, with special discounts, karaoke and event performances. In honor of the holiday, Metallica is releasing their CD "Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité, Metallica! - Live at Le Bataclan. Paris, France - June 11th, 2003" and will be performing at Rasputin Music in Berkeley, Calif.

Disturbed is also releasing a picture disc for "The Sound of Silence" on RSD. The disc will only be available at participating stores. The band posted to Instagram to promote the disc's release.

5 Ways to Save Money on Top Records

If you don't have the opportunity to participate in Record Store Day 2016, there are still plenty of ways to expand your record collection without spending a fortune.

  1. After Record Store Day Deals: Many stores place leftover Record Store Day inventory on their sites after the event. Starting Sunday, check regularly to see if and when these vinyl records will be available to online shoppers.
  2. Thrift Stores: While the most recent Record Store Day releases won't be there yet, thrift stores often carry a decent inventory of records at rock bottom prices -- including the occasional diamond in the rough.
  3. Garage Sales: When cleaning out their homes, people often find a dusty old record collection and sell it for next-to-nothing at a garage sale. Take advantage of this opportunity to find some major steals on real gems.
  4. Flea Markets: Notoriously filled with buried treasure, flea markets offer endless potential for amazing, low-priced records, if you're willing to do a bit of digging. They're often hit-or-miss, but winning even a few times makes it worthwhile.
  5. Online: Many online retailers -- including Insound, Vinyl Loop and Discogs -- are dedicated to keeping the art of vinyl in play and at affordable prices. If you're looking for a specific record, shop around to find the best deals.
  6. Record Store Day Deals in L.A., New York and More

    Record Store Deals in Los Angeles

    1. Amoeba Music: Get 15 percent off on Amoeba.com through April 16. You can also pick up used DVDs and Blu-Rays, books and turntables for 20 percent off on April 16 in store. Remaining Record Store Day releases will go on sale on Amoeba.com after 5 a.m. on April 17. The Hollywood and San Francisco locations will also offer 20 percent off posters in store.
    2. Permanent Records: While the Highland Park location will be having RSD exclusives, the Echo Park location will be having a sale on new and used titles.
    3. Record Surplus: Celebrate Record Store Day at Record Surplus with a three-day sale on vinyl records, CDs, DVDs and more, from April 15 to April 17.
    4. Touch Vinyl: The West L.A. store on Sawtelle will be having a 10 percent sale on used vinyl and live musical performances. Touch Vinyl will also be giving away limited disc singles of "In God's House" by Bat for Lashes. At 3 p.m., an ice cream truck will swing by the store to pass out gift bags with vinyl and promotional items.
    5. In addition to local deals, you can attend free music performances at stores across Los Angeles. Here's the full list:

      • Amoeba Music: Toby Dammit, Lance Rock and Fred Armisen will be performing at the Hollywood location.
      • Freakbeat Records: Located on Ventura Blvd. in Sherman Oaks, you can catch Dylan Gardner at 10:30 a.m.
      • GnarBurger: Swing by at 4 p.m. for a performance from Dressy Bessy.
      • Permanent Records: Catch Dylan Gardner and Frankie and the Witch Fingers & the Herms at 7 p.m. in Highland Park.
      • The Record Parlour: Crow Nuts will perform at 2 p.m.
      • Record Surplus: Ronnie Mack and Robbie Rist will perform at 2 p.m.
      • Rockaway Records: Dylan Gardner will be performing at 9:30 a.m.
      • Space15Twenty: MNDSGN, Kevin Morby and Best Coast will be performing.

      • Touch Vinyl: Eddie Cole and Fourth Dimension will be performing at 8 p.m. and 9 p.m., respectively.
      • Record Store Deals in Miami

        • Sweat Records: The record store at 5505 NE 2nd Ave. will be offering a sidewalk sale at noon on Record Store Day 2016. You can also catch a live performance by Shabazz Palaces.
        • Record Store Deals in Minneapolis

          • Electric Fetus: Catch live music from DJ Jake Rudh of Transmission, The Honeydogs and more. The Red Bull Sound Select lounge will be behind the store from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Food and drink will also be offered by Peace Coffee, Glam Doll Donuts and more. Pick up free gift bags with purchases, a free poster with your $50 purchase, and get in on hourly giveaways.
          • Extreme Noise Records: Swing by for raffles on limited edition t-shirts, plus marked down inventory. Spend over $100 and get a free item of your choice from a grab box. The store will also be offering free vegan pastries, coffee and juice.
          • Record Store Deals in New York and Brooklyn

            • A-1 Records: Located at 439 E 6th St., A-1 Records will be offering a clearance sale, including $1 to $3 singles. You can also pick up RSD t-shirts. The store will have a live DJ and extended store hours.
            • Black Gold Records: Visit the shop's location at 461 Court St. for a free live performance from UK folk singer Emma Tricca. Refreshments will be served.
            • In Living Stereo: Swing by for limited edition RSD releases, in-store performances and giveaways.
            • Permanent Records: Although the store won't be offering RSD releases, they will be handing out free gifts with every purchase.
            • The Turntable Lab: Get 15 percent off storewide, excluding RSD releases. Minimum $25 purchase required.
            • Record Store Deals in San Francisco and the Bay Area

              • Amoeba Music: Get 15 percent off on Amoeba.com through April 16. Pick up used DVDs and Blu-Rays, books and turntables for 20 percent off on April 16 in store. Any remaining Record Store Day releases go on sale on Amoeba.com after 5 a.m. on April 17. The Hollywood and San Francisco locations will also offer 20 percent off posters in store.
              • Rasputin Music: Saturday night will see a performance from Planet Booty. For the store's Berkeley, Calif., location, you can win tickets to a live performance by Metallica. Rasputin Music will also be doing a live webcast from its store.
              • Record Store Deals in Seattle

                For Seattle residents, look for the exclusive "KEXP Presents: Raw Power - A Tribute to Iggy & The Stooges Live From the Rooftop of Pike Place Market - August 23rd, 2015." Proceeds will benefit KEXP Radio, which is holding a grand opening celebration on Record Store Day at the Seattle Center.

                • Easy Street Records: Pick up an exclusive 500-run release of "The Sonics: Live At Easy Street," a vinyl for the store's 2015 RSD event.
                • Sonic Boom Records: On NW Market St., Sonic Boom Records has a special release of 30 La Luz "Live at Sonic Boom Records" vinyl.
                • Laura Woods contributed to this article.

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