Support Independent Record Stores On Black Friday

Looking for an alternative Black Friday experience? Try your local record store!

Record Store Day (RSD) was April 19 this year, but the next phase of the movement to support independent record stores begins next week. On November 28, participating shops across the country will release a number of limited special editions of books, picture discs, and 7″ and 12″ vinyl “to celebrate both the pieces themselves and the special indie record stores who carry them.”

Started in 2010, RSD’s version of Black Friday is intended to remind people that music makes great gifts during the holiday season—and that independent record stores are the perfect places to buy them. It also subverts the traditional post-Thanksgiving shopping model by offering exclusive, small run/regional, and “Black Friday first” releases.

According to the organizers, “We will call it a victory if…more awesome music by some of the greatest artists of our time exchange hands.”


Just a few of many special Black Friday releases: rising star Hozier’s “In the Woods Somewhere,” Ennio Morricone’s classic soundtrack to “The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly,” and the legendary David Bowie’s “Sue (Or In a Season of Crime).”

From classic artists such as Elvis Presley and the Beatles to contemporary hit makers like Ed Sheeran and 5 Seconds of Summer, the lineup represents an eclectic array of genres, with a little something for everyone. Among the more surprising offerings: the soundtracks to Frozen and Game of Thrones, and musical excerpts from South Park. A full list of releases is available on the RSD website.

If you want to give music this holiday season, check out our original feature on Record Store Day for a list of participants near the Levitt venues! Please also consider supporting Levitt Pavilions on Giving Tuesday, December 2, on the global day of giving. Your donation—which will be doubled as part of a gift challenge thanks to a generous donor—will help support the growth of America’s largest free concert series into additional cities across the U.S.

If you’re looking to avoid long lines and give a unique musical gift, support your local record store next Friday!

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