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The Luck Eden Hall — Gregory Curvey (from left) Mark Lofgren Carlos Mendozpeform noApril 21 Vintage Vinyl Evantson.

The Luck of Eden Hall — Gregory Curvey (from left), Mark Lofgren and Carlos Mendoza peform at noon on April 21 at Vintage Vinyl in Evantson.

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Updated: April 18, 2012 5:06PM

At least a couple dozen shops around the Chicago area are participating in Record Store Day. (For a complete list and more information, see

Here are some selected events from existing and one-day-only shops (with more listed at

Laurie’s Planet of Sound, 4639 N. Lincoln, (773) 271-3569; Opening at 9 a.m. April 21 and featuring Terri Hemmert from WXRT-FM (93.1) as “guest record clerk” after 4 p.m. Meanwhile, the superb scheduled in-store performances include Martin Rivas (noon), Variety Lights (1 p.m. — that’s Dave Baker, founding singer for Mercury Rev!), Elvis, Angotti, Dawson & Burch, Ltd. (2 p.m. — Brad Elvis, Phil Angotti, Steve Dawson and Edward Burch performing the Monkees’ 1967 album “Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones Ltd.” in its entirety) and Casey McDonough & Scott Ligon (3 p.m. — Kelly Hogan’s backers).

Dusty Groove, 1120 N. Ashland, (773) 342-5800; Opening at 8 a.m. April 21 with goodies for the first 100 customers. Refreshments and live magic in the afternoon, plus a performance by local legend Otis Clay at 4 p.m.

Permanent Records, 1914 W Chicago Ave., (773) 278-1744; Early-bird sale from midnight to 2 a.m. April 20 (featuring music DJ’d by the folks at Plus Tapes cassette label), then open all day April 21 with some great in-store performances starting at 4 p.m., including the punk-rhythm-spiritual experience that is the veteran Chicago band Ono, the legendary pysch-rock sound of Vyto B & the Band That Never Made It, plus visiting Philly post-punkers Psychic Teens.

Saki, 3716 W. Fullerton, (773) 486-3997; This cozy shop features deals, raffles and promotions all day April 21 including in-store performances by the bands Santah (1 p.m.), Bare Mutants (2 p.m.), Cains & Abels (3 p.m.), Cross Record (4 p.m.), Minor Characters (5 p.m.), Hollows (6 p.m.), Opposites (7 p.m.) and the Runnies (8 p.m.). Among the festivities is the Experimental Sound Studio (ESS) Listening Station featuring its Sun Ra archive. Bonus: Two food trucks outside later in the day.

Reckless Records, 1532 N. Milwaukee, (773) 235-3727; Rock and roll caricatures by Steve Krakow (12-5 p.m.), plus in-store performances Saturday afternoon by the bands Bloodiest, Radar Eyes (stripped-down synth version), Circles, Fake Limbs and Spires That in the Sunset Rise. Reckless RSD exclusive releases include Ropes’ “Demos II” 7-inch and Holy Fever’s “7” in colored vinyl.

Metro/Smart Bar, 3728 N. Clark, (773) 549-4140; The concert venue and dance club, in collaboration with Ghetto Division Records, will debut the Hot Jams Pop-Up Store at its location from noon to 8 p.m. April 21, featuring $5, $10 and $15 bins of used treasures as well as repeat specials, apparel, posters and a prize drawing for a VIP package at Saturday night’s JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound concert at Metro.

Numero Group at the Empty Bottle, 1035 N.
Western, (773) 276-3600; Local reissue magicians Numero Group will set up its pop-up shop from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. April 21 inside the Empty Bottle venue, selling piles of vinyl, CDs and DVDs, plus books and magazines, from their own esteemed collection as well as numerous other dealers. The label’s mobile radio station, WTNG-FM (89.9), will be broadcasting live within a five-mile radius.

Vintage Vinyl, 925 Davis in Evanston, (847) 328-2899; The storied shop of films and novels will be its usual gloriousness on April 21, with the added benefit of Chicago psyche-rock band the Luck of Eden Hall performing at noon. It’s a tradition — this is the fourth RSD show the band has played at this shop.

Thomas Conner

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