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Record Store Day 2013 finds a host of artists in just about every genre imaginable coughing up some exclusive product for the occasion, in the process, honoring the still-embattled concept of the independent, community-based record store. The list of exclusive releases is far too vast to reprint here – visit www.recordstoreday.com, where you can download and view the full roster of releases, if you’re interested. Let’s just put it this way – venture into an area participating Record Store Day establishment, and the odds are high that you’ll leave with something rare and precious tucked beneath your arm. (Make sure you pay for it, first!)

Locally, the two Record Theatre establishments – 3500 Main St. and in the University Plaza (1762 Main St.) – will join Spiral Scratch Records (291 Bryant St.) in rolling out the festivities Saturday, with beaucoup exclusive Record Store Day releases and full schedules of entertainment featuring live bands throughout the day. The Record Theatre locations will open at 9 a.m. Saturday, and the live music will commence shortly thereafter. Spiral Scratch opens at 10 a.m., and in-store performances from the likes of the Good, White Whale, Failures Union, Mark Norris and others, will kick off at 11:15 a.m.

Support your local independent record store, score some rare and luscious vinyl, and take in some live music in the process.

– Jeff Miers