Record Store Day Round-up

Live Music, Music, Things to Do


Written by Brett Llenos Smith

Published on April 16, 2015

Record Store Day

Yee-haw! Saddle up pard-ners. It’s Record Store Day this Saturday and there are a lotta doggies (aka records) that need roundin’ up!

Every year it seems like this good ol’ hootenanny gets bigger ‘n’ bigger and ev’ry general store (aka record store) gets exclusive items and a treasure trove of goodies just for the occasion. These stores are sworn to secrecy so to find out what exclusive stuff they got – you just gotta show up! Also, many of these stores host a more bands than an Oklahoma hoe-down.

All this can be quite a lot for a cowpoke to keep track of. Lucky for you, Brett here’s got your back. His Record Store Day round-up for Buffalo can tell you what’s ahead before you go on moseyin’ down each path.


– “Pokey” Joe


Record Theatre @ 9am (1800 Main Street at Lafayette & 3500 Main Street in the University Plaza)

Thanks Pokey Joe! Record Theatre is probably the most mainstream and family-friendly record store of all the places included on this year’s round-up.

At the mid-city location, DJ Axe from 107.7 Alternative Buffalo will be making an appearance along with the pop-punk bank Yellowcard and Lloyd’s Taco Truck. Also, Community Beer Works will be there so can apparently get a beer to go with that burrito and signed Yellowcard album.

The University Plaza location won’t have any world-famous musicians, but it will have local original bands playing all day – including Handsome Jack, Sleepy Hahas and Governess. The 716 and Whole Hog food trucks will also be on hand to serve lunch.


Spiral Scratch @ 10am (291 Bryant Street)

If you talk to anyone in the local music scene, they’ll probably tell you that Spiral Scratch is the best record shop in Buffalo. In addition to a great garage rock selection, the store also has a ton of curated indie, classic rock, soul, jazz and hip-hop. It’s really hard to walk out of this place with a bad record.

The staff at Spiral Scratch really knows their stuff, but that doesn’t mean you’ll get a snooty attitude. Owner Dave Palumbo and his staff always put their customers at ease, and what says ‘chill place’ more than two pinball machines?

In addition to food from the RnR BBQ food truck – expect RSD exclusives, sales, and a free tote bag with each $35 purchase.


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Black Dots @ 10am (223 Lafayette Avenue)

Black Dots is the most punk-centric store in the round-up, but don’t let that scare ya! These guys are total sweethearts and they’ll even have free vegan cookies for the kids (while supplies last). Also, catering will be available from GG’s Franks.

At 5 p.m., music from local bands begins ‘on the dot’ and features sets from Del Paxton, Cages and Bryan Johnson & Family.

That’s it for the Round-up, so get on out there and support your local businesses and artists!


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Written by <a href="" target="_self">Brett Llenos Smith</a>

Written by Brett Llenos Smith

Brett Llenos Smith is a freelance writer based in Buffalo’s Allentown neighborhood who has been covering local food and culture for Step Out Buffalo over the past six years. As someone with a multi-ethnic background, he has a passion for exploring and understand the many diverse corners of Western New York.
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