Record Store Day
Live Music Guide
Since 2007, every third Saturday in April has been Record Store Day. If you’re not sure where to go, what to buy or which bands to hear, the fine folks at Vortex Magazine have all the deets—they’ve rounded up the day’s events (which include live band and DJ performances at Music Millennium, Everyday Music and Jackpot Downtown), and provided links to this town’s indie record stores that specialize in helping you get your vinyl groove on.
Blythe & Bennett Records
Portland's got a new-ish record shop—and that's meant to be taken literally, because you won't find anything here unless it spins on a turntable. Owners Patrick Dennehy and Matt Roveto carry mostly used, but some new, recordings in the genres you'd expect from an indie record store (jazz, soul, rock, punk, metal), but they specialize classical and doo-wop.
It makes sense that three good friends (and professional DJs) would decide that when they're not spinning records on the air or in clubs halfway around the world, they'd do so in their very own record shop. David van Overeem, who owns the business with Mike Haight and Tim Leaderman, says each of them had individually dreamt of opening their own shop, so why not do it together? The trio now has a still-growing collection of more than 6,000 vinyl records.
More than 15 local record stores will be giving away swag, selling rare cuts and hosting live bands and MCs. Here’s a handy guide to help you navigate it all.