Record Store Day matters to local bands, fans, shops, and labels

Record Store Day

is Saturday, April 17. And that means it's time to get away from your computer, put down your iPod, and experience the personal and vibrant music outside your dorm room, and in your community.

For most students, it's all too easy to click a few buttons and download a song or an album. But celebrating the existence of independent record stores is like taking a breath of fresh air. If you happen to have some free time on April 17, check out this map for Record Store Day locations, and see what's near you.