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Five Things We're Most Looking Forward to at Radio-Active Records' 2013 Record Store Day

It seems like the majority of holidays these days exist for the sole purpose of playing on Americans' addiction to buying pointless things and feeding the hungrier-than-ever corporate beast. But not Record Store Day.

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Each year on 4/20, appropriately aligned with another of our more noble national holidays (duh, Marijuana Appreciation Day), record stores, record labels, musicians, and music lovers join together to honor, celebrate, and support a gasping animal -- your good ol' local record shop.

Fortunately, here in South Florida, the tradition remains alive at a few critical stores, providing small oases for independent and local music to thrive. One such venue carrying the torch is Fort Lauderdale's Radio-Active Records. Mikey Ramirez and the crew over there are hosting an all-day event this April 20, starting at 9 in the morning to properly ring in the seventh-annual Record Store Day. 

Last year's event drew a crowd of close to 1,000, and by the looks of the lineup of local music and exclusive nuggets, we can't imagine any fewer for 2013. Here are the top five things we're looking forward to most about celebrating this year's Record Store Day at Radio-Active Records in Fort Lauderdale. 

1. Free Beer!!!
If there's one thing we can all appreciate, it's a free beverage, but especially when it's our favorite kinds of beverages -- coffee and beer -- generously provided by Brew Urban Cafe and Gramps Bar in Miami. The libations will be flowing freely all day long this year at Record Store Day. And don't worry -- no one will care if you decide to skip the java altogether and start your holiday with an ice cold beer.

2. Live Music
Since Record Store Day is all about supporting local music, why not show yours by coming out for some of your local favorites? Among the live acts set to perform this year are Jacuzzi Boys, Shroud Eater, and Suede Dudes, with more to be announced as the date approaches. Chilled-out beat maker Millionyoung will also provide tunes during a DJ set, along with local causers of booty-shaking DJs Benton, Kems, and Lumin.

3. Exclusive Record Store Day Releases
Apart from all the awesome merchandise you'll be able to purchase from the store and outdoor marketplace, including two-for-one Iron Forge Press posters and thousands of fresh secondhand LPs pulled from the warehouse, Radio-Active will also have limited-edition and exclusive releases available specially for Record Store Day 2013. 

Store owner Mikey picked a few releases he's most excited for from an extensive list of gems: a Pink Floyd "See Emily Play" 45," a Hüsker Dü double seven-inch, the Sub Pop 1000 Various Artists compilation, and a Dead Can Dance four-LP box set. But more on what Mikey thinks tomorrow...

4. More Free Stuff!
RSD2013 attendees can look forward to giveaways throughout the day from places like Clarks Originals, Kanine Records, Limited Fanfare Records, Revolution Live, Stray Rats Clothing, and more, in addition to raffles for cool stuff like a portable record player from Numark Industries, concert tickets, and autographed LPs from the XX, Jacuzzi Boys, Millionyoung, and others. 

What's more, anyone who makes a purchase is eligible for free entry into the Block X Blog music festival, happening at the Green Room later that night and featuring additional live performances from bands like Holy Ghost!, Ex Norwegian, and Lil Daggers.

5. Photo Booth Fun
This is definitely a moment you're going to want to remember forever, even if you won't necessarily remember it all. So squeeze yourself, your friends, and your day's proudest purchases into the photo booth for a commemorative snapshot. You probably won't have this much good-natured, independent-music-focused, free fun for another year, until Record Store Day 2014 rolls around.

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Falyn Freyman is a freelance multimedia journalist based in Miami. She previously produced videos for Univision and edited music content for New Times Broward-Palm Beach. Her work has been featured in Vice, Bustle, Broadly, Time Out, and other publications. She has a master's degree from the Columbia School of Journalism.
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