Top Five South Florida Events for Record Store Day 2013

This Saturday, take a break from 4/20 toking, and head out to revel in another of life's simplest pleasures: music.

In lieu of Record Store Day 2013, a handful of dedicated local record shops are prepared to show you just how passionate they really are about their trade. What follows are our top five Record Store Day events going down this weekend. 

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5. We Got the Beats
2900 N Dixie Hwy, Suite 201
Oakland Park 33334
(954) 671-9482

We Got The Beats in Oakland Park is the only LGBT Record and CD store in the Southeast, and probably most of the country.

"We unapologetically specialize in categories often marginalized: dance music, disco, freestyle, R&B, bubblegum pop, '70s, showtunes, etc., which gives us a fun vibe," says owner Tony Cicalese. "No attitude, no musical snobbery involved."

To celebrate RSD2013, We Got the Beats will virtually double its displayed inventory by taking over the empty store next door for the entire weekend. "It's a gamble," says Cicalese, "but we think it will pay off."

We Got the Beats will bring in a ton of merch they don't normally carry: lots more rock stuff, out of print 180 gram new vinyl, used rock vinyl, 80s vinyl, full-lengtha and 12-inches. There will also be a sidewalk sale with $1 CDs outside; a ton of vinyl 12" singles reduced to 25 cents each; all used DVDs for $1; several crates of free vinyl; free promotional posters and CDs; and free refreshments, including free beer from the fully glittered "disco fridge."

They will be showing the official RSD movie, Last Shop Standing, several times throughout the day.

4. Record Rack
2205 E Atlantic Blvd
Pompano Beach 33062
(954) 783-5004

Celebrating its sixth annual participation in Record Store Day, Pompano Beach's Record Rack will host an all-day in-store event, beginning at 8:30 a.m. Along with cool RSD-only limited releases, Record Rack will also have a $1 vinyl and CD sale, an all-day rock trivia contest for giveaways, an hourly drawing for new vinyls, an auction of rare vintage rock concert posters from the '70s to benefit Wounded Warriors, and three live bands performing from 1 to 6 p.m. 

Two local bands, Hippies and Pilots and Manifesto, will perform, along with one national act, yet to be announced.

3. Sweat Records
5505 NE 2nd Ave
Miami 33137
(786) 693-9309

Miami's Sweat Records presents Sweatstock 4, an all-day block party and music festival celebrating Record Store Day 2013. The store will open up at 9 a.m. with tons of RSD exclusives, but you'll want to stay all day for three stages of live music, food and drinks from the Gastropod, Miss Cheezious, and Veggie Xpress food trucks, free samples of Panther's famous (and extremely strong) cold brew coffee, ticket giveaways, and more.

Some of the performers this year include Otto Von Schirach, Beatmachines, This Heart Electric, Holly Hunt, Beastplague, and more. DJs Juan Basshead, Mamey Disco, Ray Milian, and others will provide the beats to keep you dancing all day and all night long.

2. Top Five Records
10 S J St
Lake Worth 33460

Lake Worth's Top Five Records is a vintage record store with a clean, modern look, and a laid-back owner with a penchant for jazz and rock. This Record Store Day, come out for your pick of marked down and ultra-rare vinyl, along with a few other special surprises. Get there early, hang out all day, and get your fill of all the musical goodness.

At 6 p.m., head over to the neighboring Coastar's Coffee Bar, a few-months-old shop bringing an alternative, all-organic angle to coffee. Coastar's will kick off their own honorary RSD programming with a live performance by local band Frequency, followed by Keith Welsh,

who will be playing his first live show in six years. Welsh is part of the Oleander &

Mint book collective, who have a permanent section on the Coastar's bookshelf.

Finally, at 8 p.m., neighboring rock club Propaganda will host Murder in Motion, Fall of Olympus, Black Sun Alchemy, and Response Negative for an 18 and older show.

1. Radio-Active Records
845 N. Federal Highway
Fort Lauderdale 33304

Mikey Ramirez and the crew over at Radio-Active Records are hosting an all-day event this April 20, starting at 9 in the morning to properly ring in their seventh-annual celebration of Record Store Day.

Look forward to free beer all day long, generously provided by Wynwood bar, Gramps. Chilled-out beat maker Millionyoung, along with local causers of booty-shaking DJs Benton, Kems, and Lumin, will provide tunes, DJing throughout the day. The after-party takes place at Revolution's Block x Blog musical extravaganza.

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.

Let's get jelly!

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