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Saturday, April 19, 2008

Record Store Day

Today @ Atomic Records, Exclusive Co. and Rush-Mor Records

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Record labels have been hardest hit by the music industry recession—a result that many listeners seem to be OK with, given that record labels have long been viewed as the industry’s soulless, profiteering villains—but the industry’s good guys, those tiny independent record stores, have also taken a pounding as listeners increasingly turn to downloading. As part of a national push to get consumers to return to those wonderful hubs they used to buy their music from, some great artists—including R.E.M., Built to Spill, Stephen Malkmus and Death Cab For Cutie—are releasing a series of exclusive, in-store-only singles today, while record stores around Milwaukee offer special sales, promotions and entertainment. (Read this ExpressMilwaukee.com article for a complete line-up of the bands playing Atomic Records and the Exclusive Company.)