This Saturday is the third Saturday of April and that means it’s Record Store Day, an international celebration of music, music makers, and the independent stores that make music as easy to purchase as a head of lettuce while ensuring freshness and that certain ineffable crunch.
In keeping with recent history, South Florida is doing RSD 2013 right. In Miami there’s Sweatstock 4, a free all-ages three-stage block party hosted by Sweat Records that will feature performances by Otto Von Schirach, ANR, This Heart Electric, Holly Hunt and a slew of other bands and DJs. The party will double as a celebration of Record Store Day, with exclusive vinyl releases, and a commemoration of Sweat’s eighth anniversary as one of the bastions of the Miami music scene. Learn more at sweatrecords.com.
Up in Ft. Lauderdale there’s the Block x Blog music festival presented by Consequence of Sound, Subculture, and 3-J Hospitality. With a host of top local talent — Jacuzzi Boys, Krisp, Lil Daggers, Ex Norwegian, Plains, Afrobeta, and many others — on the bill behind headliner Holy Ghost! (the Brooklyn-based synthpop duo of Nick Millhiser and Alex Frankel), this RSD 2013 celebration will cost you $25 if you purchase a ticket from Radio-Active Records or Revolution Live (Ticketmaster’s charging a weighty $38).
To help you decide whether Block x Blog is worth your hard-earned dough, here’s a new track from three of the local bands on the bill (from a recently dropped compilation).
“36 Trap” — Afrobeta
“Aventura” — Ex-Norweigan
“Will You Tell Me” — Krisp