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Local Shops Celebrate Music for Record Store Day
Local Shops Celebrate Music for Record Store Day

Written by John Sinkevics and Rich Tupica

The line stretched down the block on S. Division Avenue in Grand Rapids, with hundreds of devoted fans of rock's My Chemical Romance waiting in the rain to meet the band at an in-store appearance on Record Store Day.

Inside Vertigo Music, the line was just as long as eager vinyl aficionados clutched special releases and audio gear, pored through record bins while sipping free beverages and listened to live local bands such as The Total Blam Blams, who turned a corner of the shop into a makeshift stage.

If 2011's Record Store Day was a runaway success and a ringing endorsement of independent record retailers, then the sixth annual national celebration on April 21 could make an...

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