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Record Store Day: Swan Song of a Retail Industry?

April 20, 2012

Record Store Day, a five-year-old promotion for bricks-and-mortar stores selling LPs and CDs, offers bargains and live in-store performances in Seattle. But it may not be enough to save the struggling retail industry.

Were you planning on a buying an album at a store Saturday? If so, you better set an alarm. The lines form early. Country music star Dierks Bentley is singing at Easy Street Records and singer-songwriter Dar Williams will be at Silver Platters.

The occasion is Record Store Day, a five-year-old promotion that has exploded into the single

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