Like a bookstore or a library, a record store is a great equalizer—a place where people from all walks of life can find a sense of kinship. Record Store Day (Saturday, April 18) honors these citadels of equality, and our own Record Exchange will celebrate itself and its customers with exclusive releases, special performances and cool giveaways, like the commemorative Built To Spill poster, designed by Erin Cunningham for RSD, which is free with the purchase of BTS' Untethered Moon (Warner Bros., April 2015). The RX takes the celebration even further with a weekend of events including the only in-town performance by indie folk band Lord Huron, which has its own celebrating to do: Lord Huron's sophomore full-length, Strange Trails (Iamsound), dropped just days ago on April 6. NPR described the Strange Trails track, "Fool for Love," as "a beautiful, meditative mix that shimmers with the kind of hope and determination that only a new day can hold in its earliest hours, just after waking."
What started as a solo project by Michigan-born Ben Schneider has become a full-fledged band and with Strange Trails, follows the captivating musical path Lord Huron forged with its 2012 debut, Lonesome Dreams (Iamsound).