Drink the Empire Beer for Record Store Day 

Record stores tend to be embattled places in movies. In the charming indie film Hearts Beat Loud (2018), starring Nick Offerman and Kiersey Clemons, a father-daughter duo lands a viral hit, even as the record store that has put food on their table gets priced out of the neighborhood. Empire Records puts a finer point on it. Released in 1995, it's the story of misfit record store employees' last hurrah and rebellion against the music store chain threatening to turn their mom-and-pop shop into a corporate monstrosity.

"Empire Records is a cult classic and one of the shining stars of record store movies," said Chad Dryden, marketing manager at The Record Exchange in Boise. "It's something that pretty much everybody on staff has seen—our customers love it."

This year, the connection between the cult '90s flick and Boise's indie record store will be more than skin deep. On Thursday, April 11, Woodland Empire Ale Craft will screen the film in conjunction with the release of its "Damn the Man, Drink the Empire Beer" tropical IPA with pineapple—a collaboration between the brewery and the music shop for the lead-up to its 12th-annual Record Store Day. (The event starts at 7 p.m., and the $5 tickets to the screening include a beer token.)

"Given the name 'Woodland Empire' and Empire Records, it seemed like a natural fit for these worlds to come together," Dryden said.

The following day, the beer and tunes will be free when The RX hosts a Record Store Day listening party. Used music and videos will be on sale.

The main event will be on Saturday, April 13, and The RX has pulled out all the stops, throwing events all day and releasing 400 limited-edition Record Store Day exclusives. The biggie will be an in-store set by Boise-based band a.k.a. Belle, which will perform songs of its new album, Sagebrush Athenians (self-released, 2019). The album officially drops on Saturday, May 4, but fans can pick up advance copies on Record Store Day.

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