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Around Hear: Yay! Record Store Day! 

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More than a hundred recording artists will release exclusive EPs, albums and limited-edition singles at independent shops for the fourth annual Record Store Day, Saturday, April 17. Three local bands are among them.

Akron's Black Keys will release a 12-inch vinyl single with two tracks, "Tighten Up" and "Howlin' for You," from the duo's album, Brother, out May 18. Brian "Danger Mouse" Burton produced "Tighten Up." The band produced the rest of the album.

Devo return with new material and reissues. Warner Brothers is releasing 1979's Duty Now for the Future on CD and vinyl. The "Fresh"/"What We Do" vinyl 12-inch introduces songs from the band's upcoming album.

Virginia's Magic Bullet Records will release a seven-inch single by Cleveland hardcore institution Integrity. Two new songs grace the A-side, with an etching of the band's skull mascot on the flip side.

Other notable items include a mystery Beastie Boys 12-inch, a live Tegan and Sara EP, and a Yeah Yeah Yeahs 7-inch. On Raditude Happy Record Store Day, Weezer cover Green Day's "Brain Stew" and collaborate with Kenny G and Sara Bareilles. Mastodon, Neko Case and the Doors will rerelease material on vinyl.

Visit for a rundown of bigger releases. Not all shops carry all items, and some are in very limited quantity.

Many stores are doing more than offering special merch — they're turning the day into an event. Akron's Square Records (824 W. Market St.) will give away free swag and host live sets by arty indie rockers White Pines, Qix, Joe Minadeo and others.

Music Saves (15801 Waterloo Rd.) is open from noon-10 p.m., with 100 special items and free goodie bags while they last. Along with nearby Blue Arrow Records (16001 Waterloo), they're hosting free live music, starting at 5 p.m., from the Lighthouse and the Whaler, Prisoners, Tasty Cakes, Cloud Nothings and the Muttering Retreats.

Steve Earle/dB's drummer Will Rigby will DJ at Blue Arrow at 5 p.m. The Beachland's 3 p.m. Hammell on Trial show is free with a record-store receipt from the day.

"It's the busiest day of the year," says Music Saves co-owner Melanie Hershberger. "It gets people's attention and brings people into the store who have never been there before."

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