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Record Store Day honors indie retailers

Record Store Day

10 a.m. April 17 at CD Central, 377 S. Limestone. (859) 233-3472.

The unwritten theme here is preservation. It's not a mere commercial for a local business, but the celebratory battle cry for a beloved, consumer-embraced musical tradition that is fading before our ears.

In short, Saturday is Record Store Day — the day we salute the indie institutions that let us file through racks of vinyl albums and compact discs. It's a celebration of community-run businesses that used to be, outside of radio, the prime outlet for new music that also kept older sounds and styles alive.

More than 700 stores across the country will participate in Record Store Day. Hundreds around the world more will honor it. Locally, Record Store Day will be celebrated by our pals at CD Central who have a full afternoon of free live music planned. Here's the lineup:

Contra-punctus (noon)

Rough Customers (1 p.m.)

Wooden Wand (2 p.m.)

Coralee and the Townies (3 p.m.)

Rachael Sage (4 p.m.)

Vicious Guns (5 p.m.)

New York songsmith Sage, whose ninth and newest album, Delancey Street, has been favorably compared to the music of Kate Bush, also will perform at Al's Bar, 601 North Limestone, later in the day (9 p.m., $5).

Scores of national artists are again getting in on the fun by releasing limited- edition recordings, many of them on vinyl, for Record Store Day. The Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen, Jimi Hendrix (posthumously, of course), The Flaming Lips, Ani DiFranco, Drive-By Truckers, Devo, Them Crooked Vultures, Of Montreal, MGMT, Manchester Orchestra, Mason Jennings, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, and Cage the Elephant are just some of the names releasing exclusive music for Record Store Day.

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■ First Presbyterian Church, 171 Market Street, is out to spread some serious love with the final concert of its Music for Mission outreach series. Friday it will present the Cincinnati jazz quintet Bowl and Bunns, led by vibraphonist King "Fruitbowl" Reeves and pianist Charlie "Bunns" Wilson. The performance will feature original compositions and a rare live performance of John Coltrane's entire A Love Supreme suite. Performance time is 8:15 p.m. Admission is by donation at the door. Proceeds will go to Baby Health Service of Lexington. Call (859) 252-1919.

■ Bringing the music of Frank Zappa back to life is the Detroit-based tribute band Ugly Radio Rebellion. The ensemble plays Saturday at Cosmic Charlie's, 388 Woodland Avenue, with help from one of Zappa's foremost sidekicks, guitarist/vocalist Ike Willis (who has performed locally with another Zappa cover troupe, Project/ Object). Willis was featured prominently on the late-'70s/early-'80s Zappa albums Joe's Garage, Tinseltown Rebellion and 1981's extraordinary You Are What You Is. (9 p.m., $5). Call (859) 309-9499.

■ Closing out a full weekend at Cosmic Charlie's on Sunday will be Beatallica, a band that assimilates Beatles tunes with the guitar-metal crunch of Metallica. The Lennon/ McCartney lyrics get a bit of a makeover in the process: All You Need Is Love becomes All You Need Is Blood, and For No One devolves into For Horsemen. Metallica's members have championed the band. No word from the Fab Four camp, outside of a lawsuit threat for copyright infringement from Sony/ATV Music Publishing, which has been settled. (9 p.m.; $8 in advance, $10 at the door).