Independent Record Stores, Bands with New Lead Singers, and More in This Week's New Times

This week's New Times music feature is a look at the slow death of Associated Distributors, and several really cool locally owned record stores.

All I'd ever wanted to do was work in a record store. I'd begun collecting LPs in earnest during my freshman year in high school. I joined the Columbia Record Club (under the name ZaSu Pitts) and, by senior year, my collection was overtaking my tiny bedroom. My classmates had letter sweaters and college-friendly GPAs, but I had a factory-sealed copy of Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac and a first pressing of the ultra-rare Runaways "Cherry Bomb" picture disc. Who needed a degree? more...

St. Vincent's Annie Clark talks about the metaphysical relationship between the art and the artist, and Craig Outhier gives out suggestions on new lead singers for bands.

Plus we've got show previews for the Chicago Underground Duo, Exene Cervenka, Alejandro Escovedo, G. Love & Special Sauce, Jack's Mannequin, and Dave Mason.

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