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🎵We’ve got your guide to Record Store Day

You'll probably see crate diggers, like these folks at the Miami Record Fair at Gramps, all over town for Record Store Day.
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Tomorrow is kind of a holiday for music fans who are super into buying and collecting vinyl records. Record Store Day 2019 is going down tomorrow and the annual event, which started in 2007, is the day to snag rare releases, re-releases, exclusive recordings, remix albums, and so much more.

The annual event is extremely valuable for Miami’s record stores because foot traffic and word of mouth brings a lot of shoppers to their stores. RSD is also when stores get to show off the various events they host and to spread the word about talented local musicians (who often work at these shops).

With all that in mind, we put together a guide with everything you need to know to navigate Record Store Day 2019 in Miami. It includes spots where you can snag some free drinks, who will be giving out cool swag, and details on all the live music and DJ sets. Head here to check it out. After all, you never know who may stop by your favorite shop this year.

And if you’re unsure of what’s up for grabs, here’s the full list of this year’s RSD releases.

A couple we’re excited for? Louis Armstrong “Disney Songs the Satchmo Way,” Fela Kuti and Roy Ayers “Music of Many Colours,” Soccer Mommy “For Young Hearts,” and the soundtrack to “Lost in Translation.”

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The busiest part of spring break season is over, and most college students have returned to their various corners of the country. But Miami Beach leaders still have the activity of recent weeks on their minds, and gave initial approval to a mix of new restrictions aimed at curtailing the good times on South Beach and beyond.

Some of the proposed changes include increased fines for bars and clubs that allow entry to underage guests, and preventing promoters from getting business licenses if they specifically promote their parties during busy times — like Spring Break and holidays like Memorial Day and the Fourth of July.

The new laws would also keep promoters from obtaining licenses for single events. And give City Manager Jimmy Morales a mix of “emergency powers” that range from suspending and closing sidewalk cafes to preventing visitors from parking in city lots.

Critics say the rules are an overreaction to complaints about loud and unruly college kids and out-of-towners. The new laws also come after gradually heightened police presence on the Beach in March.

The police department’s arrest numbers don’t exactly make a strong case for the new regulations. Of the 632 people that cops arrested in March, only 46 people were identified as students, and about 40 percent of those people were residents of either the City of Miami or Miami Beach.

In other news…

After Hurricane Irma, the calls to move power lines underground were loud and clear in cities like Coral Gables, where people lost power for weeks. But as state legislators move closer to approving bills that would do just that, some critics say the move would lead to higher costs for consumers, even if they aren’t benefiting from the underground lines. (Tampa Bay Times)

The use and production of meth in our state is on the upswing again, and new data from the American Addiction Centers shows that more than 870 meth labs have been established across the state in the past decade. The company also created a tool to show where meth labs have operated in relation to your own neighborhood. (Miami New Times)

A pillar of the Haitian community, Father Gérard Jean-Juste, received another tribute from Miami-Dade County last week when a North Dade facility was named in his honor. Local Haitian-American community members and elected officials gathered at the facility’s opening at Oak Grove Park to pay tribute to the late immigration activist who was also the first Haitian to be ordained as a Roman Catholic priest in U.S. history. (Miami Herald)

For the past few weeks, we’ve been trying a new format in this news roundup section by digging into one big news story of the day, and still providing a summary of a few other news nuggets.

The goal is to add context, connect some dots, and to help you be more informed. If you prefer our old format or have any other feedback, just hit reply and let us know!

Things to do


🎥Today: Experience the film “Bronx Obama” and the book “Dreams from My Father” at Black Lounge Films and the Miami-Dade Library’s latest Docs & Books Series (Overtown)

🎭Tomorrow – Sunday: See the Tony Award-winning musical “RENT” at the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center (Cutler Bay)

🗣️Wednesday, April 17: Plan and discuss programs and events for The Underline at this Underline Collective young professionals workshop (Brickell)

🌈 Thursday, April 18 – Sunday, April 28: Catch a diverse slate of films focused on gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender experiences at the Outshine Film Festival. (Various locations)

✌️Sunday, April 21 – Saturday, May 11: Take your own mindfulness challenge in the 4th Annual Cushion Crawl, which includes 21 meditations in 21 spaces around Miami (Various locations)

🎉 Sunday, April 21: Check out the 3rd Annual West Kendall Zine Fest with over 80 vendors and some great local designers, artists, and publishers (West Kendall)

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💃 Catch a live performance with disco queen Gloria Gaynor (Design District)

🌸 Put on your pajamas on and join a poetry party in the botanical garden (Miami Beach)

🍺Drink some Dogfish Head at this pre-Record Store Day party (Wynwood)

🎤 Enjoy a concert with Miami’s own indie folk singer Keith Johns (Wynwood)

🕺Get sweaty and dance with glow sticks to EDM and hip hop at the Glow Party (Downtown)

🎵 Celebrate National Donate Life Blue & Green Day with a community concert (Downtown)


🌊 Discuss sea level rise and help clean up Biscayne Bay (Palmetto Bay)

🗣️Attend a talk about boosting self-esteem in the black community (Miami Gardens)

☂️Check out Miami’s latest food hall at the grand opening of Yumbrella (South Miami)

🎶Celebrate 10 years of the Electric Pickle with Moodymann (Wynwood)

😂Get your lol on at Villain Theater’s weekly comedy show (Little Haiti)

⚔️Journey to Westeros at this “Game of Thrones”-themed bar crawl (Brickell)

❤️Check out this femme-led workshop on self-love tips and practices for women (Liberty City)

🍔 Celebrate with the Pace Center for Girls at a free BBQ (Allapattah)


🚴 Head to church on this historic bike tour (Brickell)

🍻 Browse and sip brews at this spring vendors market (Blue Lagoon)

🦐 Celebrate the legacy of Jimbo Luznar at Gramps (Wynwood)

🛍️ Shop at The Black Market underground flea market (Allapattah)

⚔️ See who will claim the throne at this “GoT” watch party (Wynwood)

⚔️ …or hold the door for your friends at Villain Theater’s watch party (Little Haiti)


🍴 Try a 5-course plant-based farm-to-table dinner with Chef Allen (Coral Gables)

🎻 Relax to some classical music at a New World Symphony concert (Miami Springs)

✍️ Join Miami’s Murderinos for a night of poetry and room-escape games (Coral Gables)

✋Learn about volunteering at the Adrienne Arsht Center (Downtown)


🎷 Vibe out at this jazz night at Selina Brawlers (Wynwood)

✍ Stop by this pop-up poetry workshop at the Wolfsonian (South Beach)

🗣️ Hear from the candidates for North Miami’s District 3 council seat (North Miami)

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