Your Guide To Record Store Day in Milwaukee

Forget the exclusive releases; Record Store Day is all about hanging out at these special brick-and-mortar stores. Here’s a roundup of the best places to spend this Saturday crate-digging in Milwaukee, and which ones are serving up live performances on top of special deals.

Exclusive Company – Milwaukee

  • Location: 1669 N. Farwell Ave.
  • Hours: 7 a.m. – 9 p.m.
  • Live Music: WMSE DJs (7 a.m. – 3 p.m.), DJ Avets (3 p.m. – 5 p.m.) Abby Jeanne (6 p.m.) and Christopher Porterfield of Field Report (7 p.m.)
  • Along with providing live music all day, the East Side location of this expansive record chain is offering discounted deals in honor of Record Store Day, including 10 percent of new vinyl, CDs, DVDs and Blu Rays (excluding Record Store Day 2018 releases, of course) and 25 percent off used vinyl, CDs, DVDs and Blu Rays. Plus the store provides double reward points to its members and if customers spend more than $100, they’ll receive a free Exclusive Company t-shirt.

Rush Mor Records

  • Location: 2635 S. Kinnickinnic Ave.
  • Hours: 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.
  • The cozy Bay View store promises to have several exclusive releases stashed away in its shelves, along with an ultra-limited split 7-inch (less than 25 copies) by Brain-Bats and Super Sonic Space Rebels on either “bubblegum-blood or spacesnot green-colored vinyl” according to owner Dan Duchaine. The shop is also teaming up with label Triple Eye Industries to put out another limited, lathe-cut 7-inch release from Guerrilla Ghost. Of course, there will be a special-made Rush Mor t-shirt for this year’s Record Store Day. DuChaine also says the shelves will be stocked with some obscure metal records in honor of the metal festival, NYDM Spring Bash, happening at Club Garibaldi’s and Cactus Club this weekend.

Bullseye Records

  • Location: 1627 E. Irving Pl.
  • Hours: 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
  • The East Side shop is a no-bullshit record store, so expect a lot of rare finds and not all the pomp and circumstance regarding the much-hyped yearly releases.

Off the Beaten Path

  • Location: 3201 S Howell Ave.
  • Hours: 9 a.m. –  6 p.m.
  • In the last year the shop has relocated south from its East Side location to Bay View, but its early morning sales bin and diminishing prices as Record Store Day wears on remains. Between opening and noon, customers can pick up records lined outside for $1. That price drops to 50 cents between noon and 3 p.m., and then plummets to 25 cents after 3 p.m.

Acme Records & Music Emporium

Vinyl Potluck at the Riverwest Public House

  • Location: 815 E. Locust St.
  • Hours: 4 p.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Close out Record Store Day with a potluck dinner at the Riverwest Public House. Bring a dish to pass, plus your new finds to play or just come and listen to those hard-to-get exclusive records that everyone’s talking about — for free. The Public House will provide some veggie chili, a DJ and a few raffle prizes.



Kevin is a freelance writer residing in Milwaukee. He’s contributed to The Shepherd Express, Third Coast Daily, Pop Matters and the sadly now-defunct A.V. Club Milwaukee. He looks forward to forging a deeper connection with the city’s impressive music scene during his gig as a Music Notes blogger. His talents include music criticism, riding a bicycle, drinking tasty beers and a crafty croquet swing. His weaknesses comprise Jean-Claude Van Damme movies, professional wrestling and his ever-growing record collection. He’s in desperate need to find more physical (and hard drive) space for the exceptional albums Milwaukee musicians keep churning out.