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Your guide to Record Store Day 2015 in Minnesota

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If you're a fan of vinyl, then Christmas has come early as Minnesota today marks Record Store Day 2015.

Record stores across the metro area are likely to be a hive of activity in what will be the 8th international Record Store Day that celebrates and supports independent retailers and the positive impact they have on local communities.

And it comes at a time when vinyl records in particular are very much back in fashion, with WCCO saying more were sold last year than at any time in more than 20 years.

This is a good day to buy vinyl as well, with Rob Sheeley, owner of Mill City Sound in Hopkins, told the station: "As a long-term record buyer, I can tell you it’s the funnest day of the year because all the neat, cool stuff comes out.

"All the limited-edition pressings, alternate outtakes of certain albums that came out before, they’re now putting special things into them, colored vinyl, shaped vinyl!"

The Star Tribune reports that hundreds of limited-edition releases will be available in stores across Minnesota today, which is the biggest day of the year for record retailers.

What's on

Not only are there records for the sale, but there will be plenty of live music taking place across the metro area.

The best place to find out what's going on is CityPages, which has a list of how stores are celebrating Record Store Day,

There will be live music or DJs at stores including Eclipse Records in St. Paul, Electric Fetus in Minneapolis, Go Johnny Go in White Bear Lake, and Hymie's Vintage Records, also in Minneapolis.

Most of the Minnesota stores taking part are in the metro area, but there are several marking the day in greater Minnesota as well, with those in Duluth, New Ulm, Mankato and Marshall getting involved.

You can find a full list of participating stores here.

And if you're not sure what to buy when you get there, USA Today has published this top 10 list of special edition vinyls that are getting a release today, including David Bowie, Bruce Springsteen and the Violent Femmes.

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