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Record Breakers turns 25


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One of the biggest joys of growing up in Crystal Lake was taking a 30-minute drive to Hoffman Estates to visit Record Breakers, a gigantic two-storefront record store. The only one of its kind in that area of the suburbs, the store had massive selections of vinyl, CDs, t-shirts, posters, bootleg concert VHS tapes, books, and pretty much anything else that I wanted to waste my meager teenage wages on. Record Breakers was also a hotspot for in-store shows, and helped foster the northwestern suburban scene that birthed bands like Alkaline Trio, the Broadways, and Lawrence Arms, who were all regular performers there. In 2007, Record Breakers packed up the giant window-sized cover of In the Court of the Crimson King that greeted customers as they entered and moved to the South Loop, where they transformed a record store into the city-block rock emporium that is Reggie's. This weekend Record Breakers, which is perched atop the Reggie's venues, is celebrating its 25th anniversary with a massive music sale and a day-long in-store show on Sat 10/5, featuring performances from bands like Advance Base, White Mystery, and Magicks. There's a full schedule of performances—as well as a couple of videos from Record Breakers' suburban heyday—after the jump.

Canasta, 6:30 PM
Suns, 5:45 PM
White Mystery, 5:15 PM
Brother George, 4:30 PM
Advance Base, 3:45 PM
Mountains for Clouds, 3 PM
Magicks, 2:15 PM
Hemmingbirds, 1:30 PM
Bad Bad Meow, noon

The celebration is Fri 10/4 through Sun 10/6, with 25 percent off vinyl and 50 percent off CDs. The show is free and all-ages, and there will be free snacks and drinks in the shop, too.

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