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Five indie outlets with record deals and free events to check out on Record Store Day, Saturday, April 17th.

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The Pains of Being Pure at Heart.   

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11 a.m; 15 E. 4th St., nr. Lafayette St.; 212-477-8150
The venerable East Village boutique is known for its discerning taste and oh-so- knowledgeable clerks. This Saturday starting at 11 a.m. they'll be hosting an equally venerable lineup of talent, including DJ sets from Salvatore Principato of post-punk legends Liquid Liquid and Scott Devendorf of The National. Live performances begin at 8 p.m., with The Drums and The Pains of Being Pure at Heart (pictured). Also it's indie, which means tiny, so get there early for a good spot.

Generation Records
11 a.m.; 210 Thompson St., nr. Bleecker St.; 212-254-1100
Generation Records specializes in metal and punk albums and on Saturday they welcome Cymbals Eat Guitars (who will also be playing Saturday night at Maxwell's opening for Los Campesinos!), the smooth acoustic sounds of the Berlin-based Walter Schreifels (formerly of Gorilla Biscuits and Quicksand), The Budos Band, afro-punk instrumentalists who describe themselves as "the quintessence of Staten Island Soul," and a DJ set by party animal Andrew WK.

J&R Music and Computer World
9 a.m.; 23 Park Row, nr. Broadway; 212-238-9000
J&R has an eclectic group of musicians performing, with one extra-special bonus: they'll all be doing autograph signings. Carry earplugs, as Miami-bred up-and-comer Jason DeRulo will bring out the MTV crowd, with the help of teenage duo New Boyz, and ZO2, a Brooklyn trio of young brothers who had their own comedy series, Z Rock, on IFC. The oldsters can check out Harry Spero and his Fabulous Friends, folk icon Judy Collins, and singer-songwriter Kenny White.

Fat Beats
noon; 406 Sixth Ave., 2nd fl., nr. 8th St.; 212-673-3883
Not only are they offering 10 percent off all merchandise, Fat Beats has curated a phat day of hip-hop beginning at 1 p.m., with a DJ set by Deejay Element. The day's lineup goes on to include 88-Keys, Von Pea (of Tanya Morgan), and Black Milk with a live band, culminating with a Duck Down Records showcase that promises performances by Smif-N-Wessun, Buckshot, and more.

Sound Fix
4/18 at 4 p.m.; 44 Berry St., at N. 11th St., Williamsburg, Brooklyn; 718-388-8090
Sound Fix will be participating in Record Store Day by offering deals and rarities from artists including TV on the Radio, the Hold Steady, Pavement, and Deerhoof but technically their in-store performance from California popsters Fol Chen is on Sunday. So make it a Record Store Weekend!


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