It's the most wonderful time of the year: Record Store Day! For us at A to Z, it's like Christmas, only we're receiving special gifts from Wayne Coyne and Thom Yorke, and enjoying DJ sets and live performances by the best in local music. Which, as far as we're concerned, beats the pants off of listening to Aunt Ida butcher "Silver Bells" for the hundredth time since she finished the fruitcake. Of course, there's even more happening this weekend, so read on and spread the holiday cheer!
Painkillers at Off Broadway Local '80s power-pop geniuses return for a show with remaining members to support the reissue of their cassette. The band's songs have never sounded better. With Aviation Club, Karate Bikini and Prunei. 9 p.m. $10-13.
John Doe and Jill Sobule @ Off Broadway Punk rock icon joins forces with witty folkie of the original "I Kissed a Girl." 7 p.m., $12-15.
Railroad Earth @ The Pageant New Jersey "progressive bluegrass" jam band plays indoors. With The Greencards. 7:30 p.m., $20-22.
Saturday: Record Store Day @ Vintage Vinyl DJ sets by Annie Zaleski, Steve Smith of the Royale, I Went To A Show, Speakers in Code and more. Live performances by Pretty Little Empire, Safety Words, Via Dove and more. Free beer, and more! 10 a.m.-all day, Free.
Record Store Day @ Apop Records Live performances featuring hardcore act Shaved Women, as well as Catholic Guilt, Bikini Acid, Spelling Bee and more. 12 p.m.-8 p.m., Free.
Record Store Day @ Euclid Records Second chance to catch John Doe and Jill Sobule, as well as DJ sets and live performances by Humdrum, Sleepy Kitty, Troubadour Dali, the Bottle Rockets and more. 11 a.m.-8 p.m., Free.
NMC Laptop Orchestra @ Kerr Foundation Building Intersection of music and technology that has to be witnessed to be understood. 7:30 p.m., $7-15.
Sunday: Record Store Day 2 @ Euclid Records Celebrations continue with performances by the Blind Eyes, LucaBrasi, Black for a Second and Warm Jets USA, and more. 12 p.m.-8 p.m., Free.
Fire Dog @ Off Broadway The local group will be celebrating its fifth anniversary with the release of Wait to Die, a tribute to Dave Hagerty. With Ellen The Felon, The Kinetiks, VJ Evil Che, Rats and People Motion Picture Orchestra. 7:30 p.m. $10-13.