The upcoming National Association of Recording Merchandisers annual convention, which runs June 7-10, will also serve as the host for the Noise in the Basement Creative Conference for independent music retailers, which will occur on the last two days of the overall convention.

Noise in the Basement - which is staged by the Music Monitor Network, a coalition of 13 regional chains - is an independent record store forum developed to foster communication and launch new business concepts. Last year's event, held in Baltimore, was attended by merchants from CIMS and AIMS as well as other indie stores and Newbury Comics.

The first Noise in the Basement Creative Conference was launched in Baltimore in 2007 by retailer The Sound Garden and the Music Monitor Network. It was at that meeting that the idea for Record Store Day, a global event took flight. This year's Record Store Day on April 18 is being sponsored by NARM.

The 2008 Noise In the Basement event attracted more than 70 retailers from across the United States and Canada, as well as performances by Motorhead, The Pretenders, The Hold Steady, Tom Morello, and the Black Kids, among others.

This year's event will include a variety of think tank sessions with independent store owners, joining with representatives from film studios, the independent book store sector, record labels, publishers and distribution companies. All independent retailers attending NARM Connects are invited and encouraged to participate.