As April 19 approaches, "Record Store Day" continues to gain momentum, with everyone from Metallica to the governor of Maine onboard to support the promotional vehicle.

On that day, record stores across the United States will give out free promotional music CDs, vinyl and videos as well as other bag-stuffers, and host performances and meet-and-greets by everyone from Metallica (Rasputin's in Mountain View, Calif.) to Regina Spektor (Sound Fix in Williamsburg, N.Y.).

The idea, conceived last fall at the indie store-focused Noise in the Basement convention, initially was launched and embraced by the three U.S. rock coalitions: 124-unit Music Monitor Network (MMN), which includes 23 stores in Canada; 51-unit Coalition of Independent Music Stores; and 32-unit Alliance of Independent Media Stores (AIMS); as well as the 27-unit Newbury Comics chain and the 17 independent record stores run by the 60-unit Value Music chain. In addition, another 100 U.S. stores have signed on to support the concept, as have an additional 25 stores around the world.

In fact, the idea proved so popular that organizers were forced to...

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