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Your week in music: Record Store Day celebrates vinyl, nostalgia

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Mark your musical calendars for Record Store Day on April 20. (Source: RecordStoreDay.com) Mark your musical calendars for Record Store Day on April 20. (Source: RecordStoreDay.com)

(RNN) - In a world full of digital downloads and MP3s, record stores are becoming increasingly rare.

But for those who love the warmth of vinyl comes Record Store Day.

Record Store Day was created in 2007 to bring music lovers together and spread the word about the unique culture surrounding independently-owned record stores.

Over the past six years, Record Store Day has grown in popularity and this year's event, which will take place Saturday, April 20, will be no exception.

In addition to artist visits, giveaways and first releases, a number of albums will be exclusively available at participating locations for one day only. Some of the exclusive albums include Ani DiFranco, Ben Harper, Imagine Dragons, Mumford and Sons, Phoenix and Willie Nelson. Availability will vary by location.

So head to your local record store, grab a vinyl and enjoy the nostalgia. After all, this day only rolls around once a year.

For sneak peeks and participating locations, visit www.recordstoreday.com.

Reese Witherspoon ... female crooner

For the first time since playing June Carter Cash in 2005's Walk the Line, Reese Witherspoon has put her vocal chops on record.

Meshing her voice with modern day crooner Michael Buble, the pair covered Frank and Nancy Sinatra's Somethin' Stupid.

Witherspoon, more comfortable in front of the camera instead of the studio mic, was reluctant, but Buble made the hard sell.

"I said 'I love your voice, I know what I'm doing, I know your voice is perfect for this,'" Buble told the Herald Sun.

"So I told Reese we'd record it and she'll decide if it goes on the record or not. If it's not perfect, it's out. I had enough songs to replace it."

The track will appear on Buble's soon-to-be-released album To Be Loved, due April 23.

In the meantime, listen to it here.

She and Him - First Listen

Before she was Fox's New Girl, Zooey Deschanel was the "she" half of the duo, She and Him.

The lovably quirky, ever endearing Deschanel and writing partner M. Ward have released a new, retro-tinged pop track, I Could've Been Your Girl.

She and Him's new album Volume 3 releases May 7.

Charlotte Church, indie artist?

Charlotte Church is not your pre-teen classical soprano anymore.

The early 2000s pre-teen female equivalent of Josh Groban, Church, now 27, has a new EP out more reminiscent of Bjork than her almost operatic roots.

Church's aptly named Voice of an Angel came out when she was just 12 years old and became the youngest classical artists to achieve a gold record.

Check out her single Glitterbombed from the new EP, Two.

Who Doesn't Like Free Music?

If you haven't heard the mellow sound of Griffin House, now is your opportunity to open up your ears to a new artist for free. For a limited time, he is offering his new album, Balls, for download on NoiseTrade.

Balls is a combination of folk, rock, pop and a little punk and even offers a remade version of Griffin House's popular song The Guy That Says Goodbye To You Is Out of His Mind. In an intelligent combination that captures emotion and depth, this album is great for unwinding after a long day.

New Releases

Fall Out Boy: Save Rock N Roll - April 16

Iron & Wine: Ghost on Ghost - April 16

The Afters - Life is Beautiful - April 16

The Flaming Lips - The Terror - April 16

Paramore: Paramore - April 9

Il Volo: Mas Que Amor - April 9

Vince Gill: Ballads - April 9

Upcoming

Michael Buble: To Be Loved - April 23

Jessica Sanchez: Me, You & the Music - April 30

Lights: Siberia Acoustic - April 30

And Finally

Not many men would take on the challenging task of covering Rihanna, but with the help of his sister, YouTube artist J Rice has created a beautiful, elegant version of Stay. We think this song might actually offer some stiff competition to the original version.

In Memoriam

The right hand musical man to Billy Graham for decades, George Beverly Shea, has died.

Shea sang to more people than just about anyone through his more than half decade in music, appearing before an estimated 200 million people at Billy Graham crusades. Along the way, he released 72 albums, was nominated for 10 Grammys and was inducted into the Gospel Music Association Hall of Fame in 1978.

In a statement, Graham said "I have lost one of the best friends I have ever had, but he and I look forward to seeing each other in Heaven relatively soon."

Shea was 104.

What We're Listening To

Jake Bugg - Lightning Bolt

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