B-Sides: Music & Other Ephemera

Metroschifter in Berlin

Metroschifter in Berlin

Record Store Day
With CD sales tanking, indie retail needs your help more than ever. On April 19, ear X-tacy (1534 Bardstown Road, 452-1799) is celebrating National Record Store Day to tout the positive musical and cultural effects of independent record shops. Saturday finds another performance by Metroschifter, a screening of “Juno,” and giveaways and store sales. Here’s the itinerary:
10 a.m.-midnight: New CDs are 10 percent off (except sale titles)
10 a.m.-1 p.m.: ear X-tacy T-shirts are 20 percent off
1 p.m.: Dwight Johnson DJ set
1-3 p.m.: 20 percent off new, used vinyl
3 p.m.: Metroschifter set
3-5 p.m.: All used CDs and DVDs $2 off; one free with purchase of 10 or more (equal or lesser value)
5-8 p.m.: All new DVDs are 20 percent off
8 p.m.: Special screening of “Juno” with special prize packages and autographed goodies
8 p.m.-midnight: All boutique items and toys are 20 percent off
Giveaways include a pair of tickets to this Sunday’s old-out Robert Plant/Alison Krauss show, signed guitars from Linkin Park, Muse and others, and store gift certificates.

Death tones
Sarah Balliet’s musical background is in cello, but her work in the Bloomington, Ind., group Murder By Death has little to do with Mozart, Bach or Beethoven.

She still considers it a valuable territory to mine, and does so on Murder By Death’s latest album, Red of Tooth And Claw, which finds Balliet backing a journey into varying, dark, carnival-esque recesses. “It’s pretty influential,” she says of her background. “Basically, the parts that I write stem from what I learned classically.”

Balliet, a graduate of the duPont Manual’s Youth Performing Arts School, moved to Bloomington with the intention of attending Indiana University’s prestigious music school. That has never quite happened; she hooked up with MBD, and the group has steadily built a regional national and following. Later this year, the band heads to Europe.
Hear some tunes at myspace.com/murderbydeath.

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