Record stores, rock zines and punk radishes

April 16 is internationally recognized Record Store Day, which doesn’t mean much to all the young dudes connected to iTunes, Amazon Cloud Players and other music platforms. But those of us whose lives once centered on spinning black circles on turntables, mall record stores (Camelot) and indie outposts (Vinyl Fever) were our destination when the afternoon school bell rang. I spent countless hours flipping through record bins, admiring gatefold LPs and secretly struggling to peel the stickers covering that lady’s naughty bits on the Rolling Stones’ Undercover. Record stores are a dying breed what with people having no need to enter a shop when they can just download or steal. Still, there are a few excellent vinyl hideaways in Vegas taking part in the event such as Wax Trax (2909 S. Decatur Blvd.) and Record City (4555 E. Charleston Blvd. and 300 E. Sahara Ave.). But it’s the two Zia locations that’ll be having the most fun with the one thing you can’t download: live music.

At the Zia on 4503 W. Sahara Ave., Langston Graves and Define Appropriate perform live at 4:30 and 6 p.m., respectively. Meanwhile, at the other Zia (4225 S. Eastern Ave.), A Death to Stars and The Lipstick Killas will play sets at 4 and 8 p.m. More interestingly, the Zia on Eastern hosts a 6 p.m. book signing by Tesco Vee of legendary Michigan scumpunk act the Meatmen. Vee is equally notorious for having founded print zine and alt-music label Touch and Go Records, which would go on (after Vee handed off the label to a friend) to release now-classic albums by Butthole Surfers, TV on the Radio and Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Last summer, Vee’s co-authored tome, the nearly 600-page Touch and Go: The Complete Hardcore Punk Zine ’79-’83, was published by Bazillion Points. It’s the ultimate tribute to American underground music before the Internet ruined everything. (You can also score a copy of a brand-new Meatmen 7-inch EP appropriately titled Happy Fuckin’ Easter, Asshole.) Later that night, catch the Meatmen tenderizing Cheyenne Saloon (3103 N. Rancho Dr.) with guests Black Fag and Against the Grain.

Although no longer with Las Vegas Country Saloon, music promoter and Pigasus bassist Roxie Amoroso is now doing the unthinkable—garden-blogging! Don’t worry, she’s still putting on shows at several venues in the coming months. But now she’s also finding time to rediscover her green thumb. Ever wondered how to propagate ivy, do DIY floral design or water by osmosis? Visit to figure it all out courtesy of Vegas’ punk-metal queen (as well as a wife and mother). When Roxie lands the cover of Fine Gardening magazine, you’ll hear it here first!