New happenings at Saddle Creek Shop

Saddle Creek Shop, the little indie record store run by Saddle Creek Records, is starting two new music event series.

The first is Record Club @ Shop. Though I hoped it would be a club that sends out regular, limited-edition releases from the label, it’s still a cool idea. Like a book club, the record club will involve listening to a classic or recently-released album and talking about it. The first installment will naturally be Cursive’s upcoming “I Am Gemini.” Tim McMahan leads the discussion Tuesday where the album will be available for sale. That’s early considering the album’s official release date is Feb. 21. The club is bi-monthly.

The next event was supposed to debut last weekend, but the snow pushed it back to this Saturday, Feb. 11. Songs @ Shop is presented by Saddle Creek and Slumber Party Records and is an acoustic, hootenanny-style performance featuring a rotating cast of musicians. On Saturday, you’ll hear from Jasong Mountain of Talking Mountain, Andy Cubrich of Family Picnic, Anna McClellan of Howard, Sam Martin of Capgun Coup and “more,” or so says the shop’s website. Performances start at 3 p.m.

They sound interesting, but I wonder if they’ll be a big draw. Will you be checking it out?

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