Record Store Day is an actual day to celebrate the independent record store, which is a slowly dying breed these days. But thankfully Lubbock still has one left in Ralph's Records.

Record Store Day has become a music industry staple to celebrate the small independent record store that helps real music fans discover new and exciting bands. Even the biggest names in music now release special Record Store Day only songs and albums, and this is stuff you can only buy at your local indie store.

This year's Record Store Day releases include:

PAUL MCCARTNEY, QUEEN, LOU REED, GRATEFUL DEAD, KID CUDI,  VENOM,  WILLIE NELSON,  ARETHA FRANKLIN,  DIMEBAG DARRELL,  SUN RA,  DAVE MATTHEWS,  MUDDY WATERS,  LOS STRAIGHTJACKETS,  CHEAP TRICK,  RICHARD HELL,  SPARKS,  CHUCK BERRY,  NEIL YOUNG,  FLEET FOXES,  SUBLIME,  ISAAC HAYES,  RUSH,  DAN AUERBACH, AND MORE THAN ONE HUNDRED OTHER ARTISTS. 

And those are just the artists releasing music this Friday. Ralph's Records has a ton of free stuff they're giving away locally too. They sent us a list of stuff they're giving away starting at 9am Friday morning:

"We will giving out free goodies to the first 25 people in line courtesy of D.I.N Productions, J & B Productions and... well, us! Here are some of the cool things that will be given out:

 

2 Tickets to Killswitch Engage and Anthrax, Friday Feb 9th @ The Lonestar Pavilion

2 Tickets to Sleeping With Sirens, Friday Dec 8th @ Jakes

2 Tickets to All That Remains, Monday Dec 4th @ Jakes

2 Tickets to Texas Hippie Coalition, Thursday Dec 14th @ Jakes

2 Tickets to WhiteChapel, Sunday Dec 10th @ Jakes

2 Tickets to HollyWood Undead, Tuesday Dec 5 @ Lonestar Pavilion

2 Tickets to Pop Evil, March 6th @ Jakes

5 separate Ralphs Gift Certificates

2 Separate Mystery Boxes Of Goodies

2 Separate  Copies Of Lamb Of God - VIISturm Und Drang - Limited Edition White Vinyl Lp

5 separate copies of Ratt - Invasion Of Your Privacy- Limited White Vinyl Lp

4 Separate Copies of Bullet For My Valentine - Venom - Limited Metallic Silver Vinyl Lp"