Ah, Record Store Day. Christmas for music lovers, with all the giddy excitement, object fetishizing and rampant money-spending.

Let's get to it. Here's where you can check out live music and get your vinyl hunt on in Boulder and Denver. Stores open at 10 a.m., except Boulder's Absolute Vinyl, which will open at 11 a.m. For details on Denver performances, check out Christy Fantz's column and the listed websites. We've also got some recommendations on special releases.

Happy hunting.

BOULDER

Absolute Vinyl
303-955-1519
5360 Arapahoe Ave.

RSD Specials:
Giveaways of records, turntables, amps and speakers. Radio 1190 DJs on hand for giveaways and meet-and-greets.
Live Music:
12:30-2 p.m. DJ A-L spins and signs LPs, 2-3:30 p.m. Mechanical Roots.
Other:
White Dragon-hosted Kung Fu demonstrations. FORAY Arts Collective visual and performing arts.

Albums on the Hill
1128 13th St.
303-447-0159

RSD Specials:
Crescendo Fine Audio equipment for sale. Limited-edition RSD releases.
Live Music:
1 p.m. Rob Drabkin, 3:30 p.m. Max Gomez

Bart's Music Shack
236 Pearl St.
303-444-1760

Live Music:
The Congress, Medusa, Ben Hanna, Neptune's Only Daughter and Sam Holt.

DENVER

Atomic Records Denver
340 S. Broadway
303-691-3499

Independent Record & Video
937 E. Colfax Ave.
303-863-8668

LP Hound's Vinyl House
6235 E. 14th Ave.
303-593-2540

Twist & Shout
2508 E. Colfax Ave.
303-722-1943

Wax Trax Records
638 E. 13th Ave.
Vinyl store: 303-860-0127
CD store: 303-831-7246