52.5 RECORDS: DEFINITELY NOT CLOSING
Clay Scales, owner of independent-minded music, movie, and book store 52.5 Records, announced last week on the store’s website (www.corporaterocksucks.com) that their lease was bought out by a group of investors who want to renovate the second and third floors above 271 and 273 King St. (Lucky Brand store and The Gap), with plans to install an elevator where the back/video rental area of 52.5 currently resides. But before you start crying into your PBR, there are multiple causes for rejoicing! Scales confirmed last week that the store is most definitely not closing, just moving to another to-be-determined location somewhere downtown: “I can’t imagine being anywhere other than downtown,” Scales said. “I’m sad to be leaving Wentworth Street, but hopefully the new spot will be like this spot was. You realize when this starts happening and the word gets out how many people say exactly that to you — ‘I’m not going to go anywhere else.'” 52.5 will remain open at 77 Wentworth St. until May 20. Until then, though, there’s one hell of a moving sale going on: 20 percent off all new CDs, DVDs, and vinyl, 25 percent off books and magazines, and 35 percent off all T-shirts, used CDs, DVDs, and vinyl. —Sara Miller
MB ROAD TRIP!
Coming up at the House of Blues in Myrtle Beach: Aussie Top 40/rock vets The Little River Band share the stage with Eddie Bush on Fri. April 28; Lil Flip and Chamillionaire co-headline a funky joint on Sat. April 29.
Last week, 96 Wave reinstated two of their Sunday evening specialty music programs — The Cutting Edge
(hosted by Bryant Stowe) and Kinky Reggae
(hosted by Star 99.7 FM veteran jock Jabaria
). After suddenly suspending them on Sun. March 5, listeners and supporters wondered if the shows would ever make it back on the air again. Much hoopla was made of it through March and April. “The Cutting Edge” will feature all the familiar elements, including the popular local music segment “Local Look” as well as the hard/heavy “Johnny Puke’s Picks,” conducted by local musician and booking agent Johnny Puke. Check www.96wave.com for possibly further info. Meanwhile, disc jockey Amy Hutto and the folks at local station 98X celebrate the first anniversary of their own weekly local music series “Local X” on Sun. April 30 at 9 p.m. Congrats all around. —TBL