Criminal Records scores Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings for soulful in-store


Fresh off their SXSW appearance last week, critically acclaimed indie R&B act Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings will play a live in-store at Criminal Records Tuesday.

So how did the quirky comics, CD and vinyl emporium in Little Five Points snag the prestigious booking?

Explains our fave Criminal Records Twitter tweeter Lillian Hughes to Intel: “Rusty King at Redeye Distribution knows we’re very big fans (along with everything else on Daptone Records) and he told us that Sharon and the band would be in town taping a television show and offered us the in-store opportunity.”

Technically, the former Macon resident and band’s new album, “I Learned the Hard Way” won’t be issued on CD and LP until April 6.

However, Criminal customers can pre-order copies of it for $12.96 (or $14.82 for the vinyl version) and they’ll receive a free bonus 7″ single of “When I Come Home.”

The funk act won’t officially grace an Atlanta stage via their “Hard Way” tour until May 13 when they play Centerstage.

Since Criminal Records is naturally expecting a crowd, entrance into the all-ages show will be limited to those fans who pre-order the new album.

For more info, go to or go to the store’s official Twitter page.