Less than a decade ago, I lined up outside Sour Records in Westerville to buy Radiohead's Kid A when it went on sale at midnight. A few months later, I came back for the same ritual with Amnesiac.

Less than a decade ago, I lined up outside Sour Records in Westerville to buy Radiohead's Kid A when it went on sale at midnight. A few months later, I came back for the same ritual with Amnesiac.

Times have changed. Sour Records is gone, and so is that grand tradition, the midnight record sale. But Used Kids, one of the few independent record stores still fighting to stay afloat, has lined up a different sort of special record-release event.

Bill Callahan, the deadpan songwriter who built a cult following over the past two decades under the name Smog, will perform in the shop Monday evening to promote his new album, Sometimes I Wish We Were an Eagle.

The show is a good reminder of why independent shops are such a vital part of the music scene. Given the record industry's downward trajectory, we should probably enjoy special treats like this while we still can.