Photos: The Sonics at Easy Street Records

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Jim Beckmann

Saturday night in West Seattle, history was made... or remade... when Northwest legends The Sonics performed a special set at Easy Street Records on Record Store Day to benefit KEXP's New Home. The iconic Tacoma band alone were a huge draw to the legion of fans inside and surrounding the store, but dozen or so surprise guests made this a show for the archives! Joining them on songs new and old was a who's who of Seattle rock — Eddie Vedder and Mike McCready of Pearl Jam, Calvin Johnson of Beat Happening, Matt Lukin of Mudhoney and Melvins, Emily Nokes of Tacocat, Chris Ballew of The Presidents Of The United States Of America, Big Kahuna of Girl Trouble, Ben Shepherd of Soundgarden, Van Conner and Mark Pickerel of Screaming Trees, and Rod Moody of Swallow — each paying tribute the guys who started it all! Even original Sonics bassist Andy Parypa took the stage for a raw version of "Psycho", proving to all that a band in their 70's could tear it up.

We're still blown away by the night, and we'll have video to share in the days to follow, but for now, you can relive the night in photos

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