25 Indie Record Labels Everyone Should Know About

We are in an golden age of indie music.  If you want to be involved, then you need to be aware of some of the labels that are issuing the most exciting music on the planet.  If you don’t know your XL from your Rough Trade, then you have a problem.

This is a very handy list published by Pigeons and Planes.  Yes, there are plenty of great labels missing from this list, but this will at least get you started.

I’d add Canada’s Dine Alone, Paper Bag, Distort, Six Shooter and Arts&Crafts.  And Secretly Canadian (out of Minneapolis) needs to be here, too.

Who else?  We should compile a list of the 100 most essential indie labels on the planet.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

5 thoughts on “25 Indie Record Labels Everyone Should Know About

  • February 14, 2013 at 9:04 pm

    And Canada's longest-running independent label is…. STONY PLAIN, purveyors of fine independent roots music from here, there and just abut everywhere else (MonkeyJunk, Ian Tyson, Maria Muldaur, Amos Garrett, Kevin Breit & Harry Manx, Duke Robillard, Jeff Healey and dozens more). Closing in on 40 years, almost 400 releases, and still going strong…. Based in Edmonton, known around the world!

  • December 3, 2013 at 8:00 pm

    Hey there,

    Eli Junior here , just looking and seeking some help . I am a country artist from ontario and i believe i have what it takes (iam a male version of taylor swift /garth brooks … can anyone help me ? Here's my site you can here music @ http://www.reverbnation.com/elijuniorsmusic


    Eli Junior


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