Saddle Creek, from Omaha, took the best of the burgeoning emo scene and cross-bred it with American roots music. They built a homegrown empire with unforgettable releases from Conor Oberst, Tim Kasher, and the Faint, and they fleshed and mapped out the contours of a still-inspiring scene with the dozens of smaller bands and artists they signed and championed. If you are a longtime fan, consider this sampler a free reason to remember why you love Saddle Creek; if you haven’t heard these bands before, well, we’re jealous.
By Wondering Sound Staff on 11.27.12 in Reviews
Mexican Summer is only a five-year-old label, but in that short time it has quickly grown irreplaceable. You might know them best for releasing Crazy For You, the first full-length album from former eMusic Selects alum B...
By Wondering Sound Staff on 10.12.12 in Reviews
Some indie labels are started by naive upstarts with wide eyes and big dreams, anxious to either make their mark or flame out trying. The North Carolina label Yep Roc, which celebrates its 15th birthday this year, was di...
By Jon Wiederhorn on 06.15.12 in Collections
Thirty years in the music business is enough to teach even the greenest amateur the ropes, but Metal Blade founder Brian Slagel was pretty tuned in from the start. His independent label launched in 1982 with the compilat...
By Ian Cohen on 11.26.14 in Features
The band's 2003 album serves as a Grand Theft Auto-like world where you can let your worst impulses run wild before returning to everyday existence.