We could just list all the albums Joyful Noise Recordings has released in the last year that shows, without a shadow of a doubt that they definitely deserve to be on top of this list, but instead, we’ll highlight one moment of one show of one festival this year. Picture: Jad Fair, Stranger Cat, Sleeping Bag and Kishi Bashi all in the same room, all soaking up their mutual excellence while Russian Recordings’ Mike Bridavsky records on-the-spot lathe-cut singles for Fountain Square Music Fest. Joyful Noise Recordings is a perfect wonder. Treasure them, Indy. Treasure them.
2nd: Blonde Entertainment
3rd: Sparkjoy Music