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indie + alternative || pop || folk || general rock

avant garde + art + progressive || punk

hard rock + metal || country + southern

blues + R&B || dance + electronica

new wave || reggae || jazz || acoustic || hip-hop

psychedelic || ska || live recordings || other

HELLO AND WELCOME to the dissection of the 2023 Record Store Day list! I’m Rocky, your self-proclaimed genre-sorting professional, here to break down exciting titles and artists for your convenience and interest! Lord knows I love all kinds of music, so hopefully this list will be credible-enough, and surely the emphasis on each album’s sub-genres are extensively helpful! Each list will feature a look into the top-requested records for each category, so WITHOUT FURTHER ADIEU–


Taylor Swift - “folklore: the long pond studio sessions”

indie folk, alternative rock, electro-folk, chamber pop

The 1975 - “Live With The BBC Philharmonic Orchestra”
live recording: orchestral - alternative rock, pop rock, power pop, electropop

Maya Hawke - “To Love a Boy”/”Stay Open”

indie folk rock

Orville Peck - “Bronco”

outlaw country, alt-country

Beach House - “Become”

shoegaze, dream pop, lo-fi, indie bedroom pop

The want to be an independent artist has been growing since the very dawn of big-name music labels–and the necessity to stand out of the crowd, even moreso–so it’s no surprise to say that the indie alternative genre is one of the more prevalent categories on our Record Store Day list and on our shelves. Check out some of the other artists we’ll have in-store on the big event:

Arlie - “Wait”

indie pop, indie rock

Bastille - “Bastille: MTV Unplugged – Live in London”

live recording - alternative indietronica, pop

Blur - “Blur Present The Special Collectors Edition Parlophone”

Britpop, alternative rock, shoegaze

The Cranberries - “Wake Up And Smell The Coffee”

pop, alternative rock

dodie - “Hot Mess EP”

singer-songwriter, acoustic indie pop

Em Beihold - “Egg in the Backseat”

alternative indie pop

Joe Strummer & the Mesaleros - “Streetcore (20th Anniversary)”

post-punk, new wave, alternative rock, reggae

Our Lady Peace - “Collected: 1994 - 2022”

alternative rock, post-grunge, art rock

Pixies - “Doolittle – Live in Brussels 2009”

live performance - alternative rock, indie rock, surf punk, noise pop

Sarah Kinsley - “The King/Cypress”

alternative pop

Scott Weiland - “12 Bar Blues”

neo-psychedelia, alternative rock

The Verve Pipe - “Villains”

alternative rock, grunge

Vitamin String Quartet - “Ghost: Vitamin String Quartet Performs Death Cab For Cutie”

cover album - orchestral: indie rock

The Wonder Years - “Burst & Decay: Live From New York”

live recording - pop punk, alternative rock, emo, easycore


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