Righteous Babe Records is an American independent record label created by progressive folksinger Ani DiFranco in 1990 to release her own songs in lieu of being beholden to a mainstream record company. Located in DiFranco’s hometown of Buffalo, New York, Righteous Babe expanded in the late 1990s to release albums for emerging non-mainstream artists.
 
 
 
Thrill Jockey Records is an American independent record label established in 1992 in New York City by former Atlantic Records A&R employee Bettina Richards. Artists on the roster include Catherine Irwin, The Firey Furnaces, and OOIOO.
 
 
 
Daemon Records is an Indie, Folk, and Rock non-profit label owned and operated by Amy Ray of the Indigo Girls. Artists include Girlyman, Terri Binion, and The Moto-Litas.
 
 
 
Zoë Records is one of RockHer’s favorites! An independent record label, part of the Rounder Records group, that mostly distributes albums by folk rock and alternative pop artists including Tracy Bonham, Ann Wilson, Cowboy Junkies, and Dean & Britta.
 
 
 
Saddle Creek Records is based in Omaha, Nebraska and has artists like Maria Taylor, Land of Talk, Orendafink, and Art in Manila.
 
 
 
 

Rough Trade Records is an independent record label based out of London, England which includes Jenny Lewis, Basia Bulat, Emiliana Torrini, and The Long Blondes on their roster.
 
 
 

Sub Pop is a Seattle-based independent record label often credited with taking the first steps toward popularizing grunge music. RockHer faves like Sera Cahoone, Tiny Vipers, and CSS are all signed to Sup Pop.
 
 
 
Bloodshot Records was established in Chicago by Nan Warshaw back in 1994 while she was earning her masters degree from COlumbia College Chicago, and Rob Miller. Our favorite Bloodshot artists include Neko Case, Detroit Cobras, Gone Gore Girls, and Cordero.
 
 
 
Matador Records , an indie label that started in NYC in the late 80s, has Cat Power, Lavender Diamond, Jennifer O’Connor, and Love of Diagrams on their roster.
 
 
 
razor.jpgRazor & Tie, based out of NYC, is one of the fastest growing independent entertainment companies in the U.S. with Joan Baez, Kelly Sweet, and Dar Williams all on board.
 
 
 
Blue Note Records is a “hard bop” jazz record label, established in 1939, which is now home to The Bird and The Bee, Keren Ann, and Suzanne Vega.