2023 In Indie-Rock, from Boygenius to Blondshell

Boygenius-mania was only the most visible sign of the fantastic year indie-rock had in 2023, with strong albums from newcomers (Blondshell, Kara Jackson), established stars (Mitski) and veterans (Wilco, the National). In the new episode of Rolling Stone Music Now, we go through some highlights of the year in indie albums.


Jon Dolan, Angie Martoccio, and Simon Vozick-Levinson join host Brian Hiatt for the discussion. Among many other topics, we touch on Mitski’s surprise hit “My Love Mine All Mine,” which our panelists agree isn’t even the best song on the album it came from, This Land Is Inhospitable and So Are We. The panel spends some time talking about Blondshell’s sharp, witty self-titled debut — and whether she’s poised for Boygenius-level success. Also discussed: albums by Bonny Down, Ian Sweet, Wednesday, and many more. To hear the full episode, go here for the podcast provider of your choice, listen on Apple Podcasts or Spotify, or just press play above.

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