Label Spotlights

Label Profile: Touch & Go Records


It started as a simple fanzine, but Touch & Go gradually became one of America’s most reputable indie labels. Formed in 1979 to document the rise of hardcore music, Touch & Go became a record label in 1981, when it began releasing records by bands such as The Meatmen. By the late ‘80s and early ‘90s, the label was a major part of the DIY alternative scene, releasing game-changing records by Slint, The Jesus Lizard, and Polvo.

By 2000, the label welcomed bands from all genres, including the jittery dance music of !!!, the psychedelic dream rock of Blonde Redhead, and the forward-thinking music of folk outfit Cocorosie and soul-infused indie rock troupe TV on the Radio. The label was also instrumental in the launching of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs.

For more as the label develops in the next decade, Follow Touch & Go on Rdio. If you ask us, they’re still pretty hardcore — play the Touch & Go Rdio station, and you’ll hear what we mean.