Wet Leg, Mitski and Bartees Strange: The Top Indie Albums for 2022 (So far)

Mitski released the beautiful, melodic Laurel Hell; Bartees Strange leapt genres and blew minds. Farm to Table; Wilco was warm and melodic with his songs, if not country. Cruel Country; Wet Leg revived the post-punk revival with their endlessly entertaining self-titled debut, ending up on Glastonbury’s main stage. These are just some highlights of an exciting year in indie music so far. Rolling Stone Music has the latest episode.

TListen to the entire episode with Simon Vozick–Levinson joining Brian Hiatt as host for the discussion Apple PodcastsOrSpotify,or press play above. Other albums under discussion include Big Thief’s Dragon New Warm Mountain, Soccer Mommy’s Sometimes, Forever, Black Midi’s Hellfire, Sunflower Bean’sA Headful of Sugar Empath’sVisitor,Alvvays’ upcomingBlue RevSay Sue Me’sThe Last Thing LeftInterpol’sThe Other Side of Make-BelieveAngel Olsen’sBig Time,Kurt Vile’sYou can watch my movements. and Spoon’sLucifer on the Sofa.

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