2021 was an amazing year for music! Not only did we get back to some sort of normal but bands were able to share what they'd been working on through the pandemic.

The week of Christmas, we usually re-cap some of the most played songs on Indies Only, some of my favorites, and even a few that were banging enough to end up in regular rotation on Alt 101.7! You may have also noticed we play an encore performance the week of New Year's Eve.

I was so excited for the new records from Birmingham's People Years and The Blips this past year. I have most def put in a ton of time with each of their efforts. I was enthralled with the new records from Mississippi blues man Cedric Burnside, Toronto's Kiwi Jr., Norway's Ora the Molecule, and everything my buddy Catbells emailed me as well. SO MUCH GREAT MUSIC IN 2021!

Honestly, my favorite song of the year was Valentine by Snail Mail followed by Milky Chance's Colorado in second place. That's how the show starts off this week but every other song is in no particular order.

Here's how the show played out...

Hour 1

  • Snail Mail - Valentine 
  • Milky Chance - Colorado 
  • Wet Leg - Chaise Longue 
  • Cedric Burnside - Step In 
  • Future Islands - Peach 
  • Genesis Owusu - Don’t Need You 
  • A Great Big Pile of Leaves - Beat Up Shoes
  • Kiwi Jr - Cooler Returns
  • Petey - Don’t Tell the Boys 
  • Wilder. - Bad Bad Luck
  • The Blips - Throw Me Around 
  • Jack White - Taking Me Back
  • Melody Federer - I Hate Love 
  • Manchester Orchestra - Keel Timing 
  • People Years - Language Moves 

Hour 2

  • Adia Victoria - Magnolia Blues
  • Eddie 9V - Little Black Flies 
  • Cold War Kids - What You Say 
  • Juliana Hatfield - Mouthful of Blood
  • Catbells - Same As You 
  • Dylan Cartlidge - Anything Can Happen 
  • Sleater-Kinney - Worry With You 
  • Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit - Sad But True
  • Rancid Eddie - Dry 
  • Sincere Engineer - Come Out for a Spell 
  • Sports Team - Happy (God’s Own Country)
  • They Might Be Giants - I Can’t Remember the Dream 
  • Japanese Breakfast - Be Sweet 
  • Claude & Caroline - Stir the Pot
  • Pip Blom - Keep It Together
  • The Linda Lindas - Racist Sexist Boy 

Hour 3

  • Daisy the Great (with AJR) - Record Player 
  • Parquet Courts - Walking at a Downtown Pace
  • Cherry Glazerr - Soft Drink 
  • Updog - Skellies
  • IDLES - The Beachland Ballroom 
  • Ora the Molecule - Creator
  • Rowan - Everybody Talks 
  • Kills Birds - Rabbit
  • Torres - Don’t Go Puttin’ Wishes in My Head
  • Laura Jane Grace - Day Old Coffee 
  • Kurt Vile - Run Run Run
  • Kat Von D - Exorcism
  • Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats - Survivor 
  • Cloud Nothings - Nothing Without You
  • Vapors of Morphine - Irene

I hope you were able to listen sometime in 2021 and maybe found a few new artists you were into. If not, you'll have another chance this Saturday night from 9 pm-12 am. Follow Indies Only on Instagram for an advanced look at some of the music coming each week!

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