Best Local Record Label
Sixteen years is a long time to navigate the tricky terrain of the notoriously fickle music world. But Modern Radio Record Label has persevered through ever-changing tastes and trends, all while putting out some of the most adventurous rock music in the Twin Cities and beyond. The label was founded in 1999 by Coon Rapids, Minnesota, native Tom Loftus, who honed his tastes as a student at St. John's University. He carried the punk and alternative scene from St. Cloud's legendary Java Joint with him to Minneapolis, and began putting out records by his friends and favorite bands. Loftus eventually partnered up with his childhood friend Pete Mielech in 2005, and the two have been expertly curating the label together ever since, putting out celebrated releases by Signal to Trust, the Plastic Constellations, STNNNG, Vampire Hands, Hollow Boys, Oaks, and Fury Things, among many others. Modern Radio helped shape the Twin Cities indie-rock scene, and its impact will always be appreciated. Here's to whatever new sounds the label has in store for us over the next decade or so.