Topshelf Records

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Topshelf Records
Founded2006 (2006)
FounderSeth Decoteau, Kevin Duquette, Dan Sullivan
Genre Indie rock, emo, punk rock, post-rock
Country of originUnited States
Location San Diego, California
Official website www.topshelfrecords.com

Topshelf Records is an American independent record label started in Peabody, Massachusetts and as of 2015 is now based in San Diego, California. [1] [2] [3] [4]

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Topshelf Records has been profiled in the Pittsburgh City Paper , [5] San Diego Reader , [6] San Diego CityBeat , [7] [8] and Pitchfork . [9]

Current artists

Former artists

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References

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