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Indie rock
Stylistic origins
Cultural origins
Typical instruments
Mainstream popularity Largely underground, but several bands have had mainstream success.
Regional scenes
Largely global, England - Scotland - Wales - Ireland - USA - Canada - Sweden - Japan
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Timeline of alternative rock

Indie rock is an umbrella term to reference rock artists that are or were unsigned, or have signed to independent record labels, rather than major record labels. Originally the term was not a reference to a specific genre of rock music; however, it has come to be used often to reference the sound of particular bands and the bands they have influenced. "Indie rock" is used as an umbrella term covering a wide range of artists and styles close to rock music, connected by some degree of allegiance to the values of underground culture and counterculture. Genres or subgenres often associated with indie rock include lo-fi, post-rock, sadcore, C86, and math rock, to list but a few; other related (and sometimes overlapping) categories include shoegazing and indie pop. Punk rock is an anti-establishment music movement beginning around 1976 (although precursors can be found several years earlier), exemplified and popularised by The Ramones, the Sex Pistols, The Clash and The Damned. ... Post punk generally refers to the particularly fertile and creative period following the initial punk rock explosion. During the first wave of punk, roughly spanning 1976-1983, bands such as The Sex Pistols, The Clash, The Ramones and The Damned began to challenge the current styles and conventions of rock... Garage rock is a raw form of rock and roll that was first popular in the United States and Canada from about 1963 to 1967. ... No Wave was a short-lived but influential music and art scene that thrived briefly in New York City during the late 1970s and early 1980s alongside the punk scene there. ... Year 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1980 Gregorian calendar). ... For other uses, see Guitar (disambiguation). ... A sunburst-colored Fender Precision Bass The electric bass guitar (or electric bass[1][2]; pronounced , as in base) is a bass stringed instrument played primarily with the fingers (either by plucking, slapping, popping, or tapping) or using a pick. ... For other kinds of drums, see drum (disambiguation). ... An electronic keyboard. ... The Music of England has a long history. ... The Tannahill Weavers Scotland is internationally known for its traditional music, which has remained vibrant throughout the 20th century, when many traditional forms worldwide lost popularity to pop music. ... Wales is a part of the United Kingdom, but is a culturally and politically separate Celtic country. ... This is a timeline of alternative rock, from its beginnings in the 1970s to the present. ... An umbrella term is a word that provides a superset or grouping of related concepts, also called a hypernym. ... The concept of an independent record label is a record label operating without the funding of one of the major record labels, which are generally defined to be the handful of media corporations which have recently dominated the recorded music industry in the West. ... The world music market is dominated by the big four major record labels. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Counterculture (also counter-culture) is a sociological word used to describe the values and norms of behavior of a cultural group, or subculture, that run counter to those of the social mainstream of the day,[1] the cultural equivalent of political opposition. ... Lo-fi is a subgenre of indie rock which uses lo-fi recording practices. ... The term post-rock was coined by Simon Reynolds in issue 123 of The Wire (May 1994) to describe a sort of music using rock instrumentation for non-rock purposes, using guitars as facilitators of timbres and textures rather than riffs and powerchords. ... Sadcore/Slowcore is a subgenre of alternative rock that developed from the downbeat melodies and slower tempos of late 1980s indie rock. ... C86 is the name of a celebrated cassette compilation released by the British music magazine New Musical Express (NME) in 1986, featuring new bands licenced from independent labels of the time. ... This article is about the style of music. ... Shoegazing was a generalized tag given to some alternative rock bands that emerged from the United Kingdom in the late 1980s. ... Indie rock is a subgenre of rock music often used to refer to bands that are on small independent record labels or that arent on labels at all. ...


Indie rock artists place a premium on maintaining complete control of their music and careers, releasing albums on independent record labels (sometimes their own) and relying on touring, word-of-mouth, and airplay on independent or college radio stations for promotion. Some end up moving to major labels, often on favorable terms won by their prior independent success.

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History

UK 1980s

After the punk music scene of the 1970s, a number of musical styles emerged in the UK, some of which were supported by major record labels and assimilated into mainstream pop music (e.g. 2 Tone and New Romantic). Simultaneously, artists such as Felt (band), Joy Division and The Fall released music on small independent labels such as Creation Records and Factory Records. They often gained underground popularity via independent music magazines and fanzines, or via the patronage of John Peel. Their original and quirky music was generally recognised and admired by a niche audience of music enthusiasts. The music was generally influenced by punk music, '60s pop music and counterculture, and occasionally electronic music and European pop. This broad range of artists and musical styles was often known as indie music, as it was not funded by the music industry, and was rarely featured on commercial radio or television. Still other bands and artists did not use record labels, and traded their music by posting cassettes to one another- also hoping to reach an audience via independent media. Punk Rock is an anti-establishment music movement that began about 1976 (although precursors can be found several years earlier), exemplified by The Ramones,the Misfits, the Sex Pistols, The Clash and The Damned. ... This page meets Wikipedias criteria for speedy deletion. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Felt were a 1980s UK indie band, led by Lawrence Hayward (known simply as Lawrence, his full name was never listed in any record credits), and included guitarist Maurice Deebank for the first half of the bands existence, keyboard player Martin Duffy who essentially replaced Deebank, and drummer Gary... This article is about the band. ... This article is about the band. ... At least two different record labels called Creation Records have existed. ... FAC 115: Factory Records Stationery (1984) Factory Records was a Manchester based British independent record label, started in 1978, which featured several prominent musical acts on its roster such as Joy Division, New Order, A Certain Ratio, The Durutti Column, Happy Mondays, and (briefly) James and Orchestral Manoeuvres in the... A fanzine (also called a zine) is an amateur publication created by fans of a particular cultural phenomena (such as a literary genre or type of music) to address or correspond with others who share their interest. ... For other persons named John Peel, see John Peel (disambiguation). ... Punk Rock is an anti-establishment music movement that began about 1976 (although precursors can be found several years earlier), exemplified by The Ramones,the Misfits, the Sex Pistols, The Clash and The Damned. ... Counterculture (also counter-culture) is a sociological word used to describe the values and norms of behavior of a cultural group, or subculture, that run counter to those of the social mainstream of the day,[1] the cultural equivalent of political opposition. ... For other uses, see Electronic music (disambiguation). ...


The Smiths were the most successful and critically-acclaimed indie artists of this period. Their singles regularly reached the UK top 40, although the band were signed to an independent record label (Rough Trade) and supported by the independent music press. Their songs featured distinctive guitar melodies and lyrics sung in Morrissey's Manchester accent. The lyrics often discussed taboo or embarrassing subjects (unrequited love, feelings of loneliness) in a close, confessional style, underwritten with dry wit and humour. The enduring popularity of the Smiths, and their influence upon Britpop bands, came to define indie music in the UK. However in the 1980s indie music referred to a broad range of musical styles, which were experimental and distinct from prevailing music trends. The Smiths were an English rock band active from 1982 to 1987, based on the songwriting partnership of singer Morrissey and guitarist Johnny Marr. ... Look up rough trade in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... For other uses, see Morrissey (disambiguation). ... The Smiths were an English rock band active from 1982 to 1987, based on the songwriting partnership of singer Morrissey and guitarist Johnny Marr. ... Britpop is a subgenre of alternative rock that originated in the United Kingdom. ...


U.S. 1980s

In the United States, the music commonly regarded as indie rock is descended from an alternative rock scene largely influenced by the movements of the 1970s and early 1980s and their DIY ethos. In the 1980s the term "indie rock" was particularly associated with the abrasive, distortion-heavy sounds of Hüsker Dü, Dinosaur Jr, Sonic Youth, Big Black, and others that populated American indie labels, separating them from jangly college rock bands like R.E.M. and 10,000 Maniacs, who, by the end of the decade, were signed to major labels. The late eighties band Pixies is said to be the main influence in 1990s-present indie rock.[citation needed] The DIY ethic (do it yourself ethic) refers to the ethic of being self-reliant and doing things yourself as opposed to paying others to do it. ... This article is about the rock band called Hüsker Dü. For other uses, see Husker Du. ... Dinosaur Jr is an American alternative rock band formed in Amherst, Massachusetts in 1983 as Dinosaur. ... Sonic Youth is an American alternative rock band formed in New York City in 1981. ... Big Black was a noise rock band founded in Chicago, Illinois, United States, that was active between 1982 and 1987. ... College rock was a term used in the USA to describe 1980s alternative rock before the term alternative came into common usage. ... R.E.M. is an American rock band formed in Athens, Georgia in 1980 by Bill Berry (drums), Peter Buck (guitar), Mike Mills (bass guitar), and Michael Stipe (vocals). ... 10,000 Maniacs is a United States-based alternative rock band, formed in 1981 and active with various line-ups since that time. ... The Pixies[1] are an American alternative rock band formed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1985. ...


UK 1990s

In the 1990's, indie rock became somewhat assimilated into mainstream music culture, as bands on independent record labels began to achieve commercial success. Many hitherto 'indie' bands either signed to major record labels, or successful independent record labels were bought by major labels and subsumed into the music industry proper. In this way, popular and influential indie musicians joined the musical mainstream. Artists who either signed for a major record label in the early 1990s, or who were effectively 'sold' to one, include The Stone Roses, James, New Order, Happy Mondays and Oasis. It is worth noting that all of them come from Greater Manchester, as did The Smiths. Many of these bands, particularly Oasis, came to represent mainstream British pop music. These formerly-indie bands were collectively referred to in various ways by the music press. Newspapers and journalists referred to 'the Madchester scene'. The terms Britpop and 'major-label indie' were later applied to these bands, alongside bands from other parts of the UK, as this music entered the mainstream. The Stone Roses were an influential English rock band from Manchester formed in 1984. ... Look up James in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... This article is about the alternative rock/electronic band New Order. ... Happy Mondays are an English alternative rock band from Salford, Greater Manchester. ... Oasis are an English rock band, formed in Manchester in 1991. ... Greater Manchester is a metropolitan county in North West England which has a population of 2. ... The Smiths were an English rock band active from 1982 to 1987, based on the songwriting partnership of singer Morrissey and guitarist Johnny Marr. ... Oasis are an English rock band, formed in Manchester in 1991. ... Britpop is a subgenre of alternative rock that originated in the United Kingdom. ...


Simultaneously however an 'indie' rock scene continued, albeit having 'lost' some well-known musicians. Indie music perhaps lost part of its identity as a flourishing, non-mainstream genre at this time. Influential independent music publications such as 'Sounds' and 'Melody Maker' began to lose money and were closed. The term 'indie rock' was often applied to commercial guitar-pop music. However the increasing affordability of musical instruments and technology allowed people to continue making original music without commercial success, and outwith the musical mainstream. A number of bands (including Belle and Sebastian) continued to make music with the ethics of earlier British indie- they achieved success via the independent press and radio, and belonged to a genuinely independent record label (Jeepster). Belle and Sebastian (sometimes written as Belle & Sebastian) are a Scottish paper pop band formed in Glasgow in January 1996. ... 1948 Willys VJ Jeepster The Jeepster was an automobile sold under the Jeep marque. ...


U.S. 1990s

During the first half of the 1990s, alternative music, led by grunge bands such as Alice in Chains, Soundgarden, Pearl Jam and Nirvana broke into the mainstream, achieving commercial chart success and widespread exposure. Shortly thereafter the alternative genre became commercialized as mainstream success attracted major-label investment and commercially-oriented or manufactured acts with a formulaic, conservative approach. With this, the meaning of the label "alternative" changed away from its original, more counter-cultural meaning to refer to alternative music that achieved mainstream success and the term "indie rock" was used to refer to the bands and genres that remained underground. One of the defining movements of 1990s American indie rock was the lo-fi movement spearheaded by Guided by Voices, Pavement, Sebadoh, The Grifters, Liz Phair, The Elephant 6 Recording Co., and others, which placed a premium on rough recording techniques, ironic detachment, and disinterest in "selling out" to the mainstream alternative rock scene. Grunge redirects here. ... This article is about the rock band. ... Soundgarden was an American rock band formed in Seattle, Washington in 1984 by lead singer and drummer Chris Cornell, lead guitarist Kim Thayil, and bassist Hiro Yamamoto. ... This article is about the rock group. ... This article is about the American grunge band. ... Guided by Voices (often abbreviated as GBV) was an extremely prolific lo-fi/indie-rock band from Dayton, Ohio. ... Pavement was an American indie rock band in the 1990s. ... Sebadoh is an indie rock band formed in Westfield, Massachusetts by Eric Gaffney and former Dinosaur Jr bass player Lou Barlow. ... The Grifters is the name of both a film and a 1990s indie rock band: Grifters (band) Grifters (film) Grifters is the plural form of a noun meaning a con artist. ... Liz Phair (born Elizabeth Clark Phair on April 17, 1967 in New Haven, Connecticut) is an American singer-songwriter and guitarist. ... Side Two of the Tidal Wave 7 by The Apples in Stereo. ... Selling out refers to the compromising of ones integrity, morality and principles in exchange for money, success or other personal gain. ...


Main indie rock genres of the 1990s

Lo-fi — from Low Fidelity — describes a sound recording which contains accidental artifacts, like distortion, or environmental noise, or a recording which has a limited frequency response. ... Merzbow Einstürzende Neubauten Sonic Youth Melt Banana Lightning Bolt Moonlander & Moodswinger, Yuri Landman Neptune Noise rock describes one variety of post-punk rock music that became prominent in the 1980s. ... // Unwound was a U.S. post-hardcore/ noise rock band based in Tumwater/Olympia, Washington. ... Shellac (sometimes referred to as Shellac of North America) is an American rock music group comprised of Steve Albini (guitar and vocals), Bob Weston (bass guitar and vocals) and Todd Trainer (drums and vocals). ... Blonde Redhead is an alternative rock or indie rock band. ... Riot grrl (also frequently spelled riot grrrl) is a form of hardcore punk rock music, known for its militant feminist stance. ... Bikini Kill was a punk band of the Riot Grrrl movement formed in Olympia, Washington in October of 1990. ... Bratmobile was an American punk band. ... This article is about the style of music. ... A music band named fer Chavez. This article needs input, and was also listed in the search query for potentional meanings of Chavez. Categories: Musical group stubs ... June of 44 was an American rock band which was formed in 1994 from ex-members of Rodan, Lungfish, Codeine, Rex, Crownhate Ruin and Hoover. ... Post-rock is a music genre characterized by the use of musical instruments commonly associated with rock music (typically a line-up of two electric guitars, an electric bass guitar and a drum set), but utilizing rhythms, harmonies, melodies and chord progressions that are unorthodox in rock and roll. ... Slint was a rock band consisting of Brian McMahan (guitar and vocals), David Pajo (guitar), Britt Walford (drums), Todd Brashear (bass on Spiderland) and Ethan Buckler (bass on Tweez). ... For the Swiss progressive house producer who releases under the name Moogwai, see Chab. ... Post-hardcore is a musical genre that evolved from hardcore punk, itself an offshoot of the broader punk rock movement. ... For other uses, see Fugazi (disambiguation). ... Girls Against Boys are an indie rock/post-hardcore band, originally forming in Washington, D.C. in 1988 and currently based in New York City. ... Drive Like Jehu were an American post-punk/post-hardcore band led by Rick Froberg and John Reis, formed in 1990 in San Diego, California and disbanded in 1995. ... Indie rock is a subgenre of rock music often used to refer to bands that are on small independent record labels or that arent on labels at all. ... This article is about the band. ...

After 2000

Indie bands have attracted many amongst the age demographic of college students. Many indie bands have launched their careers by offering to perform at free concerts hosted by universities and colleges. Bands such as The Dykeenies, Silversun Pickups, Tokyo Police Club, The Kooks and Maxïmo Park have found their way on to charts this way.[citation needed] The Dykeenies are a New Wave/Indie Rock band formed in mid-2005 in Cumbernauld, Scotland. ... Silversun Pickups (also simply known as SSPU) is an American indie rock band from Los Angeles, California, signed to Dangerbird Records, and headed by Brian Aubert. ... This article is about the rock band. ... For the book, see Donna Kossy. ... Maxïmo Park are an British indie rock band, signed to Warp Records, who formed in 2000. ...


UK after 2000

From the mid-1990s onwards, 'indie rock' has had two meanings in the UK. The more popular meaning is that of guitar music, influenced by the Clash, the Smiths and Oasis, which is often very popular and commercially successful. The term is also applied to 'independent' music, which has some pop-rock influences but exists outwith the musical mainstream. There is however a good deal of similarity between the two meanings. Many bands, on independent labels, would gladly enter the musical mainstream, and hope to be given the opportunity. With the advent of Myspace and other music-sharing internet sites, the journey from 'independent' to the musical mainstream (and back again) can be very short. This article is about the English punk rock band. ... The Smiths were an English rock band active from 1982 to 1987, based on the songwriting partnership of singer Morrissey and guitarist Johnny Marr. ... For the English rock band, see Oasis (band). ... MySpace is a social networking website offering an interactive, user-submitted network of friends, personal profiles, blogs, groups, photos, music, and videos. ...


With Arts Council funding for some independent bands, and an increasing range of advertising and commercial opportunities to distribute music, few popular acts are wholly independent. However indie music in the UK has perhaps benefited from the relatively broad overlap between 'mainstream' and 'indie' music genres. Radiohead release their music independently, do not accept corporate sponsorship and continue to make music which is experimental. They are also popular and well-known. There are many artists who make original, distinctive music, without aiming for mainstream success, in genres such as grime music. In this sense, the UK retains a tradition of creating original, experimental music, which has one eye on achieving mainstream success without being subsumed by major music corporations. Radiohead are an English alternative rock band from Oxfordshire. ... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ...


Main indie rock genres after 2000

Additional, less clearly defined genres include: The post-punk revival is a movement in modern rock music consisting of Indie Rock, Punk Rock, Goth Rock, and Electronic bands that draw from the conventions of the original Post-Punk sound of the early 1980s, as well as the early 90s Britpop, 80s New Wave and... For the international organisation, see Interpol. ... The Libertines were an English rock band formed in London in 1997 and active until 2004. ... Arctic Monkeys are an English indie rock band from High Green, a suburb of Sheffield. ... Maxïmo Park are an British indie rock band, signed to Warp Records, who formed in 2000. ... Modest Mouse is an North-American indie rock band formed in 1993 in Issaquah, Washington by singer/lyricist/guitarist Isaac Brock, drummer Jeremiah Green, bassist Eric Judy, and guitarist Dann Gallucci. ... Franz Ferdinand are an award winning rock band, from Glasgow, Scotland. ... For other uses, see editor. ... For the book, see Donna Kossy. ... The Cribs are an English 3-piece indie band from Wakefield, West Yorkshire, consisting of twins Gary and Ryan Jarman and their younger brother Ross Jarman. ... For other uses, see Killers. ... The Fratellis are an award-winning indie rock band from Glasgow, Scotland. ... This article is about the English alternative rock band. ... Garage rock is a raw form of rock and roll that was first popular in the United States and Canada from about 1963 to 1967. ... For other uses, see Stroke (disambiguation). ... Black Rebel Motorcycle Club (BRMC for short) is an American garage rock band from San Francisco, California, now based in Los Angeles. ... Kings of Leon are a rock band made up of three brothers and one cousin, based in Mt. ... This article is about the Swedish band. ... Image:Ikaracolt. ... mclusky was a three-piece rock group from Cardiff, Wales. ... The Mooney Suzuki are a rock and roll band formed in 1996. ... This article is about the American duo. ... The Vines are an Australian garage rock band notable for producing a raw musical hybrid of 60s rock and 90s alternative music. ... The Von Bondies are an indie rock/garage rock band from Detroit, Michigan. ... The Black Keys are a blues-rock duo consisting of Dan Auerbach (vocals and guitar) and Patrick Carney (drums and percussion) from Akron, Ohio. ... Travis are a Scotish rock band from Glasgow, comprising Fran Healy (lead vocals, guitar, piano), Dougie Payne (bass, backing vocals, occasional lead vocals), Andy Dunlop (lead guitar, banjo, keyboards, backing vocals) and Neil Primrose (drums, percussion). ... Dance-punk (also known as disco-punk) is a term for an amalgamation of the conceptual elements of punk rock with the production techniques of dance musics, such as funk, dub, disco, synthpop, house, and techno. ... Death from Above 1979 were a Toronto based Canadian indie rock/synth rock duo. ... Klaxons are a Mercury Prize winning English band, based in London. ... MGMT (formerly known as The Management) are an American musical group based in Brooklyn, New York consisting of Ben Goldwasser and Andrew VanWyngarden. ... MSTRKRFT (read as Masterkraft) is an electronic music group from East York, Ontario, Canada who are signed to Last Gang Records. ... Shitdisco is a New Rave band from Glasgow, Scotland. ... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... LCD Soundsystem is the musical project of producer James Murphy, co-founder of dance-punk label DFA Records. ... New Young Pony Club are a five piece indie/electronica band from London, England. ... !!! (three exclamation marks, often pronounced as chk chk chk) is an American band that formed in autumn 1996 from the former bandmembers of The Yah Mos, Black Liquorice and Popesmashers. ... Q and Not U were a rock band from Washington, D.C., signed with Dischord Records. ... A mare and nursing foal. ... Does It Offend You, Yeah? are an English Electro Rock band from Reading. ... Cansei de Ser Sexy (literally tired of being sexy in Portuguese; better known as CSS) is a Brazilian band from São Paulo. ... Cut Copy is a band from Melbourne, Australia. ...

Baroque pop is a style originated in the mid 1960s as the flipside of sunshine pop. ... Arcade Fire is an indie rock band based in Montreal, Quebec which is based around the husband and wife duo of Win Butler and Régine Chassagne. ... Danielson Famile (aka Danielson) is a band from Clarksboro, New Jersey, that plays a quirky blend of Indie pop and gospel music. ... Sufjan Stevens (IPA pronunciation: ) (born July 1, 1975) is an American singer-songwriter and musician from Petosky, Michigan. ... The Decemberists are a five-piece indie pop band from Portland, Oregon, fronted by singer/songwriter Colin Meloy . ... John Vanderslice (born in Gainesville, Florida in 1967) is an American musician, formerly of mk Ultra but now performing with his own band. ... Broken Social Scene is a Juno Award winning Canadian indie rock supergroup, a musical collective currently including nineteen members, formed in 1999 in Toronto, Ontario. ... For the British band, see Stars (UK band) Stars is a Juno Award nominated Canadian indie pop band. ... Cloud Cult is an indie rock band lead by singer/songwriter Craig Minowa. ... New Prog (sometimes called Nu Prog or post-prog) is a term used to describe a number of recent alternative rock bands who incorporate elements from progressive rock. ... Mew is an indie rock band from Denmark. ... Porcupine Tree is an English progressive rock band formed in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, England by Steven Wilson. ... For other uses, see Muse (disambiguation). ... The Mars Volta is an American rock group founded by Cedric Bixler-Zavala, Omar Rodriguez-Lopez, Isaiah Ikey Owens and Jeremy Michael Ward in 2001. ... Los Hermanos is an indie rock band from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. ... Battles is an American math rock band. ... People in Planes are a five piece Indie rock band from Cardiff, Wales. ... New Weird America describes a psychedelic folk musical movement of the mid/late 2000s. ... Psych folk or Psychedelic folk is a music genre which began through the blending of folk music and psychedelic music in the 1960s. ... Devendra Banhart was born May 30, 1981, in Houston, Texas, U.S. but was raised in Caracas, Venezuela from 2 to 13 years old. ... Joanna Newsom (born January 18, 1982) is an American harpist, pianist, harpsichordist, singer and songwriter from Nevada City, California. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Six Organs of Admittance is the primary musical project of guitarist Ben Chasny. ... The term post-rock was coined by Simon Reynolds in issue 123 of The Wire (May 1994) to describe a sort of music using rock instrumentation for non-rock purposes, using guitars as facilitators of timbres and textures rather than riffs and powerchords. ... Explosions in the Sky is an American instrumental post-rock band from Texas. ... Pelican is a four-piece instrumental band hailing from Chicago, Illinois, who have since relocated to Los Angeles. ... Sigur Rós ( ) is an Icelandic post-rock band with melodic, classical, experimental, and minimalist elements. ... For the Swiss progressive house producer who releases under the name Moogwai, see Chab. ... Psychedelic folk or Psych folk is a music genre that originated in the 1960s through the blending of folk music, Indie folk and psychedelic rock or pop. ... NNCK Press Photo by Robin Graubard The No-Neck Blues Band, also known as NNCK, is a seven-member free-form improvisational musical collective from New York City. ... Brightblack Morning Light or Brightblack is a collective of experimental musicians based in Northern California. ... Wooden Wand and the Vanishing Voice are a band from New York. ... Entrance (born Guy Blakeslee) is a Baltimore, Maryland-based indie rock musician. ...

See also

In popular music, independent music, often abbreviated as indie, is a term used to describe independence from major commercial record labels and an autonomous, do-it-yourself approach to recording and publishing. ... Indie, an abbreviation of independent, is a term regarding a trend seen in music, film, business and subculture originating in the late 20th century. ... This is a list of indie rock artists. ...

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Jon Dolan, Josh Eells, Will Hermes, Jonah Weiner, Douglas Wolk (December 2007). The 100 Greatest Indie Rock Albums Ever. Blender. Retrieved on 2008-02-08.
  • Mathieson, Craig (2000), The Sell-In: How the Music Business Seduced Alternative Rock, Sydney, Allen and Unwin
  • All music- Indie Rock
  • Alternative Music
Blender is an American magazine that bills itself as the ultimate guide to music and more. ... 2008 (MMVIII) is the current year, a leap year that started on Tuesday of the Anno Domini (or common era), in accordance with the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 39th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Alternative music redirects here. ... Alternative metal is an eclectic form of music that gained popularity in the early 1990s alongside grunge. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Britpop is a subgenre of alternative rock that originated in the United Kingdom. ... C86 is the name of a celebrated cassette compilation released by the British music magazine New Musical Express (NME) in 1986, featuring new bands licenced from independent labels of the time. ... Christian alternative music is a form of alternative rock music lyrically grounded in a Christian worldview. ... College rock was a term used in the USA to describe 1980s alternative rock before the term alternative came into common usage. ... Dream pop is a type of alternative rock that originated in Britain in the early 1980s, when bands like Cocteau Twins, The Chameleons, The Passions, Dead Can Dance, Dif Juz, Lowlife and A.R. Kane (to whom the term has been attributed) began fusing post-punk experiments with bittersweet pop... Dunedin is a southern New Zealand University Town that spawned The Dunedin Sound. Similar in many ways to the traditional indie pop sound, the Dunedin Sound uses jingly jangly guitaring, minimal bass lines and loose drumming. ... John Flansburgh and John Linnell of They Might Be Giants. ... Gothic rock (sometimes called goth rock or simply goth) is a genre of alternative rock that originated during the late 1970s. ... For the language, see Grebo language. ... Grunge redirects here. ... Indie rock is a subgenre of rock music often used to refer to bands that are on small independent record labels or that arent on labels at all. ... Industrial Rock is a musical genre which is a fusion between Industrial Music and specific Rock n Roll subgenres such as Punk, Oi!, Hardcore and later on Hard Rock. ... -1... Lo-fi is a subgenre of indie rock which uses lo-fi recording practices. ... An NME Originals issue covering the Madchester movement. ... This article is about the style of music. ... Noise pop is a term used to loosely describe a number of alternative rock bands that fuse punk rocks attitude and anger with the atonal noise, feedback, and free song structures of noise music, presented in a decidedly pop context. ... Merzbow Einstürzende Neubauten Sonic Youth Melt Banana Lightning Bolt Moonlander & Moodswinger, Yuri Landman Neptune Noise rock describes one variety of post-punk rock music that became prominent in the 1980s. ... Paisley Underground is a term used to describe a genre of rock music, based primarily in Los Angeles, California, which was at its most popular in the mid-1980s. ... Post-grunge is a subgenre of Alternative rock that emerged in the early 1990s as a derivative of grunge music. ... The post-punk revival is a movement in modern rock music consisting of Indie Rock, Punk Rock, Goth Rock, and Electronic bands that draw from the conventions of the original Post-Punk sound of the early 1980s, as well as the early 90s Britpop, 80s New Wave and... The term post-rock was coined by Simon Reynolds in issue 123 of The Wire (May 1994) to describe a sort of music using rock instrumentation for non-rock purposes, using guitars as facilitators of timbres and textures rather than riffs and powerchords. ... Psychobilly is a genre of rock music that mixes elements of punk rock, rockabilly, and other genres. ... Riot grrrl (or riot grrl) is an indie/punk feminist movement that reached its height in the 1990s but continues to exert influence over alternative cultures. ... Sadcore/Slowcore is a subgenre of alternative rock that developed from the downbeat melodies and slower tempos of late 1980s indie rock. ... Shoegazing was a generalized tag given to some alternative rock bands that emerged from the United Kingdom in the late 1980s. ... The term slowcore, generally used interchangeably with sadcore, refers to a subgenre of alternative rock that developed from the downbeat melodies and slower tempos of late 1980s indie rock. ... For space rocks, see asteroid. ... -1... Campus radio (also known as college radio, university radio or student radio) is a type of radio station that is run by the students of a college, university or other educational institution. ... This is a timeline of alternative rock, from its beginnings in the 1970s to the present. ... In popular music, independent music, often abbreviated as indie, is a term used to describe independence from major commercial record labels and an autonomous, do-it-yourself approach to recording and publishing. ... Lollapalooza is an American music festival featuring rock, alternative rock, hip hop, and punk rock bands, dance and comedy performances, and craft booths. ...

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Indie fans often come across as if they belong to some sort of secret society, frowning upon all those poor, ignorant souls who just don't "get it" when it comes to music.
To begin a sham indie rock education, you might be tempted to think you should go buy some indie rock records.
If you want to be indie rock you can't drive a car that has fewer than 100,000 miles on the odometer and had an original sticker price of more than $20K.
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