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'''Indie rock''', short for "independent rock and roll," is a sub-genre of [[rock]] and [[indie]] music that began in the USA and UK in the 1970s. The prefix "indie" was originally assigned to those bands who recorded and distributed their music independent from major record labels in stark contract to most [[pop]] bands, similar to [[garage rock]] from a decade prior, only focused more on [[post-punk]]. Indie bands often lacked money, so they used low-quality equipment or built their own gear, which gave their music a common unpolished sound, and, by not being tied to a record label which could dictate the band's style, bands were often free to go against the grain of the trends, and make very unique music. However, by the late-1980s, the term "indie" it was being applied to any band that had a sound of music similar to those bands who became popular using independent distribution, even if the band had switched to a major label, or, in fact, never published independently.
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'''Indie rock''', short for "independent rock," began as a sub-genre of independently produced and distributed [[rock]] music that began in the USA and UK in the 1970s, but, as bands of that type became mainstream in the late-1990s and 2000s, the term morphed to encompass all non-standard rock bands.
  
Indie musical style was originally rather counter-culture, but, as those genres became popular again in the 1990s, indie had shifted to describe various [[lo-fi]], [[emo]], and [[alternative rock]] groups. In the 2000s, indie broke into the mainstream, and major labels were focusing on signing indie bands. Although the professional production studios kept a lot of the quirkiness that made early indie music fresh, they also tried to force a lot of the quirkiness into the music, causing it to come off as artificial. By the end of the 2000s, indie was a fairly useless blanket term referring to most pop rock bands who weren't already easily categorized into an existing genre. However, [[indie]] never really was a specific auditory genre to begin with.
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Indie music started to become popular when recording equipment became more affordable to the average consumer in the 1970s and bands record and even distribute their music without the need of a major record label. This resulted in a [[lo-fi|lower-fidelity]] of music which helped lead to a unique sound similar to [[garage rock]] a decade earlier. It also prevented record labels from forcing bands into producing music that fit with sales demographics, so indie artists were free to experiment more with non-standard instruments and musical styles. Many of the early indie rock bands were heavily influenced by earlier counter-culture rock bands of the [[punk]] and [[post-punk]] genre, which resulted in the term indie ''rock'', but, as more bands began to take on independent production, sub-genres of indie rock began to emerge like [[emo]]. However, by the 1990s, the term "indie" it was being applied to any band that had a sound of music similar to those bands who became popular using independent distribution, even if the band had switched to a major label, and, by the 2000s, when indie rock broke into the mainstream, even band whose first albums were produced by major labels were called "indie rock" just because they sounded like previous indie rock bands. [[Indie pop]] grew up along side indie rock, but was more influenced by pop music than punk music, but many indie pop groups are still labeled as indie rock.
  
 
==Personal==
 
==Personal==
Lacking any access to indie artists in the 1980s and 1990s, I didn't even know that indie music existed until the 2000s when it entered of other popular media like TV shows and movies, but I wasn't really all that impressed with anything I heard. It wasn't until a, Internet friend introduced me to [[Rilo Kiley]] in to early 2000s that I started going to indie concerts and opening myself up to more indie music. Like the term "pop" music, I don't like "indie" as a name for a genre because it doesn't really apply to any specific musical aspect.
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Lacking any access to indie music in the 1980s and 1990s, I didn't even know that indie music existed until the 2000s when it entered of other popular media like TV shows and movies, but I wasn't really all that impressed with anything I heard. It wasn't until a, Internet friend introduced me to [[Rilo Kiley]] in to early 2000s that I started going to indie concerts and opening myself up to more indie music. Like the term "pop" music, I don't like "indie" as a name for a genre because it doesn't really apply to any specific musical aspect.
  
 
==Bands==
 
==Bands==
These are rock bands and artists that are important to me.
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These are indie rock bands and artists that are important to me, some of which should be moved to [[indie pop]].
  
 
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* [[1990s]]
 
* [[1990s]]
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* [[Azure Ray]]
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* [[Coldplay]]
 
* [[Eisley]]
 
* [[Eisley]]
 
* [[Electric Owls]]
 
* [[Electric Owls]]
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* [[Electric President]]
 
* [[The Fratellis]]
 
* [[The Fratellis]]
 
* [[Hello Saferide]]
 
* [[Hello Saferide]]
 
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* [[Jenny Lewis]]
 
* [[Jenny Lewis]]
* [[Liz Phair]]
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* [[Liz Phair]] (early work)
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* [[Los Campesinos!]]
 
* [[Maps]]
 
* [[Maps]]
 
* [[My First Earthquake]]
 
* [[My First Earthquake]]
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* [[The Naked and Famous]]
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* [[The Postal Service]]
 
* [[Rilo Kiley]]
 
* [[Rilo Kiley]]
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* [[Slow Club]]
 
* [[Slow Club]]
* [[Tegan and Sara]]
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* [[Tegan and Sara]] (early work)
 
* [[Tilly and the Wall]]
 
* [[Tilly and the Wall]]
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* [[Weezer]] (early work)
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* [[The White Stripes]]
 
* [[Yeah Yeah Yeahs]]
 
* [[Yeah Yeah Yeahs]]
 
* [[Youth Group]]
 
* [[Youth Group]]

Revision as of 11:06, 23 November 2020

The White Stripes, started out indie.

Indie rock, short for "independent rock," began as a sub-genre of independently produced and distributed rock music that began in the USA and UK in the 1970s, but, as bands of that type became mainstream in the late-1990s and 2000s, the term morphed to encompass all non-standard rock bands.

Indie music started to become popular when recording equipment became more affordable to the average consumer in the 1970s and bands record and even distribute their music without the need of a major record label. This resulted in a lower-fidelity of music which helped lead to a unique sound similar to garage rock a decade earlier. It also prevented record labels from forcing bands into producing music that fit with sales demographics, so indie artists were free to experiment more with non-standard instruments and musical styles. Many of the early indie rock bands were heavily influenced by earlier counter-culture rock bands of the punk and post-punk genre, which resulted in the term indie rock, but, as more bands began to take on independent production, sub-genres of indie rock began to emerge like emo. However, by the 1990s, the term "indie" it was being applied to any band that had a sound of music similar to those bands who became popular using independent distribution, even if the band had switched to a major label, and, by the 2000s, when indie rock broke into the mainstream, even band whose first albums were produced by major labels were called "indie rock" just because they sounded like previous indie rock bands. Indie pop grew up along side indie rock, but was more influenced by pop music than punk music, but many indie pop groups are still labeled as indie rock.

Personal

Lacking any access to indie music in the 1980s and 1990s, I didn't even know that indie music existed until the 2000s when it entered of other popular media like TV shows and movies, but I wasn't really all that impressed with anything I heard. It wasn't until a, Internet friend introduced me to Rilo Kiley in to early 2000s that I started going to indie concerts and opening myself up to more indie music. Like the term "pop" music, I don't like "indie" as a name for a genre because it doesn't really apply to any specific musical aspect.

Bands

These are indie rock bands and artists that are important to me, some of which should be moved to indie pop.

Songs

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