"Indie" has become a vague term. It stands for a type of music, a type of lifestye, and even a whole "look".

The Type Of Music:Independantly recorded, on the mellow side(unknown, independant recorded:hip-hop/hardcore/emo bands are <b>not</b> Indie!)

The Look: The Indie look is all about vintage. That means thrift stores, T-shirts of obscure/old bands,Blazers (you wear it over the T-shirt) ripped/tight jeans, shaggy hair, big sunglasses.(think The Strokes. The Strokes lifestyle before becoming famous was the epitome of Indie, they owned nothing that was made after 1980, they were slumming in new york apartments, and some were heavily into Heroin)

The Lifestyle: Most "Indie" kids are: White. Drive old cars. Live together in rented out, very old homes/or shitty apartments, and are extremely poor and slumming. Many indie kids are heavy into drugs. Indie kids are very exclusive with who they choose to hang out with, and sometimes form "Crews". Indie kids sometimes listen to Gangster Rap, sort of as a joke. (haha)

Some bands that have the "Indie" sound, but are technically not Indie because of their popularity are: The Shins, Rooney, Modest Mouse, Hot Hot Heat, The Strokes. Etc.
Type Of Music: <i>Sean</i>:My bands going on tour soon
<i>groupie</i>:oh really? is anything you play on the radio?
<i>Sean</i>:Hell no..we're Indie fuck corporate radio, we're all about the music, not the popularity or money!


The Look: <i>Sean</i>: Fuck I just got a dope ass tweed Blazer at Savers for 10 bucks! I'm gonna wear it over my Deathcab For Cutie shirt!
<i>groupie</i>You're Soo INdie<33!

The Lifestyle: <i>Sean</i>: My parents are filthy rich.. but I moved out into an old ass apartment with 3 friends, we dont have a computer or TV, we get fucked up all day and work just enough to get by, we play guitar and make out with girls that have shaggy hair. We're soo indie!
by _tweed_bizzle_ February 16, 2005
(england)
origionally bands without a record label.
Now a variety of bands tht get worse by the minute, most indie is more depressing than emo, each song boring after 2 times worth of hearing it, and hooribly over played, because indie is the new "in"
most indie ppl say they are different and "individual" this cannt be true as they are indie, also most are just trendies and dont actually like the music!!!
guy:hey are you going to leeds fest?
indie kid:yeah of course
guy:what bands are you going to see?
indie kid:you mean bands play there
guy:i just dont want to talk to you
indie kid:just because im better than you and more individual than youll evere be
guy:*punch*
by milner April 13, 2005
a type of rock music, which is defined by the "independent" labels its published by. listening to indie music is often a badge of membership in certain hipster social circles. indie rock bands often evade commercial success (intentionally or not), but the instant they become popular with anyone not in the "in crowd", or they get air play on commercial radio, their old fan bases dissolve, accusing the bands of "selling out".
aside from sonic youth, every indie band i've ever listened to, has disappointed me
by minghi April 26, 2003
Indie (independent) rock. While once more of a meaningful genre with independent bands on independent record labels, it is now emo's up and coming brother, loved by both annoying scenesters and mainstream fans alike. Being on a mainstream label kind of defeats the purpose of being called "indie."
Indie kid: Hey, let's go listen to Interpol or the Blood Brothers.
Emo kid: Sure, they're pretty cool. Maybe we could listen to some Bright Eyes afterwards, and cry or something.
Indie kid: I can't believe how cool we are.
by Charles Haunch May 01, 2005
Indie = independent (usually rock-orientated) music

Indie rock = full one oneself (at least quite often)
To "be cool" with the other indie rock folks, I must have an extensive record collection with minimal well-known rock titles, have a working turntable and plenty of vinyl to go with it, easily dismiss others, think I'm better, over analyze others, and overall have an attitude that makes people not want to associate with the scene. ... nice job, everyone. nice job
by Chuck October 05, 2003
indie is another word for independent. someone who wants to be something other than wot everyone else is. the problem is theres only so many things u can be so in the end indie is just another word for someone who thinks there different by wearing all the same stuff the other different people wear.
Kind of like an emo in denial.

INDIE: i'm so different and independent; i dont wear any of this adidas rubish or listen to "rock". i wear converse and listen to music people have never heard of... like muse and other famous bands.

Kind of contradictionary.
by Jackish September 29, 2005
Best Indie band ever: The Kings of Leon
best indie band, in the world ever: the kings of leon
by pettigo November 18, 2005
Indie is music for people who have scraggly beards and thick glasses, wear lots of brown, and never take their ipod headphones off. Found largely on college campuses, most indie kids think they are cool, but actually nerds in total denial about how much they suck.
I used to play Dungeons and Dragons and listen to Smash Mouth, but now I'm indie.
by Wes Carroll October 03, 2005
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