A genre of music self produced, written and released by a band. It originally meant any music produced in this manner, but now has come to be used in the sense of bland, samey music that somehow seems to be taking the charts by storm.
Its sound is either acoustic with an irritating high pitched singer with a painfully fake English or American accent (take your pick) with side or boring, repetitively electronic with an irritating high pitched singer with aforementioned accent and a side order of sythpop campness.
Its band names also have to be ridiculously stupid and long, and have to conform to the following criteria.
1) It has to sound like every member of the band sat down and thought of a random word, then they slapped them together and whacked it on the promotional leaflets that the members of said band hand out to people who don't want them.
2 ) It has to be completely unrelated to the bands music, and their personal beliefs.
3) It has to be so ridiculous that ordinary people laugh. This is so that Indie kids can look down on us mere mortals, saying that we are 'scene kids' and that they are 'so unique' when in fact they are conforming to a wider spread class of people anyway, especially since Indie has hit the mainstream.
Its followers seem impervious to the genre's complete silliness, and they generally wear brightly coloured clothes, glasses when they don't need them, especially of the thick rimmed 'nerd' style, which mere years before would have got them a good beating, and have a penchant for cardigans which would, mere years before have got them branded as a homosexual. They refer to slightly more mainstream people than themselves as 'Scene Kids' and express their hatred of them often. They like also to wear t-shirt of band no-one, not even other Indies have heard of. This they think lends an air of legitimacy to their claim to be Indie, even though to everyone else it just makes them look a bit of a wanker.
Indie kid: Awwww check it out, it's Marxist Gas Tap Patrol's new album
Other Indie Kid: Wow...have you seen my new Hypocritical Taxidermist t-shirt.
Indie Kid: who? They must be so unique, cos' I've never heard of them before.
Other Indie Kid: Yeah they're kinda like Polka Dot Revival, with some Iranian Giraffe Squad thrown in.
Metal Guy: What a stupid name for a band. And that t-shirt makes you look like a wanker.
Indie Kid: Oh yeah?
Metal Guy: Yeah. But whatever, I'm gonna go listen to some Bloodsoaked Death Spleen.
Indie Kid: What a stupid name for a band.

And so the cycle continues.
by Musical Stalin April 17, 2009
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(n) an obscure form of rock which you only learn about from someone slightly more hip than yourself.
Modest Mouse, Built to Spill, Rilo Kiley, etc.
by kidAndrew July 19, 2004
indie is cooler than emo.
indie is > emo for sear.
by ace March 23, 2005
The term: Short for independent rock. In terms of music it would be independent of major labels/mainstream stuff.

History: grew out from 60s garage, 70s punk, and 80s post punk it started in the mid 80s as alternative/college radio music. Once nirvana hit big the alternative genre split: the popular side was just alternative(Smashing Pumpkins, Hole, No Doubt, etc.) and the other half that wasn't mainstream(by choice or not) became indie rock(Pavement, Sebadoh, Built To Spill, etc).

Some bands have signed to major labels but are still considered indie(Modest Mouse, etc.). Go figure.

Sound: In the begining indie sounded like alternative(because it was) but it grew more experimental and weird. In Britain indie has more of a typical sound like Radiohead, Muse, etc. rather than a definition based on 'the scene.'

The scene: if you really think all indie kids do is try to be cooler than other people then... well.. you're mostly right. The main point is, don't take the scene and the whole hipster attitude seriously. No one does. And if you do, well, then I'm cooler than you.
just gimme indie rock
by tori January 03, 2004
independent music. The anti-"emo". (well, maybe like emo's second cousin twice-removed with more talent, skill, and IQ)

the state of being "indie":

1)being unable to talk to anyone about your music.

2)but knowing that, in the process, you're way cooler than the kids you try to talk to about it.
indie kid: The Shins(before garden state)? Muse? The Snake The Cross The Crown? Pedro the Lion?...anyone? Bueller? anyone?
by golden_touch167 March 08, 2005
A gloriously vague term for Independant Music. Basically unsigned or more obscure bands (It's odd that Radiohead and REM are considered indie...). While the indie scene is known for it's jackass elitism, this doesn't spill over and hurt what's most important....the music. One of the few generas left that can at least carry a fucking tune without screaming like a retard or crying.

(Examples of Indie music)

80's- Joy Division, Sonic Youth, The Smiths

90's- Pavement, Radiohead, The Pixies, Happy Mondays (Are they considered dance music or indie rock?).

Now- The Shins, Bright Eyes, Death Cab For Cutie/The Postal Service, Rilo Kelly, Modest Mouse.
Indie Kid- "Do you guys carry Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain by Pavement or Closer by Joy Division?

Confused FYE Employee- "Uhh, no. We do have a wall of My Chemical Romance albums on the wall behind you".

Indie Kid- "Fuck"
by The Dude December 18, 2004
1. Music released on an independent label
2. Any music slightly left of mainstream
3. Not always about lost love, sometimes about Christmas in Zoos and other things often seen while smoking funny stuff
"Yeah, Im into Indie"
"You don't look it"
"Do I have to?"
by Melchett May 02, 2004
According to the dictionary, 'indie' is an informal version of the word independent.

Although this definition is accurate, the word has come to mean more. For many, it has come to symbolize originality and forward-thinking, especially in music and design.

By this definition, indie is any business or designer that is not associated with a large company. Indie can also define the consumer who chooses to support small business, independent record labels and handmade items rather than shopping at big-box stores.
I can't wait to attend the upcoming fashion show- there will be some great indie designers there and I'm looking for something unique!
by CraftRevolution June 07, 2005
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