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The music- a genre that isn't a genre, and is only used as a genre by stupid people who don't know what genre the band/song actually is, so they resort to calling it indie. (<woah, I confused myself)

The people- according to the other definitions, the internet, and people at school...I'm an indie...but I don't think so. (I AM A NERD!)Sort of like the "genre" a label used when one doesn't know what label applies...
Me-So, what genre do YOU think Fleet Foxes is?
stupidperson- *thinks-uh...no idea* It's so indie!
Me- *hits head with hand*

SP- lemme see your ipod!
Me- oookkkkaaaayyyy...
SP- just what I thought, you are sooooo indie! You can tell by how you dress and all that indie music proves it...ou probably worship pitchfork, don't you?
ME- #1 noooo, #2 don't even get me started. #3 I dress this way because I feel like it, I didn't even know it was "indie"... #4 Uh...I just agree with pitchfork a lot. It's a freaking coincidence!
SP- oh, don't get upset. It's deck that your indie.
Me- Did you honestly say the word deck?
SP- yeah, it's indie.
Me- bye, I've got a robotics club meeting.
SP- RObotics that's not cool!
Me- do I look like I care?!

so apparently, that^ is what indie is...the definition of stupid people.

(DFTBA folks, and decrease worldsuck by not saying indie)
by Eleanor Rigby reincarnated July 05, 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
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indie is cooler than emo.
indie is > emo for sear.
by ace March 23, 2005
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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