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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
1)A trick done on a: snowboard, wakeboard or skateboard etc.

2) short for indian

3) a type of music
You Jeff wheres the indie.

That fuckin indie smells like curry!

Indie music is tha shittt.
by Sacccait December 26, 2006
Indie, i believe is anything that is. It was once extremely underrated and now it has turned ino this giant mainstream scene of rich kids in the hills driving in there beamors and listening to the mouse or going home and watching "Garden State" affinity times. Oh well there will soon be a new scene out there for us to feast upon and then have it eaten and then shit out by some Hollister sporting surfer boys down in Hunington.
indie is what is in.
by ALEX the cat March 27, 2005
Something you find here: myspace.com/princejaithegreat

and here: http://www.playlist.com/jaitumolo
Indie music can be very melancholy
by apple_eater December 26, 2008
music released on an independant label that has now somehow become a rock radio trend. it has developed its own sound. mostly weak vocals backed up by uninteresting repetitive music. lyrics are the usually the strong points in this music but dont make up for the lack of passion and energy.
dont go indie, listen to music that involves more ball stomping
by askogofidifof123 August 18, 2006
Indie is a genre that allows people to pick u a cheap guitar, sing/talk in a nasal manor. In Britain it is popular to do this with a thick colloquial accent such as Cockney or Geordie. Indie is about being different, only in the same way as everyone else who is indie. Indies, as indie lovers are known, pride them selves on their openness to “new” music, so long as it sounds like The Clash or has a synthesiser badly played in an annoying 80’s manor all the way through it. The fast guitar solo was outlawed in indie in 1989. You can only be an indie guitarist if you have a tinny nasty guitar tone and play slightly out of sync with your drummer. Indie bassist died out in 1987 and so they are left with a computer putting in 1/8th note repetitions.
Indie fashion: It is Topman fashion that isn’t purchased from Topman or other such high street chains. Charity shop clothes are preferred however if you spent £70 on a pair of 1965 socks from Christies auction house that’s ok too.
In the indie world or the uk, NME tell you which bands to like and dislike, strict adherence to this is strongly recomended otherwise you may be seen to be disturbing the independance of indie
Pete Doherty is the king of indie.
the Axel Rose of Indie
Famed for not turning up at gigs, or when turning up being off his face. Fans love him for "the intimacy of the gig" (meaning only 5 fans turn up and the rest of band get pissed off and leave) and "the pain of his story" lets all turn up and feel sorry for a guy will be joining the 27 club.
Also famed for breaking into a bandmates house, stealing and selling his guitars for heroin.
Kate Moss and Pete Doherty king and queen of cool in theindie world! or so say NME
by pappydu October 11, 2005
So awesome, non-mainstream in no way whatsoever. Someone that is indie does not follow the herd. You can not become indie, you are only born that way. To be indie is to not care about anything, but at the same time, to be above everything. Even this site.
1. Kalie is a most decidely non-indie person, while Jessica rocks the indie boat without trying.
by Johnny the Toaster English July 14, 2004
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
by milner April 13, 2005