Some people are unaware that indie rock is just rock music whose artists are on an independent (or indie) record label.
Indie is not a genre of music. It can be hip hop on an independent record label. The latter is a record label which operates without funding by major record labels.
There are also indie films, indie art, etc., which are films/art/etc which are independent from commercial, mainstream establishments (just like indie music).
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.
Indie rock = full one oneself (at least quite often)
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.