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
Indie is short for Independent. Nothing more nothing less. In the sense in which I am typing I am referring to music, for the sole reason of mis-interpretation. First things first. You cannot like "indie" music. I mean... I guess you can. But it is unreasonable to say. Thats like saying you only like music distributed by Tooth and Nail records for example... Indie is not a genre; no matter what the media wants you to believe... Now. What most people will consider "indie" music is alternative rock. Or mellow acoustic. Or dance. But in reality "indie" can be hardcore death metal, reggae, rap ect... Also. You can't be "indie".
Okay. I guess I will name some bands that someone might consider "indie" even though I'm completely contradicting myself...

Milosh, The Snake The Cross The Crown, The Red Paintings, Why?, Godspeed! You Black Emperor, Happy Mondays, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Q and not U, Token, Silp and Tra, Feel from, Owen, Pedro the Lion, MGMT, cLOUDDEAD, David Bazan, The Replacements.
by Chris doesn't know what to put September 01, 2008
1. a noun, being a person who does not believe in the affiliation or support of things in the mainstream. characteristics: going to see local musicians at venues, wearing clothing bought exclusively from thrift/bargain stores, trying to become as intellectual as possible. you'll find them: in libraries, at "shows," at flea markets. pseudo indies often wear/go to urban outfitters.

2. a noun, being something (such as a band or movie) that hasn't been signed to a major label/company. these generally have a certain style and often express much more emotion than art of the "mainstream." movies: will have very unique characters and the storylines will be in-depth and devlopmental to the characters. music: using a lot of emotion in the voice, without sounding whiny, and are more often described as "beautiful," also, aren't generally 'heavy' sounding, often with acoustic instuments and a variety of percussion.
1. some well known indie bands include: sonic youth, joy division, rilo kiley, etc.

2. examples of indie movies are: movies directed by wes anderson, movies that win sundance awards
by PRETZZZ July 25, 2008
1. A broad genre of music. Originally meaning unsigned with a record label, indie evolved out of garage rock music. Many people consider indie to have deep and meaningful lyrics (probably because it's not in the mainstream.)
2. A word southern British white girls use way too often to describe things/fellow adolescents that have the slightest abnormality with the modern style/customs. The type of people that use this word tend to go to music festivals in order to get high (whilst not giving a shit about music unless it's like Bastille or whatever the fuck you guys listen to) and tend to pick and choose parts of the 1960's hippie counterculture: the kind of things like the fashion and soft drugs, whilst ignoring the important and core beliefs like actually cooperating with and loving other humans and giving a shit about the environment etc. Seriously you guys suck.
White Girl: I'm going to get a Buddha statue from a flea market for my room, that'll prove I'm a deep and indie, despite knowing nothing about Buddhism.
by lelelelelellelelele August 25, 2014
Popular and mainstream. Used to be alternative many many years ago but is now mainstream. Indie Rock is not real rock it is pop. Indie clothing is very light coloured and popular. It is shit in other words.
Indie = shit
by SweatyShinpads May 16, 2014
Being different, just like everybody else
Indie Kid: You are a conformist, at least I conform to a larger group of sheep just like me

Non-Indie Kid: *shakes head*
by obssessedbycruelty86 July 13, 2012
Indie is you, your innate nature and personality, without the corruption of the world. It is not getting influenced by anyone around you and not caring about what other people's impressions are of you. Indie is originality.

Indie is what God made you to be, right from the beginning of time.
animals are indie
by wurfthesave February 18, 2012

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