A band that sucks so bad they're not good enough to get a label.
Indie Bands will often think they're unique and breaking the mould when the only unique thing about them is they suck in a totally different way each time and the only thing they break are the ears of the people unfortunate enough to hear it.
Indie Bands often think they can shred a guitar like Eddie Van Halen just because they've seen a ShitKnot video.
It should also be noted that they think they're the first bunch of nimrods to use social networkng sites to plug their insult to music.
Indie Music euphamisms:

Indie Band: we're Indie because we hate how music is commercial, and we don't want to sell out, because we don't want tons of money.
What They Really Mean: We suck so hard, no-one would give us a label in a million years, we'd sell out if anyone actually liked us, and we only say we don't care about money because we couldn't sell our tripe to a bunch of deaf idiots.

Indie Band: We're unique, we're like nothing ever before.
What They Really Mean: Like every other crap band, we whore our music out to 11 year old emo kids on social-networking sites and we look so cool, despite not even being able to spell HTML, let alone code it.

Indie Band: We have tons of fans, and everyone likes us.
What They Really Mean: We send out random invites on social networking sites, and even though we have 500,000 friends, no-one actuallys knows who we are or likes our stuff, and our gigs are more vacant than George Bush's head.

Indie Band: We're the next big thing, and we're gonna' make it big.
What They Really Mean; we're a carbon clone of every other social-networking site band, and will fade into obscurity and we're so stupid that we'd be lucky to get a job at McDonalds cleaning the toilets with our tongue.
by The True Tune Lover January 08, 2010
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Pretty bad music.

Every indie band sounds so much alike that all the musicians are interchangeable.
Indie musicians aren't very good at playing their instruments and probably learned all that they know from The Beatles.
Werewolf by Cocorosie

"Wow, that song Werewolf really speaks to me, I love her voice. I really think that song is what indie music is truly about"

"Really? Well then you must literally know nothing about music as it is nails on chalkboard. But whatever, we all have different opinions. I just think that a line should be drawn somwhere..."
by PrefersBigLabelMuicLikeSouljaB October 19, 2009
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Sub standard music + hype + fashion/fad = Indie

The music is repetitive, simple and stolen from the past.

The fans think it's the best music of all time, not knowing that the above is true.

And of course, there are tonnes of the fans because who in being 'individual', are all the same.
Indie Kid "I luv the Kooks, they're so original!11

No-one has EVER done guitar-based pop about girls before!!

Indie music is breaking all trends!"

Someone with more than one braincell "It IS a trend, you feckless tit"
by Jimmy01 September 17, 2006
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Indie music is god-awful music. the bands seem to think that being popular is bad. boring riffs, boring, drums, no bass, and really bad singers. this music is straight bad. the bands always have to have obnoxious names that start with "the" and then 3 unrelated words. oh and concerts are "shows".
Indie fan-"hey i heard The unborn trash machine" is going to have a show, but i prefer "the kingdom of toxcity" and "the hairy gumperts" are good too. they are the epitome of indie music.

Indie fan 2-"aww man "the plural nouns" are really good compared to "the running away" but "the many horses" are fantastic. "the of montreal" is great.

by bmikng August 01, 2009
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It's when a band is first starting out on a small independent label and hasn't become rich or popular yet.Ironically rich know it all college hippies all love indie music as long as the artists don't make one red cent from it.But the second the artists actually makes money the stupid rich know it all college hippies don't like them anymore and accuse them of being sellouts.If you are rich enough to go to college then you ARE a fucking sellout already so you should be such a hypocrite as to call bands who make it beyond an indie label sellouts.Also college retards like anything that's not popular even if it sucks balls and so in scrambling to find new shitty bands that haven't become popular yet these stupid gay rich college hippie faggots latch onto a new emo band every week,lol.
Stupid indie music is how rich know it all college hippies like to pretend that they are keepin it real,lmao.
by don't ever cross my path December 21, 2005
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Alternative-related music that primarily scrawny, white, extremist liberal nerds/pussies/dykes who hang out in coffee shops all day listen too.
Indie music has nothing to do with "independent". Slipknot is signed to an independent label, so I guess they're an indie band.
by oscarsmack December 15, 2010
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Indie from independent

Came into usage in the late 1970s early 1980s to describe records distributed independently of the major record companies. Some of the larger independent record labels such as Rough Trade acted as distributors and at one point independent labels collaborated to distribute records through the Cartel.

Although in recent years the term has become associated with guitar bands it was not originally so. For example records by Kylie Minogue appeared in the indie charts because her record label used an independent distributor.

By the late 1980s the independent music scene ceased to have any real meaning as major record companies set up fake indie labels and some of the larger independent record labels sold out to majors.

Nowadays the term is associated with a style of guitar music and has to some extent become a pejorative term. For example in the phrase "landfill indie", expressing the lack of originality in much of the genre.
by Happy Pig 57 September 24, 2016
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