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The Beatles, a popular rock group, in the 1960s.

Indie rock, short for "independent rock and roll," is a sub-genre of rock and indie music that began in the USA and UK in the 1970s. The prefix "indie" was originally assigned to those bands who recorded and distributed their music independent from major record labels in stark contract to most pop bands, similar to garage rock from a decade prior, only focused more on post-punk. Indie bands often lacked money, so they used low-quality equipment or built their own gear, which gave their music a common unpolished sound, and, by not being tied to a record label which could dictate the band's style, bands were often free to go against the grain of the trends, and make very unique music. However, by the late-1980s, the term "indie" it was being applied to any band that had a sound of music similar to those bands who became popular using independent distribution, even if the band had switched to a major label, or, in fact, never published independently.

Indie musical style was originally rather counter-culture, but, as those genres became popular again in the 1990s, indie had shifted to describe various lo-fi, emo, and alternative rock groups. In the 2000s, indie broke into the mainstream, and major labels were focusing on signing indie bands. Although the professional production studios kept a lot of the quirkiness that made early indie music fresh, they also tried to force a lot of the quirkiness into the music, causing it to come off as artificial. By the end of the 2000s, indie was a fairly useless blanket term referring to most pop rock bands who weren't already easily categorized into an existing genre. However, indie never really was a specific auditory genre to begin with.


Lacking any access to indie artists in the 1980s and 1990s, I didn't even know that indie music existed until the 2000s when it entered of other popular media like TV shows and movies, but I wasn't really all that impressed with anything I heard. It wasn't until a, Internet friend introduced me to Rilo Kiley in to early 2000s that I started going to indie concerts and opening myself up to more indie music. Like the term "pop" music, I don't like "indie" as a name for a genre because it doesn't really apply to any specific musical aspect.


These are rock bands and artists that are important to me.