What are some good Indie albums that came out this decade?

I hear a lot of people speak of Indie, and the Indie Revival. What are some good albums?

BQ: What exactly is Indie? How does this label work? Is it supposed to be a genre? Explain.

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  • Favourite answer

    love is simple- akron/family

    you forgot it in people- broken social scene

    friend oppurtunity- deerhoof

    microcastle- deerhunter

    let me introduce my friends- i'm from barcelona

    drum's not dead- liars

    twin cinema- the new pornographers

    hissing fauna, are you the destroyer?- of montreal

    brigadoon- p:ano

    can't go back- papercuts

    come on feel the illinoise- sufjan stevens

    shut up i am dreaming- sunset rubdown

    beast moans- swan lake

    dear science- tv on the radio

    gipsy freedom- wooden wand and the vanishing voice

    indie means signed to an independent label, it has taken on a very broad meaning when used as a genre title, mainly it is music influenced by 60s folk and pop rock, psychedelic rock, 80s post punk and many other styles, it is a sort of useless word that the media fell in love with and devoured.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Listen to:

    Modest Mouse - Good News For People Who Love Bad News

    The Shins - (EVERYTHING! They're awesome.)

    The Fratellis - Here We Stand

    The Honorary Title - Scream and Light Up The Sky

    Hidden In Plain View - Hidden In Plain View

    Say Anything - In Defense Of The Genre

    Saves The Day - Through Being Cool, I'm Sorry I'm Leaving

    Interpol - PDA, Our Love To Admire

    Two Tongues - Two Tongues

    Indie from Wikipedia:

    In popular music, independent music, often abbreviated as indie, is a term used to describe independence from major commercial record labels and an autonomous, do-it-yourself approach to recording and publishing.

    Independent Labels have been known to strive for minimal influence on the artist they represent, avoiding the artist-cultivating behavior of many major labels. Artists represented by Indie labels have been known to be focused more on producing music than becoming wealthy and/or well known.

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  • Stuie
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    1 decade ago

    Personally the genre is too big and all in composing. I don't feel like naming tons of band so your lucky I have my stash list of indie bands for this exact instance.

    The Shins

    Andrew Bird

    Modest Mouse


    Band of Horses


    Aqua Lung

    Badly Drawn Boy

    The Coral

    Guided By Voices


    Brett Dennen

    Carolina Liar

    Cold War Kids (mainly Hospital Beds and Hang Me Up To Dry)

    The Decemberists

    The Electric Touch

    Paper Route

    Franz Ferdinand


    The Hold Steady

    The Killers

    The Last Shadow Puppets

    The Little Ones

    My Morning Jacket

    A Northern Chorus

    Of Montreal

    The Poly Phonic Spree

    The Postal Service

    Rouge Wave


    The Strokes



    Vampire Weekend




    TV On The Radio

    The Silver Seas

    Airport Girl


    Carbon Leaf

    Sufjan Stevens

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  • 1 decade ago

    As somebody already stated it means unsigned artists putting out their own stuff or artists signed to backwater "labels" that have zero market penetration. Audioslave's first release was technically an indie effort as they were unsigned and just gave it away to the public at first. Later they moved it too a label and went commercial with it.

    Easily my favorite is the self titled release by Brand New Sin


    Space Opera wise check out Darren Roger's work. He all but invented the genre. His most recent efforts are more commercially viable but still very different from anything you'd find in a store :)

    His space opera days


    More recent stuff


    There are quite a few other good ones. More often I find that there are one or two songs I really like from this group and that group but in terms of a whole effort not that much.

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  • 1 decade ago

    indie is short for independent, such as indie films. it cannot be a genre as it implies nothing of the music, it merely indicates that a band is independent of major labels, the riaa, such as fugazi was their entire career

    if anything it should imply the presence of diy and be more of a lifestyle than a genre

    independent albums off the top of my head

    ...and you will know us by the trail of dead album - century of self

    that album really stands out, but there are literally hundreds of independent albums from this decade that should be required listening

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  • 1 decade ago

    The Wombats are Indie I think... Their album 'A Guide To Love Loss And Desperation' is pretty good.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Shocking Pinks by the Shocking Pinks

    (released in 2007)

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  • 1 decade ago

    It used to mean independant bands, i.e. unsigned, but it has come to refer to a style of not-quite-rock.

    I guess the later couple of placebo and garbage albums were pretty good (if they count?)


    Black Market Music (2000)

    Sleeping with Ghosts (2003)

    Meds (2006)

    (i haven't heard the latest yet)


    2001: Beautiful Garbage

    2005: Bleed Like Me

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  • bq. Sometimes I don't start a sentence with a capital. What Happened?

    real bq. You know; I was coming to your question with hopes to see the usual link you supply, to check that very same question.

    All I know is " Independent". But that seems vague.

    Stuie said...."The Shins" ..... I like.

    Source(s): Stuie
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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Flogging Molly is awesome

    The Killers have kinda gone indie

    I don't know if ARANDA is indie or not but they rock.

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