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Music: Indie Rock Bands and Artists. Which Is Your Favorite?

Updated on February 27, 2018
Indie Music
Indie Music

Best Indie Music

Indie music started revolutionizing the world in late 1970's and only grew in fame the more in progressed. From the term of independence, these artists are generally recognized for working separate from a big corporation or record label, releasing their CD's and music however they can. Producing emotion-filled soundtracks of what they want the world to understand and be able to feel, indie groups are very unpredictable and their music can take drastic changes, from having a new electro feel to a grungy rock bluegrass.

It's definitely something special to listen to and each indie artists has their own unique way of doing what they know how to best; original music. It's fairly hard to see sampling or similar soundtracks between these artists, setting them apart from most pop and rock groups, who have a fairly related ring to them.

So I have compiled a list of some of the best indie artists and groups that you need to listen to so you can know what this type of music is and enjoy this different view in music and production. Here they are, in my opinion, the best Indie Bands so far:

  • The Strokes: An American indie rock band that got together back in 1998, its fame had hit its peak back in 2001 and has maintained a steady following of fans all around the world. Formed by members Julian Casablancas on lead vocals, Nick Valensi with guitar, keyboard and sometimes vocals, Fabrizio Moretti on drums, Albert Hammond on guitar, keyboard and backup vocals, and finally Nikolai Fraiture on bass. Known for having their base on garage rock, increasing percussion and energy, and killer vocals, this group has yet to descend from their throne.

  • Arctic Monkeys: Recognized widely for having one of the best and most creative music videos of the era with their song Do I Wanna Know, Artic Monkeys got together officially in 2002 with members Alex Turner, Jamie Cook, Nick O'Malley and Matt Helders. Their outstanding feature is how quickly they achieved fame through the internet, their indie rock is listened to all over the world and their videos are still shared millions of times per day.

  • Arcade Fire: The group that made most of the soundtrack for the movie Her, Arcade Fire is a Canadian indie rock band that is bigger than the usual group, formed basically by a tight knit family, reaching 7 members with the touring players Sarah Neufeld and Owen Pallett. Recognized for a different cast of instruments in their indie songs like hurdy gurdy, xylophones, accordions, mandolin, violins and so on so forth, this group has a special union of sounds that blends perfectly to create the harmonious songs we love so much.

  • Alt-J: An amazing voice and ludicrously creative lyrics, Alt-J is an indie rock band that formed in 2007 by members Gwil Sainsbury, Joe Newman, Gus Unger-Hamilton and Thom Green. One of the younger groups, their sound and taste is still being explored and has not been fully developed yet. Even though they lost Gwil from the group, the band stands strong, still delivering great music and branching out to different genres of music whenever they can.

  • Vampire Weekend: A strong, energetic and widely recognized group, Vampire Weekend was formed in 2006 and consists of members Ezra Koenig, Rostam Batmanglij, Chris Tomson and Chris Baio. Their alternative sound and party shaking songs of A-Punk and Cousins have only showed the world a little branch of what this band is going to keep bringing to us. Mixing indie rock with an African taste and acknowledging bigger problems hidden under social stigma, Vampire Weekend has much respect and a great following, especially after their Modern Vampires of the City album.

  • Death Cab for Cutie: Becoming an official group in 1997, Death Cab for Cutie is an alternative indie rock and pop band from the United States with a love for the strange and unexplored. We know the band will break apart after the guitars Chris Walla leaves and can only hold onto their last album Kintsugi and hope they write a couple more later on in their years.

  • The Kooks: A British rock band that began their journey together in 2004, they have played indie rock, pop and post-punk revival, singing their hearts out and taking high influence in their roots, this band has songs that are shared between young and old groups and will not stop growing. Funk and hip-hop, energy rollercoaster's and fearlessness of what is to come classifies this band as a top notch presentation of what it's like to go forth without a plan and somehow win.

  • Florence and the Machine: Distinguished by lead vocalist Isabella Summers, this band was formed in London in 2007, an elaboration between Summers and various other artists. Playing through genres of neo soul and baroque pop, most songs have a powerful rise and a subconscious message that is left for the listener to interpret. Poetic strength and inevitable cause and effect practiced in each of their concerts and songs make this group out to be something we still have no definition for. It's growing continually and will only develop more and more into sub-genres.

  • The Black Keys: Many argue that this band is more classical or post punk rock but its roots still stand with garage indie rock and blues rock. Filled with desperate emotion and independent wisdom in their songs, this is a duo that formed in 2001 with Dan Auerback and Patrick Carney. Having been friends most of their lives, they got the idea after dropping out of college and have only done better for themselves since. Beginning to release their songs however they could, they now have most of their songs as original soundtrack for movies and shows alike.


The maturation of the Black Keys as record makers and performers has been both subtle and startling. With their 2008 Nonesuch release 'Attack & Release' - the fifth album of their eight-year career which doubled the sales of their previous album and Nonesuch debut 'Magic Potion' - guitarist Dan Auerbach and drummer Patrick Carney illustrated the durability of their few-frills sound, a mysterious and heavy brew of seventies-vintage rock, classic R&B and timeless, downhearted blues.

  • Two Door Cinema Club: Formed in 2007 by Alex Trimble, Sam Halliday and Kevin Baird, they are an Irish indie rock band that excels in tracks to dance to and being strong willed in their acts. Failing and trying again with their group and their albums, they have learned from their mistakes and started getting attention in 2009 with their EP Four Words to Stand On. Also giving their songs to various films, shows and commercials, this group gives a punk party vibe almost instantly that no one can get enough of.

Being an indie group can be hard. Starting off on your own, trying to get your music out there to see if people like the new sound. Still, somehow, these groups made it all work and are currently taking over the music industry. Indie has become just as big as any other genre and has a great future ahead with these artists leading it.

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