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Initial post: Jun 13, 2009 10:50:55 AM PDT
1. Animal Collective
2. Grizzly Bear
3. Miniature Tigers
4. Of Montreal
5. Islands
6. Arcade Fire
7. Fleet Foxes
8. Department of Eagles
9. Vampire Weekend
10. Jens Lekman

Posted on Jun 15, 2009 11:41:50 AM PDT
I'm guessing u mean current best indie bands

Animal Collective
Arctic Monkeys
Franz Ferdinand
Arcade Fire
Fleet Foxes
Vampire Weekend
Bloc Party

Posted on Jun 15, 2009 12:17:04 PM PDT
Steven C. says:
Bloc Party, Interpol, Franz Ferdinand, Yeah Yeah Yeahs

Posted on Jun 15, 2009 11:05:31 PM PDT
kpcd36 says:
agree with you on some of these. These aren't really in any order

1. Animal Collective
2. Andrew Bird
3. Grizzly Bear
4. TV on The Radio
5. The Decemberists
6. Bon Iver
7. Cold War Kids
8. Iron & Wine
9. Vampire Weekend
10. Passion Pit

Posted on Jun 16, 2009 9:00:07 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 16, 2009 9:00:53 AM PDT
Tin Bird says:
Bon Iver
Late of the Pier
Hood
Foals
Bloc Party
Shearwater
Sea Wolf
Andrew Bird
David Sylvian
Bill Nelson
Stephen Duffy
Red Box
Sufjan Stevens
Iron and Wine

Posted on Jun 16, 2009 9:01:09 AM PDT
Fadi says:
1- the mission uk 7- the jesus and mary chain
2- the Sisters of Mercy
3- All about eve
5- Siouxie and the banchees
6- cocteau twins

Posted on Jun 17, 2009 8:24:31 AM PDT
In no particular order:

Bright Eyes, The Arctic Monkeys, The Decemberists, Death Cab for Cutie, Animal Collective, Vampire Weekend, Of Montreal, Franz Ferdinand.

Posted on Jun 17, 2009 10:00:25 AM PDT
U. Zygiel says:
Don't know what indie means here... my choice: Mars Volta, The Kills, Black Keys, Manescape.

Posted on Jun 17, 2009 10:30:44 AM PDT
jahyarain says:
Neutral Milk Hotel

Posted on Jun 17, 2009 2:25:45 PM PDT
I'd like to add

Interpol
Bright Eyes
Klaxons

Posted on Jun 17, 2009 3:46:14 PM PDT
C. Schoening says:
Yeah, you probably need to clarify if you mean "Current" for this list. But for current Indie bands, my list would be:

Arcade Fire
The Walkmen
MGMT
Interpol
Fleet Foxes
Tapes 'n Tapes
Crooked Finger
Devotchka
Beirut
Deerhunter

Posted on Jun 18, 2009 5:00:19 PM PDT
VeeGoss says:
Keeping with the current indie bands listings:

Band of Horses
Blind Pilot
Fleet Foxes
The Magic Numbers
Calexico
Silversun Pickups
The Kooks
Arctic Monkeys
Bon Iver
The Cave Singers
MGMT
Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson
Hot Club de Paris
Dios Malos
Fink
Grizzly Bear
Iron & Wine
Okkervil River
Frightened Rabbit
Animal Collective
Vampire Weekend

Just to name a few...

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 18, 2009 5:47:34 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 8, 2009 3:49:49 PM PDT
Isis
No Age
The Whigs
Nightmare Of You
Len Price 3
Dillinger Four
Deer Tick
Sound Of Urchin
Japandroids

Posted on Jun 19, 2009 7:04:07 AM PDT
dtm says:
Blitzen Trapper
Pheonix

Posted on Jun 19, 2009 8:12:08 AM PDT
Superchunk, Sebadoah,Swervedriver,

Posted on Jun 22, 2009 11:20:30 PM PDT
Alright, so, since the definition of "indie" varies, and no time is set, I just thought I'd touch on artists that could be considered "indie" in one way or another.

1. Neutral Milk Hotel - If you've never heard In The Aeroplane Over The Sea, you're doing yourself a grave injustice.

2. The Murdocks - a indie/power-pop trio out of Texas. Their sound varies from hard rock to softer stuff, but definitely an indie gem. Franklin Morris, lead singer/guitarist, is a down to earth guy as well.

3. Bright Eyes - I don't know if you could consider these fellows indie anymore due to their popularity, but I think Oberst is a terrific songwrite. I'm Wide Awake It's Morning is my personal favorite, though his music touches on rock, acoustic-stuff, and even songs with electronic elements.

4. Regina Spektor - Again, she's signed to a major, but in terms of popularity I suppose she could still be considered indie. Personally, her lyrics are hit or miss for me, but singing-wise, I believe she is one of the best voices in modern music.

5. Quasi - Elliott Smith friends Sam Coomes and Janet Weiss create a strange sort of music, but definitely something work listening to. Check out their album(s), my suggestion--Featuring Birds.

6. Cross Eyed Mary - A little-known band from Australia. They have songs with a blues influence and others with a strong rock influence. I personally love these guys and totally suggest you check them out. I've spoken with them and they were extremely down to earth.

7. Girl In A Coma - A trio of rock 'n' roll darlings, this is a band I enjoy immensely. Their newest album, Trio B.C., just came out earlier this month, but I enjoy their first album more. A STRONG reccomendation.

8. The Kills - I'm still quite new to The Kills, but I enjoy them quite a bit and would urge other indie fans to give 'em a listen. One track that's stuck in my head is "Tape Song".

9. Dave Smallen - Formerly of the band Street To Nowhere, Dave has gone out on his own as a solo artist, creating a style of music that varies from rock to country-like tracks. Definitely check him out! He's a terrific guy as well.

10. The Jesus and Mary Chain - I believe they got lost in the grunge shuffle of the 90's, but they're an excellent sort of band.

Posted on Jun 23, 2009 9:01:13 AM PDT
Coogs says:
Lots of great bands are being mentioned, but I'm not exactly sure I'd call them indie. Maybe the OP could set some parameters. Do you mean the band releases its music on an independent label, or do you mean "indie" more as a style? Because I love Franz Ferdinand as much as many people seem to, but their latest release was on Sony Records. It doesn't get any less indie than that. Here are a few of my favorites:

Soular
Music for Animals
The Lord Henry (Strokes fans will enjoy)
The Comas
Uncut
The Rakes
Faunts

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 23, 2009 11:49:07 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 23, 2009 11:49:57 PM PDT
no particular order, only the first bands that come to mind.

1.Pinback
2.Junius
3.Minus the bear
4.Red Sparowes
5.Blakfish
6.Whitest boy alive
7. Tell No One
8.For the Mathematics
9.Jericho Trumpet
10.Loss Ratio

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 24, 2009 11:51:08 AM PDT
Music Fan says:
to name a few off the top of my head.

1. Butthole Surfers
2. Mars Volta
3. Bongwater
4. Pixies
5. Breeders
6. King Missile
7. Shockabilly
8. Mr. Bungle
9. The Residents
10. Chrome

Posted on Jun 26, 2009 11:09:25 AM PDT
Never Hide says:
In no particular Order:
1. Animal Collective
2. Arctic Monkeys
3. MGMT
4. Fleet Foxes
5. Vampire Weekend
6. Foals
7. The Knife
8. Bloc Party
9. Ladyhawke
10.Deerhunter

Posted on Jun 27, 2009 8:05:52 PM PDT
Amy Geek says:
Death Cab for Cutie
Neutral Milk Hotel
VampireWeekend (also my 2 year olds fav)
MGMT
The Decemberists
Iron and Wine
Okkervil River
Frank Black and the Catholics

Posted on Jun 28, 2009 8:59:50 AM PDT
Rx Bandits, The Mars Volta, New Light Ruins

Posted on Jul 2, 2009 6:05:19 AM PDT
I don't understand why a lot of these bands are on here personally, but I guess that the point of indie labels is to release music that the majority of people deem unlistenable, which is the way I categorize Jens Lekman and anything on Secretly Canadian. I realize though that some music is for almost everyone and some is for almost no one and it takes more courage to release the latter. Also Death Cab for Cutie is absolutely not an indie band. Just saying... anyway:

Spoon
Cold War Kids
The Go! Team
The Beautiful Girls
Blitzen Trapper
Dr. Dog
Wolf Parade
The Kills
The Black Keys
a lot of people signed to Sub Pop including (and I know some people won't count them but...) Flight of the Conchords

Posted on Jul 2, 2009 11:36:26 AM PDT
tigervtd says:
I like to add

Luna

Posted on Jul 2, 2009 12:59:53 PM PDT
I'd like to add The Ravonettes.
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