Indie rock is a genre of alternative rock that originated in the United Kingdom and the United States in the 1980s. The meaning of the term "indie rock" is contested today by many musicians, fans and commentators. A variety of musical genres and subgenres are associated with indie rock.
History In the 1980s, alternative rock, used as a term, was more or less synonymous with indie rock. In the United Kingdom, indie music charts have been compiled since the early 1980s. A number of prominent indie rock record labels were founded during the 1980s. These include Washington, DC's Dischord Records in 1980, Seattle's Sub Pop Records in 1986 and New York City's Matador Records and Durham, North Carolina's Merge Records in 1989.
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Their 2004 album Good News for People Who Love Bad News was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Alternative Rock Album. Modest Mouse was one of the first popular indie acts of the 1990s to make the jump to a major label, signing with Epic Records in In the 2000s, the changing music industry and increased use of the internet as a tool for music promotion allowed a number of indie rock bands to achieve mainstream commercial success.
Death Cab for Cuties 2005 album Plans was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Alternative Album of that year and charted on the Billboard charts for 47 consecutive weeks and attained Platinum sales. Death Cab for Cutie
In 2010, Arcade Fire's album The Suburbs reached number 1 on the Billboard charts in the United States and the United Kingdom. In November 2004, two Bright Eyes singles, "Lua" and "Take It Easy (Love Nothing)", reached the two top spots on the Billboard Hot 100 Single Sales. Bright Eyes Arcade Fire
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Birth name: Thomas Edward Yorke Also known as: Tchock, Tchocky, Dr. Tchock Born: 7 October 1968 ( ) (age 42) Wellingborough, Northamptonshire, England Genres: Alternative rock Electronica Occupations: Musician Instruments: Vocals, Guitar, Piano, Keyboards, Percussion, Bass guitar, Programming, Drums Years active: 1985–present Labels: XL Associated acts: Radiohead, UNKLE, Atoms for Peace Birth name: Jonny Charles Greenwood Born: 5 November 1971 ( ) (age 39) Oxford, England Genres: Alternative rock, Electronic music, Ambient music Occupations: Musician, songwriter, score composer Instruments: Lead guitar Years active: 1985–present Labels: XL, TBD, Sanctuary Associated acts: Radiohead, The Weird Sisters Website, Official website Notable instruments: Fender Telecaster Plus, Fender Starcaster, Ondes Martenot
Birth name: Edward John O'Brien Born: 15 April 1968 ( ) (age 42) Oxford, England Genres: Experimental rock, alternative rock, electronica Occupations: Musician Instruments: Guitar, vocals, guitar effects, programming, drums, percussion, cabasa, keyboard Years active: 1985–present Labels: XL, TBD Associated acts: Radiohead, 7 Worlds Collide Birth name: Colin Charles Greenwood Born: 26 June 1969 ( ) (age 41) Oxford, England Genres: Alternative rock, Art rock, Electronic music Occupations: Musician, bassist Instruments: Bass guitar, Upright bass, Keyboards, Synthesiser, Sampler, String synthesizer Years active: 1985–present Associated acts: Radiohead, James Lavino, Mark Linkous Birth name: Philip James Selway Born: 23 May 1967 ( ) (age 43) Origin Abingdon, Berkshire, England Genres: Alternative rock, art rock, electronic music Occupations: musician, songwriter, drummer Instruments: Drums, Drum Machine, Percussion, Guitar, Vocals Years active: 1985–present Labels: XL, TBD, Bella Union Associated acts: Radiohead, 7 Worlds Collide, The Weird Sisters, Solo - "Familial"