Is "indie rock" a genre, like "alternative rock?" What defines it? Is it a sound? Is it about what label a band or artist is on?
I used to tell people that indie rock, to me, had to do with the label. The band/artist had to be on an independent label such as Matador, Sub Pop, Barsuk, or one of the smaller indie labels, like Arts & Crafts, Minty Fresh or Bar None. Capitol, Island, BMG, and all their little pretend-small labels (where they try to make it look like the band is signed to an indie, but it's just a name that falls under the big label's umbrella) are not indie rock.
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