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Indie rock is a vague term used to identify rock artists that are or were unsigned, or have signed to small record labels, rather than major record labels.
Originally the term was not a reference to a specific genre of rock music; however, it has come to be used often to reference sounds of particular bands and the bands they have influenced. Of course for this to be true, people would have to share a common definition of the "particular bands" that were the standard and another of the "bands they have influenced".
Genres or subgenres often associated with indie rock include lo-fi, post-rock, sadcore, C86, and math rock, to list but a few; other related (and sometimes overlapping) categories include shoegaze and indie pop.
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