As we all know, “indie” originally meant “independent of a label,” but no contemporary artist described as indie is ever unsigned and the term itself has come to define a certain sound, look, and feel and we will not quibble about what the genre “should” mean. Indie is what is in this article’s picture.There’s a lot to indie, so I can’t really talk about all of it at once, but I’ll focus on the good news: there isn’t really anything wrong with the genre. On the scale of tones, it is on the happier side, but it doesn’t really piss me off the instant I hear a song the way that electropop or indie-pop still does. I’ve recognized that there are bands like Arcade Fire, Sufjan Stevens, and Local Natives who are all quite good. They don’t get stuck where a lot of other indie bands falter: trying to sound old, trying to sound british, or trying to sound folk-y. Needless to say, when I am hunting down some indie bands to listen to on people’s last.fm profiles, I rarely get as many of the former as I do of the latter bands. I most often hear indie music in TV shows and movies, at this point. It is actually quite well-utilized in that respect. I might not enjoy indie bands on their own, but they can really come together for a nice soundtrack. Some examples I can think of off the top of my head are Scott Pilgrim vs the World, It’s Kind of a Funny Story, and that episode of House where he jumps off a building. While I will definitely end up writing more posts about specific issues with indie, I just have one thing to say now: I think that indie artists often come across as insincere because of their bouncy tone. People constantly tell me about an indie/folk song that made them emotional, and when I listen to it, I don’t follow at all. It’s clearly based on the lyrics, but how can you expect me to understand your depressing lyrics if your song has maracas and banjos in it? Again, it’s just one of those things I’ve noticed Arcade Fire is pretty good at and everyone else is pretty bad at.