in·​die | \ ˈin-dē \

Definition of indie

1 : one that is independent especially : an unaffiliated record or motion-picture production company
2 : something (such as a record or film) produced by an indie

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Bad Luck’s next show, for example, puts them alongside Sub Pop’s new-age, elegiac Tiny Vipers, soft-rock band Hoop, and Red Ribbon, whose most recent album oscillates between muted grunge-punk and tender indie-folk. Alexa Peters, The Seattle Times, "‘This is cool music’: A younger crew of Seattle jazz-informed musicians bend genres, creating their own sound," 9 July 2018 And what about when commercial musicians use GarageBand to produce their tracks—as Oasis and many indie bands have done? David Pogue, Scientific American, "Should Artists Reveal How Much They Let Technology Make Creative Choices?," 1 July 2017 While his on-screen wife Mandy Moore is engaged to Taylor Goldsmith, frontman of the indie rock band Dawes, in real life, Milo has never been married. Samantha Drake, Country Living, "Why 'This Is Us' Star Milo Ventimiglia Keeps His Relationships Out of the Spotlight," 17 Sep. 2018 The indie band spiced things up and performed two new songs during their show in Zagreb, Croatia. Alessandra Rincón, Billboard, "The National Perform New Songs 'Quiet Light' and 'So Far So Fast' in Croatia: Watch," 12 July 2018 Blackstar in downtown Orlando has closed according to a post on Facebook by Maitland indie folk band The 502s. Trevor Fraser,, "Blackstar shutters doors, possibly switching owners," 28 June 2018 This frenetic pace is typical for the indie rock band, whose three major releases (not to mention several EPs and singles) have come out in the last five years. David Brusie,, "Fast times for Speedy Ortiz," 21 June 2018 So far, this year’s festival is also without a contingent of nationally recognized Philly indie bands, such as Japanese Breakfast and (Sandy) Alex G, who played last year. Dan Deluca,, "Made in America lineup headlined by Meek Mill, Nicki Minaj and Post Malone," 4 June 2018 Artists with productions teams, like Beyonce’s Parkwood Entertainment, have producers (and lots of women producers, at that!); indie bands recording in a basement will also employ producers. Meagan Fredette,, "Florence Welch Joins The Fight Against Gender Inequality," 5 May 2018

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First Known Use of indie

1928, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for indie

by shortening & alteration from independent

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