Indie Near You - Thursday, March 10

Indie fans, do you ever feel like your favorite music genre has become so mainstream that it's not Indie anymore? If you're looking for the most independent Indie out there, look no further than your own backyard. Local bands all over the country represent where this music got its start.

Tagged on their website as experimental Indie rock electronica, local act Pan Astral sticks out from the crowd, blending ethereal vocals with integrated chaos in rhythms that range from trippy to poppy. The subtlest hints of rock, grunge, psychedelic, 80s synth pop, trance, and even folk country somehow all find their way into these meandering streams of notes. If you're 18 or older, catch them at the Hi-Dive this Thursday, March 10 with Lamp! and &One.

Even though local Indie is arguably the best, it can sometimes be hard to get unless you're down on the scene. Check out these big-time bands in the meantime while you're digging:



Not familiar with Indie? The term is technically short for "independent," meaning independent of a major record label (akin to self-publishing in the book world). But in recent years, the concept has taken on a life of its own and now describes a whole cultural movement and music genre. Enjoy!

Written by KristinG on March 10, 2011


Anonymous on March 11, 2011


Modest Mouse and The Mountain Goats are two of my favorites!


Sweet! What other bands would you recommend (anybody)? Post your favorites!


KristinG, I'm going to have to go with a local favorite: Tennis. This duo's debut album, Cape Dory, is definitely on my play list!

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