The musical composition or structure of indie music often features a four instrument main combination of lead guitar, rhythm guitar, bass guitar and drums with harmonized vocals. Its simple arrangements make it easy to cover the songs, making it popular with young musicians. Indie music encourages experimentation and independent thinking.
When it comes to indie bands or artists, several groups and individuals fall under the category. Examples of indie artists include; MGMT, Arctic Monkeys, Bon Iver, and The Black Keys. There are many smaller, more “underground” indie artists. Indie music often sees very little exposure into mainstream pop culture, but there are certain artists that have helped the genre receive popularity among mainstream artists.
Cage the Elephant
Formed in 2006, Cage the Elephant is a well-known American indie band. The group is originally from Bowling Green, Kentucky but relocated to London, England in 2008 to gain more traction in their musical career. The band’s first album, Cage the Elephant, was released in 2008 to much success, spawning several successful radio singles and gained the band a large following in both the United States and the United Kingdom. It was influenced by classic rock, funk, and blues music. The group has gone onto release four more studio albums; Thank You Happy Birthday, Melophobia, Tell Me I’m Pretty, and their most recent, Social Cues. Cage the Elephant will begin touring in early December and will also be performing at the Mad Cool Festival located in Madrid in July. Their most popular songs include Cigarette Daydreams, Come a Little Closer, Ready To Let Go, and Cold Cold Cold.
The Black Keys
The Black Keys is an American rock band formed in Akron, Ohio, in 2001. The group consists of Dan Auerbach, guitar and vocals, and Patrick Carney, drums. The duo began as an independent act, recording music in basements and self-producing their records, before they eventually emerged as one of the most popular garage rock artists during a wave of the genre’s revival in the 2010s. The group’s breakthrough came in 2010 with their studio album, Brothers, which along with its popular single “Tighten Up”, won three Grammy Awards. Their 2011 follow up album, El Camino received strong reviews and peaked at number two on the Billboard 200 chart, leading to the first arena concert tour of the band’s career, the El Camino Tour. The album and its hit single “Lonely Boy” won three Grammy Awards. In 2014, they released their eighth album, Turn Blue, their first number one record in the US, Canada, and Australia. After completing the Turn Blue Tour in 2015, the duo took a hiatus for several years to work on side projects and produce other artists. They returned in 2019 with their ninth album, Let’s Rock. The Black Keys are currently on tour with the Let’s Rock. Their most popular songs include; Lonely Boy, Gold on the Ceiling, Little Black Submarines, and Tighten Up.