#1
Im new to indie and alternative, what exactly is it and what are some of the good bands in this style?
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#2
Uhhhhhh, it's kind of hard to explain. Their are several different genres and subcategories. It's sort of like... Damn I can't describe it. I'll just give you bands instead:

Wolf Parade
Sonic Youth
The Velvet Underground


That should start you off.
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#3
Radiohead, The Pixies, Neutral Milk Hotel, Islands, Broken Social Scene, The Postal Service Of Montreal.
#4
check the alt/indie essentials thread...there are a lot of things in there that would be good to start you off
#5
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check the alt/indie essentials thread...there are a lot of things in there that would be good to start you off

Damn, beat me to it...

...there's even a couple of genre definitions in there as well. Enjoy mate!