Originally Posted by Markyboard
What is “Indie” music? Is there something identifiable in the sound or song construction that makes it indie?

"Indie" is short for "independent," meaning music that isn't something that a major label can sell profitably. Its not that it isn't "good" music, it's just not mainstream. It tends to lean heavily toward singer/songwriters and soloists or small groups rather than full bands - though sometimes an "indie" artist will produce songs with full band accompaniment - which doesn't necessarily make them any more marketable to or by major labels. With a lot of indie music, the only thing that's different from one song or one artist to another is the words, though there are some indie instrumental artists, but not many.