The Official Indie Music Thread I think that there needs to be somewhere for people to discover less mainstream but still AMAZING bands. I'm sure that there are a ton of people who like 'obscure' bands like me. Even if you don't, it's honestly worth it to check some out. You may not like all of my recommendations but there is definitely something for everyone. When I say alternative, I mean a very large array of different music styles. I'll start with a few good bands for everyone to check out/discuss: Arcade Fire Arcade Fire is an orchestral rock band which formed in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The band is known for their live performances and their use of a large number of musical instruments; in addition to the guitar, drums, and bass guitar, the band's members also play instruments such as the piano, violin, and viola. Arcade Fire were featured on the April 4, 2005 cover of Time Magazine’s Canadian edition, and hailed as a band who “helped put Canadian music on the world map”. [YT]bFFpL6Jj5II[/YT] Crystal Castles Probably the most 'alternative' band I'm going to post today, Crystal Castles are a Toronto based duo consisting of multi-instrumentalist Ethan Kath and vocalist Alice Glass. Crystal Castles' music is easily recognized by their heavy use of samples and distorted female vocals. Their musical style has been described as having "ferocious, asphyxiating sheets of warped two-dimensional Gameboy glitches and bruising drum bombast pierce [the] skull with sheer shrill force, burrowing deep into the brain like a fever" [YT]MZGzT4aslTo[/YT] Regina Spektor For fans of Feist or for simply fans of beautiful voices and piano, Regina Spektor is exactly what the doctor ordered. Spektor's musical style has drawn many comparisons to fellow singer-pianists Tori Amos and Fiona Apple, as well as the vocal stylings of Björk. Spektor possesses a broad vocal range and uses the full extent of it. She also explores a variety of different and somewhat unorthodox vocal techniques. [YT]SGTDRztaCCw[/YT] Shout Out Louds Shout Out Louds are an alternative indie rock band from Stockholm, Sweden. Often thought of as 'pop in it's truest form', Shout Out Louds put ''Pop Bands" on the radio to shame. If you like Coldplay, you'll definitely approve of this super-fun and amazingly talented band. [YT]3XDFdXy8-0c[/YT] Tokyo Police Club A Canadian post punk indie powerhouse, Tokyo Police Club has generated a ton of buzz over the past while. With various high profile appearances under their belt, including a guest spot on Ugly Betty, Tokyo Police Club is definitely a band to keep your eye on. They've been compared to Born Ruffians and Bloc Party, but they offer something of their own as well and it's not to be looked over. [YT]767XpOvT5FU[/YT] Final Fantasy Owen Pallett is a solo violinist who has also toured with the above mentioned Arcade Fire. He is the sole member of the band Final Fantasy, and no, I don't mean the game. Pallett has been noted for his live performances, wherein he plays the violin into a sampler controlled by foot pedals, which then loops back one or more of the previously played musical phrases as he plays additional parts simultaneously, a technique also used by other musicians such as Feist. [YT]NB05Lt3VbNg[/YT] Well that's all I feel like doing for now but everyone please check these bands out and I would LOVE to hear some of your opinions and own recommendations- I'm always looking for new bands to check out! And of course, I will be posting more in the future.