Welcome to Indie Nation

Marisa Neel

Sure, indie people sometimes give off the “God, I’m annoying because I feel the need to impose my hipsterness on everyone with a noisy typewriter” vibe. But we can’t ignore that it’s spreading. Thick-rimmed glasses and unnecessary facial hair have taken over.
There are actually a lot of things we can blame for hipster nation. We can blame Modernism, Zooey Deschanel’s general existence, Anthropologie, the fact that now we’re now expected to ride our damn bikes everywhere, that quirky is now cute and that eating cauliflower with Perrier is delicious. We can blame it all. But really it was our destiny to have the Wes Anderson and non-digital camera devotees take over. And the reason is: Even though they have given us tight jeans in humid weather, they gave us good music.
See, here is the common misconception: Hipsters don’t say they don’t want to be mainstream just to go against the crowd, they go against the crowd because the crowd is shit. And when you finally get your head out of the shit the world throws at you, you find some pretty amazing things.
Here are some recommendations to get you at least able to navigate your classic indie music festival:
“Jesus, Etc.” by Wilco
“The Girl” by City and Colour
“Float On” by Modest Mouse
“My Body” by Young the Giant
“You Are A Tourist” by Death Cab for Cutie
“Holiday” by Vampire Weekend
“Houdini” by Foster the People
“Gun-shy” by Grizzly Bear
“Dream Away” by The Yugos
A basic list; doesn’t even scratch the surface. So I’m not going to complain anymore, and you shouldn’t either. It’s not too late to get the summer groove on. Get on the bandwagon (literally, because apparently things that require gas are too mainstream) or go home.

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