Merch table

Let's see what the cool kids are lining their merch tables with.

Independent bands, huh? Well, perhaps we should begin by collectively admitting that the definition of independent is a little murky these days. People often mention bands like the Arctic Monkeys, Arcade Fire, Modest Mouse, The Strokes, Death Cab for Cutie, Franz Ferdinand, Neutral Milk Hotel and even Oasis as being independent. What - you haven't heard of any of those? Oh god, where have you been? Living under a rock I presume.

No, I'm just kidding. Chances are good that you've at least heard of most of those even if you haven't listened to their music (who cares about snooty hipster indie music anyway). So yeah, I guess if you don't have a major label contract or if at least some facet of your band operation is completely DIY, you could be considered independent. It seems like fewer artists are really relying on record deals anymore anyway (strange, I thought vinyl was resurging). Then there's also a difference between being independent and the genre classification known as indie. We could be here all day. Let's not even go there.

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