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The bands, songwriters, artists, oddballs, and eccentrics who have made their name and staked their claim in alternative music's annals. Take an in-depth look at the discographies and stories behind the big hitters of indie history.

Vampire Weekend - Artist Profile
Brooklyn's preppiest, poppiest indie outfit has made a career of bright melody and slight controversy.

Vampire Weekend Discography
Vampire Weekend's preppy, poppy, twee guitar-pop has grown slyly more experimental with each record.

Yeah Yeah Yeahs Discography
Yeah Yeah Yeahs' complete discography, song by song.

Iron & Wine Discography
Iron & Wine's complete discography, track by track.

Grizzly Bear Discography
Grizzly Bear's entire discography, track by track.

Broadcast - Artist Profile
Charting the Birmingham band's descent down a musical rabbit-hole of mysticism and memory.

Ariel Pink - Artist Profile
The life-and-crimes of A. Pink: home-taping enthusiast turned unexpectedly-influential indie music sage.

She and Him - Artist Profile
Burying the stigma of the 'actor turned singer' forever, Zooey Deschanel's collaboration with M. Ward has produced some wondrous music.

Joanna Newsom - Artist Profile
A story in which a warbling, harp-playing California girl becomes a towering colossus of the recorded medium.

The Dead Weather - Artist Profile
Chronicle of the quick birth and furious output of Jack White's alt-rock supergroup.

Dirty Projectors - Artist Profile
Dave Longstreth's project has gone from bedroom four-tracking to six-piece blow-out in a march from obscurity to popularity.

Owen Pallett - Artist Profile
The life and times of a carrot-top'd, concept-album-obsessed Canadian fiddler who once called himself Final Fantasy.

Beach House - Artist Profile
Victoria Legrand and Alex Scally recall the history of their slow, narcotic Baltimore duo.

Vic Chesnutt - Artist Profile
Chesnutt's bruised poetry and ragged Americana characterized a life defined by astonishing courage.

Godspeed You! Black Emperor - Artist Profile
The intently political Canadian co-op authored the blueprint for cinematic, apocalyptic post-rock.

Built to Spill - Artist Profile
The history of bearded fretboard warrior Doug Martsch, and his merry band of Built to Spill men.

Devendra Banhart - Artist Profile
The bearded freak-folk bard is, in his words, just a "song and dance man."

El Perro del Mar - Artist Profile
Sarah Assbring finds rapture in girl-group grooves and truth in hushed musical sadness

Tiny Vipers - Artist Profile
The genesis of Jesy Fortino's sparse, slow-burning music, as told by Fortino herself.

She & Him Discography
The albums of She & Him have matched Zooey Deschanel's sugary pipes with M. Ward's vintage production.

The Pixies - Artist Profile
The Pixies blistering use of broad dynamics and innovative re-write of pop-song forms redefined guitar music.

Why? - Artist Profile
A look at the life and work of indie-pop/backpacker-rap confessionalist Yoni Wolf.

Neu! - Artist Profile
The German krautrock legends gave the world motorik rhythm and the infamous proto-remix Side 2 of 'Neu! 2'.

Interpol - Artist Profile
Chroncile of these well-dressed New Yorker dudes and their moody post-punk gloom.

Scott Walker - Artist Profile
Teen pin-up turned avant-garde recluse. The strange music and even stranger life of Scott Walker.

Mazzy Star - Artist Profile
Their narcotic balladry went platinum in the '90s, then they disappeared. The story of Mazzy Star.

Elliott Smith - Artist Profile
Chronicle of the rise and demise of the ultimate depressive songsmith.

Galaxie 500 - Artist Profile
Look at the brief, blindingly beautiful career of cult indie-rock outfit Galaxie 500.

Tortoise - Artist Profile
A career-long look at Chicago's genre-razing, forever-experimental instrumentalists.

Belle and Sebastian - Artist Profile
The life and times of the Scottish twee institution.

My Bloody Valentine - Artist Profile
A career chronicle of the recently-reborn godheads of the shoegaze movement.

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Grizzly Bear - Artist Profile
An in-depth look at the harmony-draped folk-pop experimentalists.

St. Vincent - Artist Profile
A look at the life and career of fearsome fretboard shredder, old-fashioned romantic, and all-around dork, Annie Clark.

Pavement: Artist Profile
Biography of the kings of lo-fi slackerdom, as told by Stephen Malkmus and Spiral Stairs

Jeffrey Lewis - Artist Profile
Profile of NY's "maker of comic books, tragi-comic folk narratives, and acoustic psychedelia."

Yeasayer - Artist Profile
Yeasayer are a quartet that accomplishes no small task: transcending genre.

Bat for Lashes - Artist Profile
History of glamorous English songstress Natasha Khan.

Wolf Parade - Artist Profile
A tale of four Canadian gentlemen and their merry rock'n'roll band.

Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Artist Profile
The history of the rock'n'roll trio, as told by Karen O, Nick Zinner, and Brian Chase.

The Decemberists - Artist Profile
Profile of the fore'er whimsical folk-pop troupe from Portland.

Gang Gang Dance - Artist Profile
A potted look at the spotty history of the genre-defying New York band.

Animal Collective - Artist Profile
Biographical history of Animal Collective, the shape-shifting American outfit whose earned a reputation as one of the new millennium's most important musical acts.

Panda Bear - Artist Profile
Biography of Animal Collective member Panda Bear, from his teenaged home-recordings to his solo flowering whilst living in Portugal.

TV on the Radio - Artist Profile
Let us chart the rise and rise of the Brooklyn outfit who's never met a bad review.

Spacemen 3 - Artist Profile
The rise and fall of infamous English noiseniks Spacemen 3.

Spiritualized - Artist Profile
Chronicle of Jason Pierce's grandiose gospel-space-rock-soul outfit Spiritualized, from post-Spacemen 3 beginnings to his near-death experiences.

Death Cab for Cutie: Artist Profile
Potted, spotted history of the impossibly successful Seattle indie-rock icons, as told by its members.

Arthur Russell: Artist Profile
Chronicle of the life and times of the fallen angel of disco-as-art, New York cellist and home-recording scientist Arthur Russell.

Antony & the Johnsons: Artist Profile
Profile, history, biography of the warbling New Yorker troubadour.

Artist Profile: MGMT
An in-depth look at the brief history of the hype-starting New Yorker duo.

Artist Profile: Los Campesinos!
Smartypants twee-pop explosion Los Campesinos! burst onto the indie scene with the release of two albums in 2008.

Artist Profile: Broken Social Scene
Potted history of the sprawling, many-membered, ever-evolving Canadian concern, as told by founders Kevin Drew and Brendan Canning.

Artist Profile: No Age
History, bio, and breakdown of the Los Angelino duo, as told by drummer/vocalist Dean Spunt.

Artist Profile: Spoon
Potted history of Austin indie-rock outfit Spoon, from their troubled early days to their chart-bothering recent rock classics.

Artist Profile: Frightened Rabbit
Frightened Rabbit are en emotionally-driven guitar-rock combo from Scotland. Learn more about their strange ways.

Artist Profile: Bon Iver
Justin Vernon made a heartbroken record in a Wisconsin cabin in the middle of winter. Plenty of people have warmed to it.

Artist Profile: Nirvana
Profile of the life and death of the alternative legends

Artist Profile: Iron And Wine
Shy southerner Sam Beam's quiet songs have made a loud noise on the alternative scene.

Modest Mouse - Artist Profile
Isaac Brock's adventures with The Pixies, God, jail, Johnny Marr, and chart-topping success.

Sufjan Stevens - Artist Profile
Sufjan Stevens is an artist defined by his ambition.

Artist Profile: Sharon Van Etten
Sharon Van Etten's songs are stark confessionals recounting life in a destructive relationship.

Deerhunter Discography
From controversial noise act to respected indie-music statesman, it's been quite a climb for Deerhunter.

The National - Artist Profile
The National have slowly, surely built a huge following behind their sombre, stately music.

The National Discography
A look at all The National's albums, from their uneven beginnings to their grand later output.

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