Stereotyping People by Their Favorite Indie Bands

Inspired by Lauren Leto’s “Stereotyping People By Their Favorite Author,” we realized the incredible potential for a mercilessly judgmental list of indie band stereotypes. It is a common fact that Cormac McCarthy readers are men who don’t eat cream cheese, but what about those who listen to The XX on repeat and The Flaming Lips on hallucinogens? They need labels, too. After the jump, in collaboration with contributor Jeff Luppino-Esposito, we lay down the reckless assumptions.

The XX

Blog enthusiasts who thought wearing a keffiyeha was awesome.

Passion Pit

Bros vaguely interested in listening to music and very interested in having sex with their girlfriend.

The Yeah Yeah Yeahs

Girls who bought checkered sneakers in the 8th grade.

Fleet Foxes

Hopelessly patchy beard growers.

TV On The Radio

Politically-correct hipsters.

Grizzly Bear

People who think that world hunger could be assuaged with four part harmonies.

Micachu and the Shapes

Chicks with bad teeth.


Dudes who think low production value is “authentic” and would go down on Todd P.

Steve Aoki

Alts who don’t “get” Hipster Runoff.

Joanna Newsom

People who have considered befriending a squirrel.

Devendra Banhart

People who have considered becoming a squirrel.

Animal Collective

Guys who make “Best of the Year” lists in January based predominantly on “feeling.”

The Antlers

Boys who enjoy crying more than their girlfriend.

Vivian Girls

Girls who purchase a guitar, buy flannel from the Salvation Army, wear glasses that they don’t actually need, and still can’t get the guy.

Vampire Weekend

Bros who try to make out with girls at concerts by relating to them via old Nickelodeon shows. “Remember Pete & Pete??”

Death Cab for Cutie

Girls who quote lyrics as their Facebook status.

Neon Indian

Gorilla Vs. Bear readers.

She & Him

People who hate Ben Gibbard.

Bon Iver

People with self-esteem issues and probably hate Ben Gibbard.

Washed Out

Those who comfortably accept chillwave as a genre.

Memory Tapes

Those who comfortably accept chillwave as a lifestyle.

The Shins

Premature alts who considered Garden State a life-altering viewing experience.



Tegan & Sara

Lesbians and guys who firmly believe that when there are two girls on stage together, there is a 63% chance of them making out.

St. Vincent



Indie rap fans who thought Tha Carter III was too mainstream.

Ra Ra Riot

Girls who got their boyfriends to watch Me and You and Everyone We Know.

Bat for Lashes

Girls who wear leggings outside of ’80s-themed parties.


Guys who only read Pitchfork for the ratings and haven’t showered in at least two days.

Kimya Dawson

Chicks who are described by their girlfriends as “sweet” and “really nice” when guys ask if their friend is hot.


Anyone who thinks The Catcher in Rye is the greatest book of all time.

Kid Cudi

Blipsters who still wear neon shoes and smoke pot.

The Flaming Lips

Self-actualized bros who grow pot.

Antony and the Johnsons

Guys who still cry every time they watch Bambi.

Matt and Kim

Closeted Blink-182 enthusiasts.

Here We Go Magic

Guys who are ‘over’ Gizzly Bear.


People who don’t listen to enough music.

Sufjan Stevens

People who believe in two things: Jesus and Juno.


Girls who don’t understand politics.

Regina Spektor

Girls who don’t understand boys.


Bros who, at one point in their lives, have tried to grow a mustache.

Arcade Fire

Frequent transcendental experience havers.


Avid doodlers.


Guys who go to concerts to relax.


Someone who, if presented with the opportunity to join a cult, would most definitely join that cult.


Boys who think Ocarina of Time is the greatest game ever made.

Patrick Wolf

Gay guys.


Girls who throw up at every party.


Indie dudes who wear beanies and you can see the front of their hair pulled back beneath it.


Bros who drink shitty beer without ironic intentions.

Dirty Projectors

People who like way too many toppings on their pizza.