Quiz: Can You Identify These Indie Rock Musicians?
Can You Identify These Indie Rock Musicians?
By: Robin Tyler
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About This Quiz

Indie rock music. What is it exactly? One thing we know for sure is that it is fairly difficult to define. In fact, music that fits into a very specific niche, let's say math rock, still then falls under the greater indie rock banner as well. 

The term indie rock really came to the fore in the 1980s, however, and was used on both sides of the Atlantic. For example, in Britain, The Smiths were certainly falling under the indie banner. At the same time, in the United States, a band like R.E.M. was most definitely indie rock. But if you tried to classify it by just a certain sound, then you would be getting it wrong most of the time.

Let's just say that indie rock is never going to be played on mainstream radio. Now, on to the task at hand. Your love of the indie rock genre has brought you here, has it not? Today, we will see just how much you know about the indie rock genre. Are you able to identify not only some of the biggest bands but those that paid their dues for years before striking it rich?

And all you have is an image to aid you! Let's see how well you do!

Good luck!

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Hailing from New York, this band is fronted by Julian Casablancas and formed in 1998. Can you name them?
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Formed in Las Vegas in 2001, can you name the band known for the indie hit, "Mr Brightside."
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Fronted by Thom Yorke, can you name the band pictured here?
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One of the best British bands of the '80s, this group broke up at the height of their powers. Who are they?
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Can you name the American indie band pictured here?
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Formed in 2002, the band pictured here has the fastest-ever selling debut album of all time in the British charts. Who are they?
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Can you name this Canadian indie band fronted by Win Butler?
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This British band released their debut album in 1999. Can you name them?
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From New York, are you able to identify this indie band acclaimed for their world music influences?
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Do you have any idea as to the name of this British indie band?
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Hailing from the 1980s, what British indie band is pictured here?
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A family affair, can you name this band from England?
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With Michael Stipe on lead vocals, this band was one of the biggest in the world in the 1990s. Who are they?
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One of the pioneers of the noise rock sound, can you identify this band?
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Pioneers of the "Madchester" sound, can you identify this indie group from the late '80s and early '90s?
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Along with The Strokes, this band, led by Karen O helped push New York to the center of the music universe in the early 2000s. Who are they?
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Can you please name the indie band featured in this image?
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Do you know this indie band best know for their hit "Float On"?
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This band was formed in 2001 by childhood friends Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney. Who are they?
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This Scottish band hit the headlines with their first single, "Take Me Out". Who are they?
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Pictured here is a band whose debut album, "Turn On The Bright Lights" from 2002 was critically acclaimed. Can you name the band?
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Do you know who the band in this image is?
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This British band was formed in London in 1978. Who are they?
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Cited as an influence by many indie bands from the 1990s, can you name this band pictured in this image?
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Known for their hit "Ruby," can you name this British indie band?
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Can you name this indie singer/songwriter from the United States?
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With just a guitar and drums, this band proved that sometimes a few good riffs can go a long way! Who are they?
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Fronted by Jeff Tweedy, can you identify the band shown in this image?
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Tell us which band is shown in this image, please?
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Any ideas as to the name of the American band found in this image?
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Formed from the demise of Joy Division, what is the band featured in this image?
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Conor Oberst leads this American indie rock band. Who are they?
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A side project of Jack White, can you name this band?
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Name these acclaimed indie rockers, please?
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Perhaps best known for their stellar hit, "Wolf Like Me" can you name the band pictured here?
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Starting out as a solo project, can you name this British band?
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Any ideas as to the name of this indie band?
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At the forefront of Brit Pop in the 1990s, their later work is certainly more indie. Who are they?
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Formed in 2000 by Colin Meloy, can you identify this band?
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Can you identify this British band, formed in the late 1970s?
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