New York City Based Indie Bands You Need To Know By Now

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There’s a reason why New York City is dubbed “the greatest city in the world,” and we’re sure there’s more than one reason. But one amongst many is that it inspires people all over the world to flock to it, and never want to leave. A hub of culture and creativity, many musicians and artists have thrived in New York City, here are six of the indie-rock persuasion:

I. The Strokes

The Strokes, 2011. C/o starbright31
The Strokes, 2011. C/o starbright31

Responsible for the revival of post-punk garage rock, The Strokes released their debut album, Is This It, in 2001. The album was ranked 199 on Rolling Stone‍ ’​s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. The band has released albums from labels such as RCA, Rough Trade, and Cult. Since 2001, the band has released four more albums: Room On Fire, First Impressions Of Earth, Angles, and Comedown Machine.

II. Vampire Weekend

Ezra Koenig. C/o Moses Namkung
Ezra Koenig. C/o Moses Namkung

Formed during their days at Columbia University, Ezra Koenig, Rostam Batmanlij, Chris Tomson, and Chris Baio, got together in 2006 and totally decided that kids liked vampires and weekends. This Grammy-award winning indie rock band mixes Afro-tones and punk rock.

III. Yeah Yeah Yeahs

Yeah Yeah Yeahs, 2002. C/o Max Knies
Yeah Yeah Yeahs, 2002. C/o Max Knies

This indie rock band has recorded four studio albums: Fever To Tell, Show Your Bones, It’s Blitz!, and Mosquito. The group’s vocalist and pianist, Karen O was seen singing “The Moon Song” duet with Vampire Weekend’s frontman, Ezra Koenig in 2014’s Oscar Night.

IV. MGMT

MGMT, 2005. C/o Erik Graham
MGMT, 2005. C/o Erik Graham

Brooklyn-based MGMT, features Benjamin Goldwasser and Andrew VanWyngarden. The psychedelic rock duo formed back in 2004 when they cultivated their studies at Wesleyan University. The band is best known for their funky hits like, “Electric Feel” and “Kids.”

V. Interpol

Carlos Dengler of Interpol, 2008. C/o Nick Thompson
Carlos Dengler of Interpol, 2008. C/o Nick Thompson

Established in New York City, the rock band Interpol formed in 1997 when bandmates, Daniel Kessler and Greg Drudy met during their studies at New York University. Like The Strokes, Interpol was also one of the bands in responsibility for the 2000’s post-punk revival. The band’s critically acclaimed debut album, Turn on the Bright Lights (2002) made it to tenth position on the NME’s list of top albums in 2002.

 

by- Sunny Tsao