Top 5 Indie Bands of 2012

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What is indie? Initially it meant artists who weren't affiliated with a major label—but 2012 saw the rise of many international artists on independent labels who found distribution in the U.S. with a major label that saw the (dollar) sign. To some it means the band doesn't have widespread appeal, but plenty of clearly independent bands reached the heights of mainstream success in 2012. However you define the word indie, these five bands took the world by storm in 2012—without any significant backing from a major label.
Top 5 Indie Bands of 2012
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What is indie? Initially it meant artists who weren't affiliated with a major label—but 2012 saw the rise of many international artists on independent labels who found distribution in the U.S. with a major label that saw the (dollar) sign. To some it means the band doesn't have widespread appeal, but plenty of clearly independent bands reached the heights of mainstream success in 2012. However you define the word indie, these five bands took the world by storm in 2012—without any significant backing from a major label.
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