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bands/musicians The Best New Weird America Bands/Artists  

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The onset of the 2000s saw a rise in a new brand of American rock music. Called "New Weird America" music, as a whole, it's pretty difficult to pinpoint since inherently, all bands are weird. But for the sake of this list of new weird American bands, it should only include bands who have elements of psychedelic rock, freak folk and indie rock in their music. To music listeners, both casual and informed, this name sounds, well, weird. But, it's the only way to describe musicians of this new era of music. These bands are weird in the American sense of music, meaning that they sweet harmonies that are almost Beach Boys-esque. Overall, these "weird bands" and "weird artists" managed to carve out a nice niche for themselves within the indie rock and folk communities. 

So, who can be considered the best new weird American bands? For the sake of this list, we're only included the bands from the above mentioned definition. This list of new weird American bands includes the likes of Devandra Banhart, Panda Bear, Noe Venable and Panda Bear's main band, Animal Collective. Each of these artists are strange in their own respect, but the elements of freak folk and indie rock are what separates them from other bands that have been called weird. But this definition should narrow down exactly a new weird American band is. 

That said, it's up to you to determine who can be considered the best new weird America band or artist. If you are familiar with the genre, then feel free to use your knowledge to vote on the artists you consider the best. This is supposed to be a complete list of new weird American bands, so if you notice someone missing, feel free to add them. This list answers the questions "who are the best new weird America bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest new weird America musician ever?"

If you know enough about the genre, please vote based on the quality of the band's music instead of just voting for the most popular new weird america bands that you might've heard of. (15 items)

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Devendra Banhart is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best New Weird America Bands/Artists
Devendra Banhart Psychedelic folk, Folk music, New Weird America

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Panda Bear is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best New Weird America Bands/Artists
Panda Bear New Weird America, Psychedelic pop, Electronic music

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Animal Collective is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best New Weird America Bands/Artists
Animal Collective Psychedelic folk, New Weird America, Electronic music

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O'Death is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best New Weird America Bands/Artists
O'Death Americana, Romani music, New Weird America

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Mike Fellows is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best New Weird America Bands/Artists
Mike Fellows New Weird America, Emo, Red Dirt

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Hylic is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best New Weird America Bands/Artists
Hylic Virtual band, Outsider music, New Weird America

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Avey Tare is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best New Weird America Bands/Artists
Avey Tare Folk music, New Weird America, Electronic music

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Hush Arbors is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best New Weird America Bands/Artists
Hush Arbors Rock music, Folk music, New Weird America

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Arborea is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best New Weird America Bands/Artists
Arborea Psychedelic folk, New Weird America, Indie folk

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Rio en Medio is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best New Weird America Bands/Artists
Rio en Medio New Weird America, Freak folk

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Nerdkween is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best New Weird America Bands/Artists
Nerdkween Pop music, Folk music, New Weird America

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The Holy Crusaders is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best New Weird America Bands/Artists
The Holy Crusaders Other Music, Virtual band, Outsider music

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FUVKIN is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best New Weird America Bands/Artists
FUVKIN Other Music, Virtual band, Outsider music

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Noe Venable is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best New Weird America Bands/Artists
Noe Venable New Weird America, Experimental music, Indie folk

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The Bastard Fairies is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best New Weird America Bands/Artists
The Bastard Fairies Indie pop, Anti-folk, New Weird America