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The Best Indie Duos Of All-Time  

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Here are the greatest duos in indie music history. Independent music is not just for hipsters anymore. With the advent of online streaming, it is easier than ever for people to discover indie artists who upload their music onto Spotify or Soundcloud. Plenty of artists have proven it is possible to create stellar music without the backing of a major record label. What is even more impressive is that many of these artists can do so with just two people in the band. This list has the best indie duos from today and decades ago. Which ones fill your heart with joy?

Indie music tends to fall into various other subgenres, including lo-fi, noise rock, jangle pop, and math rock. These bands come from all over the globe. Matt and Kim originally hailed from Brooklyn, and now they make infectious indie pop and rock music. Meanwhile, Japandroids come from Vancouver, Canada and have really made a name for themsleves in the alternative rock scene throughout North America.

You may not have heard of all the artists on this list, and that is okay. There are plenty of new indie duos to familiarize yourself with, and you may just discover your new favorite band. Vote for the artists you end up liking most.

 

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Japandroids is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Indie Duos Of All-Time
Japandroids is a Canadian rock band from Vancouver, British Columbia, consisting of Brian King and David Prowse. Formed in 2006, the band rose to prominence following the release of their debut ...more
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Crystal Castles is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Indie Duos Of All-Time
Crystal Castles was an experimental electronic band formed in 2003 in Toronto Ontario by songwriter/producer Ethan Kath and later featuring vocalist Alice Glass. They were known for their ...more
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Phantogram is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Indie Duos Of All-Time
Phantogram is an American electronic rock duo from Greenwich, New York, formed in 2007 and consisting of Josh Carter and Sarah Barthel. The band name was inspired by an optical illusion called a ...more
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Sleigh Bells is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Indie Duos Of All-Time
Sleigh Bells is an American noise pop musical duo based in Brooklyn, New York, formed in 2008. The duo consists of vocalist Alexis Krauss and guitarist Derek Edward Miller. After signing to ...more
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Purity Ring is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Indie Duos Of All-Time
Purity Ring are a Canadian electronic music duo originally from Edmonton, Alberta formed in 2010. The band consists of Megan James and Corin Roddick.
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Best Coast is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Indie Duos Of All-Time
Best Coast is an American rock duo formed in Los Angeles, California in 2009. The band consists of songwriter, guitarist and vocalist Bethany Cosentino and guitarist and multi-instrumentalist ...more
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Matt and Kim is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Indie Duos Of All-Time
Matt and Kim is an American indie dance duo from Brooklyn, New York. The group formed in 2004 and is composed of Matt Johnson and Kim Schifino. They are known for their DIY attitude toward
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The Darcys is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Indie Duos Of All-Time
The Darcys
The Darcys are a Canadian two-piece art rock band from Toronto, Ontario. They released their debut album, Endless Water, in 2007. Subsequently the band signed a three-album deal with the record ...more
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The Zolas is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Indie Duos Of All-Time
The Zolas are a Canadian indie rock band based in Vancouver, British Columbia. They are signed to Light Organ Records. The core of the band is duo Zachary Gray and Tom Dobrzanski, with other ...more
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The Kills is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Indie Duos Of All-Time
The Kills are an indie rock band formed by American singer Alison Mosshart and British guitarist Jamie Hince. Their first three albums, Keep On Your Mean Side, No Wow, and Midnight Boom, have ...more
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Flora Cash is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Indie Duos Of All-Time
Flora Cash
Flora Cash is a Swedish-American indie pop duo consisting of Shpresa Lleshaj and Cole Randall. Lleshaj, from Stockholm, and Randall, from Minneapolis, met in 2012 on SoundCloud when Lleshaj ...more
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Beach House is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Indie Duos Of All-Time
Beach House is a dream pop duo from Baltimore, Maryland, formed in 2004. The band consists of French-born Victoria Legrand and Baltimore native Alex Scally. Their self-titled debut album was ...more
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Uh Huh Her is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Indie Duos Of All-Time
Uh Huh Her is an indie/rock/electropop band that was formed in January 2007. The band's name came from an album by artist PJ Harvey, titled Uh Huh Her. The band has mentioned several times ...more
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Wild Belle is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Indie Duos Of All-Time
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Cherub is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Indie Duos Of All-Time
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Run the Jewels is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Indie Duos Of All-Time
Run the Jewels is an American hip hop duo, formed by rappers El-P and Killer Mike in 2013. That same year, they released their self-titled first album titled Run the Jewels, as a free digital ...more
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Coast Modern is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Indie Duos Of All-Time
Coast Modern is an American indie pop duo based in Los Angeles, California, known for their 2015 single “Hollow Life.” The duo consists of Luke Atlas and Coleman Trapp.
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Electric President is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Indie Duos Of All-Time
Electric President is a Jacksonville, Florida musical group started in 2003 by Ben Cooper and Alex Kane. Both were in Helicopter Project prior to its breakup though no music from this group was ...more
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Chairlift is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Indie Duos Of All-Time
Chairlift is an American synthpop duo. Based in Brooklyn, New York, Chairlift consists of members Caroline Polachek and Patrick Wimberly.
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MGMT is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Indie Duos Of All-Time
MGMT is an American psychedelic rock band founded by Benjamin Goldwasser and Andrew VanWyngarden. After the release of their first album, the members of their live band, Matthew Asti, James ...more
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Foxygen is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Indie Duos Of All-Time
Foxygen is an American indie rock duo originally formed in Westlake Village, California, in 2005 by Jonathan Rado and Sam France.
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Ibeyi is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Indie Duos Of All-Time
Ibeyi
Ibeyi is a French (with Cuban, Venezuelan and Tunisian origins) musical duo consisting of twin sisters Lisa-Kaindé Diaz and Naomi Diaz. The duo sings in English, French, Spanish and ...more
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Broken Bells is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Indie Duos Of All-Time
Broken Bells is an American indie rock band composed of artist-producer Brian Burton and James Mercer, the lead vocalist and guitarist for the indie rock band The Shins. Broken Bells compose and ...more
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Her's is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Indie Duos Of All-Time
Her's were an English rock band from Liverpool, England, comprising Stephen Fitzpatrick on vocals and guitar, and Audun Laading on bass guitar and backing vocals. On 27 March 2019, the duo and ...more
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Flint Eastwood is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Indie Duos Of All-Time
Flint Eastwood is an alt pop project from Detroit, Michigan formed by singer/songwriter Jax Anderson. The project was formed in 2010 with two different names, and then as Flint Eastwood in 2012, ...more