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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. (18 items)
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Panda Bear is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best New Weird America Bands/Artists
New Weird America, Psychedelic pop, Electronic music
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Devendra Banhart is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best New Weird America Bands/Artists
Psychedelic folk, Folk music, New Weird America
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Animal Collective is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best New Weird America Bands/Artists
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
Americana, Romani music, New Weird America
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Avey Tare is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best New Weird America Bands/Artists
Folk music, New Weird America, Electronic music
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Mike Fellows is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best New Weird America Bands/Artists
New Weird America, Emo, Red Dirt
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Hylic is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best New Weird America Bands/Artists
Virtual band, Outsider music, New Weird America
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Hush Arbors is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best New Weird America Bands/Artists
Rock music, Folk music, New Weird America
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In Gowan Ring is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best New Weird America Bands/Artists
bradyouknowtheone added Psychedelic folk, Traditional music, Folk music
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Wesley Willis is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best New Weird America Bands/Artists
Dean Lake added Spoken word, Outsider music, Electronic music
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Arborea is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best New Weird America Bands/Artists
Psychedelic folk, New Weird America, Indie folk
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FUVKIN is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best New Weird America Bands/Artists
Other Music, Virtual band, Outsider music
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Rio en Medio is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best New Weird America Bands/Artists
New Weird America, Freak folk
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Nerdkween is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best New Weird America Bands/Artists
Pop music, Folk music, New Weird America
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The Holy Crusaders is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best New Weird America Bands/Artists
Other Music, Virtual band, Outsider music
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Black Randy & the Metrosquad is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best New Weird America Bands/Artists
Dean Lake added New Wave, Punk rock, Post-punk
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Noe Venable is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best New Weird America Bands/Artists
New Weird America, Experimental music, Indie folk
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The Bastard Fairies is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best New Weird America Bands/Artists
Indie pop, Anti-folk, New Weird America