There's indie rock. And then there's indie rock in horn-rimmed glasses. Not quite art rock, but "smart rock." According to the lexicographers at Urban Dictionary, smart rock is:
Will Sheff (center) and Okkervil River are KUT's pick for the smartest of this year's smart rock.
"...music that appeals to a discerning, educated audience ... often mellow yet complex ... the antonym of 'dude rock.'
Example: 'Instead of studying their AP English Literature homework, William and Sara made out to Smart rock on the couch.'"
Forthwith: How we made out in 2008.
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