10 Indie Bands Who Have Appeared on TV

From The National to The Flaming Lips, indie bands continue to gain exposure through TV appearances

Indie Musicians and Television have a long standing relationship of cross pollination. Shows like The OC, Beverley 90210, and Grey’s Anatomy have helped to expose indie bands to larger audiences. Let’s take a look at some TV shows that featured indie rock bands as musical guests, and one movie that we couldn’t resist including.

You could always count on One Tree Hill to have good indie rock bands come play at Tric, the local night club. Check out the cameo Jimmy Eat World made on One Tree Hill back in the day:

Another indie artist One Tree Hill pulled in was Toronto’s own City and Colour, performing for a Valentine’s day special in season 8. How cute.

You can spot The Shins on Gilmore Girls from the earlier days of the show.

Throwing it way back to Beverly Hills 90210, The Flaming Lips made a special appearance in 1993. The Flaming Lips had already been around for almost a decade, so this was a win for the original 90210.

In Mindy Kaling’s (Kelly Kapoor from The Office) new show, The Mindy Project, they created a faux festival and recruited The National as the headliner. Check out the behind-the-scenes footage from the show:

A lot like One Tree Hill, The OC brought in many small (at the time) indie bands to perform at the local club. Check out Death Cab For Cutie’s cameo in season 2, episode 20.

Another great band to perform on The OC was The Killers. Believe it or not, The Killers were hardly known at the time having released Hot Fuss only a few months prior to their gig. Watch their performance:

A fantastic movie that we couldn’t leave out; even though it’s supposed to be TV show cameos (oops), is the Canadian road trip classic – One Week. Gord Downie from The Tragically Hip provides Joshuah Jackson with some insight in the film.

Ever think you’d see Joel Plaskett as a street busker? He is in One Week.

Lastly, this movie also stars Emm Gryner, performing fireside with Joshua Jackson.

Did we miss any good indie appearances in TV shows? Let us know in the comments below: