I can’t think of anything more satisfying for a pretentious jerk than getting to correct someone on the pronunciation of an indie band name. Try to restrain yourself please. Be cool!
I tried to make these phonetic spellings as fool-proof as possible so just say them without thinking and it will come out right. Check out part one of How to Pronounce Indie Band Names here.
DIE ANTWOORD /dee ant-werd/
EL VY /el-vi/
The National’s Matt Berninger and Menomena’s Brent Knopf’s latest project can be pronounced like the plural of Elvis – El Vy.
Hozier doesn’t care if you pronounce it like Ho-shur, but Hozier-Byrne is his middle name and he’s been pronouncing it like Ho-zee-er since he was a sweet little baby.
LA ROUX /lah-roo/
MATT BERNINGER /ber-ning-er/
Matt Berninger is the lead singer of The National and his last name is more awkward than it has to be, it’s Ber-ning- er.
MIIKE SNOW /mike snow/
Not Mikey Snow, the correct way to say it is just Mike Snow.
SLEATER KINNEY /slay-ter kin-nee/
Stromae doesn’t mind if you pronounce it like Stro-may, but it’s supposed to be Strom-mi like how you would pronounce maestro backwards.
TIMBER TIMBRE /tim-burr tam-burr/
XUI XUI /shoe-shoe/
YOU + ME /you and me/
Not “you plus me”.