10 Indie Celebrities Before They Were Famous


If you’re like us, whenever you see the latest “Before They Were Famous” articles full of Brad Pitt and Miley Cyrus yearbook photos, you wish there were some Animal Collective or Neon Indian flashbacks as well. Drawing from this borderline stalker curiosity, we’ve compiled our own indie-version of the gossip magazine mainstay. Click through and learn how cool Beirut was as a kid, how Best Coast has an entrepreneurial spirit, and even how cute Julian Casablancas was as a baby! The things you can find on forgotten MySpace accounts…

Zach Condon of Beirut

This is pretty much the definition of cool.

Alexis Krauss of Sleigh Bells

See her at seven and forty-one seconds.

The Strokes

Bethany Cosentino of Best Coast

Listen to her old music under the name “Bethany Sharayah” here and here. Also, here’s her online store for vintage clothing called Bethdayparty Vintage. Such an awesome name!

Conor Oberst of Bright Eyes

Check out excerpts from his old Livejournal here.

Animal Collective

[via HipsterRunoff]

Alan Palomo of Neon Indian

This is Alan’s old MySpace profile.

Ben Gibbard of Death Cab for Cutie

Speaking of Ben, have you seen this amazing Baby Skates commercial that stars his one-time girlfriend Jenny Lewis and that brat Harriet from Small Wonder?

Justin Vernon of Bon Iver

The photo above is of Justin with his old band DeYarmond Edison. Also, here’s his old MySpace.

Flight of the Conchords performing an original version of “Bowie in Space” in 2000:

Bonus: “Indie-Appreciated” comedian Eugene Mirman’s high school yearbook photo