“Why The Indie Music World Hates Lana Del Rey” by Tracy Jeanne Rosenthal

The controversy over Del Rey isn’t about her music. The problem is that she’s “inauthentic,” apparently the worst thing an indie music star can be…But for indie music, “authentic” designates anything but genuineness—it’s just a fetishized form of cool. When artists is labeled authentic by indie tastemakers, it means they’ve internalized a standard image of indie success and have re-invented themselves accordingly.