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Acid house is a subgenre of house music developed around the mid-1980s by DJs from Chicago.
Adult album alternative (also triple-A, AAA, or adult alternative) is a radio format.
Alanis Nadine Morissette (born June 1, 1974) is an American-Canadian singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, and actress.
Album-oriented rock (abbreviated AOR) is an American FM radio format focusing on album tracks by rock artists.
Alice in Chains is an American rock band from Seattle, Washington, formed in 1987 by guitarist/vocalist Jerry Cantrell and drummer Sean Kinney, who then recruited bassist Mike Starr and lead vocalist Layne Staley.
AllMusic (previously known as All Music Guide or AMG) is an online music guide.
Alternative country (sometimes alt-country, insurgent country, or Americana) is a loosely defined subgenre of country music and rock music, which includes acts that differ significantly in style from mainstream country music and pop country music.
Alternative dance is a genre that mixes alternative or indie rock with post-disco dance music.
Alternative hip hop (also known as alternative rap) is a subgenre of hip hop music that encompasses the wide range of styles of hip hop that are not typically identified as mainstream.
Alternative metal (also known as alt-metal) is a rock music fusion genre that infuses heavy metal with influences from alternative rock and other genres not normally associated with metal.
Alternative R&B (also referred to as PBR&B, indie R&B, experimental R&B, and hipster R&B) is a term used by music journalists to describe a stylistic alternative to contemporary R&B.
Alternative Songs (also called Alternative and formerly known as Modern Rock Tracks and Hot Modern Rock Tracks) is a music chart in the United States that has appeared in ''Billboard'' magazine since September 10, 1988.
Amnesiac is the fifth studio album by the English rock band Radiohead, released in June 2001 by Parlophone.
Anne Avril Nightingale, MBE (born 1 April 1940) is an English radio and television broadcaster.
Ashgate Publishing was an academic book and journal publisher based in Farnham (Surrey, United Kingdom).
Badmotorfinger is the third studio album by American rock band Soundgarden, released on September 24, 1991, through A&M Records.
The bass guitar (also known as electric bass, or bass) is a stringed instrument similar in appearance and construction to an electric guitar, except with a longer neck and scale length, and four to six strings or courses.
Bauhaus were an English post-punk band, formed in Northampton, England in 1978.
BBC News is an operational business division of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) responsible for the gathering and broadcasting of news and current affairs.
BBC Radio 1 is a British radio station operated by the British Broadcasting Corporation which also broadcasts internationally, specialising in modern and current popular music and chart hits throughout the day. Radio 1 provides alternative genres after 7pm, including electronic dance, hip hop, rock, indie or interviews. It was launched in 1967 to meet the demand for music generated by pirate radio stations, when the average age of the UK population was 27. The BBC claim that they target the 1529 age group, and the average age of its UK audience since 2009 is 30. BBC Radio 1 started 24-hour broadcasting on 1 May 1991.
Be Here Now is the third studio album by English rock band Oasis, released on 21 August 1997 by Creation Records.
Beck Hansen (born Bek David Campbell; July 8, 1970), known professionally as Beck, is an American singer, songwriter, rapper, record producer, and multi-instrumentalist.
"Bela Lugosi's Dead" is a song by English post-punk band Bauhaus.
Big beat is an electronic music genre that usually uses heavy breakbeats and synthesizer-generated loops and patterns – common to acid house/techno.
Big Black was an American punk rock band from Evanston, Illinois, active from 1981 to 1987.
A billboard (also called a hoarding in the UK and many other parts of the world) is a large outdoor advertising structure (a billing board), typically found in high-traffic areas such as alongside busy roads.
The Billboard 200 is a record chart ranking the 200 most popular music albums and EPs in the United States.
Bleed American is the fourth studio album by American rock band Jimmy Eat World, released on July 24, 2001, by DreamWorks Records.
Blur are an English rock band, formed in London in 1988.
Boston is the capital city and most populous municipality of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in the United States.
The British Invasion was a cultural phenomenon of the mid-1960s when rock and pop music acts from the United Kingdom and other aspects of British culture, became popular in the United States and significant to rising "counterculture" on both sides of the Atlantic.
Britpop is a UK based music and culture movement in the mid 1990s which emphasised "Britishness", and produced brighter, catchier alternative rock, partly in reaction to the popularity of the darker lyrical themes of the US-led grunge music, an alternative rock genre, and to the UK's own shoegazing music scene.
Butthole Surfers are an American rock band formed by singer Gibby Haynes and guitarist Paul Leary in San Antonio, Texas in 1981.
C86 is a cassette compilation released by the British music magazine NME in 1986, featuring new bands licensed from British independent record labels of the time.
Californication is the seventh studio album by American rock band Red Hot Chili Peppers.
Camper Van Beethoven is an American rock band formed in Redlands, California in 1983 and later located in Santa Cruz and San Francisco.
Campus radio (also known as college radio, university radio or student radio) is a type of radio station that is run by the students of a college, university or other educational institution.
Cherry Red Records is a British independent record label founded by Iain McNay in 1978.
The Chicago Sun-Times is a daily newspaper published in Chicago, Illinois, United States.
In music, a chorus effect (sometimes chorusing, choruser or chorused effect) occurs when individual sounds with approximately the same time, and very similar pitches converge and are perceived as one.
Christian alternative rock is a form of alternative rock music that is lyrically grounded in a Christian worldview.
Christmas is an annual festival commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ,Martindale, Cyril Charles.
The Christmas season, also called the festive season, or the holiday season (mainly in the U.S. and Canada; often simply called the holidays),, is an annually recurring period recognized in many Western and Western-influenced countries that is generally considered to run from late November to early January.
Christmas Eve is the evening or entire day before Christmas Day, the festival commemorating the birth of Jesus.
Christmas traditions vary from country to country.
Cocteau Twins were a Scottish rock band active from 1979 to 1997.
Coldplay are a British rock band formed in 1996 by lead singer and pianist Chris Martin and lead guitarist Jonny Buckland at University College London (UCL).
Collective Soul is an American rock band originally from Stockbridge, Georgia.
College rock was the alternative rock music played on student-run university and college campus radio stations located in the United States and Canada in the 1980s.
Commercialism is the application of both manufacturing and consumption towards personal usage, or the practices, methods, aims, and spirit of free enterprise geared toward generating profit.
The Compact Audio Cassette (CAC) or Musicassette (MC), also commonly called the cassette tape or simply tape or cassette, is an analog magnetic tape recording format for audio recording and playback.
Core is the debut studio album by American rock band Stone Temple Pilots, released on September 29, 1992 through Atlantic Records.
Creed was an American rock band formed in 1993 in Tallahassee, Florida.
Da Capo Press is an American publishing company with headquarters in Boston, Massachusetts.
Dashboard Confessional is an American rock band from Boca Raton, Florida, led by singer-songwriter Chris Carrabba.
David Eric Grohl (born January 14, 1969) is an American musician, singer, songwriter, record producer, and film director.
Dinosaur Jr. is an American rock band formed in Amherst, Massachusetts, in 1984, originally simply called Dinosaur until legal issues forced a change in name.
Dirt is the second studio album by the American rock band Alice in Chains, released on September 29, 1992, through Columbia Records.
A disc jockey, often abbreviated as DJ, is a person who plays existing recorded music for a live audience.
Dischord Records is a Washington, D.C.-based independent record label specializing in punk rock.
Disco is a musical style that emerged in the mid 1960s and early 1970s from America's urban nightlife scene, where it originated in house parties and makeshift discothèques, reaching its peak popularity between the mid-1970s and early 1980s.
DIY ethic refers to the ethic of self-sufficiency through completing tasks without the aid of a paid expert.
Dotdash (formerly About.com) is an American Internet-based network of content that publishes articles and videos about various subjects on its "topic sites", of which there are nearly 1,000.
Drag City is an American independent record label based in Chicago, Illinois.
Dream pop (or dreampop) is a subgenre of alternative rock and neo-psychedelia that developed in the 1980s.
A drum kit — also called a drum set, trap set, or simply drums — is a collection of drums and other percussion instruments, typically cymbals, which are set up on stands to be played by a single player, with drumsticks held in both hands, and the feet operating pedals that control the hi-hat cymbal and the beater for the bass drum.
An effects unit or effects pedal is an electronic or digital device that alters the sound of a musical instrument or other audio source.
An electronic keyboard or digital keyboard is an electronic musical instrument, an electronic or digital derivative of keyboard instruments.
Emo is a rock music genre characterized by an emphasis on emotional expression, sometimes through confessional lyrics.
Empire of Dirt: The Aesthetics and Rituals of British Indie Music is a 2006 book by Wendy Fonarow.
Entertainment Weekly (sometimes abbreviated as EW) is an American magazine, published by Meredith Corporation, that covers film, television, music, Broadway theatre, books and popular culture.
Factory Records was a Manchester-based British independent record label, started in 1978 by Tony Wilson and Alan Erasmus, which featured several prominent musical acts on its roster such as Joy Division, New Order, A Certain Ratio, The Durutti Column, Happy Mondays, Northside, and (briefly) Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark and James.
Fall Out Boy is an American rock band formed in Wilmette, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago, in 2001.
A fanzine (blend of fan and magazine or -zine) is a non-professional and non-official publication produced by enthusiasts of a particular cultural phenomenon (such as a literary or musical genre) for the pleasure of others who share their interest.
Firehose (stylized as fIREHOSE) was an American alternative rock band consisting of Mike Watt (bass, vocals), Ed Crawford (guitar, vocals), and George Hurley (drums).
FM broadcasting is a method of radio broadcasting using frequency modulation (FM) technology.
Folk music includes both traditional music and the genre that evolved from it during the 20th century folk revival.
Foo Fighters is an American rock band, formed in Seattle, Washington in 1994.
Franz Ferdinand are a Scottish indie rock band, formed in 2002 and based in Glasgow.
Fugazi is an American punk rock band that formed in Washington, D.C. in 1987.
Geek rock (also known as nerd rock or dork rock) is a musical subgenre derived from alternative rock within the nerd music group.
Glam metal (also known as hair metal and often used synonymously with pop metal) is a subgenre of heavy metal, which features pop-influenced hooks and guitar riffs, and borrows from the fashion of 1970s glam rock.
Glam rock is a style of rock that developed in the United Kingdom in the early 1970s performed by musicians who wore outrageous costumes, makeup, and hairstyles, particularly platform shoes and glitter.
Godspeed You! Black Emperor is a Canadian experimental music collective which originated in Montreal, Quebec in 1994.
Goldfinger is an American punk rock band from Los Angeles, California, formed in 1994.
Gothic rock (alternately called goth-rock or goth) is a style of rock music that emerged from post-punk in the late 1970s.
Grebo (or grebo rock) was a short-lived subgenre of alternative rock that incorporated influences from punk rock, electronic dance music, hip hop and psychedelia.
Grunge (sometimes referred to as the Seattle sound) is a subgenre of alternative rock and a subculture that emerged during the in the Pacific Northwest U.S. state of Washington, particularly in Seattle and nearby towns.
The guitar is a fretted musical instrument that usually has six strings.
Guitar World is a monthly music magazine devoted to guitarists, published since July 1980.
Happy Mondays are an English alternative rock band from Salford, Greater Manchester.
Hardcore punk (often abbreviated to hardcore) is a punk rock music genre and subculture that originated in the late 1970s.
Hüsker Dü were an American rock band formed in Saint Paul, Minnesota, in 1979.
Heavy metal (or simply metal) is a genre of rock music that developed in the late 1960s and early 1970s, largely in the United Kingdom.
Henry Lawrence Garfield (born February 13, 1961), better known by his stage name Henry Rollins, is an American musician, actor, writer, television and radio host, and comedian.
Hip hop music, also called hip-hopMerriam-Webster Dictionary entry on hip-hop, retrieved from: A subculture especially of inner-city black youths who are typically devotees of rap music; the stylized rhythmic music that commonly accompanies rap; also rap together with this music.
Horses is the debut studio album by American musician Patti Smith, released on December 13, 1975, on Arista Records.
House music is a genre of electronic dance music created by club DJs and music producers in Chicago in the early 1980s.
Ian Thomas Garner MacKaye (born April 16, 1962) is an American singer, songwriter, guitarist, musician, record label owner and producer.
Tracy Lauren Marrow (born February 16, 1958), better known by his stage name Ice-T, is an American musician, rapper, songwriter, actor, record executive, record producer, and author.
In Utero is the third and final studio album by American rock band Nirvana, released on September 21, 1993, by DGC Records.
Independent music (often referred to as indie music or indie) is music produced independently from commercial record labels or their subsidiaries, a process that may include an autonomous, do-it-yourself approach to recording and publishing.
An independent record label (or indie label) is a record label that operates without the funding of or outside major record labels.
An independent music scene is a localized independent music-oriented (or, more specifically, indie rock/indie pop-oriented) community of bands and their audiences.
Indie pop (also typeset as indie-pop or indiepop) is a music genre and subculture that combines guitar pop with DIY ethic in opposition to the style and tone of mainstream pop music.
Indie rock is a genre of rock music that originated in the United Kingdom in the 1970s.
Industrial rock is a musical genre that fuses industrial music and rock music.
Interpol is an American rock band from New York City.
Jane's Addiction is an American rock band from Los Angeles, formed in 1985.
Jangle pop is a subgenre of pop rock that emphasizes trebly, ringing guitars (usually 12-string electrics) and 1960s-style pop melodies.
Jazz is a music genre that originated in the African-American communities of New Orleans, United States, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and developed from roots in blues and ragtime.
Jimmy Eat World is an American rock band formed in Mesa, Arizona in 1993.
John Robert Parker Ravenscroft, (30 August 1939 – 25 October 2004), known professionally as John Peel, was an English disc jockey, radio presenter, record producer and journalist.
Johnny Marr (born John Martin Maher; 31 October 1963) is an English musician, songwriter and singer, best known as the guitarist and – with Morrissey – co-songwriter of the Smiths, who were active from 1982 to 1987.
Joy Division were an English rock band formed in 1976 in Salford, Greater Manchester.
KBFB (97.9 FM, "97.9 The Beat") is a Dallas/Fort Worth-based radio station with an Urban Contemporary format.
Kid A is the fourth studio album by the English rock band Radiohead, released on 2 October 2000 by Parlophone.
Kranky is an American independent record label in Chicago, Illinois.
Krautrock (also called " ", cosmic music") is a broad genre of experimental rock that developed in Germany in the late 1960s.
Krist Anthony Novoselic (Krist Novoselić; often referred to as Chris Novoselic, born May 16, 1965) is an American musician and political activist, and was the bassist and founding member of the grunge band Nirvana alongside electric guitarist and lead singer Kurt Cobain, with Dave Grohl as the drummer.
KROQ-FM (106.7 FM, 106.7 KROQ) is a radio station licensed to Pasadena, California serving the Greater Los Angeles Area.
Kurt Donald Cobain (February 20, 1967 – April 5, 1994) was an American singer, songwriter, and musician.
Laughing Stock is the fifth and final studio album by British band Talk Talk, released in 1991.
Less Than Jake is an American ska punk band from Gainesville, Florida, formed in 1992.
This is a list of alternative rock artists.
Liverpool is a city in North West England, with an estimated population of 491,500 in 2017.
Elizabeth Clark "Liz" Phair (born April 17, 1967) is an American singer, songwriter, guitarist, composer, and actress.
Lo-fi (originally spelled low-fi and alternately called DIY) is an aesthetic of recorded music in which the sound quality is lower than the usual contemporary standards (the opposite of high fidelity) and imperfections of the recording and production are audible.
Lollapalooza is an annual music festival featuring popular alternative rock, heavy metal, punk rock, hip hop, and electronic music bands and artists, dance and comedy performances, and craft booths.
Los Angeles (Spanish for "The Angels";; officially: the City of Los Angeles; colloquially: by its initials L.A.) is the second-most populous city in the United States, after New York City.
Lewis Allan Reed (March 2, 1942 – October 27, 2013) was an American musician, singer, and songwriter.
Madchester was a music and cultural scene that developed in the Manchester area of North West England in the late 1980s, in which artists merged alternative rock with acid house culture and other sources, including psychedelia and 1960s pop.
Manchester is a city and metropolitan borough in Greater Manchester, England, with a population of 530,300.
Matador Records is an independent record label, with a roster of mainly indie rock, but also punk rock, experimental rock, alternative rock, and electronic acts.
Matchbox Twenty is an American rock band, formed in Orlando, Florida, in 1995.
Math rock is a style of indie rock that emerged in the late 1980s in the United States, influenced by post-hardcore, progressive rock bands such as King Crimson, and 20th century minimal music composers such as Steve Reich.
Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness is the third studio album by American alternative rock band The Smashing Pumpkins, released on October 23, 1995 in the United Kingdom and a day later in the United States on Virgin Records.
Merge Records is an independent record label based in Durham, North Carolina.
Metal Machine Music, subtitled *The Amine β Ring, is the fifth solo studio album by American rock musician Lou Reed.
Michael Azerrad is an American author, music journalist, editor, and musician.
Millions Now Living Will Never Die is the second album by Chicago-based band Tortoise.
Ministry is an American industrial metal band founded in 1981 by Al Jourgensen in Chicago, Illinois.
Minneapolis is the county seat of Hennepin County, and the larger of the Twin Cities, the 16th-largest metropolitan area in the United States.
Minor Threat was an American hardcore punk band, formed in 1980 in Washington, D.C. by vocalist Ian MacKaye and drummer Jeff Nelson.
Modern rock is an umbrella term describing rock music made between the late 1970s to present day.
Steven Patrick Morrissey (born 22 May 1959), known mononymously as Morrissey, is an English singer, songwriter and author.
MSNBC is an American news cable and satellite television network that provides news coverage and political commentary from NBC News on current events.
MTV (originally an initialism of Music Television) is an American cable and satellite television channel owned by Viacom Media Networks (a division of Viacom) and headquartered in New York City.
Mudhoney is an American alternative rock band.
Murmur is the debut studio album by the American alternative rock band R.E.M., released on April 12, 1983 by I.R.S. Records.
The music of Athens, Georgia, includes a wide variety of popular music and was an important part of the early evolution of alternative rock and new wave.
Illinois, including Chicago, has a wide musical heritage.
Irish music is music that has been created in various genres on the island of Ireland.
As well as being one of the most important cities in the world in the film industry, Los Angeles, California, is also one of the most important places in the world for the recorded music industry.
Massachusetts is a U.S. state in New England.
The music of Minnesota began with the native rhythms and songs of Indigenous peoples, the first inhabitants of the lands which later became the U.S. state of Minnesota.
The music of New York City is a diverse and important field in the world of music.
The music of Oregon reflects the diverse array of styles present in the music of the United States, from Native American music to the contemporary genres of rock and roll, country, rhythm and blues, jazz, pop, electronic music, and hip hop.
Because Seattle is Washington's largest city, the music of Seattle has long played a major role in the music of Washington, in genres of alternative rock that included grunge, and major bands like Nirvana, Alice In Chains, Soundgarden and Pearl Jam.
My Bloody Valentine are a rock band formed in Dublin in 1983.
My Chemical Romance (often abbreviated as MCR) was an American rock band from Newark, New Jersey, active from 2001 to 2013.
Neil Darrow Strauss, also known by the pen names Style and Chris Powles (born March 9, 1969) is an American author, journalist and ghostwriter.
Neo-psychedelia is a genre of psychedelic music that originated in the 1970s as an outgrowth of the British post-punk scene, also called acid punk.
Nevermind is the second studio album by American rock band Nirvana, released on September 24, 1991.
The New Music Seminar (NMS) is a Music Conference and Festival held annually each June in New York City.
New Order are an English rock band formed in 1980 by vocalist and guitarist Bernard Sumner, bassist Peter Hook and drummer Stephen Morris.
New Year is the time or day at which a new calendar year begins and the calendar's year count increments by one.
New Year's Day, also called simply New Year's or New Year, is observed on January 1, the first day of the year on the modern Gregorian calendar as well as the Julian calendar.
In the Gregorian calendar, New Year's Eve (also known as Old Year's Day or Saint Sylvester's Day in many countries), the last day of the year, is on 31 December which is the seventh day of Christmastide.
New wave is a genre of rock music popular in the late 1970s and the 1980s with ties to mid-1970s punk rock.
The New York Daily News, officially titled Daily News, is an American newspaper based in New York City.
Nickelback is a Canadian rock band formed in 1995 in Hanna, Alberta, Canada.
Nine Inch Nails, commonly abbreviated as NIN (stylized as NIИ), is an American industrial rock band founded in 1988 by Trent Reznor in Cleveland, Ohio.
Nirvana was an American rock band formed by lead singer and guitarist Kurt Cobain and bassist Krist Novoselic in Aberdeen, Washington, in 1987.
New Musical Express (NME) is a British music journalism website and former magazine that has been published since 1952.
No Doubt is an American ska band from Anaheim, California, that formed in 1986.
Noise pop is a subgenre of alternative rock, or more specifically indie rock, that developed in the mid-1980s in the UK and US that mixes dissonant noise or feedback with the songcraft more often found in pop music.
Noise rock (sometimes called noise punk) is a diverse style of experimental rock employing noise music elements, which spun off from punk rock in the 1980s.
Nu gaze refers to a form of alternative rock originating in the 2000s and drawing influence from the shoegazing scene of the late 1980s and early 1990s.
Nu metal (also known as nü-metal and) is a subgenre of that combines elements of with elements of other music genres such as hip hop, alternative rock, funk, industrial and grunge.
Oasis were an English rock band formed in Manchester in 1991.
Ogg is a free, open container format maintained by the Xiph.Org Foundation.
OK Computer is the third studio album by English rock band Radiohead, released on 16 June 1997 on EMI subsidiaries Parlophone and Capitol Records.
Our Band Could Be Your Life: Scenes from the American Indie Underground, 1981–1991 is a book by Michael Azerrad.
Oxford University Press (OUP) is the largest university press in the world, and the second oldest after Cambridge University Press.
Paisley Underground is a subgenre of jangle pop that originated from California.
Panic! at the Disco is an American rock band from Las Vegas, Nevada, formed in 2004 by childhood friends Brendon Urie, Ryan Ross, Spencer Smith and Brent Wilson.
Paramore is an American rock band from Franklin, Tennessee, formed in 2004.
Patricia Lee "Patti" Smith (born December 30, 1946) is an American singer-songwriter, poet, and visual artist who became an influential component of the New York City punk rock movement with her 1975 debut album Horses.
Pavement was an American indie rock band that formed in Stockton, California in 1989.
Pearl Jam is an American rock band formed in Seattle, Washington, in 1990.
"Peek-a-Boo" is a song by English alternative rock band Siouxsie and the Banshees.
The Penguin Group is a trade book publisher and part of Penguin Random House.
Perry Farrell (born Peretz Bernstein; March 29, 1959) is an American singer-songwriter and musician, best known as the frontman for the alternative rock band Jane's Addiction.
Phillip Harvey Spector (born Harvey Phillip Spector, December 26, 1939) is an American record producer, musician, and songwriter who developed the Wall of Sound, a music production formula he described as a "Wagnerian" approach to rock and roll.
Pinkerton is the second studio album by American rock band Weezer, released on September 24, 1996 on DGC Records.
The Pixies are an American alternative rock band formed in 1986 in Boston, Massachusetts.
Polly Jean Harvey, MBE (born 9 October 1969) known as PJ Harvey, is an English musician, singer-songwriter, writer, poet, and composer.
Pop music is a genre of popular music that originated in its modern form in the United States and United Kingdom during the mid-1950s.
Pop punk (also known as punk-pop) is a music genre that fuses elements of pop music with punk rock.
Pornography is the fourth studio album by British alternative rock band the Cure, released on 4 May 1982 by the record label Fiction.
Post-Britpop is an alternative rock subgenre and is the period following Britpop in the late 1990s and early 2000s, when the media were identifying a "new generation" or "second wave" of guitar bands influenced by acts like Pulp, Oasis and Blur, but with less overtly British concerns in their lyrics and making more use of American rock and indie influences, as well as experimental music.
Post-grunge is a derivative of grunge and a style of alternative rock and hard rock that began in the 1990s.
Post-hardcore is a punk rock music genre that maintains the aggression and intensity of hardcore punk but emphasizes a greater degree of creative expression initially inspired by post-punk and noise rock.
Post-punk (originally called new musick) is a broad type of rock music that emerged from the punk movement of the 1970s, in which artists departed from the simplicity and traditionalism of punk rock to adopt a variety of avant-garde sensibilities.
Post-punk revival (also known as "new wave revival", "garage rock revival"J. Stuessy and S. D. Lipscomb, Rock and roll: its History and Stylistic Development (London: Pearson Prentice Hall, 5th edn., 2006),, p. 451. or "new rock revolution") is a genre of alternative rock and indie rock that developed in the late 1990s and early 2000s, inspired by the original sounds and aesthetics of garage rock of the 1960s and new wave and post-punk of the 1980s.
Post-rock is a form of experimental rock characterized by use of rock instruments primarily to explore textures and timbre rather than traditional song structure, chords or riffs.
Postmodern music is either simply music of the postmodern era, or music that follows aesthetical and philosophical trends of postmodernism.
Primal Scream are a British rock band originally formed in 1982 in Glasgow by Bobby Gillespie (vocals) and Jim Beattie.
Progressive rock (shortened as prog; sometimes called art rock, classical rock or symphonic rock) is a broad genre of rock music that developed in the United Kingdom and United States throughout the mid to late 1960s.
Public Image Ltd (abbreviated as PiL) are an English post-punk band formed by singer John Lydon (a.k.a. Johnny Rotten), guitarist Keith Levene, bassist Jah Wobble, and drummer Jim Walker.
Pulp were an English rock band formed in Sheffield in 1978.
Punk rock (or "punk") is a rock music genre that developed in the mid-1970s in the United States, United Kingdom, and Australia.
Punk subculture includes a diverse array of ideologies, fashion, and other forms of expression, visual art, dance, literature and film.
R.E.M. was an American rock band from Athens, Georgia, that was formed in 1980 by drummer Bill Berry, guitarist Peter Buck, bassist/backing vocalist Mike Mills, and lead vocalist Michael Stipe.
A radio format or programming format (not to be confused with broadcast programming) describes the overall content broadcast on a radio station.
Radiohead are an English rock band from Abingdon, Oxfordshire, formed in 1985.
Rancid is an American punk rock band formed in Berkeley, California in 1991.
Rap rock is a fusion genre that fuses vocal and instrumental elements of hip hop with various forms of rock.
A record label, or record company, is a brand or trademark associated with the marketing of music recordings and music videos.
Red Hot Chili Peppers are an American funk rock band formed in Los Angeles in 1983.
Reel Big Fish is an American ska punk band from Orange County, California, best known for the 1997 hit "Sell Out".
Richard Skinner (born 26 December 1951 in Portsmouth, Hampshire) is a British broadcaster.
Riot grrrl is an underground feminist punk movement that began in the early 1990s in Washington state (particularly Olympia) and the greater Pacific Northwest.
Rites of Spring was an American post-hardcore band from Washington, D.C., in the mid-1980s, known for their energetic live performances.
Rock music is a broad genre of popular music that originated as "rock and roll" in the United States in the early 1950s, and developed into a range of different styles in the 1960s and later, particularly in the United Kingdom and in the United States.
Rockism is the belief in the superiority of certain rock music values, which often results in discrimination and prejudice against other forms of popular music.
Rolling Stone is an American monthly magazine that focuses on popular culture.
Save Ferris is a ska punk band formed circa 1995 in Orange County, California.
Seattle is a seaport city on the west coast of the United States.
Sebadoh is an American indie rock band formed in 1988 in Northampton, Massachusetts, by Eric Gaffney and Dinosaur Jr. bass player Lou Barlow.
The Sex Pistols were an English punk rock band that formed in London in 1975.
Shoegaze (or shoegazing, originally interchangeable with "dream pop"Nathaniel Wice / Steven Daly: "The dream pop bands were lionized by the capricious British music press, which later took to dismissing them as "shoegazers" for their affectless stage presence.", Alt. Culture: An A-To-Z Guide to the '90s-Underground, Online, and Over-The-Counter, p. 73, HarperCollins Publishers 1995) is a subgenre of indie and alternative rock that emerged in the United Kingdom in the late 1980s.
Siamese Dream is the second studio album by American rock band The Smashing Pumpkins, released on July 27, 1993 on Virgin Records.
Sigur Rós is an Icelandic avant-rock band from Reykjavík, who have been active since 1994.
Simon & Schuster, Inc., a subsidiary of CBS Corporation, is an American publishing company founded in New York City in 1924 by Richard Simon and Max Schuster.
Simon Reynolds (born 19 June 1963) is an English music journalist, critic, and author.
Singing is the act of producing musical sounds with the voice and augments regular speech by the use of sustained tonality, rhythm, and a variety of vocal techniques.
Siouxsie and the Banshees were an English rock band, formed in London in 1976 by vocalist Siouxsie Sioux and bass guitarist Steven Severin.
Ska punk (also spelled ska-punk) is a fusion genre that mixes ska music and punk rock music together.
Skunk Anansie are a British rock band whose members include Skin (lead vocals, guitar), Cass (guitar, bass, backing vocals), Ace (guitar, backing vocals) and Mark Richardson (drums and percussion).
Sleater-Kinney is an American rock band that formed in Olympia, Washington, in 1994.
Slint is an American rock band consisting of Brian McMahan (guitar and vocals), David Pajo (guitar), Britt Walford (drums and vocals), Todd Brashear (bass on Spiderland), and Ethan Buckler (bass on Tweez).
Slowdive are an English rock band that formed in Reading, Berkshire in 1989.
"Smells Like Teen Spirit" is a song by American rock band Nirvana.
Sonic Youth was an American rock band based in New York City, formed in 1981.
Soundgarden is an American rock band formed in Seattle, Washington, in 1984 by singer and rhythm guitarist Chris Cornell, lead guitarist Kim Thayil, and bassist Hiro Yamamoto.
Sounds was a UK weekly pop/rock music newspaper, published from 10 October 1970 to 6 April 1991.
Spiderland is the second and final studio album by the American rock band Slint.
Spin is an American music magazine founded in 1985 by publisher Bob Guccione, Jr. The magazine stopped running in print in 2012 and currently runs as a webzine.
Spin Alternative Record Guide is a music reference book compiled by the American music magazine Spin and published in 1995 by Vintage Books.
SST Records is an American independent record label formed in 1978 in Long Beach, California by musician Greg Ginn.
Stone Temple Pilots (often abbreviated as STP) are an American rock band from San Diego, California, that originally consisted of Scott Weiland (lead vocals), brothers Robert DeLeo (bass, backing vocals) and Dean DeLeo (guitars), and Eric Kretz (drums).
Sub Pop is a record label founded in 1986 by Bruce Pavitt.
Sublime was an American ska punk band from Long Beach, California, formed in 1988.
Suede are an English alternative rock band formed in London in 1989.
On April 8, 1994, Kurt Cobain, the lead singer of the grunge band Nirvana, was found dead at his home, located at 171 Lake Washington Boulevard East in Seattle, Washington, USA.
Sunny Day Real Estate was an American rock band from Seattle, Washington.
Superchunk is an American indie rock band from Chapel Hill, North Carolina, United States, consisting of singer-guitarist Mac McCaughan, guitarist Jim Wilbur, bassist Laura Ballance, and drummer Jon Wurster.
Talk Talk were an English rock band formed in 1981, led by Mark Hollis (vocals, guitar, piano), Lee Harris (drums), and Paul Webb (bass).
Techno is a form of electronic dance music that emerged in Detroit, Michigan, in the United States during the mid-to-late 1980s.
Temple of the Dog is the only studio album by the American rock band Temple of the Dog, released on April 16, 1991, through A&M Records.
Ten is the debut studio album by American rock band Pearl Jam, released on August 27, 1991 through Epic Records.
Terry Tolkin was the Vice President of A&R at Elektra Records from 1992 to 1996.
The Beach Boys are an American rock band formed in Hawthorne, California, in 1961.
The Cure are an English rock band formed in Crawley, West Sussex, in 1976.
The Dream Syndicate is an American alternative rock band from Los Angeles, California, originally active from 1981 to 1989, and reunited since 2012.
The Feelies are an American rock band from Haledon, New Jersey.
The Guardian is a British daily newspaper.
The Haçienda was a nightclub and music venue in Manchester, England, which became famous in the Madchester years of the 1980s and early 1990s.
The Jesus and Mary Chain are a Scottish alternative rock band formed in East Kilbride in 1983.
The Jesus Lizard is an American rock band formed in 1987 in Austin, Texas and based in Chicago, Illinois.
The Killers are an American rock band formed in Las Vegas, Nevada, in 2001 by members Brandon Flowers (lead vocals, keyboards, bass) and Dave Keuning (lead guitar, backing vocals).
The Mighty Mighty Bosstones (informally referred to as The Bosstones) are an American ska punk band from Boston, Massachusetts, formed in 1983.
The New York Times (sometimes abbreviated as The NYT or The Times) is an American newspaper based in New York City with worldwide influence and readership.
The Places You Have Come to Fear the Most is the second studio album recorded by the American emo band Dashboard Confessional, released on 20 March 2001 through Vagrant.
The Rapture were a rock band from New York City, formed in 1998.
The Replacements were an American rock band formed in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1979.
The Smashing Pumpkins (or Smashing Pumpkins) are an American alternative rock band from Chicago, Illinois.
The Smiths were an English rock band formed in Manchester in 1982.
The Stone Roses are an English rock band formed in Manchester in 1983.
The Strokes are an American rock band from New York City.
The Sugarcubes (Icelandic: Sykurmolarnir) were an Icelandic alternative rock band from Reykjavík formed in 1986 and disbanded in 1992.
The Sydney Morning Herald (SMH) is a daily compact newspaper published by Fairfax Media in Sydney, Australia.
The Velvet Underground was an American rock band formed in 1964 in New York City by singer/guitarist Lou Reed, multi-instrumentalist John Cale, guitarist Sterling Morrison, and drummer Angus MacLise (replaced by Moe Tucker in 1965).
The Wedding Present are a British indie rock group originally formed in 1985 in Leeds, England, from the ashes of the Lost Pandas.
They Might Be Giants (often abbreviated as TMBG) is an American alternative rock band formed in 1982 by John Flansburgh and John Linnell.
Thirty Seconds to Mars (commonly stylized as 30 Seconds to Mars) is an American rock band from Los Angeles, California, formed in 1998.
Thrill Jockey Records is an American independent record label established in 1992 in New York City by former Atlantic Records A&R representative Bettina Richards.
Ticketmaster Entertainment, Inc. is an American ticket sales and distribution company based in Beverly Hills, California, with operations in many countries around the world.
The time signature (also known as meter signature, metre signature, or measure signature) is a notational convention used in Western musical notation to specify how many beats (pulses) are to be contained in each measure (bar) and which note value is equivalent to one beat.
Alternative rock is generally understood to have begun in the late 1970s and early 1980s, primarily in the United Kingdom.
Too Pure is a London-based independent record label formed in 1990 by Richard Roberts and Paul Cox.
In the music industry, the top 40 is the current, 40 most-popular songs in a particular genre.
Tortoise is an American experimental rock band formed in Chicago, Illinois in 1990.
Touch and Go Records is an American independent record label based in Chicago, Illinois.
Travis are a Scottish rock band formed in Glasgow in 1990, composed of Fran Healy (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), Dougie Payne (bass guitar, backing vocals), Andy Dunlop (lead guitar, banjo, backing vocals) and Neil Primrose (drums, percussion).
Trip hop (sometimes used synonymously with "downtempo") is a musical genre that originated in the early 1990s in the United Kingdom, especially Bristol.
Twin/Tone Records was a independent record label based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, which operated from 1977 until 1994.
Two-tone (or 2 tone) is a genre of British music that fuses traditional ska with musical elements of punk rock.
The UK Independent Singles Chart and UK Independent Albums Chart are charts of the best-selling independent singles and albums, respectively, in the United Kingdom.
An umbrella term is a word or phrase that covers a wide range of concepts belonging to a common category.
Underground music comprises musical genres beyond mainstream culture.
The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, commonly known as the United Kingdom (UK) or Britain,Usage is mixed with some organisations, including the and preferring to use Britain as shorthand for Great Britain is a sovereign country in western Europe.
The United States of America (USA), commonly known as the United States (U.S.) or America, is a federal republic composed of 50 states, a federal district, five major self-governing territories, and various possessions.
Violent Femmes is an American folk punk band from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, initially active from 1980 to 2009.
Vs. is the second studio album by American rock band Pearl Jam, released on October 19, 1993 through Epic Records.
The Wall of Sound (also called the Spector Sound) is a music production formula developed by American record producer Phil Spector at Gold Star Studios in the 1960s, with assistance from engineer Larry Levine and the session musician conglomerate later known as "the Wrecking Crew".
Washington, officially the State of Washington, is a state in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States.
Weezer is an American rock band formed in Los Angeles in 1992, consisting of Rivers Cuomo (lead vocals, lead guitar, keyboards), Patrick Wilson (drums), Brian Bell (rhythm guitar, backing vocals, keyboards), and Scott Shriner (bass, backing vocals).
Wendy Fonarow has been an anthropology professor at Glendale Community College, writer and music industry professional.
Wesleyan University Press is a university press that is part of Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut.
Word of mouth or viva voce, is the passing of information from person to person by oral communication, which could be as simple as telling someone the time of day.
Yeah Yeah Yeahs is an American indie rock band formed in New York City in 2000.
Zen Arcade is the second studio album by American rock band Hüsker Dü, released in July 1984 on SST Records.
A zine (short for magazine or fanzine) is a small-circulation self-published work of original or appropriated texts and images, usually reproduced via photocopier.
(What's the Story) Morning Glory? is the second studio album by English rock band Oasis, released on 2 October 1995 by Creation Records.
2018 has been designated as the third International Year of the Reef by the International Coral Reef Initiative.
2019 (MMXIX) will be a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar, the 2019th year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations, the 19th year of the 3rd millennium, the 19th year of the 21st century, and the 10th and last year of the 2010s decade.
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