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Indie Rock
INDIE ROCK is a genre of alternative rock that originated in the United States and the United Kingdom in the 1980s. Originally used to describe independent record labels , the term became associated with the music they produced and was initially used interchangeably with alternative rock. As grunge and punk revival bands in the US, and then Britpop bands in the UK, broke into the mainstream in the 1990s, it came to be used to identify those acts that retained an outsider and underground perspective. In the 2000s, as a result of changes in the music industry and the growing importance of the Internet, some indie rock acts began to enjoy commercial success, leading to questions about its meaningfulness as a term. Sometimes used interchangeably with "guitar pop rock ", in the mid-1980s, the term "indie " (or "indie pop ") began to be used to describe the music produced on punk and post-punk labels
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Alternative Rock
ALTERNATIVE ROCK (also called ALTERNATIVE MUSIC, ALT-ROCK or simply ALTERNATIVE) is a style of rock music that emerged from the independent music underground of the 1980s and became widely popular in the 1990s. In this instance, the word "alternative" refers to the genre's distinction from mainstream rock music. The term's original meaning was broader, referring to a generation of musicians unified by their collective debt to either the musical style or simply the independent, DIY ethos of punk rock , which in the late 1970s laid the groundwork for alternative music. At times, "alternative" has been used as a catch-all description for music from underground rock artists that receives mainstream recognition, or for any music, whether rock or not, that is seen to be descended from punk rock (including some examples of punk itself, as well as new wave , and post-punk )
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Post-punk
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. Inspired by punk's energy and DIY ethic but determined to break from rock cliches , artists experimented diversely with sources such as electronic music and free jazz ; black dance styles like funk , disco , and dub ; novel recording and production techniques ; and ideas from art and politics, including critical theory , modernist art and literature . Communities that produced independent record labels , visual art, multimedia performances and fanzines developed around these musical scenes
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Indie Pop
INDIE POP (also typeset as INDIE-POP or INDIEPOP) is a music genre, subculture and counterpart of indie rock that combines guitar pop with DIY ethic in opposition to the style and tone of mainstream pop music . It originated from British post-punk in the late 1970s and subsequently generated a thriving fanzine , label , and club and gig circuit. The style differs from indie rock to the extent that it is more melodic, less abrasive, and relatively angst-free. In later years, the definition of _indie pop_ has bifurcated to also mean bands from unrelated DIY scenes/movements with pop leanings. Subgenres include chamber pop and twee pop
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College Rock
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. The stations' playlists were often created by students who avoided the mainstream rock played on commercial radio stations. MUSICThe bands of this category combined the experimentation of post-punk and new wave with a more melodic pop style and an underground sensibility. It is not necessarily a genre term, but there do exist some common aesthetics among college rock bands. Artists such as R.E.M. , U2 , The Cure
The Cure
, Red Hot Chili Peppers
Red Hot Chili Peppers
, Camper Van Beethoven , The Smiths
The Smiths
, XTC
XTC
, The Smithereens and The Replacements became some of the better-known examples in the mid 1980s
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Jangle Pop
JANGLE POP is a subgenre of pop rock that emphasizes trebly, ringing guitars (usually twelve-string electrics ) and pop melodies reminiscent of those from the 1960s. While the Everly Brothers and the Searchers laid the foundations for the style, the Beatles and the Byrds are commonly credited with launching the popularity of the "jangly" sound that defined the genre. Particularly, the Byrds' recording of " Mr. Tambourine Man " (1965), which coined the genre name from the lyric "jingle-jangle morning" accompanied by the sounds of chiming guitars. Even though many subsequent bands drew hugely from the Byrds, they did not fit into the folk rock continuum as the Byrds did. In the early to mid 1980s, the term "jangle pop" emerged as a label for an American post-punk movement that recalled the sounds of "jangly" acts from the 1960s
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Chamber Pop
CHAMBER POP (also called ORK-POP, short for "orchestral pop ") is a style of rock music characterized by an emphasis on melody and texture , the intricate use of strings , horns , piano , and vocal harmonies , and other components drawn from the lounge and orchestral pop of the 1960s. It was predicated mainly on the Beach Boys ' Brian Wilson (especially the 1966 album Pet Sounds ) and composer Burt Bacharach , in addition to producers Henry Mancini , Lee Hazlewood
Lee Hazlewood
, Phil Spector , and singer Scott Walker . In the mid 1990s, chamber pop developed as a subgenre of indie rock or indie pop in which musicians opposed the distorted guitars, lo-fi aesthetic, and simple arrangements common to the alternative or "modern rock " groups of that era. In Japan, the movement was paralleled by Shibuya-kei
Shibuya-kei
, another indie genre that was formed on some of the same bedrock of influences
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Emo
EMO /ˈiːmoʊ/ is a loosely categorized rock music genre characterized by expressive, often confessional, lyrics. It emerged as a style of post-hardcore from the mid-1980s hardcore punk movement of Washington, D.C., where it was known as EMOTIONAL HARDCORE or EMOCORE and pioneered by bands such as Rites of Spring and Embrace . However, as emo was echoed by contemporary American punk rock bands, its sound and meaning shifted and changed and it was reinvented as a style of indie rock and pop punk encapsulated in the early 1990s by bands such as Jawbreaker and Sunny Day Real Estate
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Lo-fi Music
LO-FI MUSIC (from the term "low fidelity ") are sound recordings that are of lower quality than the usual standard for modern music. The term was adopted in late 1986 by WFMU
WFMU
DJ William Berger, who dedicated a weekly half-hour segment of his program to home recorded music under the name Lo-Fi. The music also refers to a movement which grew primarily from American underground music scenes in the early 1980s. Associated artists include Sebadoh
Sebadoh
, Pavement , Liz Phair
Liz Phair
, and Beck
Beck
. CONTENTS * 1 Origins * 2 Hypnagogic pop
Hypnagogic pop
* 3 See also * 4 References * 5 Further reading ORIGINS See also: Noise in music
Noise in music
AllMusic writes: "Throughout rock & roll\'s history, recordings were made cheaply and quickly, often on substandard equipment
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Math Rock
MATH ROCK is a style of indie rock that emerged in the late 1980s in the United States
United States
, influenced by post-hardcore , progressive rock bands such as King Crimson
King Crimson
and 20th century minimal music composers such as Steve Reich . Math rock
Math rock
is characterized by complex, atypical rhythmic structures (including irregular stopping and starting), counterpoint , odd time signatures, angular melodies, and extended, often dissonant , chords . It bears similarities to post-rock
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Midwest Emo
MIDWEST EMO (or MIDWESTERN EMO ) refers to the vibrant and influential emo scene that developed in 1990s Midwestern United States . Employing unconventional vocals stylings, distinct guitar riffs and arpeggiated melodies, Midwest emo
Midwest emo
bands shifted away from the genre's hardcore punk roots and drew on indie rock approaches. According to the author and critic Andy Greenwald , "this was the period when emo earned many, if not all, of the stereotypes that have lasted to this day: boy-driven, glasses-wearing, overly sensitive, overly brainy, chiming-guitar-driven college music." CONTENTS * 1 Characteristics * 2 History * 3 See also * 4 References * 5 Further reading CHARACTERISTICSAccording The Chicago Reader critic Leor Galil, the second-wave bands of the Midwest emo
Midwest emo
scene "tranformed the angular fury of D.C
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Noise Pop
NOISE POP is a subgenre of alternative /indie rock 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 . HISTORY _ The Jesus and Mary Chain – "Never Understand" (1985) "Never Understand " was the lead single from their debut album Psychocandy _. ------------------------- _Problems playing this file? See media help ._ Noise pop has been described by AllMusic as "the halfway point between bubblegum and the avant-garde "; the combination of conventional pop songwriting with experimental sounds of white noise, distorted guitars and drones . Accordingly, the style "often has a hazy, narcotic feel, as melodies drift through the swirling guitar textures
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Post-punk Revival
POST-PUNK REVIVAL (also known as "NEW WAVE REVIVAL", "GARAGE ROCK REVIVAL" 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. Bands that broke through to the mainstream from local scenes across the world in the early 2000s included the Strokes , Interpol , the White Stripes , the Hives and the Vines who were followed to commercial success by many established and new acts. By the end of the decade, most of the bands had broken up, moved on to other projects or were on hiatus, although some bands returned to recording and touring in the 2010s
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Sadcore
SADCORE is a subgenre occasionally identified by music journalists to describe examples of alternative rock characterised by bleak lyrics, downbeat melodies and slower tempos. The term is an example of use of the suffix "-core". It is a loose definition and does not describe a specific movement or scene . It is categorised by Allmusic 's reference guide as music "by and for the depressed". Sadcore is synonymous with the term slowcore , and both share the distinction of often being dismissed as a label by the bands they would describe. LA Weekly called Charlyn Marshall (a.k.a. Cat Power
Cat Power
) the "Queen of Sadcore"
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Shoegazing
SHOEGAZING (also known as SHOEGAZE) is a subgenre of indie rock , alternative rock , and neo-psychedelia that emerged in the United Kingdom in the late 1980s. The style is typified by the blurring of component musical parts—typically significant guitar distortion , feedback and obscured vocals—into indistinguishable mixtures of sound. The term "shoegazing" was coined by the British music press to ridicule the stage presence of a wave of groups who stood still during live performances in a detached, introspective, non-confrontational state, often with their heads down; the heavy use of effects pedals meant the performers were often looking down at their feet during concerts. The term was often used contemporaneously with "dream pop ". A loose label given to the shoegazing scene and other affiliated bands in London
London
in the early 1990s was The Scene That Celebrates Itself
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Alternative Dance
ALTERNATIVE DANCE is a genre that mixes alternative /indie rock with post-disco dance music . CONTENTS * 1 Characteristics * 2 1980s–90s * 3 2000s–present * 4 References * 5 External links CHARACTERISTICS AllMusic states that alternative dance mixes the "melodic song structure of alternative and indie rock with electronic beats, synths and/or samples , and club orientation of post-disco dance music ". _ The Sacramento Bee _ calls it "postmodern –Eurosynth –technopop –New Wave in a blender". The genre draws heavily on club culture for inspiration while incorporating other styles of music such as electropop , house , and EBM . The performers of alternative dance are closely identified with their music through a signature style, texture, or fusion of specific musical elements. They are usually signed to small record labels
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