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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 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. But it can also be bright and lively, or angular and challenging." AllMusic cites the Velvet Underground as the earliest roots of the genre, with their experiments with feedback and distortion on their early albums. The Jesus and Mary Chain
The Jesus and Mary Chain
– "Never Understand" (1985) " Never Understand " was the lead single from their debut album Psychocandy
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Dinosaur Jr.
Homestead * SST * Blanco y Negro /Sire * Merge * Fat Possum * PIAS Recordings * Jagjaguwar
Jagjaguwar
* Blast First * Au Go Go ASSOCIATED ACTS * Sebadoh
Sebadoh
* Deep Wound * J Mascis and the Fog * Sonic Youth
Sonic Youth
* Witch * Folk Implosion * Kevin Shields
Kevin Shields
* Heavy Blanket WEBSITE dinosaurjr.com MEMBERS * J Mascis * Lou Barlow
Lou Barlow
* Murph PAST MEMBERS * Mike Johnson * George BerzDINOSAUR JR. is an American rock band formed in Amherst, Massachusetts
Massachusetts
, in 1984, originally simply called DINOSAUR until legal issues forced a change in name. The band was founded by J Mascis (guitar, vocals, primary songwriter), Lou Barlow
Lou Barlow
(bass, vocals), and Murph (drums)
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Stylus Magazine
STYLUS MAGAZINE was an online music and film magazine launched in 2002. It featured long-form music journalism, four daily music reviews, movie reviews, podcasts, an MP3 blog, and a text blog. Additionally, Stylus had daily features like "The Singles Jukebox", which looked at pop singles from around the globe, and "Soulseeking", a column focused on personal responses in listening. While the site's readership numbers never reached the levels of Pitchfork 's, it did receive many notices in the press for the quality of its writing. In 2006 it was chosen by the Observer Music
Music
Monthly as one of the Internet's 25 most essential music websites. Stylus closed as a business on 31 October 2007. As of February 2013, the site remains online, but is not publishing any new content
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No Wave
NO WAVE was a short-lived avant-garde scene that emerged in the late 1970s in downtown New York City
New York City
. In partial reaction against punk rock 's recycling of traditionalist rock and roll cliches, no wave musicians instead experimented with noise , dissonance and atonality in addition to a variety of non-rock genres , including free jazz and funk , while often reflecting an abrasive, confrontational and nihilistic worldview. In the later years of the scene, it adopted a more playful, danceable aesthetic inspired by disco , early hip hop , and world music sources. The term "no wave" was a pun based on the rejection of commercial new wave music . The movement would last a relatively short time but profoundly influenced the development of independent film, fashion and visual art
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The Velvet Underground
THE VELVET UNDERGROUND was a rock band formed in 1964 in New York City by singer/guitarist Lou Reed
Lou Reed
, multi-instrumentalist John Cale , guitarist Sterling Morrison , and drummer Angus MacLise (replaced by Moe Tucker in 1965). The group's integration of rock and the avant-garde achieved little commercial success during their existence, but they are now recognized as one of the bands most influential to rock, underground , experimental , and alternative music . The provocative subject matter, musical experimentation, and often nihilistic attitudes explored in the band's work would prove influential in the development of punk rock and new wave music . The band was initially active between 1965 and 1973, and was briefly managed by the pop artist Andy Warhol , serving as the house band at the Factory and Warhol's Exploding Plastic Inevitable events from 1966 to 1967
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Drone (music)
In music , a DRONE is a harmonic or monophonic effect or accompaniment where a note or chord is continuously sounded throughout most or all of a piece. The word drone is also used to refer to any part of a musical instrument that is just used to produce such an effect, as is the archaic term BURDEN (BOURDON or BURDON) such as a "drone of a bagpipe ", the pedal point in an organ , or the lowest course of a lute . Burden also refers to a part of a song that is repeated at the end of each stanza , such as the chorus or refrain . The term comes from the French bourdon, a staff; or a pipe made in the form of a staff. "The drone does not take its name from the bee. It is a far older word", sharing an Indo-European root ("dhran, to drone, to hum") with the Sanskrit
Sanskrit
"dhran", the Greek "thren-os", and the English "thrum", "drum", and "dream"
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Experimental Music
EXPERIMENTAL MUSIC is a general label for any music that pushes existing boundaries and genre definitions (Anon. & n.d.(c) ). Experimental compositional practice is defined broadly by exploratory sensibilites radically opposed to, and questioning of, institutionalized compositional, performing, and aesthetic conventions in music (Sun 2013 ). Elements of experimental music include indeterminate music , in which the composer introduces the elements of chance or unpredictability with regard to either the composition or its performance. Artists may also approach a hybrid of disparate styles or incoprorate unorthodox and unique elements (Anon. literally, "concrete music"), is a form of electroacoustic music that utilises acousmatic sound as a compositional resource
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Distortion (music)
DISTORTION and OVERDRIVE are forms of audio signal processing used to alter the sound of amplified electric musical instruments, usually by increasing their gain , producing a "fuzzy", "growling", or "gritty" tone. Distortion is most commonly used with the electric guitar , but may also be used with other electric instruments such as bass guitar , electric piano , and Hammond organ
Hammond organ
. Guitarists playing electric blues originally obtained an overdriven sound by turning up their vacuum tube -powered guitar amplifiers to high volumes, which caused the signal to get distorted . While overdriven tube amps are still used to obtain overdrive in the 2010s, especially in genres like blues and rockabilly , a number of other ways to produce distortion have been developed since the 1960s, such as distortion effect pedals
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Noise Pop Festival
Established in San Francisco in 1993, Noise Pop is the one of the nation’s leading independent music promoters. Over the last 24 years Noise Pop’s namesake festival has provided exposure to some of the top emerging artists, many of which have gone on to widespread acclaim, including The White Stripes , Modest Mouse
Modest Mouse
, Death Cab for Cutie , The Flaming Lips
The Flaming Lips
, The Shins
The Shins
, Fleet Foxes
Fleet Foxes
, Bright Eyes and Yoko Ono
Yoko Ono
. Noise Pop also co-produces the celebrated Treasure Island Music Festival . The outdoor festival, which celebrates its 10th Anniversary in October 2016, takes place in the middle of the San Francisco Bay
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AllMusic
ALLMUSIC (previously known as ALL MUSIC GUIDE or AMG) is an online music guide. The largest music database on the web, it catalogs more than 3 million album entries and 30 million tracks. It was launched in 1991, predating the World Wide Web . CONTENTS* 1 History * 1.1 Guide series * 2 Reception * 3 See also * 4 References * 5 External links HISTORY AllMusic was launched as All Music Guide by Michael Erlewine , an astrologer and musician. He founded a company that developed software for astrology in 1977, and in the early '90s, as CDs became the prevalent format for recorded music, he began to research using meta data to create a music guide. Dissatisfied with the inadequate labeling on CDs, his goal was to create an open access database that included every recording "since Enrico Caruso gave the industry its first big boost"
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Proto-punk
PROTO-PUNK (or "PROTOPUNK") is the rock music played by garage bands from the 1960s and early 1970s that presaged the punk rock movement. A retroactive label, the musicians involved were not originally associated with each other, coming from a variety of backgrounds and styles, but together they anticipated many of punk's musical and thematic attributes. CONTENTS * 1 Definition * 2 Origins and etymology * 3 List of artists * 4 References * 5 Bibliography * 6 Further reading DEFINITION For more details on this topic, see Punk ideologies . According to the Allmusic guide: Proto-punk was never a cohesive movement, nor was there a readily identifiable proto-punk sound that made its artists seem related at the time. What ties proto-punk together is a certain provocative sensibility that didn't fit the prevailing counterculture of the time ... It was consciously subversive and fully aware of its outsider status ..
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Nu Metalcore
NU METALCORE (sometimes referred to as NU METAL REVIVAL or NEW NU METAL) is the fusion of nu metal and metalcore popularized in the 2010s, with sometimes thrash metal , death metal and groove metal . Some of the notable groups have also taken influence from R&B
R&B
, pop , post-hardcore , and deathcore . The fusion is characterized by typical metalcore vocals and instrumentation often accompanied by down-tuned guitars, heavy bass, rapping , spoken word , soulful singing , funk samples , or turntablism . CONTENTS * 1 History and reception * 2 Notable artists * 3 Further reading * 4 References HISTORY AND RECEPTION Metalcore
Metalcore
and deathcore groups such as Emmure , Of Mice & Men , Suicide Silence , and Issues , all gained moderate popularity in the 2010s for drawing influence from nu metal
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Hardcore Punk
HARDCORE PUNK (often abbreviated to HARDCORE) is a punk rock music genre and subculture that originated in the late 1970s. It is generally faster, harder, and more aggressive than other forms of punk rock. Its roots can be traced to earlier punk scenes in San Francisco and Southern California
Southern California
which arose as a reaction against the still predominant hippie cultural climate of the time and was also inspired by New York punk rock and early proto-punk . New York punk had a harder-edged sound than its San Francisco
San Francisco
counterpart, featuring anti-art expressions of masculine anger, energy and subversive humor. Hardcore punk
Hardcore punk
generally disavows commercialism, the established music industry and "anything similar to the characteristics of mainstream rock " and often addresses social and political topics with "confrontational, politically-charged lyrics"
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Avant-punk
AVANT-PUNK is a punk music style characterized by "screeching experimentation," and a term by which critics used to describe the wave of American punk bands from the 1970s. It originated with the New York -based rock band the Velvet Underground , while antecedents included the Yardbirds , the early Kinks , and garage band one-shots collected on the Nuggets series of compilation albums. According to critic Robert Christgau
Robert Christgau
, between 1966 and 1975, the only notable acts who could be categorized as "avant-punk" were the Velvets, MC5
MC5
, Iggy Pop and the Stooges , the Modern Lovers , and the New York Dolls
New York Dolls
. LIST OF ARTISTS This is a dynamic list and may never be able to satisfy particular standards for completeness. You can help by expanding it with reliably sourced entries
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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, includ