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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.[1] History[edit] 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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Sonic Youth
Sonic Youth
Sonic Youth
was an American rock band based in New York City, formed in 1981. Founding members Thurston Moore
Thurston Moore
(guitar, vocals), Kim Gordon (bass, vocals, guitar) and Lee Ranaldo
Lee Ranaldo
(guitar, vocals) remained together for the entire history of the band, while Steve Shelley (drums) followed a series of short-term drummers in 1985, and rounded out the core line-up. Sonic Youth
Sonic Youth
emerged from the experimental no wave art and music scene in New York before evolving into a more conventional rock band and becoming the most prominent of the American noise rock groups. Sonic Youth have been praised for having "redefined what rock guitar could do"[3] using a wide variety of unorthodox guitar tunings and preparing guitars with objects like drum sticks and screwdrivers to alter the instruments' timbre
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Noise Pop Festival
Noise Pop Festival is an annual week-long music and arts festival that takes place throughout the San Francisco Bay Area
San Francisco Bay Area
produced by Noise Pop. Since 1993, Noise Pop Festival has provided exposure to some emerging artists, many of which have gone on to widespread acclaim, including The White Stripes, Modest Mouse, Death Cab for Cutie, The Flaming Lips, The Shins, Fleet Foxes, Bright Eyes and Yoko Ono. Noise Pop Festival began in 1993 as a "5 bands for 5 dollars show"at the Kennel Club (now the Independent). Tickets were $5 and although it was only one day, it was called the S.F
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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.[3][4] In partial reaction against punk rock's recycling of traditionalist rock and roll clichés, 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.[5][6][7] In the later years of the scene, it adopted a more playful, danceable aesthetic inspired by disco, early hip hop and world music sources.[8] The term "no wave" was a pun based on the rejection of commercial new wave music.[9] The movement would last a relatively short time but profoundly influenced the development of independent film, fashion and visual art.[10]Contents1 Musical styles and characteristics 2 Hi
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Post-punk
Post-punk
Post-punk
(originally called new musick[2]) 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
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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. In 2006, the site was chosen by the Observer Music
Music
Monthly as one of the Internet's 25 most essential music websites.[2] Stylus closed as a business on 31 October 2007.[3][4] The site remained online for several years, but did not publish any new content. On 4 January 2010, with the blessing of former editor Todd Burns, Stylus senior writer Nick Southall launched The Stylus
The Stylus
Decade, a website with a new series of lists and essays reviewing music from the previous ten years:[5] it is now also defunct
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Punk Rock
Punk
Punk
rock (or "punk") is a rock music genre that developed in the mid-1970s in the United States, United Kingdom, and Australia. Rooted in 1960s garage rock and other forms of what is now known as "proto-punk" music, punk rock bands rejected perceived excesses of mainstream 1970s rock. Punk
Punk
bands typically produced short or fast-paced songs, with hard-edged melodies and singing styles, stripped-down instrumentation, and often political, anti-establishment lyrics. Punk
Punk
embraces a DIY ethic; many bands self-produce recordings and distribute them through independent record labels and other informal channels. The term "punk rock" was first used by certain American rock critics in the early 1970s to describe 1960s garage bands and subsequent acts then perceived as stylistic inheritors. Between 1974 and 1976 the movement now bearing the name "punk rock" emerged
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Dinosaur Jr.
HomesteadSST Blanco y Negro/Sire Merge Fat Possum PIAS Recordings Jagjaguwar Blast First Au Go Go Cherry RedAssociated actsSebadoh Deep Wound J Mascis
J Mascis
and the Fog Sonic Youth Witch Folk Implosion Kevin Shields Heavy BlanketWebsite dinosaurjr.comMembersJ Mascis Lou Barlow MurphPast membersMike Johnson George Berz Dinosaur Jr.
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. The band was founded by J Mascis
J Mascis
(guitar, vocals, primary songwriter), Lou Barlow
Lou Barlow
(bass, vocals), and Murph (drums). After three albums on independent labels earned the band a reputation as one of the formative influences on American alternative rock, creative tension led to Mascis firing Barlow, who later formed Sebadoh
Sebadoh
and Folk Implosion
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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.[1] 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.[2] According to critic Robert Christgau, between 1966 and 1975, the only notable acts who could be categorized as "avant-punk" were the Velvets, MC5, Iggy Pop and the Stooges, the Modern Lovers, and the New York Dolls.[2] List of artists[edit] This is a dynamic list and may never be able to satisfy particular standards for completeness
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Hardcore Punk
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.[8] 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
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Proto-punk
Proto-punk (or "protopunk") is the rock music played by garage bands[4] from the 1960s and early 1970s that presaged the punk rock movement.[5] 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.[5]Contents1 Definition 2 Origins and etymology2.1 International developments3 List of artists 4 References 5 Bibliography 6 Further readingDefinition Further information: 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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The Velvet Underground
The Velvet Underground
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
Angus MacLise
(replaced by Moe Tucker
Moe Tucker
in 1965). 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)[1][2] such as a "drone [pipe] of a bagpipe",[3][4] 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.[5] 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
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Distortion (music)
Distortion
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
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. 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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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 incorporate unorthodox and unique elements (Anon. & n.d.(c)). The practice became prominent in the mid-20th century, particularly in Europe and North America. John Cage
John Cage
was one of the earliest composers to use the term and one of experimental music's primary innovators, utilizing indeterminacy techniques and seeking unknown outcomes
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Avant-garde
The avant-garde (/ˌævɒ̃ˈɡɑːrd/;[1] French pronunciation: ​[avɑ̃ɡaʁd];[2] from French, "advance guard" or "vanguard", literally "fore-guard")[3] are people or works that are experimental, radical, or unorthodox with respect to art, culture, or society.[3][4][5] It may be characterized by nontraditional, aesthetic innovation and initial unacceptability,[6] and it may offer a critique of the relationship between producer and consumer.[4] The avant-garde pushes the boundaries of what is accepted as the norm or the status quo, primarily in the cultural realm. The avant-garde is considered by some to be a hallmark of modernism, as distinct from postmodernism[citation needed]
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