alternative music


Definition of alternative music

: music that is produced by performers who are outside the musical mainstream, that is typically regarded as more eclectic, original, or challenging than most popular music (such as conventional rock, pop, or country), and that is often distributed by independent record labels

Examples of alternative music in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Social Cues is the band's third consecutive studio album to be nominated for either best rock album or best alternative music album. Paul Grein, Billboard, "Grammys 2020: Beyoncé, Tanya Tucker & More Fearless Predictions In 15 Top Categories," 7 Jan. 2020 Others browsed racks of shotguns and long rifles while a soundtrack of late-90s pop and alternative music — Weezer, John Mayer and the like — played over the store’s speakers. Jonathan Bullington, The Courier-Journal, "Kentuckians are going on a massive gun and ammo buying spree for 'fear of the unknown'," 19 Mar. 2020 That was my introduction to the alternative music scene. Dave Brooks, Billboard, "Five Questions With Chip Hooper Nominee Elena de Soto From the Masquerade In Atlanta," 1 Nov. 2019 Vampire Weekend took best alternative music album for the second time with Father of the Bride. Paul Grein, Billboard, "Grammys 2020: Billie Eilish Becomes the First Woman to Sweep the Big Four Grammys In One Night," 27 Jan. 2020 Abiyah website | bandcamp | facebookAlternative hip hop artist who blurs boundaries between hip hop, electronica, dub, & alternative music with the fury of a free wild muse. Luann Gibbs,, "Things to do this week in Cincinnati: Dec. 24-29," 24 Dec. 2019 Their brand of folksy alternative music is a perfect fit for the Music Box. Chuck Yarborough, cleveland, "10,000 Maniacs and Cleveland stalwart Crash Coffin take over Also Playing," 16 Dec. 2019 Linsey, 17, listens to more rock and alternative music than anything else. Sonali Kohli, Los Angeles Times, "Nipsey Hussle was killed next to a school. His death still haunts students," 3 Oct. 2019 The icon of lo-fi and alternative music died on Sept. 11 of a heart attack. Rania Aniftos, Billboard, "Nick Cave Covers Daniel Johnston's 'Devil Town' on Tour: Watch," 24 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of alternative music

1974, in the meaning defined above

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“Alternative music.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Aug. 2020.

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