alternative rock


Definition of alternative rock 

: alternative music that blends elements of conventional rock with influences from other musical styles (such as punk rock, hard rock, hip-hop, or folk)

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The alternative rock group consists of musicians, models and, above all, siblings Lucky Blue Smith, 18, Pyper America, 20, Daisy Clementine, 21, and Starlie Cheyenne, 23. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Atomics Talk Family, Making Music and Why You Shoudn't Be on Your Phone at Coachella," 29 Mar. 2017 Originally conceived by Kevin Lyman as an eclectic alternative rock festival, with a focus on punk, Warped has grown to include a multitude of genres, including metal, hip hop, reggae, pop and more. Ed Masley, azcentral, "Summer concerts in Phoenix: Eagles, Post Malone, Logic, Panic! at the Disco, J. Cole, Wiz Khalifa," 15 June 2018 Conceived by founder Kevin Lyman in 1995 as an alternative rock festival with a focus on punk, the tour has grown to include metal, hip-hop, reggae, pop and more. Anne Dunlap,, "Vans Warped Tour: Tickets on sale for last Orlando stop," 18 May 2018 Before that, there was alternative country and alternative rock. Jason Scott, Billboard, "'Car Wheels on a Gravel Road' Turns 20: Lucinda Williams & Producer Steve Earle Reflect on Her Masterpiece," 30 June 2018 The earlier winners were The Browns, a pop/soul group out of Palos Heights and South Chicago; Bad Idea, an alternative/funk rock band from Chicago; and Cooper Run, an alternative rock group from Madison. Denys Bucksten,, "Bitter Jester Music Festival sets July 4 lineup," 27 June 2018 Parkinson’s disease research is getting a lift from the alternative rock group 10,000 Maniacs, which is performing a benefit concert Saturday in Vista. Bradley J. Fikes,, "10,000 Maniacs in concert Saturday in Vista to fight Parkinson's disease," 2 May 2018 But just as their father's rockabilly ways were tested with Beatlemania, the Nelson twins battled alternative rock and grunge. Vickie Snow Jurkowski, Daily Southtown, "Brothers pay homage to dad Ricky Nelson with 'high-energy rock concert meets A&E biography'," 22 Mar. 2018 After the pioneering alternative rock band Sonic Youth announced its hiatus in 2011, Kim Gordon faced both the dissolution of her longtime creative and personal partnership with Thurston Moore and a breast cancer diagnosis. New York Times, "14 Pop, Rock and Jazz Concerts to Check Out in N.Y.C. This Weekend," 12 July 2018

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1975, in the meaning defined above

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