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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Both figures represent the largest weeks of the year for an alternative rock album. Keith Caulfield, Billboard, "Billboard 200 Chart Moves: The Beatles' '1' Back in Top 40 After More Than Two Years," 6 July 2018 Fellow cinematic alternative rock group Manchester Orchestra opens. Piet Levy, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "You can see Arcade Fire and Manchester Orchestra for just $21 at Summerfest Sunday," 7 July 2018 The Cure offered gloomy post-punk music, helping make alternative rock mainstream. Neil Shah, WSJ, "Janet Jackson, Radiohead, Def Leppard to Join Rock & Roll Hall of Fame," 13 Dec. 2018 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

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1975, in the meaning defined above

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