alternative rock

noun

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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As fans know, the six-string instrument has been the go-to for Buck since R.E.M.’s early days and was essential in establishing the sound of alternative rock. cleveland.com, "Rock Hall adds influential R.E.M. guitar to collection," 17 June 2019 To top it all off, Texas-native Anderson is a country singer, and Thomas comes from the world of alternative rock. Trevor Fraser, orlandosentinel.com, "Abby Anderson to open for Rob Thomas at Hard Rock Live Orlando," 28 June 2019 With their jangly guitars and radio-ready hooks, Gin Blossoms helped define the sound of popular alternative rock in the early/mid-1990s. Sameer Rao, baltimoresun.com, "Alt-rock stars Gin Blossoms to headline Fells Point Fun Fest," 19 June 2019 Other notable wins for Milwaukee artists include Kyle Megna, who won male vocalist of the year, and alternative rock/rock artist of the year for his group Kyle Megna & the Monsoons; and Abby Jeanne, who won female vocalist of the year. Piet Levy, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "GGOOLLDD, Altered Five, Tre Principesse big winners at WAMI Awards 2018," 21 May 2018 Beyond saying goodbye to a music festival that showcased acts big and small from the worlds of punk and alternative rock, the closing of Warped Tour also feels like a farewell to a place that embraced fans from different walks of life. Angel E. Fraden, Teen Vogue, "Warped Tour: 9 People of Color Share Their Experiences With the Music Festival," 4 Aug. 2018 The best songs written by those two alternative rock acts’ respective principals, Kristin Hersh and Grant-Lee Phillips, hold up well today. New York Times, "13 Pop, Rock and Jazz Concerts to Check Out in NYC This Weekend," 8 Mar. 2018 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

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1975, in the meaning defined above

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