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)

Examples of alternative rock in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In 1992, fashion designer Marc Jacobs released a collection for Perry Ellis paying homage to the alternative rock movement of the Pacific Northwest. Kai McNamee, NPR, 11 Apr. 2024 Over in the alternative rock space, Vampire Weekend dropped their fifth album Only God Was Above Us, while in the Latin world, Young Miko introduced herself to fans with the deeply personal att. Rania Aniftos, Billboard, 5 Apr. 2024 That film sparked a fire with the youth of that day, a youth who grew up on hard, alternative rock, punk and metal, that binged on MTV and zines. Madison Bloom, Pitchfork, 14 Mar. 2024 Saturday, May 11’s headliners are alternative rock veterans Weezer and new school alt-pop singer-songwriter Dominic Fike. Spin Contributor, SPIN, 18 Mar. 2024 The Breeders, an alternative rock band, will open for Rodrigo in April at her New York City shows and in August at her Los Angeles shows. The Enquirer, 15 Mar. 2024 Joining the alternative rock bands on tour are special guests Vertical Horizon. Matthew Strauss, Pitchfork, 11 Mar. 2024 The band’s music combines traditional Mexican son jarocho with alternative rock, funk, reggae, Cuban charanga, Brazilian pandeiro and more. George Varga, San Diego Union-Tribune, 29 Feb. 2024 But by far the biggest surprise came in the form of Matthews, a longtime Seattle resident not usually associated with Dinosaur Jr.’s style of loud alternative rock. Spin Staff, SPIN, 18 Jan. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1975, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of alternative rock was in 1975

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“Alternative rock.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

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