alternative rock

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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 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, chicagotribune.com, "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, sandiegouniontribune.com, "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 The three-member alternative rock band will be celebrating its 30th anniversary on Sept. 16, 2019, and the new album will kick off the milestone year. Billboard Japan, Billboard, "Japanese Rockers the pillows Kick Off U.S. Tour in Lead-up to New Album," 12 July 2018 Moose's Tooth's summer music series kicked off last month with Nas and rocks on this weekend with classic nu metal, alternative rock band, Incubus. Anchorage Daily News, "This week in Anchorage: Incubus, Girdwood Forest Fair and beer in the Alaska Botanical Garden," 6 July 2018 Below, musician and alternative rock artist Stefan Olsdal shares his. Stefan Olsdal, Billboard, "Stefan Olsdal: Love Letter to the LGBTQ Community," 30 June 2018 The weekly became the foundation for a network of businesses such as alternative papers in Providence, Worcester, and Portland, Maine, along with alternative rock station WFNX-FM, and later the publications Stuff and Stuff at Nite. Bryan Marquard, BostonGlobe.com, "Stephen M. Mindich, longtime Boston Phoenix owner and publisher, dies at 74," 24 May 2018

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1975, in the meaning defined above

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