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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Recent Examples on the Web Current country radio chart-topper Lee Brice, Summerfest favorite Phil Vassar and '90s alternative rock act Blessid Union of Souls are some of the acts playing the latest run of Live at the Lot, running July 17 to 26. Piet Levy, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Lee Brice, Phil Vassar, Blessid Union of Souls playing Live at the Lot drive-in concert series near Milwaukee," 9 July 2020 The album has five tracks of feel-good alternative rock. Chris Bieri, Anchorage Daily News, "New Alaska music: Concrete to Clouds examines social media, Blackwater records from the island and Emma Hill releases a new video.," 10 June 2020 With alternative rock and grunge exploding in the early 1990s, the Muffs signed to Warner Bros., a major label., "When the Muffs were on hiatus, Ms. Shattuck played with other groups such as the Beards. In 2013, she joined Pixies after Kim Deal quit the group; Ms. Shattuck served as the bassist for a few months before the band fired her.," 6 Oct. 2019 The April 17 performance with Kevin Griffin of the alternative rock group Better than Ezra raised $35,000 for the Bella Bowman Foundation’s relief comfort care bags for hospital workers. Amanda Albee, Dallas News, "Raising Cane’s employees take on a new task: sewing face masks," 22 Apr. 2020 Like years past, most of the music at this year's festival is alternative rock, but there's some rap with a performance from Ski Mask the Slump God and some pop from Melanie Martinez. Briana Rice,, "Bunbury Music Festival 2020 lineup includes a lot of rock, electronic and alternative music," 30 Jan. 2020 Headliner band Pearl Jam is a Grammy-winning alternative rock group that formed in 1990 and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2017. Emma Austin, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville band White Reaper is going on tour with Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Pearl Jam," 3 Dec. 2019 The iconic alternative rock group delivered a set that balanced their biggest chart hits with lesser-known tracks from some of their acclaimed '80s albums. Heidi Taksdal Skjeseth, Billboard, "The Cure Closes First Day of Øya in Oslo, With a Dancing Robert Smith Playing the Festival's Longest Show," 8 Aug. 2019 The AMAs have added 15 awards that didn't exist that first year, including ones for rap/hip-hop, alternative rock, adult contemporary, Latin, contemporary inspirational and electronic dance music (EDM). Paul Grein, Billboard, "15 Ways the Grammys & American Music Awards Differ From Each Other," 12 Nov. 2019

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1975, in the meaning defined above

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14 Jul 2020

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“Alternative rock.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Aug. 2020.

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