Best of Alternative and Indie Music 2017

Best of Alternative and Indie Music 2017



Alternative rock (also called alternative music, alt-rock or simply alternative) is a genre of rock music that emerged from the independent music underground of the 1980s and became widely popular in the 1990s and 2000s. In this instance, the word "alternative" refers to the genre's distinction from mainstream rock music. The term's original meaning was broader, referring to a generation of musicians unified by their collective debt to either the musical style or simply the independent, D.I.Y. ethos of punk rock, which in the late 1970s laid the groundwork for alternative music.[4] At times, "alternative" has been used as a catch-all description for music from underground rock artists that receives mainstream recognition, or for any music, whether rock or not, that is seen to be descended from punk rock (including some examples of punk itself, as well as new wave, and post-punk).

Alternative rock is a broad umbrella term consisting of music that differs greatly in terms of its sound, its social context, and its regional roots. By the end of the 1980s magazines and zines, college radio airplay, and word of mouth had increased the prominence and highlighted the diversity of alternative rock, helping to define a number of distinct styles (and music scenes) such as gothic rock, jangle pop, noise pop, indie rock, indie pop, grunge, industrial rock, alternative hip hop, and rap rock. Most of these subgenres had achieved minor mainstream notice and a few bands representing them, such as Hüsker Dü and R.E.M., had even signed to major labels. But most alternative bands' commercial success was limited in comparison to other genres of rock and pop music at the time, and most acts remained signed to independent labels and received relatively little attention from mainstream radio, television, or newspapers. With the breakthrough of Nirvana and the popularity of the grunge and Britpop movements in the 1990s, alternative rock entered the musical mainstream and many alternative bands became successful.

By the end of the decade, alternative rock's mainstream prominence declined due to a number of events that caused grunge and Britpop to fade and led to the hiatus of the Lollapalooza festival. Nevertheless, post-grunge remained commercially viable into the start of the 21st century, with the commercial success of Creed and Matchbox Twenty; Radiohead's critical acclaim, and the success of some post-Britpop groups like Coldplay. Emo attracted attention in the larger alternative rock world, and the term was applied to a variety of artists, including multi-platinum acts. During the late 1990s and early 2000s, several alternative rock bands emerged, including The White Stripes, The Strokes, Arcade Fire, Franz Ferdinand, and Interpol, that drew from post-punk and new wave. Post-punk revival artists such as Modest Mouse and The Killers had commercial success in the early and mid 2000s.

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Cage the Elephant is an American rock band from Bowling Green, Kentucky, that formed in 2006 and relocated to London, England in 2008 before their first album was released. The band currently consists of vocalist Matthew Shultz, rhythm guitarist Brad Shultz, drummer Jared Champion and bassist Daniel Tichenor, as well as touring keyboardist/guitarist Matthan Minster and touring lead guitarist Nick Bockrath.[1] Lincoln Parish served as the band's lead guitarist from their formation in 2006 until December 2013, when he left on good terms to pursue a career in producing. The band's first album, Cage the Elephant, was released in 2008 to much success, spawning several successful radio singles and gained the band a large following in both the United States and the United Kingdom.

Cage the Elephant are known for energetic live performances and for possessing an eclectic sound. The band's first album is influenced by classic rock, funk, and blues music. However, the band's second album, Thank You, Happy Birthday, displayed heavy influence by punk rock and bands such as the Pixies and Nirvana, while Melophobia was a concerted effort by the band to find its own distinct musical identity, and earned them a Grammy Award nomination in 2015 for Best Alternative Music Album. Cage the Elephant's fourth album, Tell Me I'm Pretty, produced by Dan Auerbach, was released on December 18, 2015.

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DMNW Picks: Pacific Northwest Alternatives for Sold-Out Music Festivals
  –  February 20, 2017
Oregon Eclipse 2017 : Aug ... for an alternative to their sold out festivals to give these, or any other PNW festival a shot…we promise you won’t be disappointed. Avid adventure, and full time wild thing. Lover of all types of music but hold those ...
Sinclair IRIS goes the e-trike route too, for a super fast commuter
  –  February 20, 2017
While that contraption was about an all-weather commuter to get through Swedish winters by bike [sic], the IRIS leans a different way, pushing for a “superfast, supersafe & ultra efficient” alternative ... play music, and more. It also has built ...
THE RED PONY – Aaron Copland
  –  February 20, 2017
The album closes the cue with an alternative rendering of the Ringmaster music. “The Knights-At-Arms” reveals Tom walking to school. He grabs a stick and begins beating his lunch case as a drum, which initiates a fantasy where we see Billy and he as ...
Air + Style Touches Down in LA - Shaun White's Snowboard and Music Festival In an Urban Setting
  –  February 20, 2017
He has further expanded his brand with Air + Style, a touring festival that combines snowboarding and music. On this circuit with superb ... with the latter’s bathroom facilities providing a welcome alternative to the porta-potties.
New documentary: Tom Waits Tales from a Cracked Jukebox BBC 2017
  –  February 20, 2017
Using rare archive, audio recordings and interviews, this film is a bewitching after-hours trip through the surreal, moonlit world of Waits’ music – a portrait of a pioneering musician and his unique, alternative American songbook. Note: The sound ...
2017 AP Music Awards To Be Hosted By Andy Black
  –  February 19, 2017
The Journeys Alternative Press Music Awards, Fueled by Monster Energy ... Ohio on July 17th. Details regarding 2017 tickets and VIP packages, nominees,attending/performing artists, red carpet appearances, surrounding events and more will be announced ...
Band of boys who take Indian music abroad
  –  February 19, 2017
Meet The F16s who make music only so that they can mature as artistes.They ... Nearly four years, two EPs and a lot of anxious waiting later, the alternative dance-punk band released its album, Triggerpunkte earlier this year. The Chennai-based band ...
Andy Biersack To Host Alternative Press Awards
  –  February 19, 2017
Black Veil Brides rocker Andy Biersack has reportedly signed on to appear as the host of the upcoming Alternative Music Awards. The event is scheduled ... Even before we got down into the [2017 APMAs] details he had already dissected other hosts' successes ...
Four decades on, ‘it’s time to honour’ the punk dreamers of an Alternative Ulster
  –  February 18, 2017
Bid to commemorate bar which saw debut gig by Stiff Little Fingers and birth of a teenage peace process The old punks of “Alternative Ulster” are rebelling ... already erected plaques commemorating one music scene – the Belfast rhythm and blues ...
Cincinnati Public Radio steps into breach left by sale of WNKU, offering AAA music format
  –  February 18, 2017
“In an effort to fill the gap the loss of WNKU leaves behind, effective Friday, February 17 at 10 a.m., fans of the AAA (adult album alternative) music format can now tune to 91.7 WVXU-HD2, or listen through our website (, to enjoy XPoNential ...
Treefort Music Fest is a month away. Time to make your battle plan for music and more
  –  February 18, 2017
the all-out celebration of music and much more that takes over Downtown Boise from Wednesday, March 22, to Sunday, March 26. Treefort 2017 features 411 performances by 75 musical acts and an increasing number of alternative “subforts” and satellite ...
Music of Merit
  –  February 17, 2017
22, A Million by Bon Iver was nominated for 2 awards, including Best Alternative Music Album. 25 by Adele. Adele was nominated for 5 awards and won all of them, including Song of the Year, Record of the Year, and Album of the Year. American Prodigal by ...
4th Annual Journey’s Alternative Press Music Awards Announce Host
  –  February 16, 2017
The 4 th Annual JOURNEYS ALTERNATIVE PRESS MUSIC AWARDS, FUELED BY MONSTER ENERGY Announce Black Veil Brides Frontman, Solo Alt-Pop Artist and Counterculture Superstar ANDY BIERSACK as Host July 17, 2017 | Cleveland, Ohio Venue and Ticketing Details ...
Interview: Phoebe Ryan finds the perfect mix between alternative and mainstream
  –  February 16, 2017
Victoria Wasylak: Genre-wise, you’re kind of alternative pop, which has really been on the rise recently. How would you categorize your music? Phoebe Ryan: I think that’s probably close, the alternative pop vibe, that’s about right. Are you trying to ...
Club listings, Feb. 16-23, 2017
  –  February 16, 2017
DJ Andy (alternative mix of music), 9 p.m. BOOMERANGS BAR AND GRILL: The Live Jukebox Show (David Howie and Lou DiBello play all your requests), 7 p.m. CHESTER STREET BAR: DJ Bill Karr (retro), 9 p.m. CLARK BAR: Bruiser and the Impalas, 6:30 p.m.; Dragon ...
iHeartRadio Music Awards adds Katy Perry and The Chainsmokers
  –  February 16, 2017
Fan voting will determine this year’s Best Fan Army, Best Collaboration, Best Cover Song, Best Song from a Movie and the first-ever Best Music Video, Social Star and Best Underground Alternative Band awards. Social voting for the Social Star Award and ...
Black Veil Brides’ Andy Biersack To Host 2017 ‘Alternative Press Music Awards’
  –  February 15, 2017
Andy Biersack of Black Veil Brides/Andy Black has been tapped to host the 2017 ‘Alternative Press Music Awards‘. The ceremony will be held in Cleveland, OH on July 17th with a venue and full details still pending. Biersack commented: “I am so honored ...
Black Veil Brides' Andy Biersack to Host 2017 Journeys Alternative Press Music Awards, Fueled by Monster: Exclusive
  –  February 15, 2017
Fourth annual show will return to Cleveland on July 17. Andy Biersack, the lead singer of hard rock band Black Veil Brides, has been chosen to host the 2017 edition of the Journeys Alternative Press Music Awards, Fueled by Monster Energy. The show will ...
Katy Perry, Ed Sheeran, The Chainsmokers and Big Sean Join Bruno Mars At The 2017 iHeartRadio Music Awards
  –  February 15, 2017
February 15, 2017 – The fan-fueled fourth annual iHeartRadio ... Best Song from a Movie and the first-ever Best Music Video, Social Star and Best Underground Alternative Band awards. Social voting for the Social Star Award and Best Fan Army Award ...
Andy Biersack to host 2017 Alternative Press Music Awards
  –  February 15, 2017
CLEVELAND, Ohio - The 2017 Alternative Press Music Awards has its host. Black Veil Brides' frontman Andy Biersack will handle the duties for the show that returns to Cleveland, after a year in Columbus, on July 17. Biersack, who recently released a solo ...
Grammys 2017: Katy Perry's white pant suit protest, plus Beyonce's red quick change
  –  February 15, 2017
Feb. 13, 2017, 7:09 p.m. Chance the Rapper , newly crowned best ... David Bowie ’s final album, “Blackstar,” also picked up five Grammy Awards for alternative music album, rock song, rock performance, engineered nonclassical album and recording ...
NME Awards 'an alternative to other awards'
  –  February 15, 2017
NME editor-in-chief Mike Williams has hailed the magazine’s annual awards as “an alternative to other awards” ahead of tonight’s ceremony. The 2017 NME Awards take place ... s spin on it,”Williams told Music Week.“That’s the same as the ...
Top 5 Vendors in the Global Music Market from 2017 to 2021: Technavio
  –  February 14, 2017
BMG Rights Management offers a digital service alternative to artists, songwriters, and rights owners in the music industry. The catalog includes more than one million music publishing copyrights and a wide range of recordings of popular music. The company ...
Grammy Winners 2017: Adele Wins Album Of The Year
  –  February 14, 2017
Her five wins were quietly matched by the late David Bowie, whose album “Blackstar,” and its title track, won for best rock song, best rock performance, best alternative music album, best recording package and best engineered non-classical album.
Select winners at the 2017 Grammy Awards
  –  February 12, 2017
Select winners at the 2017 Grammy Awards: Album of the year ... Best rock album: "Tell Me I'm Pretty," Cage the Elephant. Best alternative music album: "Blackstar," David Bowie. Best R&B album: "Lalah Hathaway Live," Lalah Hathaway.
Grammys 2017: David Bowie wins his first ever music-focused awards with 2016's 'Blackstar'
  –  February 12, 2017
Like the true Lazarus that he is, David Bowie won his first ever musical Grammys at the 2017 Grammy awards from beyond the ... best rock song and best alternative music album. They're well-deserved wins for an artist who's had such an immeasurable ...


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