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Alternative rock (also called alternative music, alt-rock or simply alternative) is a style of rock music that emerged from the independent music underground of the 1980s and became widely popular in the 1990s. 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, DIY 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, social context and 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 noise pop, indie rock, grunge, and alternative hip hop. 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 2000s, other alternative rock bands emerged, including The White Stripes, The Strokes, Interpol and Arcade Fire.

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Out in the Storm
 
Out in the Storm is the fourth studio album by Katie Crutchfield's band Waxahatchee, released on July 14, 2017 through Merge.
Soft Sounds from Another Planet
 
Soft Sounds from Another Planet is the second studio album by American indie project Japanese Breakfast.
50 Song Memoir
 
50 Song Memoir is the eleventh studio album by American indie pop band The Magnetic Fields, released on March 10, 2017.
Everything Now
 
"Everything Now" is a song by Canadian indie rock band Arcade Fire.

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Jay Som is the musical project of the American, Oakland, California-based songwriter Melina Duterte. Her debut album, Turn Into, was released on Polyvinyl Records.[1]

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Music Producers Rejoice As W.A. Productions Share Free Sausage Fattener Alternative
  –  December 21, 2017
Just recently, W.A. Production has decided to release ComBear, a freeware alternative to the famous sausage fattener by Dada Life. “ComBear is a plugin that will change the EDM scene forever. If you want to jump the to the top of the game, you need to ...
Entercom Flips WBMP (Amp 92.3) to Alternative as Alt 92.3 in New York City
  –  November 17, 2017
The company quickly flipped CBS Radio’s Top 40 mainstay WBMP (Amp 92.3) in New York to Alt 92.3, with the tagline “New York’s New Alternative.” Entercom released the following statement: “Alt 92.3 will give music fans a true alternative – an ...
Alternative music ahoy
  –  October 24, 2017
Alternative music is a term we hear a lot but what does it really mean? It could be musical performances without ordinary instruments or a strong stage presence by a singer who can also play on an accordion. If these are the definitions this week is ...
Marin musician’s best albums of 2017
  –  December 28, 2017
Press Play reviewed another year of rockin’ local recordings in 2017. Here are the Top ... a Great Ocean” — The Mill Valley indie rock quartet Marble Party continues its winning streak with an album of new songs marked by the same kind of quirky ...
2017 Top Ten Songs Of The Year
  –  December 21, 2017
Welcome to the ARTISTdirect Top Ten Songs of 2017. 10. K.Flay — "Black Wave" Stanford student ... The Man — "Feel It Still" Eight albums in to their career, indie-rock cult heroes have suddenly leapt into the pop charts with this potent slice of ...
Top 10 Alternative Rock Songs Of 2017
  –  December 24, 2017
2017 saw some releases from several major alternative rock acts, including tragically the final songs from some rock icons. Here are Alternative Nation’s top 10 alternative rock songs of 2017. One of Maynard James Keenan’s two major bands finally ...

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