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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 by the 1990s. Although the term was most commonly associated in its commercial heyday with a loud, distorted guitar sound, its 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. 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 such as gothic rock, jangle pop, noise pop, C86, Madchester, industrial rock, and shoegazing. 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 commercially successful.

The term Alternative Rock

Before the term alternative rock came into common usage around 1990, the sort of music to which it refers was known by a variety of terms. In 1979, Terry Tolkin used the term Alternative Music to describe the groups he was writing about. College rock was used in the United States to describe the music during the 1980s due to its links to the college radio circuit and the tastes of college students. In the United Kingdom, dozens of small do it yourself record labels emerged as a result of the punk subculture. According to the founder of one of these labels, Cherry Red, NME and Sounds magazines published charts based on small record stores called "Alternative Charts". The first national chart based on distribution called the Indie Chart was published in January 1980; it immediately succeeded in its aim to help these labels. At the time, the term indie was used literally to describe independently distributed records. By 1985, indie had come to mean a particular genre, or group of subgenres, rather than simply distribution status.

The use of the term alternative to describe rock music originated around the mid-1980s; at the time, the common music industry terms for cutting-edge music were new music and post modern, respectively indicating freshness and a tendency to recontextualize sounds of the past. Individuals who worked as DJs and promoters during the 1980s claim the term originates from American FM radio of the 1970s, which served as a progressive alternative to top 40 radio formats by featuring longer songs and giving DJs more freedom in song selection. According to one former DJ and promoter, "Somehow this term 'alternative' got rediscovered and heisted by college radio people during the 80s who applied it to new post-punk, indie, or underground-whatever music". At first the term referred to intentionally non–mainstream rock acts that were not influenced by "heavy metal ballads, rarefied new wave" and "high-energy dance anthems". Usage of the term would broaden to include New Wave, pop, punk rock, post-punk, and occasionally "college"/"indie" rock, all found on the American "commercial alternative" radio stations of the time such as Los Angeles' KROQ-FM. The use of alternative gained further exposure due to the success of Lollapalooza, for which festival founder and Jane's Addiction frontman Perry Farrell coined the term Alternative Nation. In the late 1990s, the definition again became more specific. In 1997, Neil Strauss of The New York Times defined alternative rock as "hard-edged rock distinguished by brittle, '70s-inspired guitar riffing and singers agonizing over their problems until they take on epic proportions".

Defining music as alternative is often difficult because of two conflicting applications of the word. Alternative can describe music that challenges the status quo and that is "fiercely iconoclastic, anticommercial, and antimainstream", but the term is also used in the music industry to denote "the choices available to consumers via record stores, radio, cable television, and the Internet." Using a broad definition of the genre, Dave Thompson in his book Alternative Rock cites the formation of the Sex Pistols as well as the release of the albums Horses by Patti Smith and Metal Machine Music by Lou Reed as three key events that gave birth to alternative rock. Until recent years when indie rock became the most common term in the US to describe modern pop and rock, the terms "indie rock" and "alternative rock" were often used interchangeably; whilst there are aspects which both genres have in common, indie rock was regarded as a British-based term, unlike the more American alternative rock.


History

Alternative rock in the 1980s

By 1984, a majority of groups signed to independent record labels were mining from a variety of rock and particularly 1960s rock influences. This represented a sharp break from the futuristic, hyper-rational post-punk years.

Throughout the 1980s, alternative rock was mainly an underground phenomenon. While on occasion a song would become a commercial hit or albums would receive critical praise in mainstream publications like Rolling Stone, alternative rock in the 1980s was primarily relegated to independent record labels, fanzines, and college radio stations. Alternative bands built underground followings by touring constantly and regularly releasing low-budget albums. In the case of the United States, new bands would form in the wake of previous bands, which created an extensive underground circuit in America, filled with different scenes in various parts of the country.Although American alternative artists of the 1980s never generated spectacular album sales, they exerted a considerable influence on later alternative musicians and laid the groundwork for their success. By 1989 the genre had become popular enough that a package tour featuring New Order, Public Image Limited and The Sugarcubes toured the United States arena circuit.

In contrast, British alternative rock was distinguished from that of the United States early on by a more pop-oriented focus (marked by an equal emphasis on albums and singles, as well as greater openness to incorporating elements of dance and club culture) and a lyrical emphasis on specifically British concerns. As a result, few British alternative bands have achieved commercial success in the US. Since the 1980s alternative rock has been played extensively on the radio in the UK, particularly by disc jockeys such as John Peel (who championed alternative music on BBC Radio 1), Richard Skinner, and Annie Nightingale. Artists that had cult followings in the United States received greater exposure through British national radio and the weekly music press, and many alternative bands had chart success there.

The American underground in the 1980s

Early American alternative bands such as R.E.M., The Feelies and Violent Femmes combined punk influences with folk music and mainstream music influences. R.E.M. was the most immediately successful; its debut album, Murmur (1983), entered the Top 40 and spawned a number of jangle pop followers. One of the many jangle pop scenes of the early 1980s, Los Angeles' Paisley Underground revived the sounds of the 1960s, incorporating psychedelia, rich vocal harmonies and the guitar interplay of folk rock as well as punk and underground influences such as The Velvet Underground.

American indie record labels SST Records, Twin/Tone Records, Touch and Go Records, and Dischord Records presided over the shift from the hardcore punk that then dominated the American underground scene to the more diverse styles of alternative rock that were emerging. Minneapolis bands Hüsker Dü and The Replacements were indicative of this shift. Both started out as punk rock bands, but soon diversified their sounds and became more melodic. Michael Azerrad asserted that Hüsker Dü was the key link between hardcore punk and the more melodic, diverse music of college rock that emerged. Azerrad wrote, "Hüsker Dü played a huge role in convincing the underground that melody and punk rock weren't antithetical." The band also set an example by being the first group from the American indie scene to sign to a major record label, which helped establish college rock as "a viable commercial enterprise." By focusing on heartfelt songwriting and wordplay instead of political concerns, The Replacements upended a number of underground scene conventions; Azerrad noted that "along with R.E.M. [The Replacements] were one of the few underground bands that mainstream people liked."

By the late 1980s, the American alternative scene was dominated by styles ranging from quirky alternative pop (They Might Be Giants and Camper Van Beethoven), to noise rock (Sonic Youth, Big Black, The Jesus Lizard) and industrial rock (Ministry, Nine Inch Nails). These sounds were in turn followed by the advent of Boston's the Pixies and Los Angeles' Jane's Addiction. Around the same time, the grunge subgenre emerged in Seattle, Washington. Grunge was based around a sludgy, murky guitar sound that synthesized heavy metal and punk rock. Largely based around the Seattle indie label Sub Pop, grunge bands were noted for their thrift store fashion which favored flannel shirts and combat boots suited to the local weather. Early grunge bands Soundgarden and Mudhoney found critical acclaim in the U.S. and UK, respectively.

By the end of the decade, a number of alternative bands began to sign to major labels. While early major label signings Hüsker Dü and The Replacements had little success, acts who signed with majors in their wake such as R.E.M. and Jane's Addiction achieved gold and platinum records, setting the stage for alternative's later breakthrough. Some bands such as the Pixies had massive success overseas while they were ignored domestically.

In the middle of the decade Husker Du's album Zen Arcade influenced other hardcore acts by tackling personal issues. Out of Washington,D.C.'s hardcore scene what was called "emocore" or "emo" emerged and was noted for it's lyrics which delved into emotional very personal subject matter (vocalists sometimes cried) and added free association poetry and a confessional tone. Rites of Spring has been described as the first "emo" band. Ian MacKaye a former singer with Minor Threat founded Dischord Records which became the center for the city's emo scene.

British genres and trends of the 1980s

Gothic rock developed out of late-1970s British post-punk. With a reputation as the "darkest and gloomiest form of underground rock", gothic rock utilizes a synthesizer-and-guitar based sound drawn from post-punk to construct "foreboding, sorrowful, often epic soundscapes", and the genre's lyrics often address literary romanticism, morbidity, religious symbolism, and supernatural mysticism. This genre among bands that took inspiration from late-1970s British post-punk groups, Joy Division and Siouxsie and the Banshees. Bauhaus' debut single "Bela Lugosi's Dead", released in 1979, is considered to be the proper beginning of the gothic rock genre. The Cure's "oppressively dispirited" albums Seventeen Seconds (1980), Faith (1981), and Pornography (1982) cemented that group's stature in that style and laid the foundation its large cult following.

The key British alternative rock band to emerge during the 1980s was Manchester's The Smiths. Music journalist Simon Reynolds singled out The Smiths and their American contemporaries R.E.M. as "the two most important alt-rock bands of the day", commenting that they "were eighties bands only in the sense of being against the eighties". Reynolds noted that The Smiths' "whole stance was predicated on their British audience being a lost generation, exiles in their own land". The Smiths' embrace of the guitar in an era of synthesizer-dominated music is viewed as signaling the end of the New Wave era and the advent of alternative rock in Britain. Despite the band's limited chart success and short career, The Smiths exerted an influence over the British indie scene through the end of the decade, as various bands drew from singer Morrissey's English-centered lyrical topics and guitarist Johnny Marr's jangly guitar-playing style. The C86 cassette, a 1986 NME premium featuring Primal Scream, The Wedding Present and others, was a major influence on the development of indie pop and the British indie scene as a whole.

Other forms of alternative rock developed in the UK during the 1980s. The Jesus and Mary Chain's sound combined the Velvet Underground's "melancholy noise" with Beach Boys pop melodies and Phil Spector's "Wall of Sound" production, while New Order emerged from the demise of post-punk band Joy Division and experimented with techno and house music. The Mary Chain, along with Dinosaur Jr., C86 and the dream pop of Cocteau Twins, were the formative influences for the shoegazing movement of the late 1980s. Named for the band members' tendency to stare at their feet and guitar effects pedals onstage rather than interact with the audience, shoegazing acts like My Bloody Valentine and Slowdive created an overwhelmingly loud "wash of sound" that obscured vocals and melodies with long, droning riffs, distortion, and feedback. Shoegazing bands dominated the British music press at the end of the decade along with the Madchester scene. Based around The Haçienda, a nightclub in Manchester owned by New Order and Factory Records, Madchester bands such as Happy Mondays and The Stone Roses mixed acid house dance rhythms with melodic guitar pop.

Popularization in the 1990s

By the start of the 1990s, the music industry was enticed by alternative rock's commercial possibilities and major labels actively courted bands including Jane's Addiction, Dinosaur Jr., Firehose, and Nirvana. In particular, R.E.M.'s success had become a blueprint for many alternative bands in the late 1980s and 1990s to follow; the group had outlasted many of its contemporaries and by the 1990s had become one of the most popular bands in the world.

The breakthrough success of the band Nirvana led to the widespread popularization of alternative rock in the 1990s. The release of the band's single "Smells Like Teen Spirit" from its second album Nevermind (1991) "marked the instigation of the grunge music phenomenon". Due to constant airplay of the song's music video on MTV, Nevermind was selling 400,000 copies a week by Christmas 1991. The success of Nevermind surprised the music industry. Nevermind not only popularized grunge, but also established "the cultural and commercial viability of alternative rock in general." Michael Azerrad asserted that Nevermind symbolized "a sea-change in rock music" in which the glam metal that had dominated rock music at that time fell out of favor in the face of music that was authentic and culturally relevant.

Nirvana's surprise success with Nevermind heralded a "new openness to alternative rock" among commercial radio stations, opening doors for heavier alternative bands in particular. In the wake of Nevermind, alternative rock "found itself dragged-kicking and screaming ... into the mainstream" and record companies, confused by the genre's success yet eager to capitalize on it, scrambled to sign bands. The New York Times declared in 1993, "Alternative rock doesn't seem so alternative anymore. Every major label has a handful of guitar-driven bands in shapeless shirts and threadbare jeans, bands with bad posture and good riffs who cultivate the oblique and the evasive, who conceal catchy tunes with noise and hide craftsmanship behind nonchalance." However, many alternative rock artists rejected success, for it conflicted with the rebellious, D.I.Y. ethic the genre had espoused before mainstream exposure and their ideas of artistic authenticity.

The Grunge Explosion

Other grunge bands subsequently replicated Nirvana's success. Pearl Jam had released its debut album Ten a month before Nevermind in 1991, but album sales only picked up a year later. By the second half of 1992 Ten became a breakthrough success, being certified gold and reaching number two on the Billboard 200 album chart. Soundgarden's album Badmotorfinger and Alice in Chains' Dirt, along with the Temple of the Dog album collaboration featuring members of Pearl Jam and Soundgarden, were also among the 100 top-selling albums of 1992. The popular breakthrough of these grunge bands prompted Rolling Stone to nickname Seattle "the new Liverpool." Major record labels signed most of the prominent grunge bands in Seattle, while a second influx of bands moved to the city in hopes of success.

At the same time, critics asserted that advertising was co-opting elements of grunge and turning it into a fad. Entertainment Weekly commented in a 1993 article, "There hasn't been this kind of exploitation of a subculture since the media discovered hippies in the '60s." The New York Times compared the "grunging of America" to the mass-marketing of punk rock, disco, and hip hop in previous years. As a result of the genre's popularity, a backlash against grunge developed in Seattle. Nirvana's follow-up album In Utero (1993) was an intentionally abrasive album that Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic described as a "wild aggressive sound, a true alternative record." Nevertheless, upon its release in September 1993 In Utero topped the Billboard charts. Pearl Jam also continued to perform well commercially with its second album, Vs. (1993), which topped the Billboard charts by selling a record 950,378 copies in its first week of release.

Britpop

With the decline of the Madchester scene and the unglamorousness of shoegazing, the tide of grunge from America dominated the British alternative scene and music press in the early 1990s. As a reaction, a flurry of British bands emerged that wished to "get rid of grunge" and "declare war on America", taking the public and native music press by storm. Dubbed "Britpop" by the media, this movement represented by Pulp, Oasis, Suede, and Blur was the British equivalent of the grunge explosion, in that the artists propelled alternative rock to the top of the charts in their home country. Britpop bands were influenced by and displayed reverence for British guitar music of the past, particularly movements and genres such as the British Invasion, glam rock, and punk rock. In 1995 the Britpop phenomenon culminated in a rivalry between its two chief groups, Oasis and Blur, symbolized by their release of competing singles on the same day. Blur won "The Battle of Britpop", but Oasis soon eclipsed the other band in popularity with its second album, (What's the Story) Morning Glory? (1995), which went on to become the third best-selling album in Britain's history.

Mid to late 1990s: decline of popularity

By the end of the decade, alternative rock's mainstream prominence declined due to a number of events, notably the death of Nirvana's Kurt Cobain in 1994 and Pearl Jam's lawsuit against concert venue promoter Ticketmaster, which in effect barred the group from playing many major venues around the United States. In addition to the decline of grunge bands, Britpop faded as Oasis's third album, Be Here Now (1997), received lackluster reviews and Blur began to incorporate influences from American alternative rock. A signifier of alternative rock's declining popularity was the hiatus of the Lollapalooza festival after an unsuccessful attempt to find a headliner in 1998. In light of the festival's troubles that year, Spin said, "Lollapalooza is as comatose as alternative rock right now".

Despite alternative rock's declining popularity, some artists retained mainstream relevance. Post-grunge remained commercially viable into the start of the 21st century, when bands like Creed and Matchbox Twenty became among the most popular rock bands in the United States. At the same time Britpop began to decline, Radiohead achieved critical acclaim with its third album OK Computer (1997), and its follow-ups Kid A (2000) and Amnesiac (2001), which were in marked contrast with the traditionalism of Britpop. Radiohead, along with post-Britpop groups like Travis and Coldplay, were major forces in British rock in subsequent years.

Fugazi became the first emo act to attract notice in the larger alternative rock world. In the mid 1990's Sunny Day Real Estate defined the "emo" genre for many. Weezer's Pinkerton album was also influential. By 2000 and on into the new decade emo was one of the most popular rock music genres. Poular acts included platinum selling success of Bleed American by Jimmy Eat World's (2001) and Dashboard Confessional's The Places You Have Come to Fear the Most (2003). The new emo had a much more mainstream sound than in the 1990s and a far greater appeal amongst adolescents than its earlier incarnations. At the same time, use of the term "emo" expanded beyond the musical genre, becoming associated with fashion, a hairstyle and any music that expressed emotion. The term "emo" has been applied by critics and journalists to a variety of artists, including multi-platinum acts such as Fall Out Boy and My Chemical Romance and disparate groups such as Paramore and Panic! at the Disco, even when they reject the label.

Alternative Rock In The 21st Century

During the late 1990s and early 2000s, several alternative rock bands emerged, including The Strokes, Muse, Franz Ferdinand, Interpol, and The Rapture that drew primary inspiration from post-punk and New Wave, establishing the post-punk revival movement. Preceded by the success of bands such as The Strokes and The White Stripes earlier in the decade, an influx of new alternative rock bands, including several post-punk revival artists and others such as Modest Mouse, The Killers, and Yeah Yeah Yeahs, found commercial success in the early 2000s. Owing to the success of these bands, Entertainment Weekly declared in 2004, "After almost a decade of domination by rap-rock and nu-metal bands, mainstream alt-rock is finally good again."

By 2010, in the United States the term alternative rock fell out of common usage. Most references to rock music today are to the indie rock genre, a term that had previously limited usage on alternative rock channels and media.

 


List of Alternative Rock Artists

0–9

  • +44
  • !!!
  • 3 Doors Down
  • 30 Seconds to Mars
  • 10,000 Maniacs
  • 13 Engines
  • 1990s
  • 311
  • 4 Non Blondes
  • 54-40
  • 7 Year Bitch

A

  • A
  • A Rocket to the Moon
  • A Silent Film
  • Adorable
  • Acceptance
  • The Afghan Whigs
  • AFI[2]
  • After Midnight Project
  • Age of Chance
  • Air Traffic
  • The Airborne Toxic Event
  • The Alarm
  • Alice in Chains
  • Alien Ant Farm
  • All Time Low
  • Alpha Rev
  • Alphaville
  • The American Analog Set
  • American Music Club
  • Tori Amos
  • Amp
  • Amplifier
  • The Amps
  • Anarbor
  • Anberlin
  • Andrew Jackson Jihad
  • Angels & Airwaves
  • Animal Collective
  • APB
  • Apparatjik
  • The Apples in Stereo
  • Arcade Fire
  • Archers of Loaf
  • Architecture in Helsinki
  • Arctic Monkeys
  • Armor for sleep
  • Army of Anyone
  • As Tall As Lions
  • Ash
  • Asian Kung-Fu Generation
  • Richard Ashcroft
  • The Asteroids Galaxy Tour
  • At the Drive-In
  • The Ataris
  • Athlete
  • Audioslave
  • Augustana
  • The Auteurs
  • Autolux
  • Melissa Auf der Maur
  • Augie March
  • Awolnation
  • Ayurveda
  • Aztec Camera
  • Alter Bridge

B

  • Babes in Toyland
  • Babyshambles
  • Bad Books
  • The Badgeman
  • Badly Drawn Boy
  • Bailter Space
  • Band of Horses
  • Band of Skulls
  • Band of Susans
  • Barenaked Ladies
  • Lou Barlow
  • Bauhaus
  • BB Gabor
  • Beady Eye
  • Beangrowers
  • Beastie Boys
  • Beat Happening
  • Beck
  • Bedhead
  • Before Their Eyes
  • Belle & Sebastian
  • The Belltower
  • Belly
  • Ben Folds Five
  • Ben Kweller
  • Better Than Ezra
  • Biffy Clyro
  • Big Audio Dynamite
  • Big Black
  • Big Pig
  • Bikini Kill
  • Billy Talent
  • Birdland
  • Birds of Tokyo
  • Birthmark
  • Björk
  • Black
  • Black Box Recorder
  • Black Grape
  • The Black Keys
  • Black Kids
  • Black Light Burns
  • Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
  • Black Stone Cherry
  • Blake Babies
  • Blind Melon
  • Blink-182
  • Bloc Party
  • Blonde Redhead
  • Blood Circus
  • Blood Red Shoes
  • Bloodhound Gang
  • Blue October
  • Blue Peter
  • The Bluebells
  • Blur
  • Bombay Bicycle Club
  • The Boo Radleys
  • Billy Bragg
  • The Border Surrender
  • Brand New
  • The Bravery
  • The Breeders
  • Brian Jonestown Massacre
  • Bright Eyes
  • Broder Daniel
  • Broken Bells
  • Broken Social Scene
  • Ian Brown
  • Jeff Buckley
  • Buffalo Tom
  • Built to Spill
  • Bump of Chicken
  • Kate Bush
  • Bush
  • Butthole Surfers
  • Bullet For My Valentine

C

  • The Cab
  • The Calling
  • Caesars
  • Cage The Elephant
  • Café Tacvba
  • Caifanes
  • Cake
  • Bill Callahan
  • Camper Van Beethoven
  • Candlebox
  • Jerry Cantrell
  • The Cardigans
  • Carina Round
  • Carter USM
  • Catatonia
  • Catherine Wheel
  • Cat Power
  • Cave In
  • Chevelle
  • Chagall Guevara
  • Chapterhouse
  • The Charlatans
  • Vic Chestnutt
  • Children of the Anachronistic Dynasty
  • Chris Cornell
  • The Church
  • Cibo Matto
  • The Cinematics
  • Circa Survive
  • Circus Diablo
  • Citizen Cope
  • The Chills
  • CKY
  • Class of '99
  • The Classic Crime
  • Cobra Starship
  • Jarvis Cocker
  • Cocteau Twins
  • Edwyn Collins
  • Coheed and Cambria
  • Coldplay
  • Cold War Kids
  • Collective Soul
  • Concrete Blonde
  • The Connells
  • The Constantines
  • Controlled Bleeding
  • Julian Cope
  • The Coral Sea
  • Billy Corgan
  • Cornershop
  • Elvis Costello
  • Counting Crows
  • Cowboy Junkies
  • Graham Coxon
  • Cracker
  • Sara Craig
  • The Cramps
  • The Cranberries
  • Crash Test Dummies
  • The Creatures
  • The Cribs
  • Crooked Fingers
  • Crowded House
  • CSS
  • The Cult
  • The Cure
  • Curve
  • Czesław Śpiewa

D

  • Daisy Chainsaw
  • The Dandy Warhols
  • The Darling Buds
  • Das Damen
  • The Damned
  • Dashboard Confessional
  • The Datsuns
  • Days of the New
  • The dB's
  • Dead Can Dance
  • Dead Letter Circus
  • The Dead Milkmen
  • The Dead Weather
  • The Deadly Syndrome
  • Deaf Havana
  • Death From Above 1979
  • Death Cab for Cutie
  • The Decemberists
  • Deerhoof
  • Deerhunter
  • Defrage
  • The Del Fuegos
  • The Delgados
  • Depeche Mode
  • Kevin Devine
  • Die Kreuzen
  • Ani DiFranco
  • Dinosaur Jr.
  • Dinosaur Pile-Up
  • Dirty Pretty Things
  • Dirty Three
  • Disciplina Kičme
  • Dishwalla
  • Dispatch
  • Dodgy
  • The Dodos
  • The Donnas
  • Doves
  • Drake Bell
  • Dramarama
  • The Dream Academy
  • Dream Syndicate
  • Dreams So Real
  • Dredg
  • The Drums

E

  • Echo & the Bunnymen
  • Echobelly
  • Editors
  • Eels
  • Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
  • Elastica
  • Elbow
  • Electrasy
  • Electronic
  • Eleventh Dream Day
  • Embrace
  • EMF
  • Emiliana Torrini
  • Enanitos Verdes
  • Erase Errata
  • Eraserheads
  • Escanaba Firing Line
  • Ethyl Meatplow
  • Eugenius
  • Everclear
  • Everlast
  • Evermore
  • Eve's Plum
  • Eve 6
  • Even
  • Every Avenue
  • Eyeshine (band)
  • Envy on the Coast
  • Enter Shikari
  • Evanescence

F

  • Failure
  • Faith No More
  • Fake Problems
  • The Fall
  • Fastbacks
  • Fastball
  • The Fatima Mansions
  • Fearless Vampire Killers
  • Feeder
  • The Feelies
  • The Fiery Furnaces
  • Fightstar
  • Fine Young Cannibals
  • Fiona Apple
  • Firehose
  • Fishbone
  • The Flaming Lips
  • Florence and the Machine
  • Folk Implosion
  • Foo Fighters
  • For Against
  • Forest for the Trees
  • Foster the People
  • The Frames
  • The Fray
  • Francesqa
  • Frank Black and the Catholics
  • Franz Ferdinand
  • The Fratellis
  • Frente!
  • Frightened Rabbit
  • Frou Frou
  • Front 242
  • Fuel
  • Fun
  • The Futureheads

G

  • Eric Gaffney
  • Galaxie 500
  • Galt Aureus
  • Game Theory
  • The Gandharvas
  • Garbage
  • Gas Huffer
  • The Gaslight Anthem
  • Gene Loves Jezebel
  • Generationals
  • Geographer
  • Georgia Satellites
  • The Get Up Kids
  • Ghinzu
  • Giant Drag
  • Gin Blossoms
  • Glasvegas
  • The Go-Betweens
  • Godspeed You! Black Emperor
  • God Lives Underwater
  • Golden Palominos
  • The Golden Seals
  • Gomez
  • Goo Goo Dolls
  • Matthew Good
  • Goon Moon
  • Goldfinger
  • Gorillaz
  • Grandaddy
  • Grant Lee Buffalo
  • Gravity Kills
  • Green Day
  • Greek Fire (band)
  • Green on Red
  • Green River
  • Grinderman
  • Guadalcanal Diary
  • Guided by Voices
  • Gumball
  • Guster

H

  • Halestorm
  • Half Japanese
  • Happy Mondays
  • Hard-Fi
  • Ben Harper
  • P.J. Harvey
  • Harvey Danger
  • Juliana Hatfield
  • Richard Hawley
  • Hayden
  • Hazen Street
  • Helium
  • Hellogoodbye
  • His Name Is Alive
  • The Hives
  • Robyn Hitchcock
  • Hockey
  • The Hold Steady
  • Hole
  • The Hollow Men
  • Hoobastank
  • Hoodoo Gurus
  • Hot Hot Heat
  • Hot Snakes
  • The House of Love
  • The Housemartins
  • Hum
  • Human Drama
  • Hunter Valentine
  • Hunters and Collectors
  • Hüsker Dü
  • Hypnolovewheel
  • Hinder

I

  • I Hate Kate
  • I Love You but I've Chosen Darkness
  • I Mother Earth
  • IAMX
  • Icicle Works
  • Ida Maria
  • Idlewild
  • James Iha
  • Ima Robot
  • Imagine Dragons
  • Imogen Heap
  • Incubus
  • The Innocence Mission
  • Inspiral Carpets
  • Institute
  • Interpol
  • Into Another
  • INXS
  • Iron & Wine
  • Ivy

J

  • Jack Off Jill
  • Jack's Mannequin
  • Jaguares
  • James
  • Jane's Addiction
  • Jawbox
  • The Jesus and Mary Chain
  • Jesus Jones
  • The Jesus Lizard
  • Jet
  • Jimmy Chamberlin Complex
  • Jimmy Eat World
  • Joan Jett
  • John Butler Trio
  • Jon Spencer Blues Explosion
  • Juliette and the Licks
  • Julien-K
  • The Joy Formidable
  • Judybats

K

  • K's Choice
  • Kaiser Chiefs
  • Kaizers Orchestra
  • Kane
  • Kasabian
  • Kent
  • Keane
  • Kill Hannah
  • Killdozer
  • The Killers
  • Killing Joke
  • The Kills
  • The KLF
  • King Missile
  • Kings of Convenience
  • Kings of Leon
  • Kitchens of Distinction
  • Klaxons
  • The Kooks
  • Kula Shaker
  • Kutless

L

  • L7
  • Lawson
  • LaFee
  • The La's
  • Larrikin Love
  • The Lemonheads
  • Less Than Jake
  • Let's Active
  • Letters to Cleo
  • The Levellers
  • Liars
  • The Libertines
  • Lifehouse
  • Lightning Seeds
  • The Lilac Time
  • Lilys
  • The Limousines
  • Lit
  • Live
  • The Living Things
  • Local H
  • Jason Loewenstein
  • Sinéad Lohan
  • Loop
  • Louis XIV
  • Courtney Love
  • Love Battery
  • Love and Rockets
  • Love Spit Love
  • Low
  • Lucero
  • The Lumineers
  • Luna
  • Luscious Jackson
  • Lush

M

  • Mad Season
  • Madina Lake
  • Madrugada
  • Magic Dirt
  • Magnapop
  • The Maine
  • Malfunkshun
  • Makethisrelate
  • Man or Astro-man?
  • Manchester Orchestra
  • Mando Diao
  • Manic Street Preachers
  • Mansun
  • Marching Band
  • Marcy Playground
  • Martha and The Muffins
  • Mary's Danish
  • Matt and Kim
  • Matthew Sweet
  • Matchbox Twenty
  • Material Issue
  • Maxïmo Park
  • Mayday
  • Mayday Parade
  • The Mayfield Four
  • Mazzy Star
  • Holly McNarland
  • McLusky
  • Meat Puppets
  • The Mekons
  • The Melvins
  • Natalie Merchant
  • Mercury Rev
  • Metric
  • Mew
  • MGMT
  • Midnight Oil
  • The Mighty Lemon Drops
  • The Mills
  • The Minutemen
  • Miracle Legion
  • Mission of Burma
  • Mission U.K.
  • Mobile
  • Modern English
  • Modest Mouse
  • Mogwai
  • Moist
  • Monaco
  • Monoral
  • Moonbabies
  • Abra Moore
  • Moose (band)
  • Morningwood
  • Morphine
  • Morrissey
  • Mother Love Bone
  • Mother Mother
  • Motion City Soundtrack
  • Bob Mould
  • The Mountain Goats
  • Mr Hudson
  • Mudhoney
  • Shawn Mullins
  • Mumford & Sons
  • Peter Murphy
  • Muse
  • The Music
  • MUTEMATH
  • My Bloody Valentine
  • My Morning Jacket
  • My Sister's Machine
  • My Chemical Romance

N

  • Nada Surf
  • The Naked and Famous
  • The National
  • Kitchie Nadal
  • National Velvet
  • Ned's Atomic Dustbin
  • Neon Trees
  • Nerf Herder
  • Neu Electrikk
  • Neutral Milk Hotel
  • New Model Army
  • New Order
  • New Politics
  • New Radicals
  • The New Pornographers
  • Joanna Newsom
  • Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
  • Nine Inch Nails
  • Nirvana
  • No Doubt
  • Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds
  • Nude
  • The Nymphs

O

  • O.A.R.
  • Oasis
  • The Ocean Blue
  • Ocean Colour Scene
  • Oceansize
  • Odds
  • Of Monsters and Men
  • Of Montreal
  • The Offspring
  • Oingo Boingo
  • OK Go
  • Okkervil River
  • Olenka and the Autumn Lovers
  • One Ok Rock
  • OneRepublic
  • The Operation M.D.
  • Beth Orton
  • Ostava
  • Our Lady Peace
  • Ozma

P

  • Pale Saints
  • Panic at the Disco
  • Parabelle
  • Paramore
  • The Pastels
  • Pato Fu
  • Pavement
  • Pearl Jam
  • Pedro the Lion
  • Pendragon
  • Pendulum
  • Pere Ubu
  • A Perfect Circle
  • Peter Bjorn and John
  • Liz Phair
  • Phantom Planet
  • Phoenix
  • The Pillows
  • Pinback
  • Pixies
  • Placebo
  • Plimsouls
  • Pluto
  • Poe
  • Poets of the Fall
  • The Pogues
  • Polvo
  • The Polyphonic Spree
  • Pond
  • Pop Will Eat Itself
  • Porno for Pyros
  • Portishead
  • The Posies
  • The Postal Service
  • Poster Children
  • The Presidents of the United States of America
  • Primal Scream
  • Prime Circle
  • The Primitives
  • Primitive Radio Gods
  • Primus
  • The Prodigy
  • The Psychedelic Furs
  • Public Image Ltd.
  • Pulled Apart By Horses
  • Pulp
  • Pussy Galore
  • Pupil
  • Pylon

Q

  • Queens of the Stone Age
  • Quix*o*tic

R

  • The Raconteurs
  • The Radio Dept.
  • Radiohead
  • The Railway Children
  • The Rain
  • Rain Parade
  • Rapeman
  • Raveonettes
  • Razorlight
  • Recovery Child
  • The Red Hot Chili Peppers
  • Red House Painters
  • The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus
  • Red (band)
  • Redd Kross
  • Reef
  • Regina Spektor
  • Relient K
  • R.E.M.
  • Remy Zero
  • Renegade Soundwave
  • The Rentals
  • The Replacements
  • Republica
  • Revenge
  • Ride
  • Rise Against
  • Rivermaya
  • Rocket from the Crypt
  • The Rockfords
  • Romance on a Rocketship
  • Rooney
  • Roses Are Red
  • Royal Trux
  • Royal Republic

S

  • Safetysuit
  • Said the Whale
  • Sahara Hotnights
  • Sambomaster
  • Sam Roberts
  • Saosin
  • Say Anything
  • SCH
  • School of Fish
  • Scratch Acid
  • Screaming Jets
  • Screaming Trees
  • The Script
  • Seaweed
  • Sebadoh
  • Secondhand Serenade
  • Semisonic
  • The Servants
  • Seven Mary Three
  • The Shamen
  • Shearwater
  • Shed Seven
  • Shellac
  • The Shins
  • Short Stack
  • Shout Out Louds
  • Shudder to Think
  • Sick Puppies
  • Sigur Rós
  • Silverchair
  • Silversun Pickups
  • The Silver Jews
  • Simple Minds
  • Siouxsie and the Banshees
  • Sister Hazel
  • The Sisters of Mercy
  • Six Finger Satellite
  • Skin Yard
  • Skinny Puppy
  • Skunk Anansie
  • Skye Sweetnam
  • Sleater-Kinney
  • Sleigh Bells
  • Slint
  • Sloan
  • Slowdive
  • The Smashing Pumpkins
  • Smoking Popes
  • Smash Mouth
  • Elliott Smith
  • Patti Smith
  • The Smiths
  • The Smithereens
  • Snowcake
  • Snow Patrol
  • Social Code
  • Social Distortion
  • Soda Stereo
  • Sol Seppy
  • Some Velvet Sidewalk
  • Something Corporate
  • Sonic Boom (aka Spectrum)
  • Sonic Youth
  • Sons of Day
  • Soul Asylum
  • Soul Coughing
  • The Sounds
  • Soundgarden
  • South Cry
  • Soup Dragons
  • Spacehog
  • Spacemen 3
  • Sparta
  • Spiritualized
  • Spirit of the West
  • Splendora
  • Sponge
  • The Spoons
  • Spoon
  • Stabbing Westward
  • Staind[citation needed]
  • Starflyer 59
  • The Starlings
  • Stars
  • Starsailor
  • State Radio
  • Stereolab
  • Stereophonics
  • Steve Adey
  • Stone Temple Pilots
  • The Stone Roses
  • The Stranglers
  • The Strokes
  • The Subways
  • Sublime
  • Suede
  • Sugar
  • The Sugarcubes
  • Sugarcult
  • Sum 41
  • The Sundays
  • Sunny Day Real Estate
  • Superchick
  • Superchunk
  • Superdrag
  • The Superjesus
  • Super Furry Animals
  • Supergrass
  • Surrounded
  • Swans
  • Switchfoot
  • Matthew Sweet
  • Swervedriver

T

  • TAD
  • Tagada Jones
  • Taking Back Sunday
  • Takida
  • Talk Talk
  • Tapes 'n Tapes
  • Tappi Tíkarrass
  • The Tea Party
  • Tegan and Sara
  • The Tears
  • The The
  • Team Sleep
  • Teenage Fanclub
  • Texas
  • The Telescopes
  • Temple of the Dog
  • Anna Ternheim
  • Terrible Things
  • Test Icicles
  • Th' Faith Healers
  • That Dog
  • The Good, the Bad, and the Queen
  • Them Crooked Vultures
  • Therapy?
  • There For Tomorrow
  • They Might Be Giants
  • Thin White Rope
  • Thinking Fellers Union Local 282
  • Third Eye Blind
  • Thirteen Senses
  • This Mortal Coil
  • Three Days Grace
  • Three Fish
  • The Three O'Clock
  • Thousand Foot Krutch
  • Throwing Muses
  • Tiger Please
  • TISM
  • Toadies
  • Toad the Wet Sprocket
  • Tokyo Police Club
  • Tones on Tail
  • Tonic
  • Too Much Joy
  • Tragically Hip
  • Train
  • Trashcan Sinatras
  • Travis
  • The Trews
  • Tripping Daisy
  • KT Tunstall
  • TV on the Radio
  • Tweaker
  • Twin Atlantic
  • Two Door Cinema Club

U

  • The U-Men
  • Ugly Casanova
  • Ultra Vivid Scene
  • Uncle Tupelo
  • Uniklubi
  • Unrest
  • Unsane
  • Urge Overkill
  • Uverworld
  • U2

V

  • The Vaccines
  • Vast
  • Vampire Weekend
  • The Vaselines
  • Suzanne Vega
  • Verona
  • VersaEmerge
  • Versus
  • Vertical Horizon
  • Veruca Salt
  • The Verve
  • The Verve Pipe
  • Vib Gyor
  • The Vines
  • Violent Femmes
  • The Virgins
  • Volbeat
  • Volcano Suns
  • The Von Bondies
  • Voxtrot

W

  • Walk off the Earth
  • Wakey!Wakey!
  • The Wallflowers
  • Walt Mink
  • Wannadies
  • The Waterboys
  • Wavves
  • Wax on Radio
  • We the Kings
  • We Are Scientists
  • We Are The Ocean
  • The Weakerthans
  • The Wedding Present
  • Ween
  • Weeping Willows
  • Weezer
  • Wellwater Conspiracy
  • Paul Westerberg
  • The Whigs
  • Jack White
  • White Lies
  • White Magic
  • The White Stripes
  • White Town
  • Wilco
  • Wild Strawberries
  • Victoria Williams
  • Wintersleep
  • Wolf Parade
  • The Wolfgang Press
  • The Wolfhounds
  • The Wombats
  • The Wonder Stuff
  • World Party
  • WZRD

X

  • XTC
  • X
  • The xx

Y

  • Yeah Yeah Yeahs
  • Yellowcard
  • Yo La Tengo
  • Thom Yorke
  • You Am I
  • You Me At Six
  • Young the Giant
  • Young Gods
  • Young Guns
  • The Young Veins

Z

  • Zoé
  • Zonic Shockum
  • Zox
  • The Zutons
  • Zwan
  • ZZ Ward

Dedication Scroller

Artist:
Aerosmith

Song Played:
I Don't Wanna Miss a Thing

Requested by:
MzEssensual

Dedication:
to my friends Earwen and Fin.. this ones for you


Artist:
KEEL

Song Played:
If Love Is A Crime (I Wanna Be Convicted)

Requested by:
The_Cat

Dedication:
For all of us lovers :)


Artist:
Gary Moore

Song Played:
Purple Haze

Requested by:
The_Cat

Dedication:
For Bluedeath :)


Artist:
Greta Van Fleet

Song Played:
Black Smoke Rising

Requested by:
The_Cat

Dedication:
They are going to be the New Led Zepplin


Artist:
Marilyn Manson

Song Played:
Deep Six

Requested by:
The_Cat

Dedication:
To all of us that are supposed to be 6 feet under


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