Alternative rock (also called alternative music, alt-rock, or simply alternative) is a category of rock music that emerged from the independent music underground of the 1970s and became widely popular in the 1980s. “Alternative” refers to the genre’s distinction from mainstream or commercial rock or pop music.
Gothic rock (alternately called goth-rock or goth) is a style of rock music that emerged from post-punk in the United Kingdom in the late 1970s. The first post-punk bands which shifted towards dark music with gothic overtones include Siouxsie and the Banshees, Joy Division, Bauhaus, and the Cure.
I lose myself in music because I can’t be bothered explaining what I feel to anyone else around me.The Cure’s Robert Smith
The term grunge was first used to describe the murky-guitar bands that emerged from Seattle in the late 1980s. It was a bridge between mainstream 1980s heavy metal–hard rock and postpunk alternative rock.
The Melvins, led by singer/guitarist Buzz Osborne and drummer Dale Crover, are considered one of the pioneers and their slow-moving, trudging sound became an influence for up-and-coming Seattle bands like Nirvana and Soundgarden.
Wanting to be someone else is a waste of who you are.Kurt Cobain – Nirvana
Hard rock or heavy rock is a loosely defined subgenre of rock music typified by a heavy use of aggressive vocals, distorted electric guitars, bass guitar, and drums, sometimes accompanied with keyboards. It began in the mid-1960s with the garage, psychedelic and blues rock movements. Some very famous bands are Guns N’ Roses, AC/DC, Aerosmith and many more.
Dream on, dream until your dream comes true.Aerosmith
Indie rock is a genre of rock music that originated in the United States and United Kingdom in the 1970s. It is generally rougher and more hard-edged than rock music. Initially, the term “indie” was used for British-based music, whilst “alternative” for American. Over time, it is often used interchangeably with alternative rock or “guitar pop rock” and has fused to create several new genres and subgenres.
We’re not enemies. We just disagree.The strokes
Progressive rock is a broad genre of rock music that developed in the United Kingdom and United States throughout the mid- to late 1960s. During this time, music has complicated musical technique and composition. The tempo, time signature, and style can change many times in a single song. There is also an extremely wide dynamic range, with very quiet and very loud passages often occurring in the same piece of music.
Half the world hates what half the world does every day, half the world waits while half gets on with it anyway.Neil Peart – Rush
Shoegazing (orshoegaze, initially referred to as “dream pop”) is a subgenre of indie and alternative rock that emerged in the United Kingdom in the late 1980s. It is characterised by its ethereal-sounding mixture of obscured vocals, guitar distortion and effects, feedback, and overwhelming volume.
’cause it’s a bittersweet symphony, this life.The Verve