Tuesday, March 19, 2013

My Kind Of Music

While ‘Indie’ used to refer a more obscure niche, so many Indie pop bands have been producing music and are being accepted globally. Some examples of Indie pop bands are Glasgow’s Belle and Sebastian, Swedish act Acid House Kings, Canadian band Stars, and New York Based Ra Ra Riot. 
Because of the many kinds of music that influence artists nowadays, some Indie acts have even crossed over to other genres, employing other music elements to innovate their sound. Some may be classified as indie pop but may also fall under electronica, ambient or even pop-punk.

Alternative music also covers a lot of sub genres under its umbrella. Alternative rock, or simply alternative, is a genre that emerged from the independent rock scene in the 80’s. The independent rock circuit back then was a scene for not too famous rock bands that played in different venues and produced low budget albums that they promoted during their gigs. It was in the 90’s however that alternative music became more recognized. As previously mentioned, alternative music captures a number of music varieties, two of which are grunge and Britpop. With the rise of American alternative bands such as REM, Dinosaur Jr., and Sonic Youth, immensely popular grunge acts Nirvana and Pearl Jam, and Britpop bands like Oasis and Blur, alternative music became a force to reckon with. Since then, Alternative rock artists have been handled and managed by major recording labels, since their music has become very popular and profitable to produce. Smashing Pumpkins and Foo Fighters are just two of alternative music’s most prominent commercial successes.