And then there are bands or artists you really can't accurately categorize. Of course, you could call it alternative, or alternative __________ adding some further descriptive word, I guess. Examples: Primus, Mr. Bungle, Malhavoc. What do you call Tori Amos? Some of her songs sound like Nine Inch Nails, others more like alternative rock, piano ballads, and as of late, she's gone fully symphonic. Not everything fits into the nice little boxes. Hell, my own music is...I'm not even sure. You tell me. Look up Voice of The Vortex on reverbnation.com.
Anyone calling him/herself a musician should already know all of these definitions. It's the sub-genres within each of the above that convey style. Arguably, many of the above could be considered sub-genres of "Rock" (e.g., Metal, Indie), and there are many others (e.g., Shoegaze, Post-punk, Dreampop, Ethereal, etc.).
Nice list. But not really helpful at all. History and subjective and flowery descriptions do not make a Genre. Best advice is to look at bands that are similar to you and go along with whatever genre they use. Deciding on what genre is more about how you are presenting yourself not so much about the actual music. You have to define your base and then innovate around that.
This is both elucidating and, at times, maddeningly inaccurate . Rock? What, it supposedly started in the 1960s in the UK and the US? Well, maybe, but then it had to come out of Rock 'n' Roll, which gets no listing, and is purely an American invention, and true Elvis territory and the source of the most popular music played worldwide. Its origins date to the early 1950s or even, from some perspectives, from the Western Swing and 'Race' music of the '30s and '40s.
And where is Roots music or Alt-Country? Excluded because they are sub-genres? Then why is Techno included, a sub-genre better bunched with EDM?
One further whine: As an example of folk music, 'Dylan' should be qualified as 'Early Dylan.' Ninety percent of his work is that of a Rock Star drawing from Roots influences. As early as his second album (1963), he recorded rock tracks not included for public consumption. Dude's a rocker, mostly.
'A' for effort but 'Incomplete' for the total grade. It does help one, though, to think about how to describe one's music. Our CD, Redwood Highway's 'Playing with Fire,' remains tough to describe as it covers 7 or 8 of these categories and is extremely hard to label in a few minutes.
But, the list is better than nothing, I suppose and maybe a start to build out on.
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