What is Folk Rock?

The Byrds the pioneers of folk rock

Folk music has been around for ages, which is why there have been many subgenres of it that have been developed throughout the years. However, one of the subgenres that stood out the most was folk rock, a style of music that combines the clean and calming sounds of folk with the … Read more

What is Shock Rock?

a scary-looking old piano

There have been many peculiar and obscure music genres that have been developed over the years, but none is as over-the-top and exotic as shock rock. This weird genre of music mixes punk rock or alternative rock with horror elements like blood, gore, and other elements that you would usually find as … Read more

History of Rhythm and Blues

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Rhythm and blues, also called rhythm & blues or R&B, is a type of music genre predominantly performed in the African communities during the 1940s. Rhythm and blues was also responsible for developing subsequent genres, notably rock and roll, doo-wop, disco, and hip hop or rap music, among many others. Where did … Read more

What Is “Easy Listening” Music?

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Have you encountered a piece of particular music on the radio – something that’s pleasant enough to the ears but not too intrusive to demand your attention? If that’s the kind of music you’ve heard, it may be classified as “easy listening.” What defines “easy listening” music? Easy listening music is designed … Read more

History of Britpop

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Britpop is a musical and cultural movement that emerged in the United Kingdom in the mid-1990s. The emphasis of Britpop is Britishness, as its subjects focus on British concerns and British pride.  Musically, it is characterized by melodic, guitar-based pop tunes, drawing consciously on the tradition of British pop music of the … Read more

The History of Ska

Fishbone on stage

Ska is truly a Jamaican contribution to the music world, along with rocksteady and reggae, to which it is a precursor.  Ska combines other musical genres, such as Caribbean mento, calypso, American jazz, and rhythm and blues. It distinguishes itself from the different genres because of its “walking” bass lines, accented with … Read more

The History of Shoegaze

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Rock music doesn’t always have to be rough, gritty, or riddled with obvious rage. It can also be dreamy, heavenly, obscure, and passive-aggressive. These are some of the key characteristics of “shoegaze,” a rock music movement that emerged from the United Kingdom. It reached its peak of popularity from the late 1980s … Read more

The History of New Wave

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It’s incredible to think that music comes in many styles and forms that appeal either to the broader audience or to a particular type of audience. Rock and pop music have branched out to different styles, including new wave. New wave emerged onto the music scene during the late 1970s and early … Read more

History of Industrial Music

electro-industrial duo named Front Line Assembly

Industrial music is a music genre that has transgressive, harsh, and proactive themes as well as sounds. Music enthusiasts call this genre the most aggressive and abrasive mix of electronic music and rock with a blend of avant-garde electronics experiments as well as a punk provocation. The name industrial music was made … Read more

The History of Techno Music

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From being an underground movement to being (a brief) mainstream phenomenon, the reception towards techno music is as evolving as the sound itself. Techno is a genre of electronic dance music (EDM) that is distinctive for its repetitive patterns and a strong emphasis on rhythm. It follows the common time (4/4) and … Read more

History of Grunge Music

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Grunge is not only a type of music genre – it is also a fashion statement, lifestyle, culture, and attitude. What used to be an underground phenomenon took the mainstream by storm due to the unexpected success of the album Nevermind from Seattle threesome Nirvana. Nevermind‘s massive success put grunge and alternative … Read more

The History of Funk

Image of James Brown performing in February 1973

Funk is a music genre that is well-known for its groove and stimulating vibe – which is common in dance music. Originated in African-American communities in the mid-1960s, this music genre is usually accompanied by a drummer and an electric bassist. One way to determine funk music is you would have that … Read more

The History of Indie Rock

A photo of Arctic Monekys vocalist Alex Turner and bassist Nick O’ Malley

During the 1970s, a new form of rock music was formed in the United States and United Kingdom – called Indie Rock. Indie Rock rooted in the word indie, which initially means “independent” record labels. Indie rock bands and artists take pride in their work and don’t focus on having mainstream success. … Read more

History of Rockabilly

Rockabilly is considered to be one of the earliest forms of rock music. The genre rose to popularity in the mid-1950s and was introduced by white performers in the American South, its very first practitioners. Rockabilly’s style is often described as a brash and lively mix of blues and country. The term … Read more

History of Classical Music

history of classical music

Classical music is generally thought to have a niche audience and market – some say that it has an aging audience! Thankfully, though, the rising names of the young classical musicians and the power of YouTube and social media have brought classical music to a newer and broader audience. Still, a majority … Read more

History of Celtic Rock Music

Celtic rock is a music sub-genre that falls under a folk-rock. It is a form of Celtic fusion that mixes Celtic music themes and interpretation with rock music. This music genre has been extremely popular since the 1970s, and it is quite noticeable that Celtic rock has been a vital foundation of … Read more

History of Psychedelic Music

Psychedelic music, or also known as psychedelia, is a genre of music that was influenced by the psychedelic era of the 1960s. The psychedelic era consists of the subculture of people who uses psychedelic drugs like psilocybin mushrooms, DMT, LSD, and mescaline to experience auditory and visual hallucinations. Psychedelic music is also … Read more

History of Big Band Music

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A Big Band is a kind of musical ensemble of jazz music. They usually have ten or more musicians, and it is divided into four sections, namely the trombones, saxophones, trumpets, and the rhythm section. Big bands started to emerge in early 1090, and it began dominating the jazz scene in the … Read more

History of Gangsta Rap

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Gangsta rap is a form of hip-hop music which became the genre’s main style during the 1990s. Aside from that, it also became a reflection and product of the violent lifestyle of American inner cities that is affected by poverty along with the dangers of drug dealing and abuse. The romanization of … Read more

History of Salsa Music

salsa music band in cuba

Latin Americans have contributed many things to the world, but the region is most famous for two things: food and music. Probably one of the dishes many Americans are familiar with is salsa, as a catchall term that is used for sauces that spices up a meal. Salsa is a hot, savory, … Read more

History of Swing Music

How swing music began is pretty hard to pinpoint. in fact, the word ‘swing’ appears in the title of a famous Duke Ellington number from 1932, and it’s entitled ‘It Don’t Mean a Thing, If It Ain’t Got That Swing,’ and on that same year, another song called ‘Moten Swing’ by Bennie … Read more

History of Heavy Metal

If you are unfamiliar with the heavy metal genre it is understandable if you feel a little bit confused when you first listen to it. And maybe the first question that will pop into your mind is what is the difference of heavy metal to traditional rock music? And what is death … Read more

History of Disco

Disco is one of those complicated terms that means different things to different people. Most of us probably associate disco with the movie Saturday Night Fever and a phase of popular music and fashion that was isolated in the 1970s, but this perception does not fully define disco itself. In fact, disco music … Read more

History of Reggae Music

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History of Reggae Music         Reggae music rose into fame in Kingston, Jamaica in the early 1960s. However, reggae music also gained popularity in the United States almost as great as it is in its country of origin. Reggae is sort of a melting pot because it has a number of influences such … Read more

History of Jazz Music

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In the early twentieth century, Jazz was born in New Orleans, Louisiana. Considering that New Orleans had several different nationalities traveling through their port for several reasons, there were a lot of musical influences that graced the land of New Orleans such as French military band music, Spanish folk music, European ballroom … Read more

History of Punk

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Punk or punk rock is a music genre that became popular in the mid-‘70s in Australia, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Punk got its roots from garage rock and proto-punk music. This genre typically produced fast-paced songs that had hard-edged singing styles and melodies and they often featured stripped-down instrumentation … Read more

History of Soul Music

History of Soul Music

Soul music is a combination of gospel music and Rhythm and Blues or R&B. And it all began in the United States during the late 1950s. It may seem that soul has a lot in common with R&B, but if you will listen closely, soul has a greater emphasis on vocalists, it … Read more