Radio: Alternative Hits

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by Stephanie Benson

Rhapsody defines alternative music as "A gigantic stylistic umbrella for everything from early garage rockers The Stooges to noise artisans Sonic Youth, and from synth-pop royalty New Order to post-modern pop pioneer Beck. ... Alternative represented a collision of several genres whose momentum had been building for several decades." In the 21st century, the term "alternative" has basically been replaced by the equally elusive "indie" moniker, though institutions like Billboard still have Alternative charts.

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Rhapsody defines alternative music as "A gigantic stylistic umbrella for everything from early garage rockers The Stooges to noise artisans Sonic Youth, and from synth-pop royalty New Order to post-modern pop pioneer Beck. ... Alternative represented a collision of several genres whose momentum had been building for several decades." In the 21st century, the term "alternative" has basically been replaced by the equally elusive "indie" moniker, though institutions like Billboard still have Alternative charts.

So what this all means is that our Alternative Hits radio station is quite a hodgepodge of sounds and styles, from synth-pop to grunge to goth to post-punk to indie pop to garage rock to all those subgenres' inevitable revivals. You'll hear Alternative Nation superstars like Nirvana, Nine Inch Nails, Bjork and Radiohead intermixed with Brit-rock behemoths (Coldplay, Muse, Blur), steadfast indie rockers (Modest Mouse, The Black Keys, Death Cab for Cutie), critical darlings (Animal Collective, Arcade Fire, Beach House), and the latest up-and-comers. Enjoy.

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