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alternative rock (uncountable)

  1. (music) A genre of rock music, normally published on independent labels, comprising many subgenres, most distinguished by the prevalence of thick and distorted guitar music.
    • 1995 June 3, David Sprague, “Buffalo Tom Reaches Crossroads: EastWest Trio At Make-Or-Break Point”, in Billboard, volume 107, number 22, page 9:
      It seems as if every passing year sees the mainstream embrace a longtime cult-favorite alternative rock band.

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2012. Continuum Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume 8. "Alternative Rock". Theodore Cateforis.