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People are continually trying to classify music

November 27, 2004

People are continually trying to classify music, but it’s not often that people actually explain their classifications. It’s as if people listen to music and suddenly imparted upon them is every piece of music knowledge needed to survive in music today.

We here at Independent Clauses feel that explanation of our classifications is necessary. This column will be devoted to explaining them, for your benefit as well as ours.

Below is a list of genres that routinely get confused for each other. Some of these are old things with new names. Some of these are old things with old names. Some are just completely new things.

Punk – Been around since the 70’s. The Ramones and the Sex Pistols were the most prominent proponents of it. Bar chords, bad attitudes, anti-establishment, no compromising.

Pop Punk- Been around since the early 90’s. Pop music that wants to be punk, this music is high energy, happy, usually three or four chord songs, sex-driven, girl-driven, simplistic. Boring. Not very giving style, you have to stay between the lines. Drum beats are wicked and usually quarter note snare.

Indie Pop

Indie Rock


Hardcore Emo (Emocore)


Alt Metal (Nu-metal)

Stephen Carradini and Lisa Whealy write reviews of instrumental, folk, and singer/songwriter music. We write about those trying to make the next step in their careers and established artists.

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