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Shonen Knife
SHONEN KNIFE (Japanese : 少年ナイフ, Hepburn : Shōnen Naifu, literally "Boy Knife") is a Japanese pop punk band formed in Osaka
Osaka
, in 1981. Heavily influenced by 1960s girl groups , pop bands, The Beach Boys , and early punk rock bands, such as the Ramones
Ramones
, the trio crafts stripped-down songs with simplistic lyrics sung both in Japanese and English. Despite their pop-oriented nature, the trio maintains a distinctly underground garage rock sound rooted in edgy instrumentation and D.I.Y.
D.I.Y.
aesthetics, which over the course of their long career has earned them a solid, worldwide cult following and made avid fans out of seminal 1990s alternative rock bands such as Sonic Youth
Sonic Youth
, Nirvana , and Redd Kross . The band has been credited with making "the international pop underground more international" by "opening it up to bands from Japan"
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Bass Guitar
The BASS GUITAR (also known as ELECTRIC BASS, or BASS) is a stringed instrument played primarily with the fingers or thumb, by plucking, slapping , popping, strumming, tapping, thumping, or picking with a plectrum , often known as a pick. The bass guitar is similar in appearance and construction to an electric guitar , but with a longer neck and scale length , and four to six strings or courses . The four-string bass, by far the most common, is usually tuned the same as the double bass , which corresponds to pitches one octave lower than the four lowest pitched strings of a guitar (E, A, D, and G). The bass guitar is a transposing instrument , as it is notated in bass clef an octave higher than it sounds. The electric bass guitar has pickups and needs to be connected to an amplifier and speaker , to make a sound loud enough to compete with other instruments
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Keyboard Instrument
A KEYBOARD INSTRUMENT is a musical instrument played using a keyboard , a row of levers which are pressed by the fingers. The most common of these are the piano , organ , and various electronic keyboards , including synthesizers and digital pianos . Other keyboard instruments include celestas , which are struck idiophones operated by a keyboard, and carillons , which are usually housed in bell towers or belfries of churches or municipal buildings. Today, the term keyboard often refers to keyboard-style synthesizers . Under the fingers of a sensitive performer, the keyboard may also be used to control dynamics , phrasing , shading, articulation , and other elements of expression—depending on the design and inherent capabilities of the instrument. Another important use of the word keyboard is in historical musicology, where it means an instrument whose identity cannot be firmly established
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Drum Kit
A DRUM KIT — also called a DRUM SET, TRAP SET, or simply DRUMS — is a collection of drums and other percussion instruments , typically cymbals , which are set up on stands to be played by a single player, with drumsticks held in both hands, and the feet operating pedals that control the hi-hat cymbal and the beater for the bass drum . A drum kit consists of a mix of drums (categorized classically as membranophones , Hornbostel-Sachs high-level classification 2) and idiophones - most significantly cymbals , but can also include the woodblock and cowbell (classified as Hornbostel-Sachs high-level classification 1). In the 2000s, some kits also include electronic instruments ( Hornbostel-Sachs classification 53). Also, both hybrid (mixing acoustic instruments and electronic drums ) and entirely electronic kits are used
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All-female Band
An ALL-FEMALE BAND is a musical group in popular music genres such as rock , blues , jazz and related genres which is exclusively composed of female musicians . This is distinct from a girl group , in which the female members are solely vocalists, though this terminology is not universally followed. While all-male bands are common in many rock and pop scenes, all-female bands are less common. CONTENTS * 1 1920s–1950s * 2 1960s * 3 1970s * 4 1980s and 1990s * 5 Outside pop music * 6 See also * 7 Bibliography * 8 References * 9 External links 1920S–1950SIn the Jazz Age and during the 1930s, "all-girl" bands such as The Blue Belles, the Parisian Redheads (later the Bricktops), Lil-Hardin's All-Girl Band, The Ingenues , The Harlem Playgirls, Phil Spitalny's Musical Sweethearts and "Helen Lewis and Her All-Girl Jazz Syncopators" were popular
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Electric Guitar
An ELECTRIC GUITAR is a guitar that uses one or more pickups to convert the vibration of its strings into electrical signals. The vibration occurs when a guitarist strums , plucks , fingerpicks , or taps the strings. The pickup used to sense the vibration generally uses electromagnetic induction to do so, though other technologies exist. In any case, the signal generated by an electric guitar is too weak to drive a loudspeaker , so it is sent to a guitar amplifier before being sent to the speaker, which converts it into audible sound . Since the output of an electric guitar is an electric signal, it can be electronically altered by to change the timbre of the sound. Often, the signal is modified using effects such as reverb and distortion and "overdrive" , the latter effect is considered a key element of electric blues guitar music and rock guitar playing
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Redd Kross
REDD KROSS is an American alternative rock band from Hawthorne, California , who had their roots in 1978 in a punk rock band called THE TOURISTS, which was started by brothers Jeff and Steve McDonald while they were still in middle school . With the addition of friends Greg Hetson and John Stielow on drums, the band's first gig was opening for Black Flag . CONTENTS* 1 Band history * 1.1 Red Cross * 1.2 Redd Kross
Redd Kross
* 1.3 Tater Totz * 1.4 1990s * 1.5 Current * 2 Side projects * 3 Soundtracks * 4 Discography / videography * 4.1 Albums * 4.2 EPs * 4.3 DVDs * 4.4 Singles * 4.5 Compilation appearances * 5 References * 6 External links BAND HISTORYRED CROSSAt the time of their 1980 debut self-titled EP , the band had changed their original name to RED CROSS, which was allegedly inspired by the masturbation scene in the film, The Exorcist . Ron Reyes became the drummer
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Garage Rock
GARAGE ROCK (sometimes called \'60S PUNK or GARAGE PUNK) is a raw and energetic style of rock and roll that flourished in the mid-1960s, most notably in the United States
United States
and Canada
Canada
. The style is characterized by basic chord structures played on electric guitars and other instruments , sometimes distorted through a fuzzbox , as well as often unsophisticated and occasionally aggressive lyrics and delivery. The term "garage rock" derives from the perception that groups were often made up of young amateurs who rehearsed in the family garage, although many were professional. In the US and Canada, surf rock —and later the Beatles and other beat groups of the British Invasion —motivated thousands of young people to form bands between 1963 and 1968. Hundreds of acts produced regional hits, and some had national hits
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Buffalo, New York
BUFFALO (/ˈbʌfəloʊ/ ) is a city in western New York state and the county seat of Erie County , on the eastern shores of Lake Erie at the head of the Niagara River . As of 2014 , Buffalo is New York state's second most populous city after New York City
New York City
, with 258,703 residents. The metropolitan area has a population of 1.13 million, while the larger, cross-border Buffalo Niagara Region includes 8 US counties and 2 Canadian municipalities and has a population of 2,493,869. Buffalo grew significantly in the 19th and 20th centuries as a result of the Erie Canal
Erie Canal
, railroads and Lake Erie, providing an abundance of fresh water and an ample trade route to the midwestern United States , while grooming its economy for the grain, steel and automobile industries during the 20th century
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Sonic Youth
SONIC YOUTH was an American rock band from New York City, formed in 1981. Founding members Thurston Moore (guitar, vocals), Kim Gordon (bass guitar, vocals, guitar) and Lee Ranaldo (guitar, vocals) remained together for the entire history of the band, while Steve Shelley (drums) followed a series of short-term drummers in 1985, and rounded out the core line-up. In their early career Sonic Youth
Sonic Youth
were associated with the no wave art and music scene in New York City. Part of the first wave of American noise rock groups, the band carried out their interpretation of the hardcore punk ethos throughout the evolving American underground that focused more on the DIY ethic of the genre rather than its specific sound
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Nirvana (band)
NIRVANA was an American rock band formed by singer and guitarist Kurt Cobain and bassist Krist Novoselic in Aberdeen, Washington , in 1987. Nirvana went through a succession of drummers, the longest-lasting being Dave Grohl
Dave Grohl
, who joined in 1990. Despite releasing only three full-length studio albums in their seven-year career, Nirvana has come to be regarded as one of the most influential and important alternative bands in history. Though the band dissolved in 1994 after the death of Cobain, their music maintains a popular following and continues to influence modern rock and roll culture. In the late 1980s, Nirvana established itself as part of the Seattle grunge scene, releasing its first album, Bleach , for the independent record label Sub Pop
Sub Pop
in 1989. They developed a sound that relied on dynamic contrasts, often between quiet verses and loud, heavy choruses
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New Wave Music
NEW WAVE is a genre of rock music popular from the late 1970s to the mid-1980s with ties to 1970s punk rock . New wave moved away from smooth blues and rock and roll sounds to create pop music that incorporated electronic and experimental music , mod and disco . Initially new wave was similar to punk rock, before becoming a distinct genre . It subsequently engendered subgenres and fusions, including synth-pop . New wave differs from other movements with ties to first-wave punk as it displays characteristics common to pop music, rather than the more "artsy" post-punk , though it incorporates much of the original punk rock sound and ethos, while exhibiting greater complexity in both music and lyrics. Common characteristics of new wave music include the use of synthesizers and electronic productions, the importance of styling and the arts, as well as diversity
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Buzzcocks
The BUZZCOCKS are an English punk rock band, formed in Bolton
Bolton
, England in 1976 by singer-songwriter-guitarist Pete Shelley and singer-songwriter Howard Devoto
Howard Devoto
. They are regarded as an important influence on the Manchester music scene , the independent record label movement, punk rock , power pop , and indie rock . They achieved commercial success with singles that fused pop craftsmanship with rapid-fire punk energy. These singles were collected on Singles Going Steady , described by critic Ned Raggett as a "punk masterpiece". Devoto and Shelley chose the name "Buzzcocks" after reading the headline, "It's the Buzz, Cock!", in a review of the TV series Rock Follies in Time Out magazine. The "buzz" is the excitement of playing on stage; "cock" is Manchester slang meaning "mate" (as in friend/buddy). They thought it captured the excitement of the Sex Pistols and nascent punk scene
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Motown
MOTOWN is an American record company. The record company was founded by Berry Gordy Jr. as Tamla Records on January 12, 1959, and was incorporated as Motown
Motown
Record Corporation on April 14, 1960, in Detroit
Detroit
, Michigan
Michigan
. The name, a portmanteau of motor and town, has also become a nickname for Detroit. Motown
Motown
played an important role in the racial integration of popular music as an African American
African American
-owned record label that achieved significant crossover success. In the 1960s, Motown
Motown
and its subsidiary labels (including TAMLA MOTOWN, the brand used outside the US) were the most successful proponents of what came to be known as the MOTOWN SOUND, a style of soul music with a distinct pop influence
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Heavy Metal Music
HEAVY METAL (or simply METAL) is a genre of rock music that developed in the late 1960s and early 1970s, largely in the United Kingdom . With roots in blues rock and psychedelic /acid rock , the bands that created heavy metal developed a thick, massive sound, characterized by highly amplified distortion , extended guitar solos , emphatic beats, and overall loudness. Heavy metal lyrics and performance styles are sometimes associated with aggression and machismo . In 1968, three of the genre's most famous pioneers, Led Zeppelin
Led Zeppelin
, Black Sabbath and Deep Purple
Deep Purple
were founded. Though they came to attract wide audiences, they were often derided by critics. During the mid-1970s, Judas Priest helped spur the genre's evolution by discarding much of its blues influence; Motörhead introduced a punk rock sensibility and an increasing emphasis on speed
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Cookie
A COOKIE is a baked or cooked food that is small, flat and sweet. It usually contains flour , sugar and some type of oil or fat . It may include other ingredients such as raisins , oats , chocolate chips , nuts, etc. In most English-speaking countries except for the United States and Canada, crisp cookies are called biscuits . Chewier biscuits are sometimes called cookies even in the United Kingdom. Some cookies may also be named by their shape, such as date squares or bars. Cookies or biscuits may be mass-produced in factories, made in small bakeries or homemade. Biscuit
Biscuit
or cookie variants include sandwich biscuits , such as custard creams , Jammie Dodgers , Bourbons and Oreos , with marshmallow or jam filling and sometimes dipped in chocolate or another sweet coating. Cookies are often served with beverages such as milk , coffee or tea
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