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  • How bands got their name: New Order

    How bands got their name: New Order

    In May 1980, an up-and-coming English rock band lost its lead singer to suicide, and when the surviving members of the group decided to continue making music, they chose a new identity to signify the pathway forward. What better name than New Order for musicians looking to forge on under very...
  • Green Day performed on Friday night in Las Vegas at the MGM Garden Arena, and once again, the power-punk trio owned the house. They've reach

    Green Day got its name from recreational drug use, and it's awesome that everyone's clearly okay with it

    While some may disagree (and we're looking at you, Johnny Rotten), it's pretty punk that the band Green Day made it all the way to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame despite being named after recreational drug use. Then again, the band's first mainstream LP, Dookie, was named after excrement, so...
  • How bands got their name: Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

    How bands got their name: Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

    Australia’s greatest export, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds have established themselves as one of the most innovative and interesting alternative rock bands in the world. From the ashes of the Australian post-punk group the Birthday Party, the group initially specialized in making thrilling...
  • How bands got their name: Sigur Rós

    How bands got their name: Sigur Rós

    Icelandic post-rock band Sigur Rós has cultivated a massive international audience despite the inscrutable nature of their music. Since they formed in 1994, Sigur Rós has specialized in creating ethereal and hauntingly beautiful Icelandic music. As such, lyrics to the band’s songs are unintelligible...
  • How bands got their name: Death Cab for Cutie

    How bands got their name: Death Cab for Cutie

    The Bellingham, Wash.-based alternative rock band Death Cab for Cutie found incredible success by going against the grain. Eschewing the abstractness and irony that informed the work of many of their contemporaries, Death Cab embraced directness and sincerity. After gaining a sizable underground...
  • How bands got their name: Radiohead

    How bands got their name: Radiohead

    When they first came to prominence, Radiohead seemed like the last great band to arise from the Britpop scene of the early and mid-‘90s.  However, instead of being the dying embers of moribund genre, the group ended up being the sparking a new one. They, along with their other English indie rock...
  • How the band Metallica got its name

    How the band Metallica got its name

    You can’t talk about rock royalty without mentioning Metallica. The name echoes success and longevity the likes few rock bands have ever seen. Formed in 1981, the L.A.-based band’s track record for the past 36 years has been staggering, to put it mildly. Six number one albums, numerous hits and a...
  • How bands got their name: The White Stripes

    How bands got their name: The White Stripes

    As hard as it is to admit, rock ‘n roll is not the cultural force it once was. In recent years, younger genres like EDM and hip-hop have overtaken the once dominant form in terms of relevance and innovation. Still, rock music has gone through dormant intervals before, only to come to roaring back to...
  • How bands got their name: At The Drive-In

    How bands got their name: At The Drive-In

    At the Drive-In will go down in music history as one of the best bands to arise out of the post-hardcore boom of the late ‘90s and early 2000s. After building a sizable underground following by touring relentlessly, the El-Paso, Texas-based punk rock group breakthrough to the mainstream with the...
  • How bands got their name: Band Of Horses

    How bands got their name: Band Of Horses

    Over the last 15 years, Band of Horses has quietly established themselves as one of the greatest indie rock bands to emerge in the 2000s. Since the release of their hit 2004 debut Everything All the Time, the Seattle-based group has attracted a devoted following by crafting soulful, painfully...
  • How bands got their name: Red Hot Chili Peppers

    How bands got their name: Red Hot Chili Peppers

    One of the best and best-selling rock groups in the history of the genre, the Red Hot Chili Peppers have stayed relevant by changing with the times. In the early ‘80s, they debuted as a scrappy funk and metal quartet. At the beginning of the ‘90s, they rode the alternative rock wave to become one of...
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