J-pop (ジェイポップ “jeipoppu”), an abbreviation for Japanese pop, is a musical genre that entered the musical mainstream of Japan in the 1990s. Modern J-pop has its roots in 1960s music, such as The Beatles, and replaced kayōkyoku (“Lyric Singing Music,” a term for Japanese pop music from the 1920s to the 1980s) in the Japanese music scene
Japanese rock, or J-Rock, is a group of distinct styles that draw mainly from rock, and are native to Japan. There are many groups within this broad genre. A few styles include, but are definitely not limited to: heavy metal, indie (not to be confused with Indies, an English term usually meaning ind
The music of Japan includes a wide array of performers in distinct styles both traditional and modern. The oldest forms of traditional Japanese music are shōmyō, Buddhist chanting, and gagaku, orchestral court music, both of which date to the Nara and Heian periods. The modern Japanese music scene ranges from rock, electro, noise, drone, avant-garde, jazz, ambient, punk, folk, metal, reggae, salsa, and tango to country music and hip hop
Jazz is a musical art form which originated around the beginning of the 20th century in Black communities in the Southern United States from a confluence of African and European music traditions. The style’s West African pedigree is evident in its use of blue notes, call-and-response, improvisation, polyrhythms, syncopation, and the swung note of ragtime.
From its early development until the present, jazz has also incorporated music from 19th and 20th century American popular music, which is based on European music traditions
J-pop is an abbreviation of Japanese pop. It refers to Japanese popular musicians, and was coined by the Japanese media, to distinguish Japanese musicians from foreign musicians. Today, the Japanese music industry is the second most powerful in the world (behind the United States) and while extremel
J-Rock (Japanese music) has a vibrant underground rock scene. and its becoming popular in many countries around the world.
Latin American music or Latin music encompasses rhythms and styles originated or related to Latin America and its influence in the United States and several European countries such as Spain or Portugal. Some critics have defined Latin music as an incorporation of four elements: music style, geography, cultural background of the artist and language
Lo-fi is an aesthetic in music production which uses low fidelity recording practices. Its use is usually due to the artist’s financial limitations. Many lo-fi artists use inexpensive cassette tape recorders for their music. The term was coined by WFMU DJ William Berger who dedicated a half hour segment of his program to home record music throughout the late ’80s under the name Lo-fi…
As a term to describe a musical genre, lo-fi is mainly associated with recordings from the 1980s onwards, when cassette technology such as Tascam’s four-track Portastudio became widely available
Lounge music is a retrospective description of music popular in the 1950s and 1960s encompassing such genres as exotica, easy listening and space age pop. Lounge music ranges from beautiful music-influenced instrumentals, to modern electronica with chillout or downtempo influences, while maintaining its focus on retro-space-age cultural elements
Love is any of a number of emotions and experiences related to a sense of strong affection and attachment. The word love can refer to a variety of different feelings, states, and attitudes, ranging from generic pleasure to intense interpersonal attraction. The word love is both a verb and a noun. Love is not a single feeling but an emotion built from two or more feelings
This tag represents a singular vocalist (solo artist or front man of a band).
Music tagged with this tag simply has a male as lead vocalist. There is not necessarily a style-related connection.
The term medieval music encompasses European music written during the Middle Ages. This era begins with the fall of the Roman Empire and ends in approximately the middle of the fifteenth century. It is also used to refer to medieval rock and medieval metal, a medieval-influenced subgenre of rock/met
Melancholia is a state of emotion. The tag serves to explain the tone or feel of the music as thoughtfully sad.
Melancholia is a state of emotion. The tag serves to explain the tone or feel of the music as thoughtfully sad.
- laid-back: unhurried and relaxed; “a mellow conversation”
- having a full and pleasing flavor through proper aging; “a mellow port”; “mellowed fruit”
- soften, make mellow; “Age and experience mellowed him over the years”
- having attained to kindliness or gentleness through age
Melodic death metal (also referred to as melodeath) is a subgenre of metal which combines the melodicness with the intensity of death metal. The genre is also known as gothenburg metal, a reference to the city in Sweden where it originated. Originally the genre combined the harmony style and groove melodies of heavy metal with the harsh thrashing sound and vocals of death metal
Metal that is melodic in a consonant way and may feature high range vocal harmonies or vibrato falsetto singing. Melodic metal bands may tend to incorporate more traditional chorus material than more dissonant subgenres. Operatic singing techniques often influence this genre.
“Heavy metal” (often referred to simply as metal) is a subgenre of rock music that developed in the late 1960s and early 1970s. With roots in blues-rock and psychedelic rock, the bands that created heavy metal developed a thick, massive sound, characterized by highly amplified distortion and extended guitar solos
(or metallic hardcore) is a fusion genre blending extreme metal and hardcore punk. The name is a portmanteau of the names of the two genres, which is known as metallic hardcore distinguished by its emphasis on breakdowns, which are slow, intense passages that are used for moshing. Pioneering bands, such as Hogan’s Heroes, Avenged Sevenfold, Earth Crisis, Deadguy, Hatebreed, Bury Your Dead and Integrity, lean more towards beatdown hardcore, whereas latter bands - Killswitch Engage, Bullet For My Valentine, Parkway Drive and Blood Has Been Shed- lean more towards extreme metal
Minimal is short for minimal techno but also for minimalist music. This genre can be considered originally American and consists of experimental or downtown music named in the 1960s based mostly in consonant harmony, steady pulse (if not immobile drones), stasis and slow transformation, and often reiteration of musical phrases or smaller units such as figures, motifs, and cells
Minimal techno is a form of electronic dance music (EDM) that is considered a minimalist sub-genre of techno. It is characterized by a stripped-down aesthetic that exploits the use of repetition, and understated development. This style of dance music production generally adheres to the motto less is more; a principle that has been previously utilized, to great effect, in architecture, design, visual art, and Western art music
Música Popular Brasileira, or MPB, literally “Brazilian Popular Music”, designates a trend in post-Bossa Nova urban popular music. It is not a discrete genre but rather a constellation that combines original songwriting and updated versions of traditional Brazilian urban music styles like samba and samba-canção with contemporary influences, from folk to rock and pop
Neofolk is a form of folk music-inspired experimental music that emerged from post-industrial music circles. Neofolk can either be solely acoustic folk music or a blend of acoustic folk instrumentation aided by varieties of accompanying sounds such as pianos, strings and elements of industrial music and experimental music
New Age music is music intended to create “sonic spaces,” conducive of artistic inspiration, relaxation, and optimism. It is used by listeners for yoga, massage, meditation, and reading as a method of stress management or to create a peaceful atmosphere in their home or other environments, and is of
New Wave is an umbrella term used to describe late 1970s to mid-1980s rock and pop music that had ties to the original wave of punk rock. The term at first generally was synonymous with punk rock before being considered a genre in its own right that incorporated aspects of electronic and experimental music, mod subculture, disco and 1960s pop music
Noise music is a type of music that employs noise as a musical resource. It is generally created with nontraditional musical instruments such as static, feedback, electronics, circuit bent instruments, or any other noise source.
The genre explores cacophony, repetitive sounds, atonal randomness, indeterminacy and dissonance.
The earliest noise music was created by futurist composer Luigi Russolo in the early 1910s
As in other countries, Norway has developed its own forms of popular, contemporary music. Since 2000, Norwegian popular music has generally been appearing on the international scene, initially through breakthroughs by Norwegian Jazz and Black Metal artists, then followed by Electronica and Pop artis
Nu jazz is an umbrella term coined in the late 1990s to refer to music that blends jazz elements with other musical styles, such as funk, electronic dance music, and free improvisation. Also written nü-jazz or NuJazz, it is sometimes called electronic jazz, electro-jazz, e-jazz, jazztronica, jazz house, phusion, electronic-lounge or future jazz.
According to critic Tony Brewer,
” Nu Jazz is to (traditional) Jazz what punk or grunge was to Rock
Nu metal is a subgenre of heavy metal. It is a fusion genre which combines elements of metal music with other genres, including grunge and hip hop.
Nu metal is a subgenre of heavy metal. It is a fusion genre which combines sounds and characteristics of heavy metal and its subgenres such as groove metal and alternative metal with other genres, including hip hop, grunge, funk and industrial. It is classed as part of alternative metal.
Rock bands of the 1980s and 1990s including Faith No More, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Jane’s Addiction, Tool, Primus, Mr
Pagan metal is a term referred to metal bands with emphasis on Paganism. It is closely related with terms of viking metal and epic black metal. Pagan metal bands are usually sort of black metal and/or folk metal sound, characterised by galloping pace, keyboard-rich anthemic sound and bleakness. Alth
Music with predominant use (or influence) of the piano, a musical instrument played by means of a keyboard. Although not portable and often expensive, the piano’s versatility and ubiquity have made it one of the most familiar musical instruments. The word piano is a shortened form of the word pianoforte (Italian for soft/loud), which refers to the instrument’s responsiveness to keyboard touch, allowing the pianist to produce notes at different dynamic levels by controlling the speed with which the hammers hit the strings
This tag incorporates bands or artists who are Polish, regardless of the genre.
Artists from Poland, whether famous composers like Chopin or Penderecki, or traditional, regional folk musicians, create lively and diverse music. Because of this, Polish music has its own sub-genres, such as poezja śpiewana and disco polo
There is a long history of the connection between music and politics, particularly political expression in music. This expression can use anti-establishment or protest themes, including anti-war songs, although pro-establishment ideas are also used, for example in national anthems, patriotic songs, and political campaigns
“Pop music” is a broad-term for many different types of music: The term is flexible, and the music labeled “pop” changes frequently. It does, however, usually refer to popular, mainstream music with emphasis on a catchy melody and accessible style.
Pop punk (also known as punk pop and other names) is a fusion genre that combines elements of punk rock with pop music, to varying degrees.
It is not clear when the term pop punk was first used, but pop-influenced punk rock had been around since the 1970s; performed by bands such as the Ramones, Buzzcocks, The Jam, The Undertones, and Generation X
Pop rock is a hybrid of pop music and rock music that uses catchy pop style, with light lyrics over top of guitar- or piano- based songs. There are varying definitions of the term, ranging from it being classed as an “upbeat variety of rock music” to a subgenre of pop music or of rock music. Scholar
Post Rock is a genre of alternative rock characterized by the use of musical instruments commonly associated with rock music, but using rhythms, harmonies, melodies, timbre, and chord progressions that are not found in rock tradition. Simply put, it is the use of ‘rock instrumentation’ for non-rock purposes
Although post-hardcore is primarily rooted in post-punk and hardcore punk, the music that created the space for it were groups like Black Flag, The Minutemen, Flipper and Hüsker Dü, who proved there was indeed room for stylistic diversity in hardcore punk, and abrasive art punk units like Sonic Youth and Big Black, who had arrived too late to truly be part of the initial post-punk movement