Is Rock Dead?

There it is. That clichéd, polarizing headline that has been used so many times in relation to so many things.

No matter how much I cringed as I typed the title, I couldn’t help having it come to mind as I sat in the car flipping through radio stations. Tech-influences span all genres now and I’m hard-pressed to think of any rock band that could headline a festival.

As someone who once attended Warped Tour, my tastes have veered dramatically toward techno and rap music. What’s more sad is that this year’s Warped Tour line up isn’t that much different from when I attended 8 years ago.

This isn’t to say that there aren’t great new rock artists out there – The Black Keys, Band of Skulls, Sheepdogs, Arctic Monkeys and even Imagine Dragons have been putting out great stuff – it’s just that they’re not receiving widespread popularity in the way that rock bands used to.

Other than Mumford & Sons (which flirts with the rock genre) I can’t think of a single band with the fan base to carry a festival.

Maybe it’s the fact that we’re listening to more singles than albums these days, or perhaps our tastes have become accustomed to synth.

Rock might not be dead but it certainly isn’t rolling the way it once did.


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