Five Alternative Rock Acts to Enjoy

Rock n’ Roll is the largest genre in the music industry. It’s branched off to into many sub-genres’ that have also taken the world by storm. Alternative Rock n’ Roll is one of those sub-genres’. There are dozens upon dozens of different performers in this genre, today we’ve compiled five of the best alternative rock n’ roll bands that you can see live.


The Smashing Pumpkins

Primus is a band that’s played the main stage at Ozzy Fest, Lollapalooza, and H.O.R.D.E. There isn’t any other band in the world that can make this same claim. Primus has opened for US, Rush, Public Enemy, Anthrax and many others as they rose to stardom. On paper that all sounds interesting but it’s the music itself that counts. In an era that was filled with weird artists, they were the weirdest of them all. This caused for them to make headlines and sell out large venues. They shared the stage with Zeppelin, Pink Floyd and Black Sabbath as they reached their peak popularity.

The Smashing Pumpkins

The Smashing Pumpkins arrived onto the scene back in the early 1990’s. They are perhaps the bridge in between alternative rock and punk rock. They mixed their sound with all various sub-genres which allowed for them to rise to popularity. During their peak in the late nineties, they worked alongside Nirvana and many other beloved artists. Currently, the band isn’t together anymore but they are remembered as one of the greatest alternative rock bands of the last millennium.

The Cure

The Cure, a band that has entered the “Rock & Roll Hall of Fame” is a band that created the post-punk movement. Their songs came straight from the minds of the Sex Pistols, the Ramones, the Clash, Blondie & Talking Heads). There were very few bands that were as important to this era as the Cure is. To this day their songs remain incredibly popular & they still sell out arenas around the globe. Currently last spring they sold out Madison Square Garden. These are musicians whom can never be forgotten.

The Smiths

The Smiths

“Sounds like nothing you’d ever heard before”, it’s a term that today is overused but for The Smiths, an alternative rock band which appeared in the 1980’s, when that term was used towards them it was unheard of. They truly sounded like no other band in history. As a unit, they also became the most influential rock band from British “Indie” rock back in the 80’s & 90’s.

Joy Division

Joy Division is the final & number one band to witness live. They were one of the first bands to ever sign with Factory Records. The music that was portrayed on stage by Joy Division was more about the mood & that mood was always haunted. Sadly, Ian Curtin committed suicide at the age of twenty-three. He was the frontman of the band and after his death, the band was never able to mimic that same sound. After only two full studio albums, the band disappeared but their live shows are remembered as being some of the greatest of the 80’s.