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Know Your Genres

Monday, March 10, 2014

Kera and the Lesbians, pictured above, are a real band. But is Bipolar Folk a real genre? - PHOTO BY SINZIANA VELICESCU
  • Photo by Sinziana Velicescu
  • Kera and the Lesbians, pictured above, are a real band. But is Bipolar Folk a real genre?
Remember the old days when you went to the music store at the mall, and immediately headed to the section roped off for your favorite genre? There were about eight of them back then; perhaps the Columbia House tape club had a dozen or so.

But in this internet age music genres are hopelessly splintered, comically so. Everything seems to be either "post-" this or something "-core," or else just an obscure combination of words that sort of makes sense when you hear the music. But we know you're sharp, so take our quiz, below, to see if you can tell the difference between an established micro-genre and something we've just made up. 

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Monday, February 10, 2014

Chery Glaser - COURTESY OF KCRW.ORG
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  • Chery Glaser
From Audie Cornish to Lakshmi Singh, there is something legitimately cool about the names of the hosts on NPR. As The Atlantic notes, NPR reporters have inspired legal name changes, pet names, restaurant monikers, and even the name of a cow in Cambodia.

Right here in Los Angeles, KCRW reporter Chery Glaser has a band named after her, something she told the blog Franklin Avenue she is "flattered but puzzled" by. L.A. three piece Cherry Glazerr, however, thought the name captured their young, sweet, but still edgy sound. Somehow, they're right.

Here's are a few other KCRW/NPR reporters that could also be band names.  

See also: Shitty Band Names: A History

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