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2013-05-03 05:20:20 PM
Maybe, but it'll never die! \m/  \m/
 
2013-05-03 05:38:52 PM
ask the black keys. ask jack white. ask mumford and sons. ask jake bugg.
 
2013-05-03 06:23:29 PM
Ty Segall is alright musically I guess, but they're pretty boring live and it's not like they're virtuosos by any means.  The problem is that none of these bands have any sense of showmanship and everything they are playing is derivative.  90% of guitar bands since 1960 has just been the same E and A form barre chords being played in the same 10 positions.  I know there are a limited amount of notes and everything, but how hard is it to work a few extra riffs in there?  I can count on one hand the amount of legit guitar solos I have heard in an indie rock song and I like indie rock.

I know the "everything sounds the same" line is a little overdone, but guitar is such a great hobby it's literally offensive to me to see people not try to get better at it.  Also, a lot of these bands would be 100x better with a good frontman/frontwoman.  Singers with no formal training that half ass playing guitar and don't move around (or having a guitar slung around backwards while they stand there and almost never play it) is clearly not the way to go.
 
2013-05-03 06:41:16 PM
Hey hey
My my
Rock and roll will never die.
 
2013-05-03 07:44:16 PM
Wow, article mentions Hawkwind.  All y'all that like spacey guitar rock need to head to tower recordsthe pirate bay and get yourself some Space Ritual.  Not Space Ritual 2 mind you, the original circa '74'ish.
 
2013-05-03 07:50:30 PM
www.real.gr
 
2013-05-03 07:51:51 PM

lepton68: [www.real.gr image 400x300]


Is that Orianthi? Man, she can farkig SHRED like no one's business.
 
2013-05-03 07:53:17 PM
The only musical genre I listen to is whatever iCarly plays.
 
2013-05-03 07:54:04 PM
Guitar rock was bit by a spider.
 
2013-05-03 07:55:39 PM
Little Steven's Underground Garage.

^The only answer the headline question needs.
 
2013-05-03 07:58:45 PM
Freedom rock definitely isn't.  Turn it up, man!
 
2013-05-03 08:05:31 PM
i536.photobucket.com
Scott says,
"Hell no ya farkin' hippies!!!"

Hey Austin Farkers, see you at Red 7 tomorrow night to see some superior "guitar rock"
 
2013-05-03 08:06:33 PM
As long as there are white people, no
 
2013-05-03 08:08:34 PM
1^]01. half a mind to double up baby
 
2013-05-03 08:11:44 PM
I don't think so. The electric guitar has so many sonic possibilities, and there are always going to be people that find cool and interesting things to do with it. It's just that right now too many people that pick up the guitar either don't bother to really learn to play, or lack the imagination to play anything other than the same stale, tired Page/Clapton/Hendrix/SRV licks with the same gear.
 
2013-05-03 08:14:50 PM

FlashHarry: ask the black keys. ask jack white. ask mumford and sons. ask jake bugg.


Good points.  But while it's not dying, it is declining in popularity.
 
2013-05-03 08:16:22 PM
I've always said this rocking and rolling music was just a fad
 
2013-05-03 08:20:28 PM
Popular music has been on the wane since 1974, the year of the first Bad Company release.

You see, poor live performances by the likes of Chuck Berry and even Jerry Lee Lewis are destroying the music they allege to celebrate. And tests show that a Beach Boys concert is a very sad thing. This, coupled with the growing interest in ethnic music, has undermined the support base of the music that you and your friends love.
 
2013-05-03 08:21:42 PM

SilentStrider: lepton68: [www.real.gr image 400x300]

Is that Orianthi? Man, she can farkig SHRED like no one's business.


THIS.
 
2013-05-03 08:23:08 PM
It's going the way of the 20 minute drum solo...
 
2013-05-03 08:25:22 PM
I think harps will be the next big thing.
 
2013-05-03 08:25:25 PM
stereogum.com
 
2013-05-03 08:27:48 PM
Its appeal is becoming more selective.
 
2013-05-03 08:29:15 PM

SilentStrider: lepton68: [www.real.gr image 400x300]

Is that Orianthi? Man, she can farkig SHRED like no one's business.


This is what killed rock guitar, for better or worse. Playing scales really fast is a skill, bit at the end if the day it gets boring.
 
2013-05-03 08:30:32 PM

uncleacid: I think harps will be the next big thing.


The ukulele would beg to differ.
 
2013-05-03 08:33:16 PM
 
2013-05-03 08:34:57 PM
I feel like this article and its title are really misleading. They're making it sound like guitar rock is disappearing completely (it's not) when they're really asking if guitar rock is disappearing as a major player in popular music. And that happened like a decade ago.

There are a ton of great guitar rock bands out there: Cloud Nothings, Japandroids, Wild Flag, Screaming Females, Clutch, The Men, The Thermals, Titus Andronicus etc etc.
 
2013-05-03 08:38:02 PM
www.asiavips.com
 
2013-05-03 08:41:05 PM
Time to break out the lost Page riff.
 
2013-05-03 08:41:28 PM
Short answer:no
Long answer:noooooooooooooooooooooooo

Will it undergo a decline in importance and relevance as the world moves on,and the musical tastes of people all over the world fragment and Balkanize?
Sure,so? It's all cyclical anyway.
 
2013-05-03 08:43:20 PM
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation was created on April 20, 1983, officially heralding the demise of Rock and Roll. Hey hey my my.
 
2013-05-03 08:44:01 PM
Every generation finds its own heroes.

Don't ever foster the delusion that your children should like the things that you like.
 
2013-05-03 08:45:39 PM
Article was ridiculous, obviously written by an ignorant hipster.
 
2013-05-03 08:46:30 PM
Real music died with Ethel Merman.
 
2013-05-03 08:49:17 PM

BrotherKalashnikov: Short answer:no
Long answer:noooooooooooooooooooooooo

Will it undergo a decline in importance and relevance as the world moves on,and the musical tastes of people all over the world fragment and Balkanize?
Sure,so? It's all cyclical anyway.


How can you compete with dancing middle-aged Punjabis?

i2.ytimg.com

/It's got a good beat, I can't dance to it.
/pinkish hue
 
2013-05-03 08:51:35 PM
And I bet in the late 60s music journalists were complaining that Big Band music was no longer popular.
 
2013-05-03 08:54:35 PM
The Coursera "Intro to Guitar" course just started Monday, so I'm getting a real kick out of this thread.

Wait. Does this mean there's room out there for a sad song or two lamenting the death of guitar rock?
 
2013-05-03 08:55:46 PM

MFAWG: SilentStrider: lepton68: [www.real.gr image 400x300]

Is that Orianthi? Man, she can farkig SHRED like no one's business.

This is what killed rock guitar, for better or worse. Playing scales really fast is a skill, bit at the end if the day it gets boring.


As someone who loves guitar rock, THIS.  Grunge, Rap, Hip-Hop and what have you did NOT kill guitar rock.  Guitar Rock killed itself. Hair band overload became bland, predictable formulaic garbage.  Winger, Poison, Cinderella... just nails in the coffin.  As least Def Leppard was original when they did it.  After a while, though, everything sounded the same, more or less.  *sigh*

Get the fark off my lawn.

\Please note that I did not say these bands sucked - my opinion is mute on that.  They are very good technicians.  Just uninspired.  I still love guitar rock, but good God man, stop with the copy/paste.
 
2013-05-03 09:01:45 PM
No. People ask the same question once a decade.
 
2013-05-03 09:02:22 PM
Such is the problem of shredding. Bands who really shred -- not punk or hardcore bands who can barely play their instruments, not bands who incorporate guitars into larger clouds of musical emotion, but bands who've made their name with guitar-based pop(ish) music and really farking shred -- are increasingly finding themselves at the margins of musical culture.

Meh, maybe in the US.  Metal, with shredding guitars everywhere, is alive and well in Japan and Europe, with China also having a growing metal market.
 
2013-05-03 09:04:14 PM

uncleacid: I think harps will be the next big thing.


If that means I have to listen to more Joanna Newsom, I am giving up music.
 
2013-05-03 09:06:51 PM
 
2013-05-03 09:07:57 PM
Less popular? Yes.

Dying? No.

Getting better? All the time.

/Parquet Courts
//Thee Oh Sees
 
2013-05-03 09:10:30 PM
Every generation goes through a period of time when they are sure that history will end with them.

This too shall pass.
 
2013-05-03 09:11:40 PM

somemoron: As someone who loves guitar rock, THIS. Grunge, Rap, Hip-Hop and what have you did NOT kill guitar rock. Guitar Rock killed itself. Hair band overload became bland, predictable formulaic garbage. Winger, Poison, Cinderella... just nails in the coffin. As least Def Leppard was original when they did it. After a while, though, everything sounded the same, more or less. *sigh*

Get the fark off my lawn.

\Please note that I did not say these bands sucked - my opinion is mute on that. They are very good technicians. Just uninspired. I still love guitar rock, but good God man, stop with the copy/paste


You can't kill The Metal.
 
2013-05-03 09:30:30 PM

somemoron: MFAWG: SilentStrider: lepton68: [www.real.gr image 400x300]

Is that Orianthi? Man, she can farkig SHRED like no one's business.

This is what killed rock guitar, for better or worse. Playing scales really fast is a skill, bit at the end if the day it gets boring.

As someone who loves guitar rock, THIS.  Grunge, Rap, Hip-Hop and what have you did NOT kill guitar rock.  Guitar Rock killed itself. Hair band overload became bland, predictable formulaic garbage.  Winger, Poison, Cinderella... just nails in the coffin.  As least Def Leppard was original when they did it.  After a while, though, everything sounded the same, more or less.  *sigh*

Get the fark off my lawn.

\Please note that I did not say these bands sucked - my opinion is mute on that.  They are very good technicians.  Just uninspired.  I still love guitar rock, but good God man, stop with the copy/paste.


I'll give you 2 of those.
Rethink Cinderella though. They were a highlight in that mess.  Not perfect, but, better than a lot of what was out there.
Also, Tesla was a throwback band who just happened to hit at the time. Much different sounding than the rack-effect sound that was prevalent at the time.
 
2013-05-03 09:30:59 PM

Snotnose: Wow, article mentions Hawkwind.  All y'all that like spacey guitar rock need to head to tower recordsthe pirate bay and get yourself some Space Ritual.  Not Space Ritual 2 mind you, the original circa '74'ish.


I still like Explosions in the Sky.  Great music to chill out to.
 
2013-05-03 09:31:39 PM
I predict the zither will become the backbone of the next musical revolution.
img838.imageshack.us
 
2013-05-03 09:35:19 PM
Two of my favorite current shredders:

blog.zap2it.com

i41.tinypic.com

Plus Ritzy is just adorable.
g.purevolumecdn.com
 
2013-05-03 09:37:01 PM
It's over. You got here just in time for the death rattle, the last gasp, the last grope.

/obscure?
 
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