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Independent Rock Music /
Independent Rock and Roll Music

Rock, or rock and roll, emerged as a defined musical style in America in the 1950s, though elements of rock and roll can be seen in rhythm and blues records as far back as the 1920s. Early rock and roll combined elements of blues, boogie woogie, jazz and rhythm and blues, and is also influenced by traditional folk music, gospel music, black and white, and country and western.




A blend of pop, alt-country and rock.

Live at Beaners

The best in Minnesota music recorded live at Beaner's Central Coffeehouse, located in Duluth, Minnesota.

Betty Dylan

A blend of blues, country and rock with a melodic, hard edge.

The Big Distraction

Jam and progressive-infused classic rock.

Patty Blee

Americana Roots - county/folk/rock.

BOZO allegro


The Brimsek Brothers

A unique blend of rock and folk music.

Randy Casey

Minnesota guitarist.


1960's Upper Midwestern rock & roll group way ahead of it's time.

Eva Cassidy

Eclectic artist performing folk, blues, gospel, jazz, R&B, and pop/rock.

Cory Chisel and The Wandering Sons

A blend of 60s soul, New Orleans swagger, and good old rock n' roll.

Sandy Delacruz

Filipino-American artist.

Distant Fury

Four-piece rock band from Prescott, Arizona.

Dr. Smoke

Minneapolis, Minnesota band playing a blend of rock and pop.

Gaskins N' Gunner

A blend of blues and rock with a country flavor splashed in for fun.

Laura Gauthier

A blend of folk, rhythm and blues, jazz, pop, retro rock and blues.

The Greaseballs

Surf music at it's best.

Craig Himmelright

Minnesota hard rock to easy listening style.

Erik Koskinen

Smokin' guitarist that has been playing and recording his own style of roots-rockin' blues and American music since he was 14 years old.


A multi genre all original jamband.


Iowa-based acoustic rock quartet.

Nad Neslo

Singer/songwriter with songs that tend to be long, lyrics that tell a story and there's plenty of lead guitar throughout.

No Room To Pogo

Rock-ska band from Duluth, Minnesota.

Michael Quinn

Folk/rock with songs that have been compared to Tom Petty, Van Morrison, and the Band.

Ryan Rolando

Singer/songwriter and rock, metal, and classic rock guitarist.

Kim Rose

Brand of folk that crosses over into rock, country, and blues.

Ellsworth Rosser

Rock and blues guitarist/songwriter


Foot stompin' rock and roll.

Shotgun Daisy

Rock and roll band from Ely, MN playing ock, americana and alternative originals.

Sara Softich


Dave Tak & The Finnbillys

Kicks like country, jumps like bluegrass, has a rock-n-roll edge and lays on a bed of blues.

Bobby Vee

Great classic and new rock and roll.

Steve West

Unique blend of folk, pop and rock.

White Iron Band

Blend of rock, blues, and outlaw country from Minnesota.

“Rocking” was a term first used by gospel singers in the American South to mean something akin to spiritual rapture. A double, ironic, meaning came to popular awareness in 1947 in blues artist Roy Brown's song "Good Rocking Tonight" (also covered the next year by Wynonie Harris in an even wilder version), in which "rocking" was ostensibly about dancing but was in fact a thinly-veiled allusion to sex. Such double-entendres were nothing new in blues music but were new to the radio airwaves. After the success of "Good Rocking Tonight" many other rhythm and blues artists used similar titles through the late 1940s including a song called "Rock and Roll" recorded by Wild Bill Moore in 1949. These songs were relegated to "race music" (the music industry code name for rhythm and blues) outlets and were barely known by mainstream white audiences.

In 1951, Cleveland, Ohio disc jockey Alan Freed would begin playing this type of music for his white audience, and it’s Freed who’s credited with coining the phrase "rock and roll" to describe the rollicking R&B music that he brought to the airwaves. The term, with its simultaneous allusions to dancing, sex, and the sound of the music itself, stuck even with those who didn't absorb all the meanings.

From the beginning, when the early rockers merged country and blues, rock has been defined by its energy, rebellion and catchy hooks, but as the genre aged, it began to shed those characteristics, placing equal emphasis on craftmanship and pushing the boundaries of the music. As a result, everything from Chuck Berry's pounding, three-chord rockers and the sweet harmonies of the Beatles to the soulful pleas of Otis Redding and the jarring, atonal white noise of Sonic Youth has been categorized as "rock." This is not surprising - rock had a specific sound and image for only a handful of years. For most of its life, rock has been fragmented, spinning off new styles and variations every few years - only natural for a genre that began its life as a fusion of styles.

Independent Music From Independent Bands and Musicians

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