The Best Experimental Rock Bands/Artists

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Similarly to avant-garde rock and avant-garde rock bands, experimental rock takes rock music and takes it to places where many mainstream bands are afraid to go. Experimental rock bands are among the most interesting bands with extremely rabid, loyal fanbases. Usually, experimental rock bands will tinker with things like song structure, and showcases a different side of a rock band. Technical prowess is crucial for experimental rock bands to challenge the status quo. Beginning in the 1960s, experimental rock used elements from free jazz, classical music and even psychedelic rock to create a sound people had never heard before. Experimental rock has also called post-rock.

So, who are considered experimental rock bands? You can't think of experimental rock without bringing up Frank Zappa, Brian Eno and even Neil Young. These guys took traditional rock music and decide to create their own subtexture to their sound. How else can you accurately explain what Zappa and the Mothers of Invention did? They took traditional music and made it their own, hence the experimental rock label. Elements of Krautrock, ambient music and underground music were embraced by experimental rock bands.

This list of experimental rock bands should be a guide to the genre. Experimental rock This list answers the questions "who are the best experimental rock bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest experimental rock musician ever?"(86 items)
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    Rock music, Space rock, Experimental rock

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    New Wave, Rock music, Experimental rock

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    Rock music, Experimental rock, Heavy metal

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    Rock music, Electronic music, New Prog

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    new! & added by Mark Lanzarotta
    Progressive metal, Rock music, Experimental rock

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    Noise rock, Blues-rock, Rock music

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    Noise rock, Blue-eyed soul, Spoken word

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    New Wave, Rock music, Punk funk

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    Noise rock, Rock music, No wave

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    Rock music, Protopunk, Jazz fusion

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    Electronic music, Experimental rock, Experimental classical music

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    Blues-rock, Psychedelic folk, Space rock

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    New Wave, Experimental rock, Instrumental rock

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    Krautrock, Synthpop, Electronic music

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    Krautrock, Rock music, Electronic music

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    Rock music, Experimental rock, Grunge

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    Punk blues, Grunge, Electronica

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    added by Mark Lanzarotta
    Folk rock, Acid rock, Psychedelic rock

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    New Wave, Rock music, Experimental rock

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    new! & added by Mark Lanzarotta
    Krautrock, Electronic music, Protopunk

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    Progressive rock

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    Noise rock, Rock music, Experimental rock

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    Noise rock, Rock music, No wave

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    Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock

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    Alternative hip hop, Anti-folk, Country rap

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    Krautrock, New Age music, Electronic music

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    Doom metal, Post-metal, Progressive metal

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    Rock music, Experimental rock, Neo-psychedelia

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    Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

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    Pop music, Rock music, Outsider music

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    added by AdamBell
    Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal An interesting mix of metal, psychedelia, hard rock, punk, and eastern music that became iconic of one of the big four of the Seattle scene.

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    Rock music, Space rock, Psychedelic pop

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    Krautrock, Noise rock, Space rock

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    Shoegazing, Rock music, Experimental rock

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    Psychedelic folk, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

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    Dark ambient, Noise rock, Industrial rock

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    Psychedelic folk, New Weird America, Electronic music

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    Hip hop music, Soundtrack, Alternative hip hop

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    Rock music, Emo, New Prog

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    Electronic music, Experimental rock, Alternative rock

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    Avant-progressive rock, Experimental rock, Jazz fusion

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    Thrash metal, Progressive rock, Art rock

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    Experimental rock, Jazz fusion, Experimental music

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    Steve Lieberman is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Experimental Rock Bands/Artists

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    Garage punk, Outsider music, Heavy metal

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    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Synthpop

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    Avant-progressive rock, Experimental rock

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    Krautrock, Experimental rock, Progressive rock

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    Noise rock, Experimental rock, Funk metal

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    Experimental rock, Post-rock

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    Electronic music, Experimental rock, Industrial rock

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