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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?"(83 items)
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    Rock music, Space rock, Experimental rock

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    Rock music, Experimental rock, Heavy metal

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    New Wave, Rock music, Experimental rock

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    Noise rock, Blues-rock, Rock 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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    Rock music, Protopunk, Jazz fusion

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    Noise rock, Rock music, No wave

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    Rock music, Electronic music, New Prog

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    Noise rock, Blue-eyed soul, Spoken word

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    Electronic music, Experimental rock, Experimental classical music

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    New Wave, Rock music, Punk funk

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    Krautrock, Synthpop, Electronic music

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    Punk blues, Grunge, Electronica

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    Krautrock, Rock music, Electronic music

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    Rock music, Experimental rock, Grunge

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    Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock

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    Noise rock, Rock music, Experimental rock

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    New Wave, Rock music, Experimental rock

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    Folk rock, Acid rock, Psychedelic rock

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    Krautrock, New Age music, Electronic music

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    new! & added by Mark Lanzarotta
    Doom metal, Post-metal, Progressive metal

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    Noise rock, Rock music, No wave

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    Pop music, Rock music, Outsider music

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    Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

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    Alternative hip hop, Anti-folk, Country rap

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    Rock music, Space rock, Psychedelic pop

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    Dark ambient, Noise rock, Industrial rock

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    Krautrock, Noise rock, Space rock

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    Psychedelic folk, New Weird America, Electronic music

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    Rock music, Experimental rock, Neo-psychedelia

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    Hip hop music, Soundtrack, Alternative hip hop

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    Experimental rock, Jazz fusion, Experimental music

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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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    Rock music, Emo, New Prog

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    Electronic music, Experimental rock, Alternative rock

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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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    Avant-progressive rock, Experimental rock

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    Noise rock, Experimental rock, Funk metal

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    Steve Lieberman is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Experimental Rock Bands/Artists

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    Garage punk, Outsider music, Heavy metal

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    Krautrock, Experimental rock, Progressive rock

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    Shoegazing, Rock music, Experimental rock

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    Psychedelic folk, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

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    Rock music, Experimental rock, Industrial music

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    Electronic music, Experimental rock, Industrial rock

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    Experimental rock, Post-rock

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    Experimental music, Progressive rock, Psychedelic music

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    Synthpop, Rockabilly, No wave

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    added by Kirk P. Datema
    Jangle pop, Psychedelic folk, Alternative rock

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