The term avant-garde is applied to music that is considered to be at the forefront of experimentation or innovation in its field. Avant-garde music may critique existing aesthetic conventions, reject the status quo in favor of unique or original elements, and intentionally challenge or alienate audiences.
Avant-garde musicians are among the most interesting musicians in the world, Their curious creative nature allows to experiment with different music and stylistic forms that less creative bands would be afraid to touch.
"Plastic People" by Frank Zappa
Zappa received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1997.
Call them art rockers. Call them experimental performers. Call them hybrids. The following artists, bands, collectives and in-betweens work somewhere in the haze of art and music. They're hard to classify and impossible to forget, combining seemingly infinite avant-garde influences to craft multi-disciplinary expressions that hit the viewer's senses all at once.
Track #1 from the album Trout Mask Replica (1969)
Trout Mask Replica was ranked #60 on Rolling Stone's list of the "500 Greatest Albums of All Time."
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"Official" music video from the '80s of "Silver Rocket" by the New York City punk band Sonic Youth.
Sonic Youth's Daydream Nation was ranked #329 on Rolling Stone's list of "The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time."
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