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Grunge is a subgenre of rock music that emerged during the mid-1980s in the American state of Washington, almost entirely in the Seattle area. “Grunge” was initially used to describe only the emerging music scene in Seattle; an unkempt collective of bands each with their own scuzzy take on 70s rock that was a reaction against the technicality and pretension of contemporary and dominant metal. Inspired by hardcore punk, metal (particularly 70s heavy metal like Sabbath and Led Zep and the overdriven proto-punk of the Stooges), and indie/ early alt. rock, grunge is generally characterized by heavily distorted electric guitars, contrasting song dynamics, and apathetic or angst-filled lyrics. The grunge aesthetic is stripped-down compared to other forms of rock music, and many grunge musicians were noted for their unkempt appearances and rejection of theatrics.

The word grunge is believed to be back-formation from the US slang adjective grungy, which originated in about 1965 as a slang term for “dirty” or “filthy”. Mark Arm, the vocalist for the Seattle band Green River—and later Mudhoney—is generally credited as being the first to use the term grunge to describe this sort of music. Arm first used the term in 1981, when he wrote a letter under his given name Mark McLaughlin to the Seattle zine, Desperate Times, criticizing his band Mr.

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Tuesday 2 December 2014
Cass McCombs
Meat PuppetsConcert
Troubadour
West Hollywood, Los Angeles CA, United States
34.08151 -118.389272

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Friday 5 December 2014
Speedy OrtizConcert Great Scott
Allston, MA, Boston MA, United States
42.350145 -71.130664

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Monday 8 December 2014
The Smashing PumpkinsConcert Webster Hall
New York NY, United States
40.731689 -73.989293

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Thursday 11 December 2014
The Smashing PumpkinsConcert The Warfield
San Francisco CA, United States
37.782702 -122.410295

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Friday 12 December 2014
Speedy OrtizConcert Great Scott
Allston, MA, Boston MA, United States
42.350145 -71.130664

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Saturday 13 December 2014
Puddle of Mudd
SakaraConcert
Palace Theater
Stafford Springs, CT, United States
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