Where people gather, art emerges. We, humans, are always looking for ways to express commonality and uniqueness alike, and art is the result. The most beautiful paintings, interesting books, and thoughtful philosophies are all just a few of mankind’s attempts at self-expression. These cultural representations are what unite us as a species, as diverse as we are.
Yet, music might just be the most universal art-form among the world’s nationalities and history’s iconic eras.
Music is truly timeless. While it grows and evolves just as we do, people have simply always created music. There are infinite ways sounds can be made and mixed together. Music is the culmination of making beauty out of sound’s potential.Read More ...
Today’s music genres, styles, and stage production are only the most current rendition of an ageless art. With music, we can rediscover history, grow our world view, and unlock the future of pop culture. Through music events like festivals and concerts, the massive breadth of human creativity has never been more accessible. Events like these gather the greatest artists of our time in a way centuries past could not. We at SeatRetriever see events as more than entertainment; we see them as opportunities to uncover something new within ourselves. With SeatRetriever, NOW is the best time to buy tickets to your favorite event. A night at your city’s most popular venue or a weekend camping in a stage-filled festival ground is your chance to be immersed in something greater than yourself.
SeatRetriever gets you tickets to events representative of all your favorite genres:
Power chords, steady beats, and society-provoking lyrics – these qualities keep the many sounds and styles of alt-rock bands under the umbrella of one massive genre. First made popular through punk rock, alt-rock includes many other sub-genres such as post-rock, new wave, indie rock, and grunge. The bands Sigur Ros, Beck, Oasis, and Pearl Jam are just a handful of bands associated with alternative rock.
Classical music offers a 180-degree flip from its rock and hip-hop counterparts. Rooted in another century altogether, today’s classical artists have found ways to merge the elegant use of strings, horns, and keys with modern technology. Jonny Greenwood (of Radiohead fame), Max Richter, and Kronos Quartet are just a few to have donned the mantle of the classical genre. Traditionalists have nothing to fret though, for many of today’s classical performers opt to play the ageless pieces of past composers like Mozart and Bach.
The ‘60s were an essential time for the greater rock genre. Out of it, we received pop-rock bands like the Beatles and the Monkees, both of whom achieved global acclaim. Yet, out of the spritely groups’ shadows emerged hard rock and heavy metal. Amplified distortion, extended guitar solos, and charismatic drum beats combine to thicken a band’s sound into a weighty loudness. Bands like Korn, Slipknot, and Nine Inch Nails have earned the genre mainstream success with eccentric stage presences and symphony-quality songwriting.
Leaping out of Europe, electronic dance music has grown what used to be a cult following into a worldwide movement. EDM holds a romantic relationship with a festival culture like no other genre. EDM offers a wide range of ambient noises, heart-palpitating beats, and distorted electric signals to make for some of the most danceable (hence the name) music. It’s no wonder that EDM events are basically large scale parties. Skrillex, Deadmau5, and Swedish House Mafia are some of the big names to grace the DJ-spawned genre.
Pop music used to simply mean “popular music,” yet, over time, the title has achieved a right to its own classification. Artists like Paul McCartney, the Beach Boys, Elton John, and Elvis Presley offered a rock sound that differed from anything else. That’s what, in part, made them stand out and gain such popularity. As an established genre, pop-rock artists carry a more “doo-wop” gentleness influenced by a smooth beat and crafted guitar melodies. Coldplay, Maroon 5, and Tame Impala are some of the mentionable pop-rock artists from the turn of the 21st century.
Hip-hop and rap are two highly interwoven genres that arose from inner-city culture. They both developed as new takes on jazz and R&B, where early artists remixed other songs and spoke rhyming lyrics over that new mix. They have come to represent artists’ locales in an important way, with sub-genres often developing out of particular regions. Lyrics are often controversial, but that hasn’t kept rap and hip-hop from becoming one of the most loved genre groups in the world. Genre-defining artists include Grandmaster Flash, Kanye West, the Roots, and Chance the Rapper.
Jazz and blues are a pair of the earliest popular genres of the western world. Their impact on culture as a whole is comparable to that of classical music’s. It’s mind-bending to try and think of an artist who was not influenced by either jazz or blues. The two genres used soulful instrumentation combined with heartfelt lyrics to captivate audiences. Grown amidst the 1920s, an era where people were discovering self-expression in a new way, jazz and blues became outlets to emit sadness, love, and desire. The genres are here to stay, with artists like the Black Keys, Gary Clark Jr., and Norah Jones paving the way for modern forms of the long-loved music form.
Country could easily be described as the national genre of the United States, where most of its popularity is found. Country finds its heritage among the world’s bluegrass and folk music, but it has come to be a lot like pop-rock in nature. It offers bright twangy sounds, with consistent lyrical themes of patriotism or everyday hardworking life. Simple guitar, drums, and upbeat melodies are generally found across the board. Similar to EDM, the country genre and music festivals are two peas in a pod. Artists to frequent country festivals are Luke Bryan, Dierks Bentley, and Florida Georgia Line.
Soul and R&B were a couple of the first genres to branch off of jazz and blues. They took emotional soul bearing to a new level. Popular artists like Whitney Houston, Bruno Mars, and Stevie Wonder found their fame with their powerful octave-reaching voices, heart-throb melodies, and love-oriented lyrics. Some soul and R&B songs begin to blend with rap and hip-hop, but they maintain their unique identity as a slower-paced creature that causes listeners to be mindful and introspective.
Latin music gives the country genre a good run for its money when it comes to music representing an entire people group. Associating with Spanish and Portuguese-speaking cultures, Latin music fuses with the world’s best genres to create festive and colorful sounds. The genre’s industry is one of the largest on the planet, lead by artists like Shakira, Marc Anthony, Ricky Martin, and Pitbull. Many of these artists have helped to grow the Latin music genre by achieving success in other genres as well.
Much like the Latin community, every global culture has some form of music that distinctly represents them. Yet, most cultures fall short of achieving the same critical success. For this reason, music educators have sought to promote the music of the “unheard” world by forming the world music genre. Much of world music contains a folk or tribal tone, but artists are as diverse as the people-groups they emerge from. Well-known world music artists include Manu Chao, Bjork, and Super Furry Animals.
Then, there are those musical artists who simply don’t fall into the common compartments of mainstream music. We at SeatRetriever seek to make all of your favorite performers accessible. Whether you want to see comedic groups like Tenacious D or Flight of the Conchords, or you want to experience the live concerts of experimental artists like Blue Man Group or Buckethead, you can do it through SeatRetriever. These “others” defy the common use of a song by offering something truly entertainingly different. Despite their differences, these sort of performing groups are becoming popular alternative event headliners.
SeatRetriever is the best way to experience any and all of your favorite performances live in concert or at a festival. Concerts are the most intimate way to immerse yourself in a particular artist’s music. This performance format offers the best places to stand and sit – since venues are limited in size. Experience great beer, fandom, and sound quality by checking out a local venue. Festivals offer much of the same experience but with an increased opportunity to see many artists in one place, encounter amazing local food, and explore the great outdoors. Either way, SeatRetriever is here to help you do it all. Your concert or festival pass is your ticket into the world of music. To find the right time to buy tickets, you’ll want to check early and often. Get yours today!