Los Angeles Times

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Here’s a great quote I read from author/music critic Robert Hilburn about bands that focus on rock vs pop …

The primary intent (of active rock bands) is to say something, and to say it with the individuality that is at the base of all worthwhile art. The surfaces can be noisy and intense. You may even have to strain to understand the words. And there isn’t always just one interpretation. The aim is to make you feel and consider: get involved. This involvement was once prized in rock … bands stepped away from the pop norm in a way that invited you to weigh your own attitudes. But adventure has become a commercial liability.