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What is the instrument in the intro of They Might Be Giants' cover of "Istanbul (Not Constantinople)"?

This is violin/fiddle played in the famous "gypsy" (Romani) style. You might try looking up "gypsy violin" or "gypsy fiddle" as a start. This style has been very influential over the years. For a ...
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Was Pixies inspired by Rites of Spring?

I do not think so, for several reasons: 1) Rites of Spring songs are usually typical emo/posthardcore songs, I do not see musical similarity to Hey, 2) I doubt Frank Black was familiar with this ...
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Why do radio stations only play hit songs?

Radio stations usually have to pay every time they play a song, or pay for a certain amount of playtime, but also have to pay an initial licensing fee to be able to play the songs at all, so to limit ...
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Who is "Sid Viscosity"?

Sid Viscosity is probably a reference to Sid Vicious (1957-1979), one of the members of the punk rock band the "Sex Pistols". The references to punk continue in the lyrics: You're not the only ...
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Music Video From Mid 2000s - alt rock band hunting a monster from Where The Wild Things Are

Heyyy Many years we looked for this similar song with my big brother. And this night, we find this : This is exactly the song and clip so many watched on MTV2. Song: ...
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Should we consider Audioslave a continuation of Rage Against The Machine, Soundgarden, or neither?

Any band that takes members from multiple previously established bands should always be considered a new band. If Cornell wanted these songs to be Soundgarden songs, he'd have done them with ...
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Who is Niandra LaDes?

Frusciante and his lover Toni Oswald were both interested in art, and were fans of the subversive surrealist Marcel Duchamp. They also enjoyed role reversals --dressing up in each other's clothes. The ...
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A music video from the 2000s and it’s from a band (alternative is the genre)

Someone asked this same question on yahoo answers and the answer given was Switchfoot - Dare You To Move.
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Band recommendation for someone that likes: Guns n' Roses, Bon Jovi, etc

Bryan Adams, Aerosmith, Three Doors Down, Greenday, Hoobastank, Creed, Nirvana.
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Alternative lyrics to Toad the Wet Sproket's "Something's Always Wrong"

Those are the lyrics being sung by the backing vocals during the chorus.
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Recent alternative rock song with gambling theme

Was it "Don't Sit Down 'Cause I've Moved Your Chair" by the Arctic Monkeys? It came out in 2011 and includes the phrase "roll the dice."
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What is the instrument in the intro of They Might Be Giants' cover of "Istanbul (Not Constantinople)"?

The instrument, I think it's simply a violin ! As far as similar music is concerned, try starting with the album that this track is featured on - 'Flood' by 'They might be giants'
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Music Video of Band playing at the beach

This is SafetySuit - Someone Like You. The guy throws the grocery bag of a woman: The band plays at the beach, and there are four band members, all male: The girl running and the stones are at 1:35....
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Cover art of Karma to Burn's Almost Heathen

I found the source of the cover art and its connection to Switzerland. It's a painting by Albert Gantner from 1910, the year when the production and sale of Absinthe was prohibited. I found the ...
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Recent psychedelic alt-rock song with "wall of sound" type production

Try Broken Bells - The High Road. Matches: Emotionally intense Guitar-based modern but psychedelic-influenced moderate hit minor-ish interesting production 2 word artist name with longer first name ...
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Is "The Suburbs" the sequel to "Funeral", both by Arcade Fire?

According to sourced content in Wikipedia, both albums are semi-autobiographical, with the earlier album drawing from all band members' experiences, and the later album centering more closely on the ...
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What is Temple Of The Dog - Hunger Strike about?

The song clearly is not just about being literally hungry --not with ample sociopolitical imagery such as "farming babies, while the slaves are all working." But while it may present as an abstract ...
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Dream by Imagine Dragons seems to have ripped off a song from the early 2000s to maybe 2010

It sounds like the chorus of "How You Remind Me" by Nickelback. Start at 27 seconds in. https://youtu.be/1cQh1ccqu8M
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Identify alt-rock song from Gangstar Vegas game

The song Kill or Be Killed by Dirty Sweet is in Gangstar Vargas OST. It does also have the lyrics: So save me ( . . . ) Cause I don't wanna die ( . . . ) It blackened my soul to the pit of my ...
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Whose​ faces are behind the Nimrod stickers on the cover of Green Day's "Nimrod"?

As explained in the relevant Wikipedia article: After three art directors were rejected by the band and pressing was behind schedule, Green Day asked the help of Chris Bilheimer, a friend of ...
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New EDM-Rock Bands (Not old bands, Not metal, Not Djs)

Hadouken, Does It Offend, You Yeah? and Modestep seem to fit the bill. Wikipedia also lists these as similar to Hadouken: Associated acts The Midnight Beast, Does It Offend You, Yeah?, ...
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Try to find a song with a guitar riff similar to "Alice In Chains - Down in a Hole"

"More Than a Feeling" by Boston has a similar chord progression in the verse.
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Try to find a song with a guitar riff similar to "Alice In Chains - Down in a Hole"

The introduction of Down In a Hole is a little a similar to the chord progressions of Cowgirl in the Sand by Neil Young and Horse With No Name by America. The high, held and wordless backing vocal is ...
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Recent psychedelic alt-rock song with "wall of sound" type production

Unloved - Guilty of Love Matches: Emotionally intense Guitar-based Psychedelic minor and major sections interesting production Song name has two (important) words, ...
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Recent psychedelic alt-rock song with "wall of sound" type production

Dead Meadow? Silver Door from their Feathers album was pretty popular. Otherwise, Tame Impala's first album, Innerspeaker, had plenty of interesting psychedelic sounds to it. That's all I've got.
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