In recent years, rock music has become an afterthought in the popular spectrum. And regardless of the official tally, there’s no denying that genres like rap and country music have exploded in popularity, while rock music has leaned on established groups to carry the torch.
But before penning your next “rock is dead” hot take, consider this list. Even if rock stars aren’t topping the charts or clogging your timeline with arena tours, that doesn’t mean there’s not a thriving scene built on raw energy and mainstream resistance. Rock music is a thriving force in cities like Philadelphia and D.C., and the sound is spreading. Get familiar with a few of the bands leading the charge.