These aren’t snotty, young punks who scream and play the
same chords over and over again. Nor are they a bunch of middle-aged
vets who use a garage band as an excuse to drink beer, get away from the
spouse and channel the rock ’n’ roll dreams they left behind.
High-profile acts like Los Lobos, My Chemical Romance and
Kanye West boycotted tour stops in the state; former Rage Against the
Machine frontman Zack de la Rocha started an organization called Sound
Strike, a coalition of artists committed to boycotting the state; and a
number of local musicians also joined the boycott.
Whether you noticed or not, goth-rock has made an
impressive return despite the genre being often shunned by critics and
musicians. Consider the elements of the genre—heavy keyboards, tribal
drumming, introspective lyrics and dense guitars.