Is Rock Dead? Not in North Dakota.

Music critics (and Gene Simmons) claim that rock is dead. Here at Slacker Radio, we call B.S. on that…and we can prove that rock is, indeed, alive and kicking.

Our fancy data scientists tirelessly agonized over our users’ listening behavior to determine the states that rock the hardest. Throw up those horns and check out our map to see if your state truly rocks.

States That Rock

 

Top 5 States That Rock:

  1. North Dakota (Most-listened-to rock band: Five Finger Death Punch)
  2. Maine
  3. Iowa
  4. West Virginia
  5. Nebraska

 

Top 5 States That Rock the Least:

  1. Hawaii (Most-listened-to rock band: Journey)
  2. California
  3. District of Columbia
  4. Florida
  5. Georgia

 

Keeping Rock Alive:

Whether you’re listening to your favorite rock band on Slacker or seeing them live this summer, there are plenty of ways to keep rock alive. Slacker host Fitz takes a look at what’s happening in the world of rock this summer with insider info on the best rock festivals all over the country.

We’ve stocked this station with bands who are (or are about to be) out on tour, including Five Finger Death Punch, Godsmack, Korn, Three Days Grace, and tons more.

Listen here: Summer Rock Fest Station

Data Source:

Slacker analyzed hundreds of millions of data points to uncover how our users are engaging with rock music across our entire service. We then parsed this data based on location to identify the states within the US that most actively engaged with rock music. In the case of the top 5 most and least engaged states— we drilled further down to identify the specific artists who drove engagement based on streams, custom-station creation, “hearts”, “bans”, skips etc.

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Album OTW: Foo Fighters’ Sonic Highways

 

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Dave Grohl and Foo Fighters are still going strong after 20 years and have eleven Grammys to show for it. Their eighth studio album “Sonic Highways” comes with a bit of a high concept: each of the album’s eight songs was recorded in a different city. They’re even going so far as to produce nine different covers for the vinyl pressing of the album, so you can pick your favorite. But we’ve got the music for you to listen to as much as you want right here, it’s “Sonic Highways” from Foo Fighters, our Album of the Week.

Album OTW: Hunting Party from Linkin Park

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SoCal combo Linkin Park are known for their sonic adventurousness, combining hard rock, hip hop and electronic styles. But for their sixth album “The Hunting Party” they’ve returned to a more straight-ahead rock sound, bringing in guest musicians from bands like Helmet, System of a Down and Rage Against the Machine. Listen to “The Hunting Party” as much as you want, it’s our Album of the Week.

Slacker’s New Artist of the Week – The Strokes

Strokes Artist of the WeekWelcome back to Slacker’s Artist Of The Week. The Strokes are back in the game with their 5th album- called “Comedown Machine”, and while this record will still appeal to long-time Strokes fans, they are a long way from This Is It- and the band seems fully comfortable with that.

Led by the single All The Time, this album finds the band experimenting with synths, falsettos, and even songs that could only be categorized as easy listening.

The Strokes, consisting of Julian Casablancas (lead vocals), Nick Valensi (guitar, backing vocals), Albert Hammond, Jr. (guitar, backing vocals), Nikolai Fraiture (bass guitar) and Fabrizio Moretti (drums, percussion) are one of the many indie-rock bands to hail from the US at the dawn of the 21st century that helped solidify the garage rock revival movement. Their debut album, Is This It, was ranked number 199 on Rolling Stones 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.

On this weeks Artist of the Week station you’ll hear The Strokes- old and new- along with tracks from their side projects, collaborations, influences, and contemporaries. The Strokes are Slacker’s Artist Of The Week.

Artist Showcase – The Wanted Visit Slacker

UK Pop Group, The Wanted, came by Slacker Radio in San Diego to meet a few fans, perform a few songs, and set up their very own radio station featuring all of their favorite songs. Take a look at their acoustic performance of the hit song “Glad You Came” for Slacker Radio in San Diego, CA.

To hear The Wanted talk about their favorite songs and see more about their time with us, visit www.slacker.com/TheWanted