This is something that I've briefly mentioned on this board but never gone into detail about, but do not assume that you hate a genre on the basis of what you've heard. Let me start from the start. I use to listen to nothing, by that I mean music meant nothing to me. I devoted myself to certain genres, but they meant nothing. I loved my dad's music, then Mc Hammer (ha ha), country music, my dad's music, metal... or so I thought. I use to be very very closed minded about music, as I find many are. Sadly, many of them include my friends (who are musicians that I'm trying to get out of their closed minded rut: See my "Tool" thread). Even worse as past thread have discussed classic rock radio. Little known fact, there are more to bands than greatest hits albums. The subject at hand: What's your favorite genre? Example. I like metal... when I turn on the radio, do I feel that metal is being fairly represented. Hell no times one thousand. I don't like rap... or do I?... Catch my drift? When you turn on the radio, unless you are listening to some indie station, college radio, etc... you are listening to pop music. Pop rock, pop country, pop rap, pop metal, etc. The stuff that has been watered down and xeroxed so many times that you are left with a lifeless shell that is suitable for the masses. I don't think all radio friendly music is bad, but it is a prison cell for so many. They think: This is it, this is music. No need to further persue any listening/research I have found music. I'm starting to run into rap acts I like, some I really like. A lot of old school stuff... not Fitty Cent. As a listener, I consider music a challange almost, to find music, to keep me interested and therefore inspired. Even searching within your own genre. http://www.allmusic.com helps a lot. Like a band? Find their influences, who've they've influenced, similar artists, etc. I don't think I've gone on a winded "omg I'm so underground im wikkid sweet" rant in a while... so here it is. Just think about this rockers/punks: Is Avril properly representing your genre?