If you’re into music, and you’ve never heard of anti-folk, you are not alone. You might be further surprised to know that it has been around since the 1980’s. As the name suggests, its purpose for existing is not to be radio friendly or “poppy.” It exists to shock and protest, which is to say that it will never be commercial. That explains why you’ve never heard of it.

My main protagonist, Devin Rush, listens to anti-folk because he sees the world as rigged in favor of those with the most power. It is a partial reason for why he hasn’t become independent, or why he isn’t working on becoming independent, though he is twenty-four years old, lives with an upper-middle class family, and is certainly bright enough. Being into anti-folk suggests something about his mindset.

If you wanted to give anti-folk a listen, where would you find it? Spotify has a playlist. Here are some bands that fall under this genre of music:

  • American Anymen
  • Ani DiFranco
  • Apes of the State
  • Beck
  • Bright Eyes
  • Car Seat Headrest
  • Cat Power
  • David Cronenberg’s Wife
  • Dufus
  • Elvis Depressedly
  • Field Medic
  • Jack Medicine
  • Jeffrey Lewis & The Junkyard
  • Liz Phair
  • Local News Legend
  • Mischief Brew
  • Nana Grizol
  • Pat the Bunny
  • Pavement
  • Prewar Yardsale
  • Ramshackle Glory
  • Smog
  • Superman Revenge Squad
  • The Extra Glenns
  • The Magnetic Fields
  • The Microphones
  • The Moldy Peaches
  • The Taxpayers
  • The Unicorns
  • WHY?

How did you do? Previous to writing Bombing the moon, I’d only heard of four of these artists/bands.