What do you think of when you hear the term "hardcore"?
Porn? If so, you're likely envisioning adult films that go beyond the mainstream, boob-job, grunting, one-man-on-one-woman variety.
Rather: more intensity, more abandon, more danger. (Hardcore auteurs certainly aren't fans of L.A. county's condom ordinance.)
Similarly "hardcore" music implies a strain that's for serious fans of the genre only, that separates itself from pop.
Beyond that, however, hardcore definitions in various music genres vary widely. It's sometimes performed faster or at louder volumes, and sometimes contains more caustic messages, but not always.
And so below, Weekly critics talk about what constitutes hardcore in the genres of punk, country, EDM, hip-hop, jazz, and even Christian.More »