1. Indie: Used so often it became meaningless, like the word friend.
2. Garagey: In the mid-2000s, CityBeats music section read like a maladjusted Auto Trader.
3. Gravelly: Used when a singers voice sounded like he or she drank whiskey and smoked cigarettes until giving birth to their liver.
4. Straight outta [INSERT UNDESIRABLE TOWN]: NWAs righteous battle cry for Compton was co-opted by a bunch of Anglos who thought it was cute to claim music came directly outta various shit holes.
5. Summery: If music appeared to be inspired by excessive yet fun amounts of Prozac, we cast it into the seasonal category. Autumnly was not as popular.
6. Psychedelic: Fond of extended guitar solos and synthesizers? We assumed you took drugs in the forest.
7. Radio-friendly: Always used as a slag. Although radio hasnt been cutting-edge since the 1970s, music journalists felt it necessary to remind disc jockeys of that fact for another 30-plus years.
8. Radiohead-esque: In the mid-2000s, this meant your music is possibly the result of mental trauma suffered in art school. Is it weird if we pray to you?
9. Jangly: Used to describe peppy guitar pop. Made it sound like a bunch of people standing in front of a vending machine.
10. An [INSERT WORD] revival: Look. Its rock n roll. At this point, unless youve managed to turn a Dyson vacuum cleaner into an instrument that plays alien rhythms at an undiscovered speed interval, audible only to people with a certain recessive chromosome, every bit of music put to tape is a revival.