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Derrell
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While I like many different styles of music, most of what i listen to is older music. Here's a list of some of the bands, groups, and artists i like to illustrate.

the Eagles
Miles Davis
Charley Parker
Creedence Clearwater Revival
Elvis
Harry Chapin
Lynard Skynard
Charlie Daniels Band
Muddy Waters
Stevie Ray Vaughn

I want to update my musical tastes, but have no idea where to start.

What I'd like is for each person who replies to this thread to list an artist or artists, the genre they fit into, and what you like about them.

I'd also appreciate it if you could list a few songs that are most representative of the the band or artist's style.

This isn't for a class project or a research paper. I'm simply trying to broaden my listening horizons.

Thanks fpr your help.

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How broad do you want to go? Should we list artists we think you're likely to like, based on your list above, or artists that we think you'll intensely dislike but should listen to anyway?
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Derrell
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Tom, that list is only a partial one. List any bands or artists that you like and what you like about their music.

Also, the genre and a few songs that are most representative of their syle.

I'm in the mood to try new things.

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John L
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Leonard Cohen
Tom Waits
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
PJ Harvey

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Derrell
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John L, what do you like about each of them?
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Elizabeth
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Well, Derrell, since you asked...

Based on your list above, which I know is not complete, I think you would enjoy Donna the Buffalo. You can listen to many of their songs if you go to this site: www.funkyside.com (You might like quite a few of the bands on that site. Lots o' samples)

Donna the Buffalo has been dubbed a "jam band," but there is great controversy as to exactly what that means. Yes, they jam. However, their music is much more tune-oriented than jam-oriented.

I would say they are roots-rock. They are based in the old time music tradition, but explore zydeco, reggae, and folk as well. There are two main lead singers, one man(Jeb Puryear) and one woman(Tara Nevins). Jeb plays guitar, and Tara plays many instruments, but plays the fiddle the most(and the best)(and I would classify her fiddle style as more violinish than fiddlish)

Their lyrics are simple, yet beautiful, and tend to be on the "love will make it all right" side of things.

My favorite songs are these, and you can find them on Funkyside:

No Place Like the Right Time
Front Porch
Sailing
Blue Shadows

(Hmm, all of these are Tara tunes)

So, there you have it: my two cents. Most of the music I have of theirs is live. I go to see them every chance I get, and I appreciate them more as a live band than as a studio band. We will be getting a new crop of music from a recent festival, and I would be happy to send you a cd if you are interested.

[ April 25, 2004, 04:14 PM: Message edited by: Elizabeth ]

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Whoa, freaky to see DtB on Hatrack! I guess I should get more involved in the local scene. [Big Grin] Maybe go to Grassroots this year, instead of just listening to it from the front porch! [Smile]
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Would you be interested in classical or music that isn't really classical but labeled as such since there's no other name for it?

Also, are you buying the songs sepereatly (like over iTunes) or are you going to get full CDs or what? I can suggest either. [Smile]

Hobbes [Smile]

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Van Morrison. Particularly, albums such as Veedon Fleece, Astral Weeks, and Into The Music are fantastic.
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Elizabeth
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I will expect that, Ayelar! Come on, step out! Get hip to the motion!
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Derrell
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Thanks for all the input.

Hobbes, I'll be doing both, but mainly onesong at a time via iTunes.

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I'm a blues fan and would suggest Robert Cray and Susan Tedeschi. From Robert I would listen to Strong Persuader and I Guess I Showed Her from the Album Strong Persuader. Robert performs what I guess would be called Chicago style Blues. I particularly like the horns in I Guess I Showed Her. Lyrics are honest and clean.

Susan Tedeschi is a blues/rock performer in the Janis Joplin mold. Gut wrenching lyrics and a powerful soulfull delivery are Susan's trademarks.
I'd check out Rock Me Right and It Hurt So Bad from the Just Won't Burn Album
I'd also recommend Tracy Chapman. Softer and more folksy but still great lyrics and emotion. Check out Smoke and Ashes as well as Give Me One Reason from the album New Beginnings.

[ April 25, 2004, 04:54 PM: Message edited by: punwit ]

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Derrell, go right to this page:

http://funkyside.com/index.cfm/detail/Band/AudioFiles/22.htm

Tons.

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John L
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Leonard Cohen: great melodies with lyrics that draw you in. Take interesting storytelling and mix it with some melodic guitar with a folk-y background band (not "hippy" folk-y).

Tom Waits: Take musical "experimentation" and mix it with some good-old-fashioned piano skill and a voice that sounds something like broken glass, gravel, and rocks with a low tone.

Nick Cave: A little of the interesting storytelling of Cohen, and the piano skill of Waits, but with a more rock-ish band in the background.

PJ Harvey: part funk, part soft rock, part melody, part ballad. Beautiful voice. Ecclectic.

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Kama
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<-- can't find Tom Waits in Polish shops [Confused]
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Bright Eyes - Coner Oberst is the man behind this band. He sings songs of despair and wears his heart on his sleeve as well as any other singer/songwriter. Plus his choice of instrumentation often perks my ears up as i listen ("did i just hear his play a kazoo?").

Against Me! - Imagine if Johnny Cash and The Clash had a bastard child. this would be it. Fun Acoustic and non-distorted electric sing-a-long punk.

Tammany Hall - The man behind THIS band's name is Steve O'Reilly. his song ALWAYS ON SUNDAY was used in last years HBO promos. most of their stuff is free to download at their website Glass Records . their cd (which i burned from MP3s) is constantly in my cd player on rainy or snowy days.

James - This band is the finest of the britpop bands from the 80s and 90s. their CD LAID is my favorite album of all time (Beach Boys PET SOUNDS a close second). Perfect for late night/rainy days. GREAT!

Hope For Agoldensummer - a local athens band. havent quite been discovered by the rest of the country yet. they play organic music. their instrumentation is sparse and haunting. two female vocalists, and 2 other backups. Music available to download here. Their cd is worth getting if only for the song Laying Down the Gun which is not available to download.

ummm...i have more but not right now.

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John L
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Do you have a CD burner? If not, perhaps I can send a retail CD.
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<-- has burner
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Oh. and Modest Mouse. just damn good.

their last two albums are their finest. they recently re-released their album A MOON AND ANTARCTICA which is in my top ten.

and their new album GOOD NEWS FOR PEOPLE WHO LOVE BAD NEWS is amazing as well. their new one is seemingly an homage to Tom Waits.

it's umm white-trash indie rock i guess? (the white trash in reference to lyrics.)

it's great.

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Bruce Springsteen, especially the CD "The Rising", especially "Waiting on a sunny day" and "Empty sky".
I love his voice, and the melodies that seems simple at first hear but resonate in my mind like something I already know and love.
Nothing else come to my mind right now except French artists, and I don't think you could easily find their work [Smile]
EDIT : Leonard Cohen. How COULD I have forgot Leonard Cohen ? His songs are simply amazing, the lyrics are beautiful and the melodies... I don't have words to describe them. I especially love the "Halleluiah", maybe you heard it in the music of "Shreck", and "Suzanne". There's something sad but full of hope in his music.

[ April 25, 2004, 05:30 PM: Message edited by: Anna ]

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Oho.. My favourite topic. MUSIC!

Just some stuff I love-

Dir en grey, a Japanese rock band. I love them ebcause no other band moves me the way they do. They can play any style of rock.

bright cheery melodies-
Jessica
I'll
Garden
Yokan

Dark Songs That You Don't Want to Know the Lyrics to-
Obscure
Filth
Kigan
Bottom of the Death Valley
Embryo (Album Version)

Slow, sweet songs-
Undecided
Amber
Saijou no Uta
Hotarubi
Embryo (Single version)

Albums by them
Missa-Their indies album. Sounds sort of punkish in places.
Gauze-More accessable, Tightly produced.
Macabre-All kinds of directions from punkish to slow to funky
Kisou-Everything from dark to hard rock to light and bright
Vulgar-Very dark, very heavy and intense.

Yoko Kanno
She plays every genre. If you want mostly jazz check out Cowboy Bebop. If you want ethereal stuff, see her Arjuna soundtrack. She's a musical genius.
Best songs-
Some Other Time-Floaty. Like Sunlight dancing on water on a warm day.
Omega Blue-Cold and ethereal, like a goddess in a machine.
Could You Bite the Hand-Folky. A male singing over a single guitar
Fado-A sweet song sung by Maaya Sakamoto who is another artist to check out if you don't mind listening to songs in Japanese
Yakusoku wa Iranai-Sung by Maaya Sakamoto. Bright and beautiful and features, of all things, BAGPIPES!
03 Cross-Sweet, cold and ethereal.

Cocteau Twins-
A defunct band featuring one of the sweetest singers. Their music is soothing and sounds aquatic at times.
Three Sweept-A sweet song like a warm spring day.
High Monkey Monk-Has this asian sound to it
Alice, which was in the Stealing Beauty soundtrack

Ida
A band that sounds folky and nice.

Man in Mind
This Water

Jeff Buckley
He had a magnificent voice. Sweet and pure.
I love-
Vancouver
Last Goodbye
Haven't you heard?

Tim Buckley

So many others....

HIM is a band I just got into. They have a nice song called The Beginning of the End I can't stop listening to. They are like
Depeche Mode...

[ April 25, 2004, 05:28 PM: Message edited by: Synesthesia ]

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Cocteau Twins!! you forgot one of their greatest songs.

Frou Frou foxes...

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Sal
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Kama!!

Tom Waits is MUCH more known in Europe than in America. At least so I thought. Did you ever try to ask in a shop? They may put him in some weird bin, his stuff is kinda hard to define. He also did soundtracks ("Night on Earth" for example.) He even acted in a "Dracula" movie...

By the way, Leonard Cohen is ALSO much more popular in Europe. I remember reading that his album "Various positions" sold 1/4 million times in Europe in the first two weeks after its release, whereas in the US sales were a dozen or so. It was Jennifer Warnes' album "Famous blue raincoat" (inside the cover: "Jenny sings Lenny") that first brought Cohen some popularity in the US.

So, Leto, does this mean you're turning European?? [Smile]

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Sal,
That is really interesting. A folk singer I love(another Ithaca New Yorker) is doing tons of touring in Scandinavia now. She is relatively unknown here. What is up with that? (don;t mean to derail purpose of thread, but I have been curious)

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Sal
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Synesthesia, I can't believe you said "Tim Buckley"! This is the first time I see him mentioned on Hatrack other than by me. I have all his albums, plus every compilation I could get my hands on. Now there's a voice!
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I think I'm looking in wrong shops

[Confused]

There aren't any good shops where I live.

[ April 25, 2004, 05:49 PM: Message edited by: Kama ]

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Someone who's not a Brit likes James! Wow!
James are a bit of a favourite of mine, but they've been explained, so I'll go for others.

David Gray
Sort of folksy brit-poppy ballady, very chilled, some very sweet and some very clever lyrics. His early stuff isn't so good, and his voice has improved on his later albums. White Ladder was the big breakthrough album, and A New Day at Midnight, the new album, is also very good. Songs I like are:
Freedom
This Year's Love
Babylon
Nightblindness

REM
American, part rock part ballad, again some fantastic lyrics and some that are just plain weird (The Sidewinder Sleeps Tonight comes to mind). Classic 80s/90s stuff again. Favourite album is Automatic for the People, but Up and Out of Time are also very good. Favourite songs:
Losing my religion
Man on the moon
Try not to breath
Hope (this one's very Leonard Cohen-esque, and derives some of its coolness from that).

Sheryl Crow
American, singer-songwriter, again of the rock-ballad variety, pretty mainstream but good up-tempo songs for driving or just singing along to. I'm quite a fan of her slower, more mellow songs as well as the big up-tempo hits.
Favourites:
Soak up the Sun
Missing
Strong Enough
Hard to make a stand
If it makes you happy

Tracy Chapman
American, folk/soul, you've probably heard her songs but not realised they were hers, very powerful voice and equally powerful lyrics. The album "Collection" is a best-of and contains most of her really good stuff. Favourites:
Fast car (of course)
Subcity
Talkin' Bout a Revolution

That'll do for now, I think.

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Tim Buckley is excellent. I wish I owned one of his cds. He's linked to Cocteau Twins because Liz covered Song to the Siren on an album once.
Which is a very nice version of that song.
I got some of his cds from the library once... I wish I had them all, especially the one with Hello and Goodbye on it since I really like that song.
Also there is Rufus Wainwright to consider. I LOVE him.
And Tori Amos...
Dead Can Dance
Jonatha Brooke if you like women with guitars.
Veda Hille

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John L
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Me? Turning European? I doubt it. It just means that those who like the stuff I do have good taste.
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I almost forgot Broken Social Scene.

Broken Social Scene - some members from Godspeed You! Black Emperor and ummm other canadian bands form this canadian supergroup. killer indie music that makes you move your ass. their cd You Forgot It In People was my top pick from last year.

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Pulp is good too.

Pulp - Different Class is a personal favorite, but His and Hers is good as well, along with the new one We Love Life. a good starting point would be the newly issued greatest hits album. sexy pop songs sung by mr. Jarvis "F**k me Silly" Cocker himself.

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Kama, keep trying! [Smile] Or else expect to carry a load of CDs home with you in August.

Leto: [Smile]

Synesthesia, yepp, that cover of "Song to the Siren" was the first thing written by Tim Buckley I ever heard, too. It first appeared on an album by "This mortal coil", I think; an interesting project covering a lot of good old music. I got their box set, which included a CD with all the originals, -- Tim Buckley blew me away. (Some of his stuff I can't listen to though. Other of his experiments have grown on me over time. "Song to the Siren" remains my favorite.)

Yay to "Dead can Dance". I couldn't believe in how many movies I recognized the voice of Lisa Gerrard after having been a fan of "Dead can Dance" for a while (starting with the movie "Baraka", or the Oscar-winning soundtrack of "Gladiator", up to the recent "Whale Rider".) I recently got two of her solo albums...

Elizabeth, this is a very interesting question indeed. I've lived on both sides, and I'm thinking about the cultural "divide" a lot.

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quote:
We will be getting a new crop of music from a recent festival, and I would be happy to send you a cd if you are interested
Elizabeth, I'd be interested in a CD. I'll pay for it and even pay for shipping. Email me with details and I'll email you my address. My email address is in my profile. Thanks.
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how could i forget?

Boy Sets Fire - The Day the Sun Went Out.

A crucial cd for any revolutionary, angry people, fans of good poetry and passion, or anybody who just wants something different. call them hardcore, call them emo, call them metal, but these guys are the real deal. personal issues with the band aside (they left my friend stranded in prague) this album is perhaps the finest emotional hardcore album of the 90s. the passion, pain, anger, and despair in this guys voice is as genuine as you can get. I'd get this record before any of their other more recent stuff. the new cd, (although has it's good points) is a far cry from this debut full length.

SILENCE KILLS THE REVOLUTION!!! - boysetsfire

[ April 25, 2004, 11:24 PM: Message edited by: Ben ]

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Derrell
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*bump*
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Try:

They Might Be Giants

Weird Al

Any and all of their albums are keepers.

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You need some Gothic/Industrial...
Try:

Apoptygma Bezerk
VNV Nation
Faith and the Muse
Switchblade Symphony
Covenant
Cruxshadows
Rasputania
Christian Death
Alien Sex Fiends
Electrophile

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I don't think anyone's said this yet, so:

Bela Fleck and the Flecktones. Just. Incredible. (Plus I saw them live last Thursday.)

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I would consider these bands to be metal though they are not all the same type of metal.

Arch Enemy - Their older stuff has a male singer and the newer stuff has a female but both sing with a kind of deep rough voice. Some songs are "Ravenous", "Let the Killing Begin" and "Burning Angel"

Children of Bodom - from bnrmetal.com "blend of progressive-laced speed/power metal with ferocious black vocals" I've heard and like thier album Something Wild and have heard some stuff from their new album. One song is "Needled 24-7"

Finntroll - Their music can be described as finnish folk metal. It is a mix of metal and finnish folk music. Good stuff. I've heard the album Jaktens Tid and liked it and one song is "Trollhammaren"

God Forbid - kind of a hardcore/metal mix, have heard Determination and some good songs are "Broken Promise", "Antihero", and "Go Your Own Way"

Nightwish - More melodic stuff, female vocal(she also sings opera which you can tell by her voice). Some songs are "End of All Hope", and "Kinslayer"

All of the above bands are or were on Century Media records and have songs avaliable here , also check out some of the other bands.

For some harder more rough music you can try these, they are on Metal Blade Records, you can listen to songs from them here.

Cannibal Corpse - death metal, if you don't like violent and gory songs and album covers then probably not for you. Songs are "Hatchet to the Head", and "Pounded into Dust"

Six Feet Under - Similar to Cannibal Corpse, some songs are "Victim of the Paranoid", "The Day the Dead Walked" , and "Amerika the Brutal". The did an ablum of cover songs and some are kind of funny to listen to like TNT by AC/DC and Somke on the Water by Deep Purple.

Lamb of God - kind of blends death, thrash, and grind metal, some songs are "Black Label", "11th Hour"

King Diamond - sings with a higher voice, former singer for Mercyful Fate, Some songs would be "Blood to Walk" and "The Storm"

You should also try some of the other bands on those sites they are good also. You could also try bands from Spitfire Records, and Earache Records.

These are just some of the ones that come to mind but there are lots of other good bands.

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I like the band Revis. They're mainstream rock sounding, but I like that they use some interesting chording patterns and you've got love a band that will write a song based on Revelation (Seven). [Smile] Favorite songs of mine from their album are Seven, Revolver, and Places For Breathing (the title track).

I'd also highly recommend Sarah Brightman's album Eden. It's a mix of opera and more pop-sounding music and it's beautiful. My favorite from that album is the title track, Eden. They are all wonderful though.

I also have been recently introduced to Earthsuit, thanks to Temposs. They're a Christian music group, with a bit of everything from rock to rap to jazz to techno. So far, my favorite songs of theirs are Nightfall, Outro Melody, and Wheel.

For techno, I like Juno Reactor. My favorites include: Pistolero, Aadime, and Mars.

You should listen to some U2 (I can't believe no one mentioned them yet). My favorite albums are Rattle and Hum, The Unforgettable Fire, Actung Baby, Pop, Zooropa. Some of my favorite songs from these albums are: The Unforgettable Fire, All I Want is You, Hawkmoon 269, The Fly, Until the End of the World, Gone, Numb, Lemon.

Coldplay is also excellent. Try Spies, The Scientist, Politik, and Bulletproof. They have lots of piano and guitar and the singer has a beautiful voice. It's really nice, calm, beautiful music.

I'd also recommend The Cardigans (Do You Believe?, Higher), Cake (Going the Distance, Friend is a Four Letter Word, I Will Survive), Blur (Coffee & TV and Death of a Party), Garbage (#1 Crush, The Trick is to Keep Breathing, You Look So Fine), and Radiohead (Exit Music for a Film, Climbing Up the Walls, Fake Plastic Trees).

I also really like Madonna's Ray of Light CD. [Blushing] It's nice, light pop-ish music that I can listen to as background music for hours.

For German industrial, I like Rammstein. Sonne is my absolute favorite.

I second They Might Be Giants, Tom Waits, Dead Can Dance, and REM.

If you'd like to hear some of any of this stuff I've mentioned before you go shell out money for them, let me know. [Smile]

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Mike said:

"Bela Fleck and the Flecktones. Just. Incredible. (Plus I saw them live last Thursday.)"

Check Number 97.

http://www.archive.org/audio/etree-searchresults.php?searchAll=yes&collection=etree&submit=main&search=&limit=100&start=0

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Seashell Necklace - A funky Island/roots rock band from the Keys.

Bicycle - Former Queen cover band, now with some of their own stuff.

NewspaperVerse - Part spoken word, part singing. All current events.

Pinkie Ring - Sort of an emo/classical cello mix. Awesome electric fiddle and harmonica players.

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The Promise Ring - Nothing Feels Good and 30 Degrees Everywhere(2 terrific little early emo albums)

Beautiful Girls - Soundtrack (good stuff all around)

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Love Spit Love - Self Titled

This album picks up where the Psychadelic Furs (pre reunion) left off. its great pop music from mid 90s

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a band called KITCHENS OF DISTINCTION is amazing. all of their records are out of print or something i think but you may find them or import them...

they are nothing short of amazing.

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