Music - Cake, Bright Eyes, Beck, Low, Inerpol, more? (in Off-topic)

Khardin May 23 2005 12:19 AM EDT

Been listenin to this sorta music lately and wondering if anyone could offer some new names to check out..

It's hard to describe the exact type of music, so maybe listing a bunch of groups I like and consider to be in a similar vein would be useful..

Stuff kinda like: Death cab for cutie, Beulah, Modest Mouse, Muse, Mars Volta, Stellastar, Postal Service, Super Furry Animals, Smog, Radiohead..

I like all kinds of different music.. Tupac, 50 cent, Queen, Rammstein, Pantera, Outkast, Too Short, DMX, Mobb Deep, Depeche Mode, Nine Inch Nails..

but yeah.. always on the lookout for new stuff..

[Banned]Monty May 23 2005 12:23 AM EDT

Sevendust, Fear Factory, Slayer, Velvet Revolver, Nirvana, New Found Glory (1 of my personal favorites), HIM (eh its ok i guess bleh), Cky, From Autumn to Ashes, Jump Little Children. I have more let me get my CD ' s :)

[Banned]Monty May 23 2005 12:28 AM EDT

Flogging Molly, My Chemical Romance, Atreyu, Iron Maiden, Norman jean, Breaking Benjamin, Van Halen, Linkin Park (eh),Green Day :), AFI, Switchfoot, Yellowcard, Rob Zombie, White Zombie, Blink182, The Vines, Disturbed, KoRn, Bullet Proof Marshmellows (local band =P), Jimmy Hendrix :), Clutch, Cradle of Filth (one good song I like of theirs =P)..
when I think of more I'll tell you

Special J May 23 2005 12:30 AM EDT

Monty, try seether. It is right up your avenue.

BrandonLP May 23 2005 12:30 AM EDT

LoL, you offer a list ranging from Electro Pop to hard-hitting Latin. Obviously if you like The Mars Volta, At the Drive-In and Sparta should be checked out. At the Drive-In was the band members of Sparta and The Mars Volta were in before they split. The music is great and the live video footage I have is phenomenal.

The most recent intriguing album that I've picked up is Team Sleep. It's a side project by Chino Moreno, frontman of Deftones. Very good stuff that features amazing musicians (DJ Crook, Zach Hill from Hella, I've ever heard rumors of Abe Cunningham). Some tracks of theirs to give you a decent feel of the album would be "Ever," "King Diamond," and "11-11."

Counterfit would definitely make your list as they're more in the Death Cab/Postal Service category, but a bit more technical in their playing. On their website, they also have a super tight remix of one of their songs with 50 Cent's "In Da Club." I'm definitely not a fan of rap or hip-hop, but it's worth checking out.

Finch might be another band up your alley. Their new music isn't exactly my thing, but their old album had a fusion of pop, rock, and metal that was extremely catchy and brilliant considering their age. Nowadays, they try to play with more technicality (read: extremely lame attempt to be cool by throwing 5/4 and 6/4 beats in between 4/4 bars) and I don't think it sounds as good as the old stuff. Coincidentally, they feature Marc Allen from Counterfit playing drums since Counterfit disbanded.

That's about all I can suggest for now. If you end up liking that stuff, drop me a CM and I can give you more samples of my library.

[Banned]Monty May 23 2005 12:31 AM EDT

eh.... =)

[Banned]Monty May 23 2005 12:36 AM EDT

The Killers =)

Khardin May 23 2005 12:50 AM EDT

checkin out counterfit now.. thanks for the suggestions Brandon figured I was a little all over the place with my examples, and hoped that would keep the responses from being groups that all sound way too much like each other..

and thanks Monty
that's uhm.. a lot of groups that you hear on the radio..

just teasin'.. :)
Always happy to be exposed to new music..

Special J May 23 2005 12:53 AM EDT

check out

Browse to your heart's desire, you can find loads of unknowns and up-and-comings.

BrandonLP May 23 2005 12:56 AM EDT

Yeah, I definitely strayed away from stuff you could find for yourself by turning on the radio. Counterfit is a nifty band. Started off with a punk rock sound and then they evolved into something so much more. The guitar parts are tasteful and brilliant without being bogged down by massive distortions. The drum parts are the perfect balance between underplaying and overplaying. All around great rock band if you can appreciate rock that doesn't involve power chords and no syncopation.

LumpBot May 23 2005 12:58 AM EDT

Khardin, check out The Drama Club if you can find anything. Also I have to say this, after hearing quite a few songs by "The Mars Volta" I 100% feel that they are the worst band in history. I absolutely hate whatever sound they are trying to push. Also Foo Fighters, U2, The Killers, Saves the Day, and Breaking Benjamin might fit into your new category.

Khardin May 23 2005 1:01 AM EDT

i think you forgot the <sarcasm> tags

BrandonLP May 23 2005 1:06 AM EDT

What do you call "quite a few songs?" I can understand you disliking their music, but to call them the worst band in history is to definitely forget that Yoko Ono once had a band. They're not "pushing" any sort of sound. Best I can call it is Rock with twinges of Latin. Each member of that band is an amazing musician in their own right and I think they've definitely developed something that has yet to hit the music scence, and may not ever appear from another band again. Now if you call "quite a few songs" what rare songs of theirs were featured on MTV, you need to do a bit more research before you declare the worst band ever.

Xiaz on Hiatus May 23 2005 2:56 AM EDT

I'm more into easy listening, chilling out music. Acoustic guitar is a bonus :)
Some of my fav. artists include Jack Johnson, John Mayer, John Butler Trio (anymore J's?), Live, Radiohead, Dispatch...

Undertow May 23 2005 3:19 AM EDT

I've just d/led The Killers, and the album is phenomenal.

Everyone should "acquire" any album by a band called A3 (AKA Alabama 3, they dropped the word Alabama for A. Good move IMHO.). It's best described, by me, as "Hardcore Electronic Blues"

BooDiggens May 23 2005 3:22 AM EDT

If you're in to Bright Eyes, check out one of favorite bands The Mother Hips. Hard to find the genre of their music really, kind of Alt. Country Hippy Blues Rock Jam band :P

Need a good summer record, Jack Johnson's latest release is awesome.

Ever heard of Gomez? Or Del the Funky homosapian?

Just throwing some names out there. Let me know if you check any of them out.

maulaxe May 23 2005 3:31 AM EDT

Liquid Tension Experiment - i can only describe them as instrumental metal

are you a nostalgic gamer? check out and find a game that you liked, now download a few remixes of the music. enjoy the nostalgia. i have found that the people who get posted are very talented, and for the most part nostalgia is not even required to enjoy the music. there are all kinds of genres there, something for everyone. (for a few songs that are my favorites CM me)

The Pale Pacific - a band that started out local where i live (and i guess they're *famous* now because they have already had to change their name to aviod lawsuits)

Pinback - I just started listening to them not to long ago, but i would highly recommend their latest CD. sort of relaxing. you can download a few of their tracks,

AdminG Beee May 23 2005 3:46 AM EDT

Franz Ferdinand

The Killers'

The Bravery

The Strokes

QBJohnnywas May 23 2005 4:31 AM EDT


go to It's the site for a London based radio station. They stream 24 hours a day - and most of the stuff you list is played regularly, plus if you like all that then you'll probably hear a lot of other stuff that you will like too. And the dj's are not too irritating either, which is always a bonus! =)

mihalis May 23 2005 5:30 AM EDT

If you like soft rock:
Girls In Hawaii, K's Choice, Krezip, Ozark Henry, Showstar, Mud Flow.
If you like trip-hop:
Hooverphonic, Agent 5.1
Well, if you can find it ... wherever you live ...

{CB1}Lukeyman May 23 2005 6:27 AM EDT

Sum 41!!!

GO Canadian Bands!!!!

Mem May 23 2005 6:39 AM EDT

Seeing as you like all those bands in the subject you should definitely check out The Decemberists. Especially check out their song called 'The Engine Driver'. It's amazing. Oh, and of course, you should check out the Pixies. So many of the aforementioned bands have been directly or indirectly been influenced by the amazing Pixies. 'Where's My Mind' is the consensus fav track of thiers, although my fav is 'Motorway to Roswell'. Hope you check these out.

Relic May 23 2005 11:11 AM EDT

Here are a few bands that are not mainstream that I like.

Dream Theater (Progressive Rock) - Members of this band were also on the Liquid Tension Experiment album that is mentioned above.

Kalai (Hard to classify) - Hawaiian guy that just plain makes good tunes.

Salt Licks or Ryan Shupe and the Rubberband (Bluegrass) - Good upbeat Bluegass, inventive songs and lyrics. Superb musicians.

Savatage (Rock) - I love their album Edge of Thorns.

Seven Mary Three (Alternative Rock) - Rock Crown album is cool.

Travis (Soft/Medium Rock) - Nice sound, reminds me of Coldplay somewhat.

QBsutekh137 May 23 2005 11:17 AM EDT

Alkaline Trio - kind of emo, but good punk. New album (Crimson) comes out tomorrow which is pretty decent.

Apples in Stereo - A _lot_ like Beulah (or vice versa).

Rilo Kiley - A bit poppish, but also diverse enough to hold interest.

Freakwater - Come on, give something sounding Country a chance! *smile*

Neko Case - voice of an angel, but also kind of country-ish, so disregard if you are avidly against that sound

New Pornographers - hard to describe. Have to listen.

Quarashi - sounds like Rage Against The Machine. Not bad.

Most of all, don't forget to enjoy the search as much as what you find. *smile*

Karmic Mishap [Soup Ream] May 23 2005 11:33 AM EDT

I recommend Kompressor, MC Frontalot, and Immortal Technique as a few indy but good names. The first is German synthesizer techno with great vocals, and the others are wicked good rappers. Hope you like!

Khardin May 24 2005 2:37 AM EDT


thanks everyone..

listened to the killers and apples in stereo and the decemberists so far.
good stuff.

the killers was impressive

apples in stereo was aptly described

decemberists wasn't doing much for me at first, but then i heard that 'engine driver' song and i liked it

in fact it made it made his voice more uhm.. tolerable on the other songs
and i ended up liking them more afterwards.

again, thanks.

Mem May 24 2005 8:54 AM EDT

Ha. Yeah, its a bit difficult to get used to Collin Malloy's voice at first, but you get used to it. Glad you like it. Now go listen to the Pixies. They'll blow you away.

Zoglog[T] [big bucks] May 24 2005 10:43 AM EDT

Go to and in google search for Reading festival and also Glastonbury, you will find many good bands along the lines of Rock music and Indie music which I see is where you are more along the lines of in liking :)
I would recommend:
The Others
Kaiser Chiefs
Future heads (all one word but spell checker does not like)
The Bravery

Maelstrom May 24 2005 12:07 PM EDT

" call them the worst band in history is to definitely forget that Yoko Ono once had a band."

Hate to tell you Brandon, but Yoko still has a band, and still releases the occasional album. Still as bad as ever though :)

Ytsejam May 25 2005 3:30 PM EDT

Wow, it looks like there's actually some fellow prog metal fans in here.

If you like bands like Dream Theater, and Liquid Tension Experiment, Symphony X, Fates Warning, etc., then check out I started listening to this station nearly two years ago, and it's turned me on to a lot of smaller, independent bands that I never would have known about otherwise.

If you like Dream Theater's earlier stuff (Images and Words era), then check out Celestial Entrance from Pagan's Mind.
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