My new favourite band. (in Off-topic)
I am kinda spreading the word because they deserve to "make it". A band called "ra ra riot" just released there first album. They are great i think. Look them up on youtube i guess. Or don't:)
I have been listening to them for awhile now, they are really good. Two kudo's haha. =D
October 30 2008 11:52 PM EDT
Downloaded some stuff of eMusic... Forgot to listen to it! Thanks for the reminder! It's a good sound...
October 31 2008 12:00 AM EDT
I don't know why this group made me think of Hum... look maybe.
i like it. i am not sure exactly why, but they remind me of poi dog pondering during the late eighties from their austin era.
October 31 2008 12:19 AM EDT
oh man, Poi Dog... great stuff.
October 31 2008 12:38 AM EDT
Okay, time to bust out some semi-obscure but good bands.
My best recent find: Bishop Allen. For some reason they remind me of Ok Go but lighter.
Do The Limelighters count? Probably they are not obscure to my parents' generation, but I'd never heard of them until I deliberately went looking for more Folk material.
Fu Manchu is a good grunge band.
Tourniquet does "Christian metal," only without the wince that you know you just felt when I put those two words together. Assuming you like metal in the first place.
Next? I bet Sutekh has a lot.
October 31 2008 1:24 AM EDT
Haste The Day for christian metal
October 31 2008 2:13 AM EDT
And Coheed, two greatest bands IMO..
Ra Ra Riot seems pretty cool. might have to go and find a cd of it :)
anyone know of some good folk bands? going to take a break from going to metal concerts due to the recent influx of its fan base and need something to fill the void.
as for my $0.02, Dark Tranquillity is an awesome metal band. the vocals are very growl-y, which is what I hear most people complain about.
I saw Ra Ra Riot earlier in the year. They covered two Kate Bush songs and played most of the material off their recent album. Their female cellist is adorable and slings her electric cello around the stage as if it were an electric bass. I told SNK3R that I had found him a wife, but he wasn't able to make it down to San Francisco for a show.
Recent shows include Margot and the Nuclear So-Sos, Frightened Rabbit, French Kicks, City and Colour, Tegan and Sara, Death Cab for Cutie, Golem, The Walkmen, and Carolina Liar.
Death Cab for Cutie was the least interesting band, but they came on after City and Colour and Tegan and Sara, and I was trapped in the mosh pit surrounded by several dozen cute lesbian couples and unable to move. Fortunately, my arms were pinned to my sides for the whole show, or I might have tried to puncture my ear drums when nearly 5,000 people started singing "I Will Possess Your Heart."
Nobody can get more obscure than either Fishbone, Clutch or colon-openbracket
More band names should pass the spellchecker
November 2 2008 8:39 PM EST
That One Guy. I saw him open for Buckethead and he was awesome. Very interesting, find a picture of the instrument he plays for a laugh :D
November 2 2008 10:23 PM EST
Thrak's the only guy you need. *smile*
November 3 2008 12:09 AM EST
I guess I do have one to add, but Thrak probably told me about them: The Broken West. Only a couple albums, and the second one is a little too close to Spoon for my taste, but they have a decent sound, at least somewhat distinctive...
November 3 2008 12:12 AM EST
One more post -- Bishop Allen is on eMusic, and I got tracks left this month! Only one album, but I like the samples. I love it when that happens! *smile*
"Christian metal" makes me want to go hide underneath my bed, and just cry.
Interesting bands though... ;)
November 3 2008 7:02 AM EST
lol, all metal makes want to do that.
I just attended a show with Murder By Death that was fantastic. They create concept albums that weave punk, alt-county, spaghetti western themes, and classical instumental themes into songs about zombies and the Devil. I recommend "Who Will Survive, And What Will Be Left Of Them?" as a starting point (the Devil wages war against a small Mexican village).
William Elliott Whitmore, J. Roddy Walston and the Business, and Tanks opened for Murder By Death.
William Elliott Whitmore sounds like a cross between Tom Waits and Leon Redbone (with some Captain Beefheart thrown in with some of the lyrics). Solo banjo or solo guitar and songs about hobos and life in Iowa.
J. Roddy and his crew have an early 70s southern rock feel that makes me think of the Kings of Leon if the Kings were a) more talented and b) really, really ugly. Their bass player may have to marry his bass before the end of their tour if he keeps pelvic thrusting it the way he did throughout last night's show.
Tanks were an three piece hardcore group with a singer that dressed like Bam-Bam (and wore cesti during the show, so there was a CB connection).
November 21 2008 8:03 PM EST
lolol, everyone knows Tanks should wear Tulkas'!
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