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(Entertainment Weekly)   The 30 greatest musical acts playing right now. Difficulty: you've probably only heard of ten of them   (ew.com) divider line 250
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2012-04-18 10:04:30 PM  
Bruce Springsteen is the only act on that list worth seeing. I still wouldn't pay the price to see him that it costs.

/Music is in a sad, sad state.
 
2012-04-18 10:08:52 PM  
do you guys live under rocks? i'm 34, i've heard of all of them, and i listen to jazz almost exclusively.

i now feel much more in touch. thanks for the reassurance, fark.
 
2012-04-18 10:10:33 PM  

kukukupo: Bruce Springsteen is the only act on that list worth seeing. I still wouldn't pay the price to see him that it costs.

/Music is in a sad, sad state.


Nest time to learn to play in history.
 
2012-04-18 10:11:21 PM  

vernonFL: Bruce Springsteen? Jay Z? Adele?

Never heard of 'em!


/Submitter must be 60 years old.


I'm 59 and I've heard of 24 of those on the list.
 
2012-04-18 10:15:35 PM  
BEST!

/damnit
 
2012-04-18 10:16:33 PM  
List fails without Butch Walker.

http://butchwalkeroutoffocus.com/
 
2012-04-18 10:22:45 PM  
Because People in power are Stupid
Why not just watch "the Voice" to be up to date on the next big act that they'll shove down your throat... then declare Michael Jackson to be the greatest political song writer ever.

After I read your post I was going to link a vid, but after I clicked your link I decided to link a different vid.
Link
 
2012-04-18 10:26:51 PM  
I've heard of 20 and I my music collection consist of a really worn cassettes of Metallica, REM and various 90's grunge acts.

Subby must listen to LP's of the Lawrence Welk show
 
2012-04-18 10:32:41 PM  
These sorts of lists are pointless. Nobody agrees on taste, and the writers of such lists always make concessions for what's popular/hip, controversial, or propped up by the industry to be forced down the listener's throats and played 60 times a day on the radio. I certainly don't see any opera troupes or symphonies listed here, which means it's not about 'greatness' but about popularity. We live in a highly mediated culture.

It seems that for most people, things only have value if they can validate the experience through consensus with others. I think much of social psychology could be classified as a mental illness.
 
2012-04-18 10:36:29 PM  
Needs more Wild Flag.
 
2012-04-18 10:38:09 PM  
I've heard of 16.

Own the music of one.
 
2012-04-18 10:41:22 PM  

Samwise Gamgee: These sorts of lists are pointless. Nobody agrees on taste, and the writers of such lists always make concessions for what's popular/hip, controversial, or propped up by the industry to be forced down the listener's throats and played 60 times a day on the radio. I certainly don't see any opera troupes or symphonies listed here, which means it's not about 'greatness' but about popularity. We live in a highly mediated culture.

It seems that for most people, things only have value if they can validate the experience through consensus with others. I think much of social psychology could be classified as a mental illness.


Get over it. Rush will never be in the RRHOF.
 
2012-04-18 10:42:44 PM  
Came looking to see if Katy Perry was #1, disappointed she's not. Seriously, she has more talent than ANY top act out there right now. Listen to her Unplugged stuff from a few years ago. Listen to the acoustic version of 'The One That Got Away' and there is some actual, pure-bred talent.

/I also heard of half this list, subby
 
2012-04-18 10:52:01 PM  

mat catastrophe: INDIE IS NOT A GODDAMN STYLE


Agreed. Also, from the bits I've seen of American Idol (DON'T YOU JUDGE ME!), a singer-songwriter is anyone that is holding a guitar.
 
2012-04-18 10:52:11 PM  

don't understand: Boy, that's a lot of sh*t right there. I feel sorry for music fans today if this is the best that's out there. Phew!


/49 years old


I've heard of about 8, but I completely agree with you. It's slim pickin's. Even when 80s music sucked, on a whole, it was still interesting. Until hair bands took over and f'd everything up.

/42 years old.
 
2012-04-18 10:53:55 PM  
Heard of 21..can listen to maybe 5-6.
 
2012-04-18 10:55:26 PM  

bluorangefyre: Came looking to see if Katy Perry was #1, disappointed she's not. Seriously, she has more talent than ANY top act out there right now. Listen to her Unplugged stuff from a few years ago. Listen to the acoustic version of 'The One That Got Away' and there is some actual, pure-bred talent.

/I also heard of half this list, subby


Got about halfway through this comment and couldn't read any more with the tears of laughter streaming down my face...
 
2012-04-18 10:55:58 PM  

toddism: List fails without Butch Walker.

http://butchwalkeroutoffocus.com/


Agreed.
 
2012-04-18 10:59:10 PM  

bluorangefyre: Came looking to see if Katy Perry was #1, disappointed she's not. Seriously, she has more talent than ANY top act out there right now. Listen to her Unplugged stuff from a few years ago. Listen to the acoustic version of 'The One That Got Away' and there is some actual, pure-bred talent.

/I also heard of half this list, subby


Funny like a clown, like a clown
 
2012-04-18 11:02:52 PM  

CavalierEternal: [aux-www.s3.amazonaws.com image 640x426]


Aziz Ansari? I hate that f*cker.
 
2012-04-18 11:02:57 PM  
Without Clutch, this list fails miserably.
 
2012-04-18 11:05:02 PM  

fusillade762: SJKebab: And I don't care what any of you say, Kimbra is great. (as far as pop goes anyway)
source

I absolutely adore the video for Cameo Lover.

[mixtapemaestro.net image 300x300]

She's adorable.


Looks like not strung out Milla Jovovich in a weird wig.
 
2012-04-18 11:09:19 PM  

caddisfly: Include Drake, Coldplay and Kelly Clarkson.

Omit Radiohead, Flaming Lips, TV on the Radio and Muse.


This.

Benjamin Stone: Been waiting to see that band for a decade-and-a-half.

Saw them twice last month and they exceeded even MY overblown expectations.


Also that.
 
2012-04-18 11:13:11 PM  

alowishus: mat catastrophe: INDIE IS NOT A GODDAMN STYLE

Agreed. Also, from the bits I've seen of American Idol (DON'T YOU JUDGE ME!), a singer-songwriter is anyone that is holding a guitar.


1.bp.blogspot.com
 
2012-04-18 11:17:51 PM  
Beatles, Rolling Stones, Who, Moody Blues, Kinks, Cream, Pink Floyd,Creation, Yardbirds Small Faces, Dave Clark Five, Herman's Hermits, Donovan, Gerry and the Pacemakers, Peter and Gordon, Shadows, Petula Clark, Dusty Springfield, Yes

Elvis , Everly Brothers, Beach Boys, Buffalo Springfield, Jefferson Airplane, Doors, Byrds, Chicago, Dick Dale, Link Wray, Ventures Velvet Underground w Nico, MC5, Stooges, Blue Cheer, Iron Butterfly, Electric Prunes, Association, Turtles, Mothers of Invention Allman Brothers Left Banke, Electric Prunes, Monkees, Paul Revere and the Raiders, Merle Haggard Glen Campbell, Simon and Garfunkel, Grand Funk Railroad
 
2012-04-18 11:18:20 PM  
I hope that list was written on toilet paper because it's full of shiat.

I won't even begin to list what's wrong with it; it's all bad.
 
2012-04-18 11:24:03 PM  
Glad to see Beach House getting some recognition.

In a general sense I'd label their music as ambient as it's pretty mellow and dreamy (hence the dream pop, although I don't get the "pop"). And if anyone really gives a fark about these guys, I recommend listening to "Silver Soul" and "Norway" off of their album Teen Dream to get a good feel for them. Both songs have a unique ethereal sound to them, in my opinion.

I'm really looking forward to their new release
 
2012-04-18 11:24:21 PM  
There's a hipster joke in there. Hipsters make me stabby.
 
2012-04-18 11:25:05 PM  
No My Morning Jacket?
 
2012-04-18 11:26:54 PM  

FeedTheCollapse: am I the only one who reads "Gotye" as "Goatse?"



Nope.



/17
 
2012-04-18 11:27:38 PM  
I've heard of 18 of them. None of them really do much for me, although there's a couple who have a song or two I don't mind.
 
kab
2012-04-18 11:28:00 PM  

Ghoulthulhu: Without Clutch, this list fails miserably.


Just saw them last week. Good show, they sounded great.
 
2012-04-18 11:51:53 PM  

dang sure: Beatles, Rolling Stones, Who, Moody Blues, Kinks, Cream, Pink Floyd,Creation, Yardbirds Small Faces, Dave Clark Five, Herman's Hermits, Donovan, Gerry and the Pacemakers, Peter and Gordon, Shadows, Petula Clark, Dusty Springfield, Yes

Elvis , Everly Brothers, Beach Boys, Buffalo Springfield, Jefferson Airplane, Doors, Byrds, Chicago, Dick Dale, Link Wray, Ventures Velvet Underground w Nico, MC5, Stooges, Blue Cheer, Iron Butterfly, Electric Prunes, Association, Turtles, Mothers of Invention Allman Brothers Left Banke, Electric Prunes, Monkees, Paul Revere and the Raiders, Merle Haggard Glen Campbell, Simon and Garfunkel, Grand Funk Railroad


Is that the lineup for Coachella this year?
 
2012-04-18 11:53:02 PM  

Count_0: toddism: List fails without Butch Walker.

http://butchwalkeroutoffocus.com/

Agreed.


Alright, alright, alright...
 
2012-04-18 11:56:40 PM  
This music era really really sucks.

/get off my lawn
 
2012-04-18 11:57:36 PM  
Fear, Circle Jerks, Black Flag, Skrewdriver, Mau Maus, Wasted Youth, Youth Brigade,X Mentors,Descendants, Social Distortion, Dead Boys, Ramones,DOA, Adolescents, Misfits,
Cramps, China White GoGos, TSOL, MDC, Gun Club, Bangles, Motels, fibbonaccis, plugz
discharge, alley cats, gbh, exploited plimsouls subhumans 20/20,fff, ssd, angelic upstarts
 
2012-04-19 12:02:12 AM  
List fails without Jonathan Coulton.

Wait. Was this "30 greatest musical acts" or "30 greatest moneymakers for the RIAA?"
 
2012-04-19 12:05:31 AM  

dang sure: Fear, Circle Jerks, Black Flag, Skrewdriver, Mau Maus, Wasted Youth, Youth Brigade,X Mentors,Descendants, Social Distortion, Dead Boys, Ramones,DOA, Adolescents, Misfits,
Cramps, China White GoGos, TSOL, MDC, Gun Club, Bangles, Motels, fibbonaccis, plugz
discharge, alley cats, gbh, exploited plimsouls subhumans 20/20,fff, ssd, angelic upstarts


Yes please.

In our 1980s time machines, of course.
 
2012-04-19 12:07:32 AM  
38 here. I've heard of 16 of them, and own the music of 5. Also, Taylor Swift has a face like a constipated gerbil. That is all.
 
2012-04-19 12:13:47 AM  
Right now?
 
2012-04-19 12:20:31 AM  
Tim Lee 3, Pegasi 51, Teenage Love 13, Senryu, The Cheat, American Plague, Lost Holiday, Vaygues, Finklesteen, Lydia Sainkova, Dead Language, Earthquaker, Pick Up The Snake, Jill Andrews, Burning Itch,
Warband, Disobedients, Wylde Stallions, RB Morris, Crawdaddies, Hudson K, KVillains, Dirty Knees, Sam Quinn
 
2012-04-19 12:20:54 AM  

StoPPeRmobile: Samwise Gamgee: These sorts of lists are pointless. Nobody agrees on taste, and the writers of such lists always make concessions for what's popular/hip, controversial, or propped up by the industry to be forced down the listener's throats and played 60 times a day on the radio. I certainly don't see any opera troupes or symphonies listed here, which means it's not about 'greatness' but about popularity. We live in a highly mediated culture.

It seems that for most people, things only have value if they can validate the experience through consensus with others. I think much of social psychology could be classified as a mental illness.

Get over it. Rush will never be in the RRHOF.


Har. But yeah...

Just once I'd like one of these threads to be a discussion of what 'great' music/performance is, and not just a place for everyone to spam their favorite pet band, which is what this thread and every one like it has always been.

Instead, we have some unknown jackoff, who happens to work for a publication, thus giving him/her a voice for their unsolicited opinion on what is not explicitly referred to, but ultimately only encompasses, popular music.

If you went out to a bar and heard some random drunk guy rant about his favorite bands, you'd likely disagree with much of his opinion, but you'd nod and move on. But when someone with a journalism degree and nothing good to write about decides to make an 'article' about their musical tastes, and it's suddenly important that everyone rushes to the thread to declare their opinion and seek validation from others. Inexact terms like 'greatness' never even get defined; there's no standardization of terms for the sake of discussion. It's as pointless as having a debate about one's favorite color.

Now that I've thought about it, I think this describes most of human thought, not just musical preference...
 
2012-04-19 12:21:49 AM  
This is the only band playing now that i really care about.Link
 
2012-04-19 12:32:59 AM  
I only listen to bands that don't exist yet.
 
2012-04-19 12:35:23 AM  
Everyone on that list sucks. I'm gonna go listen to some Bad Religion.
 
2012-04-19 12:36:20 AM  

Samwise Gamgee: StoPPeRmobile: Samwise Gamgee: These sorts of lists are pointless. Nobody agrees on taste, and the writers of such lists always make concessions for what's popular/hip, controversial, or propped up by the industry to be forced down the listener's throats and played 60 times a day on the radio. I certainly don't see any opera troupes or symphonies listed here, which means it's not about 'greatness' but about popularity. We live in a highly mediated culture.

It seems that for most people, things only have value if they can validate the experience through consensus with others. I think much of social psychology could be classified as a mental illness.

Get over it. Rush will never be in the RRHOF.

Har. But yeah...

Just once I'd like one of these threads to be a discussion of what 'great' music/performance is, and not just a place for everyone to spam their favorite pet band, which is what this thread and every one like it has always been.

Instead, we have some unknown jackoff, who happens to work for a publication, thus giving him/her a voice for their unsolicited opinion on what is not explicitly referred to, but ultimately only encompasses, popular music.

If you went out to a bar and heard some random drunk guy rant about his favorite bands, you'd likely disagree with much of his opinion, but you'd nod and move on. But when someone with a journalism degree and nothing good to write about decides to make an 'article' about their musical tastes, and it's suddenly important that everyone rushes to the thread to declare their opinion and seek validation from others. Inexact terms like 'greatness' never even get defined; there's no standardization of terms for the sake of discussion. It's as pointless as having a debate about one's favorite color.

Now that I've thought about it, I think this describes most of human thought, not just musical preference...


i2.ytimg.com
 
2012-04-19 12:54:03 AM  

Beeblebrox: CalamitousCrasher: GAT_00: Because People in power are Stupid: GAT_00: Because People in power are Stupid: GAT_00:
I'm also going to learn to resist the temptation of pointing out who is still touring and making albums and isn't on the list.

Jesus Jones is writing a new album.

You missed the hint.

Do you honestly think that I follow Jesus Jones? You missed my hint too.

I have no idea who Jesus Jones is so I really didn't care. But I can't find yours, so let's call it a draw.

Don't know Jesus Jones?? This needs to be fixed, right here, right now.
That's the song from some commercial. That's the only place I've heard it.


EXT. SOMEWHERE IN THE OCEAN - DAY


The Pirate Captain and Jonas Jr. are in diving suits as marine life swims around them. The Pirate Captain suddenly stops.

PIRATE CAPTAIN: Jesus Jones! Now there was a band. Yippers, back in the summer of '91. We all thought they was going to be the future of rock and roll.

The pair are swimming towards a large diving bell.

JONAS JR.: They sound great!

PIRATE CAPTAIN: Were great.

JONAS JR.: They're not around anymore?

PIRATE CAPTAIN: No, sir, not so's anyone'd notice, anyway.
 
2012-04-19 01:10:54 AM  
Vis-à-vis Jesus Jones, Liquidizer and Perverse are brilliant. Doubt is shiat.


Nobody honestly thinks Coldplay is good.
 
2012-04-19 01:18:19 AM  
i1.ytimg.com

It's sad when the cover of Gotye's best song is better than the original:

WalkOfTheEarth


And the parady of the cover is even better than the cover:

TheKeyOfAwesome
 
2012-04-19 01:25:49 AM  
What a crap list, no Prince?!? THE most talented & best show out there!

Australian tour just announced:

Prince Tour info
 
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