music recommendationsThese lists are currently in no particular order.
- My Chemical Romance
- Four guys from New Jersey, and one from Chicago make up this "post-punk", "post-hardcore" rock band. With tracks ranging from the loud, amp blowing Hang 'Em High to the quiet laid back soothing sounds of Romance and Interlude, and the "loser teen anthem" I'm Not Okay (I Promise), My Chemical Romance (aka by fans as My Chem and MCR) brings high energy, great lyrics and loads of dark and sometimes hillarious imagery to the minds and eyes of their fans.
Recommended Songs : Helena; The Ghost of You; Desert Song (released on Life on the Murder Scene 2DVD/1CD combo); Vampires Will Never Hurt You; Headfirst for Halos; Thank You for the Venom; To The End; Cancer; Famous Last Words
Links : Official MCR Site; Ray-Toro.com
- Metric is a Canadian indie rock band. Originally formed in 1998 in New York City, they are currently based in Toronto, Ontario. The band consists of vocalist and keyboardist Emily Haines, guitarist James Shaw, bassist Josh Winstead and drummer Joules Scott-Key. Their full-length second album, Old World Underground, Where Are You Now?, was released in 2003. Their newest album, Live It Out, was released on October 4, 2005.
Recommended Songs : Hardwire; Patriarch On a Vespa; Empty; Monster Hospital; Dead Disco
Links : Official Metric Site
- Franz Ferdinand
- The four guys from Scotland who we introduced to the world with the debut track "Take Me Out" have since released a sophomore album to less than stellar sales, but none the less the new album still rocks. The odd lyrics, cute little riffs, and the colour coordinated clothes add to the quirkyness of this band.
Recommended Songs : Auf Achse; Do You Want To?; This Fire
Links : Official Franz Ferdinand Site;
- Snow Patrol
- A single sad song started my love of this band. With great visual lyrics and rocking notes and an unhappy sounding voice make up some of the angsty, and love-y songs on their albums.
Recommended Songs : Somewhere a Clock is Ticking; Whatever's Left; Crazy in Love (Beyonce cover)
Links : Official Snow Patrol Site;
- Arcade Fire
- The group of 2004/05 as hailed by most music magazines and music stations around the world. Arcade Fire anounced their prescence to the world with their 2004 release, Funeral. Recorded in an apartment bathroom, it's title came from the fact that so many family members and other relatives had died in such a short period of time. The voices of the husband and wife duo, Win Butler and Régine Chassagne sing sad and unhappy songs about lost loves, sitting in a car, lies, and neighbourhoods of our lives, while Richard Parry, Tim Kingsbury, Will Butler, Sarah Neufeld, and Jeremy Gara play guitar, piano, violin and drums to accompany their voices.
Recommended Songs : In The Backseat; Rebellion (Lies); Crown of Love
Links : Official Arcade Fire Site; Arcade Fire Fanlisting; Us Kids Know: An Arcade Fire Fan Site
- Queens of the Stone Age
- Queens of the Stone Age (QOTSA) is a rock music band from the Palm Desert, California area in the United States, formed in 1997.
Originally formed under the name Gamma Ray by guitarist Josh Homme and drummer Alfredo Hernandez to outgrow the stoner rock label that had begun to envelop previous band Kyuss, Queens of the Stone Age developed a style of riff-oriented, monotonous, heavy and repetitious music, which Homme described as robot rock, saying that he "wanted to create a heavy sound based on a solid jam, and just pound it into your head". This label no longer holds true and has since been discarded, as the band is now widely considered one of the most eclectic and innovative bands in the often generic hard rock landscape.
Recommended Songs : Burn the Witch, Little Sister, You Think I Ain't Worth A Dollar But I Feel Like A Millionaire
Links : Official Queens of the Stone Age Site;
- Trancy, trippy and sometimes bubblegum sounds of Alison Goldfrapp and her partner, Will Gregory make up the group of Goldfrapp. Heavily labelled as electronica, the group's sound goes from happy go lucky Hairy Trees to the hard hitting whiplashing Slippage.
Recommended Songs : Slippage; Strict Machine; Oh La La La
Links : Official Goldfrapp Site;
- The Cooper Temple Clause
- During a round of the LJS Mixathon, a friend shared a track by TCTC called Promises, Promises. I liked it immediately and shortly after went out and bought their album Kick Up The Fire, And Let The Flames Break Loose. Sometimes electronic, other times pure and raw guitar riffs, and sometimes a nice slow calming song make up most of the tracks by The Cooper Temple Clause.
Recommended Songs : Music Box; New Toys; A.I.M.; Promises, Promises
Links : Official The Cooper Temple Clause Site;
Recommended Songs : Power of Goodbye; Hung Up; Love Profusion; Don't Tell Me
Links : Official Madonna Site;
- Nelly Furtado
Recommended Songs : Try; Powerless (Say What You Want)
Links : Official Nelly Furtado Site;
- The Prodigy
- The Prodigy is a British electronic music band, whose music consists of various styles ranging from rave in the early 1990s to dance, alternative rock and bigbeat with punk vocal elements in later times. The current band members include Liam Howlett (keyboards), Keith Flint (dancer/vocalist) and Maxim (MC/vocalist). Leeroy Thornhill (dancer) was a member of the band from 1990 to 2000, as well was a female dancer/vocalist called Sharky who left the band during their early period. The Prodigy first emerged on the underground rave scene in the early 1990s, and have since then achieved immense popularity and worldwide renown.
Recommended Songs : Hot Ride; Breathe; Firestarter
Links : Official The Prodigy Site;
- Econoline Crush
- In my younger days I was into the "industrial rock" scene and Econoline Crush was true industrial. Their hard hitting synthesizer manipulated tracks had me at All That You Are.
Recommended Songs : All That You Are; Digging the Heroine; Sparkle and Shine
- Bryan Adams
Recommended Songs : I'm Ready; The Best of Me; All for One (w/ Sting and Rod Stewart); Everything I Do (I Do It For You); On a Day Like Today
Links : Official Bryan Adams Site;
- Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
- A true middle to lower class American band, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers fill our radios with tracks of getting high, driving the open road, runaways, and restraining orders; real problems faced by other Americans like them. Music videos featuring sets and wardrobe inspired by M.C. Escher and Lewis Caroll's Through the Looking Glass (Don't Come Around Here No More) or Hollywood A-list actresses playing dead while the morgue worker steals her body and dances with her until finally disposing of the body into the ocean (Mary Jane's Last Dance) add to the comical side and nature of the band.
Recommended Songs : Mary Jane's Last Dance; Freefallin; Runaway; Don't Come Around Here No More
Links : Official Tom Petty Site;
- Fleetwood Mac
Recommended Songs : Dreams; Don't Stop; The Chain
Links : Official Fleetwood Mac Site;