Less Mainstream, somewhat obscure music.

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  1. Lateralus

    Lateralus Well-Known Member

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    Does anyone like any bands or artists that aren't very widespreadly (probably not a word) popular. Music like this tends to be more creative and original and just more refreshing than mainstream music that has been torn down by pressure from rich record labels.

    Edit: If anyone says something like Fall Out Boy I will shoot them.
     
  2. KidDynamite

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    Yes. The answer, not the band.
     
  3. onesock

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    Fall Out Boy is a good example.
     
  4. Bryan

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    And Panic! At The Disco. But yeah, definitely Fall Out Boy.
     
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    I don't particularly care for Yes, but I'd love to start a Yes cover band named YUS. yuuuuusssss
     
  6. uzi_the_klown

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    lol i listne to a few of in the nerdcore genre
    mc lars
    beefy
    mc frontalot
    are jsut a few
     
  7. Sludge

    Sludge Formerly NC Bulkhead

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    Just to name a few:

    Social Distortion
    The Jesus Lizard
    Corrosion of Conformity
    Fugazi
     
  8. Evan Goldsborough

    Evan Goldsborough Freelance Negotiator

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    *Attempting things seriously*

    About a third of the bands I listen to are completely unknown to most in my school. Talking Heads, Dire Straits, j-rock in general.
     
  9. Lateralus

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    Not my favorite bands, but nice to see there's some more diversity in taste. Most forums are like mainstream rock or rap.
     
  10. honestgabe

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    lol Talking Heads and Dire Straits are relatively unknown? Roffles
     
  11. KidDynamite

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    The problem with questions like this is that it's sort of relative. Like, take raltherr's answers (not picking on him, I like some of those bands too). I don't think any of those bands are really particularly obscure. Social Distortion had a gold record for crying out loud! There are bands I like that most people here would consider obscure, much more so than Social D or Fugazi, but then again I know some music nerds who would consider my tastes fairly pedestrian. So I hesitate to really give a serious answer to this, because what does it mean, really?
     
  12. TTT

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    Fantomas........:rock 

    Strapping Young Lad........:rock 

    Zimmers Hole........:rock 

    Lovage.......:p 
     
  13. honestgabe

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    I think some people believe that if an artist is on a major label or has been hugely successful that its not as tasteful or artistic as a band that is 'unknown', 'indie', or 'underground'. I think thats pretty lame. Music is music and judge it for what it is, not by who or how many people know it or who puts the record out.
    Right now over at Viachicago.org theres a huge discussion about Wilco selling out because they have licensed 6 of their songs to VW. I could care less and I think its a great move. Did they lose any credibility or aren't artist now? I don't think so. It all depends. A band like Of Montreal licensed their song to Outback Steak House, the difference there is that they altered the lyrics to be about food and steak, heh.
     
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    VNV Nation, Suicide Commando, Psyclon Nine, to name a few…
     
  15. Ops_was_a_truck

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    Aight, if we're obscure name dropping...

    Sideburn Mike & the Lawsuits
    The Beatings
    Butter08
    The Charlatans UK
    The Delta 72
    The Dillinger Escape Plan
    The Dismemberment Plan (one of my favorite bands ever)
    Doug Cheatwood
    The Dub Narcotic Sound System
    The Flaming Sideburns
    The International Noise Conspiracy
    Railroad Jerk
    Washington Social Club
    Pavement
    The Protomen
    The Unicorns
    Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
    Cursive
    Destroyer
    Common Rider
     
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    Rammstein
    Static-x(Must get new album)
    and yes they count
     
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    God I love Pavement. Stephen Malkmus is one of my favorites. Clap Your Hands Say Yeah are ok, I didn't particularly care for their second album and they are pretty damn bad live. But that self produced first album still holds up for me
     
  18. KidDynamite

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    Pavement is awesome. Not obscure, but who cares. Everyone should own some Pavement.
     
  19. alphie

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    I listen to bands that are big in their genre, but outside of it, most have never even heard of them before. For example, bands like Pillar, Red, Thousand Foot Krutch, Day of Fire just to name a few. They have a HUGE following in their genre. Some have even tried to go mainstream, Day of Fire had a huge hit on radios awhile back, but others haven't really succeeded.
     
  20. Ops_was_a_truck

    Ops_was_a_truck JOOOLIE ANDREWWWWWS!!!!!!

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    KD and Alphie are on to something. Everyone's definition of what is "obscure" and/or mainstream changes from locale to locale and group to group. Northern Virginia and DC folks would lambast me up and down for adding Dismemberment Plan and the Washington Social Club to a namedrop list of "obscure" bands, whereas, say, folks out in Berkeley, CA, might not know those groups at all.

    Pavement may be a recognizable name amongst indie music in-the-know kiddos like us, but it's still a relatively unrecognizable name to the rest of the top-40-digesting crew. It's been a long time since I've been part of the indie music scene, so I'm lost on what's still considered truly "obscure" and/or indie and what's recognizable enough to pass off at this point.

    <thinks for a minute>

    Oh noes! I guess that means I've lost my indie cred! :lol 
     

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