2014 In Music – 1,000+ Good Albums

Posted February 21, 2015 by quiscus
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This has been a mammoth undertaking, which has occupied way too much of my life. I hope you enjoy it.
Happy New Year, Everybody!

It is now so easy and inexpensive to record and distribute music that far too many albums are released each week for anyone to hear them all. I thought if I organized and listed all the bands with good 2014 albums I’ve heard this year it might be helpful to others.

My list differs from other year-end lists in three important ways:

Europe – Since the internet gives everyone around the world instant access to all albums released anywhere, it makes no sense for these other lists to ignore albums released in Europe but not the U.S. Their probable justification, that there is no point listening to and recommending albums that are not available here, is nonsensical and silly. Albums released only in Europe are instantly available for us to hear, and to buy as downloads, just like American releases. Since I haven’t discriminated against or ignored Europe-only releases, this list includes a lot of great music missing from other year-end lists.

Finding Quality Via Quantity – Most year-end lists include a limited number of albums. Does anyone seriously think there are only a few albums released each year that are worth recommending and hearing? I’ve attempted to include every good album released this year, not just an inherently arbitrary Best Of. You might conclude from scanning this list that I heard every indie album released. Didn’t happen – not even close. In 2014 I proved conclusively, once again, that no one can hear everything that comes out.

I tried to listen to every 2014 album that got substantial press attention. As a result, any well-known album not listed below is likely missing because I don’t think it’s worth your time. Examples of hyped artists that released poor 2014 albums include Afrojack (Nick Van De Wall), Hoodie Allen (Steven Markowitz), Kris Allen, Lily Allen (daughter of actor Keith), Anberlin, Die Antwoord, August Alsina, Marsha Ambrosius (of Floetry), Anushka, The Asteroids Galaxy Tour, Avenged Sevenfold, Iggy Azalea (Amethyst Kelly) (for both The New Classic and Reclassified), Katy B. (Kathleen Brien), Azealia Banks, Lee Bannon, Baptists, BeatKing (sic), Beyond Creation, Big K.R.I.T. (Justin Scott), Birdy (Jasmine Van Den Bogaerde), Bok Bok (Alex Sushon), Wade Bowen, Susan Boyle, Brenmar (Bill Salas), Lee Brice, Broods (siblings Caleb and Georgia Nutt), Colbie Caillat, Calle 13, Casting Crowns, Celestial Trax, Charli XCX (Charlotte Aitchison), Clipping, Keyshia Cole, ‘Cowboy Troy’ Coleman, Cretin, Cult Of Fire, Jacqueline ‘Mapei’ Cummings, Dead Congregation, Death Grips, Dirty Loops, DJ Mustard (Dijon McFarlane), Ty Dolla $ign (Tyrone Griffin), ‘Ashanti’ Douglas, Open Mike Eagle, Sara Evans, Execration, Fatboy Slim (Norman Cook) (Brazilian pop), Father, The Felice Brothers, 50 Cent (Curtis Jackson), 5 Seconds Of Summer, FKA Twigs (Tahliah Barnett), Florida Georgia Line, Dillon Francis, The Fray, F**ked Up, Future (Nayvadius Cash), Lee Gamble, The Game (Jayceon Taylor), Freddie Gibbs & Madlib (Otis Jackson), ‘Kevin Gates’ Gilyard, Candice Glover, Ariana Grande, Gridlink, Grieves (Benjamin Laub), Gripe, G-Unit (with 50 Cent), Hail Mary Mallon, Homeboy Sandman (Angel Del Villar), Horrendous, The Hotelier, Jennifer Hudson, Iamsu! (Sudan Williams), Incantation, Indian, Jeremiah Jae, ‘Gold Link’ James, Caleb Johnson, ‘Kimbra’ Johnson, Nick Jonas (of The Jonas Brothers), Joyce Manor, Danity Kane (band name, not a member), Kiesza (Kiesa Ellestad), ‘Big’ Kenny (William Alphin) & John ‘Rich’, KIT, ‘Remi’ Kolawole, Kool A.D. (Victor Vazquez of Das Racist), SD Laika (Peter Runge), Miranda Lambert, Mica Levi (Under The Skin soundtrack), Lil Herb (Herbert Wright), Linkin Park, Lord Mantis, Lsdxoxo, Dustin Lynch, The Madden Brothers (Benji and Joel of Good Charlotte), Mali Music (Kortney Pollard), Peder Mannerfelt, Maroon 5, Matisyahu (Matthew Miller), Mayday!, Seth McFarlane, ‘Isaiah Rashad’ McLain, Andrew McMahon (of Something Corporate) In The Wilderness, Idina Menzel, Migos, Sebastian Mikael, Nicki Minaj (Onika Maraj), Mix-O-Rap (Billy Littlejohn), Modern Baseball, Motionless In White, Jason Mraz, NehruvianDOOM (sic), Neon Trees, Jennifer Nettles (of Sugarland), John Newman, ‘Tove Lo’ Nilsson, Obliterations (with Stephen McBean of Black Mountain), Of Mice & Men, One Direction, 100s, ‘K. Michelle’ Pate, Patten, PC Music, Pell (Jared Pellerin), Pentatonix, Perc (Alistair Wells), Phillip Phillips, Pitbull (Armando Perez), Popcaan (Andre Sutherland), The Pretty Reckless (with actress Taylor Momsen), PRhyme (sic), Rascal Flatts, Ratking, Rise Against, Rome Fortune, ‘Ariel Pink’ Rosenberg, Rick Ross (William Roberts) (for both Hood Billionaire and Mastermind), Run The Jewels, Say Anything, Schoolboy Q (Quincy Hanley), SD (Sadiki Thurston), Lorenzo Senni, Serengeti (David Cohn), She & Him (Zooey Deschanel and Matthew ‘M.Ward’), Ed Sheeran, Shovels & Rope (marrieds Cary Ann Hearst and Michael Trent), Sicko Mobb, Solomon ‘Raz Simone’, Sisyphus (with Serengeti [David Cohn] and Sufjan Stevens), Sam Smith, Snootie Wild (LaPreston Porter), ‘Trey’ Songz (Tremaine Neverson), Vince Staples (for both Hell Can Wait and Shyne Coldchain Vol. 2), Step Brothers, ‘Issue’ Stevens, Stromae (Paul Van Haver), Ruben Studdard, Suicide Silence, Taylor Swift, Cole Swindell (for both Down Home Sessions and self-titled), Sundowner (Chris McCaughan of The Lawrence Arms), Sunny Sweeney, Taking Back Sunday, Teyana Taylor, Teitanblood, Thantifaxath, T.I. (Clifford Harris), Tiesto (Tijs Verwest), Tink (Trinity Home), Meghan Trainor, Trap Them, Tune-Yards (Merrill Garbus), Twilight (with Thurston Moore), Twin Atlantic, The Underachievers, Us The Duo (marrieds Cassie Rae and Michael Alvarado), Vallenfyre, Via App (Dylan Scheer), Wakey! Wakey! (Michael Grubbs), Chester Watson, Gerard Way (of My Chemical Romance), Wen (Owen Darby), Kane West (Gus Lobban), White Hinterland (Casey Dienel), Wiley (Richard Cowie), ‘Jason Aldean’ Williams, Wiz Khalifa (Cameron Thomaz), Woods Of Desolation, Wreck & Reference, YG (Keenon Jackson), You Blew It! (for Keep Doing What You’re Doing), ‘Ledisi’ Young, Young And In The Way, Young Fathers, Young Jeezy (Jay Jenkins), Young Thug (Jeffrey Williams), Your Old Droog, and Zelooperz (Walter Williams). The common thread among many of these weak albums is their one-dimensionality, sounding the same throughout. How boring is that? In some cases you wonder whether the artist fell asleep in the studio, or suffered from “obsessive-compulsive repetitious disorder”.

Twentieth-Century Coverage – Other year-end lists copy each other so much they generally include the same albums by the same new artists, and completely ignore albums by artists who’ve been around a while. Since I don’t ignore older artists (not trusting folks over 30 is such a dated, 60s idea), this list includes categories for artists who made their mark in the 60s, 70s, and 80s, along with categories for well-known 90s artists, including those who released poor albums this year. Maybe those other lists only care about New Bands That Self-Proclaimed Trendsetters Decide Are Cool.

So, onward to my list of all artists that released 2014 albums worth hearing:

1. Given how difficult it is to keep all this information and music straight, I haven’t even attempted to deal with the names of the albums. Thus, listed below is just the band name, without the album title. The internet of course makes it easy to discover the name of, and listen to, any of these 2014 albums.

2. None of these albums are included because of just one song. I’ve listened to each album at least twice all the way through (well, maybe not all the poor albums listed at the end), and would gladly listen to each again in the future.

3. When two band members release solo albums or side projects (or both band and a member release albums), I’ve listed them in a separate category named for the band, which also lists the band’s own album if applicable. I’ve also listed all-stars who released good albums with more than one band this year.

The bands in each category are listed in alphabetical order. We begin with my Top 10 albums of the year, and at the bottom is the full list of my choices as the best albums of the year, along with some awards. I hope you enjoy reading this, expanding your musical horizons, and discovering some great new stuff!

Fred’s 2014 Top 10 Albums



Adult Jazz
Allo Darlin’
The Art Of McCartney (tribute)
Band Of Skulls
Arthur Beatrice (band name, not a member)
Beaty Heart
Blood Red Shoes
Bombay Bicycle Club
Daughter (for both His Young Heart and Wild Youth)
The Drink
Dry The River
Erland & The Carnival (with Simon Tong of The Verve)
The Fat White Family
Fear Of Men
Glass Animals
Hatcham Social
Holly Golightly & The Brokeoffs – alt-country
The Horrors
House Of Hats
Kaiser Chiefs
The Kooks
Little Tornados (with Laetitia Sadier of Stereolab)
Lonely The Brave
The Magic Numbers
Making Patterns Rhyme (Duran Duran tribute)
Morning Parade
Nordic Giants
The Proper Ornaments
Slow Club
Spring Offensive
Teleman (3 guys from Pete & The Pirates)
These Ghosts
Ultimate Painting
Vessel (Sebastian Gainsborough) (not one of the many same-named bands) – solo – industrial
The Voyeurs
Wild Beasts
Wolf Alice
Woman’s Hour
The Wytches
Young Knives

Cabaret Voltaire

Cabaret Voltaire – industrial
Richard Kirk – solo – industrial


Peter Christopherson – solo – industrial
Coil (NIN remixes) – industrial


Ginger Baker (jazz) – solo
Jack Bruce – solo – blues-rock
Eric Clapton (JJ Cale tribute) – solo – blues-rock

Crippled Black Phoenix

Crippled Black Phoenix
Se Delan (Justin Greaves)

Curved Air

Curved Air – prog-rock
Darryl Way – solo – prog-rock


Andy Bell – solo – synth
Erasure – synth

Fairport Convention

Iain Matthews – solo – psych-folk
Thompson (Richard, Linda, Teddy, Kami, et.al.) – psych-folk
Richard Thompson (acoustic greatest hits) – solo – psych-folk

The Fall

The Fall (for Creative Distortion, Uurop, and White Lightning) – post-punk
The Fates (Una Baines and Martin Bramah) – post-punk

Field Music

School of Language (David Brewis) – solo
Paul Smith (of Maximo Park) & Peter Brewis

Hot Chip

Alexis Taylor – solo
The 2 Bears (Joe Goddard) – synth

Hype Williams

Dean Blunt (for both Black Metal and Skin Trade) – solo – synth
Inga Copeland (Alina Astrova of Russia) – female solo

Maximo Park

Maximo Park
Paul Smith & Peter Brewis (of Field Music)

The Legendary Pink Dots

‘Edward Ka-Spel’ Sharp & Philippe Petit (France synth artist) – experimental
The Legendary Pink Dots (for 10 To The Power Of 9) – experimental

John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers

Jack Bruce – solo
Eric Clapton (JJ Cale tribute) – solo – blues-rock
John Mayall – solo

Psychic TV

Peter Christopherson – solo – industrial
Coil (NIN remixes) (Peter Christopherson) – industrial
Psychic TV


Jonny Greenwood & Bryce Dessner (of The National) (orchestral suites)
Philip Selway – solo


The Rails (Kami Thompson)
Thompson (Richard, Linda, Teddy, Kami, etc.) – psych-folk
Richard Thompson – solo – psych-folk

Jethro Tull

Ian Anderson – solo
Martn Barre (Tull covers) – solo – prog-rock
Jethro Tull – prog-rock


John Foxx (for both B-Movie [Ballardian Video Neuronica] and Evidence Of Time Travel) – solo – synth
Midge Ure (also of Visage) – solo – synth

Uriah Heep

Berggren Kerslake Band (Lee K., with Stefan B. of Sweden) – hard rock
Uriah Heep – hard rock


Bernie Marsden – solo – hard rock
Vandenberg’s Moonkings (Adrian V.) – hard rock

England Baroque Chamber Pop

Liz Green – female solo
Planningtorock (sic) (Janine Rostron) – female solo
Sohn (Christopher Taylor) – solo
Gabby Young & Other Animals (cabaret)

England Post-Punk

Cloud Boat
Lola Colt (named after 1967 Spaghetti Western)
The Cymbals (channeling Bloc Party)
Esben And The Witch
The History Of Apple Pie
The Ramona Flowers
Trash Kit (channeling Au Pairs and Delta 5)

England Psychedelic Rock

The Cult Of Dom Keller

England Psych-Folk

Beans On Toast (Jay McAllister) – solo
Bear’s Den
Carthy, Hardy, Farrell, & Young (with Eliza C., daughter of Martin of Steeleye Span)
Nick Mulvey (for both Fever To The Form and First Mind) – solo

England Experimental

Cosmic Dennis Greenidge – solo
Kenton Henson (classical piano) – solo
Dylan Howe (son of Steve) (jazz covers of Bowie’s Berlin instrumentals)

England Cross-Cultural

Fofoulah – Senegal
Quantic (Will Holland) – solo – Latin

England Garage Rock

Archie Bronson Outfit
The Hypnotic Eye
Little Barrie
Sleaford Mods (for Chubbed Up, Divide And Exit, Fizzy, Retweeted, and Tiswas)
Wild Smiles

England Hard Rock

Down ‘n’ Outz (with Joe Elliott of Def Leppard)
11Paranoias (sic)
Pulled Apart By Horses
Royal Blood

England Prog-Rock

Lee Abraham – solo
Asia (featuring John Payne) (prog-rock classics covers)

England Soul

Cooly G (Merrisa Campbell) – female solo
Kindness (Adam Bainbridge) – solo
Nostalgia 77 (Ben Lamdin) – solo
Katie Pearl – female solo
Myles Sanko – solo
Jessie Ware – female solo

England Dance-Rock/Electro/Synth

Actress (Darren Cunningham) – solo
Alex Banks (for both Illuminate and ) – solo
Beardyman (Darren Foreman) – solo
James Blake – solo
Call Super (JR Seaton) – solo
Ana Caprix – female solo
DJ Q (Shollen Quarshie) – solo
Dr Perceptron (Neil Thompson) – solo
Mark E. (Evetts) – solo
East India Youth (William Doyle) – solo
Ekoplekz (Nick Edwards) – solo
Fujiya & Miyagi
Gorgon City
Illum Sphere (Ryan Hunn) – solo
Ital Tek (Alan Myson) – solo
Bruce Lacey – solo
Lone (Matt Cutler) – solo
Ali Love (Alexander Williams) – solo
Millie & Andrea (with Andy Stott)
Moire – solo
Mr. Mitch (Miles Mitchell) – solo
Objekt (TJ Hertz) – solo
‘Kele’ Okereke – (of Bloc Party) (for both Candy Flip and Trick)
Pye Corner Audio (Martin Jenkins) (for 4 – Black Mill Tapes 3 & 4, The Black Mist, and Intercepts) – solo
La Roux (Elly Jackson) – female solo
Rusko (Christopher Mercer) – solo
Will Saul
SBTRKT (Aaron Jerome) – solo
Sculpture (Dan Hayhurst) – solo
Simian Mobile Disco (for both Hachinoko [with Roman Flugel of Germany] and Whorl)
Slackk (sic) (Paul Lynch) – solo
Andy Stott – solo
Throwing Snow (Ross Tones) – solo
Untold (Jack Dunning) – solo
Visionist (Louis Carnell) – solo
Leon Vynehall – solo
Paul White – solo
Zoot Woman

England Male Solo

‘George Ezra’ Barnett
Bibio (Stephen Wilkinson)
James Blackshaw (1914 silent film Le Faux Magistrat soundtrack)
James Blunt
Deptford Goth (Daniel Woolhouse)
Fink (Fin Greenall)
Fryars (Ben Garrett)
Alex Highton
Ben Howard
Eugene McGuinness
Passenger (Michael Rosenberg)
‘Jamie T’ Treays

England Female Solo

Poppy Ackroyd
‘Paloma Faith’ Blomfield
Foxes (Louisa Allen)
Lyla Foy
Gemma Ray
Saint Saviour (Becky Jones)
Sylvie Simmons (rock journalist)
Eliot Sumner (daughter of Sting)


North Atlantic Oscillation
Paolo Nutini – solo – soul
The Phantom Band
Snowbird (with Simon Raymonde of Cocteau Twins)
Claude Speeed (sic) – solo – experimental

Scotland Post-Punk

The Amazing Snakeheads
The Twilight Sad
We Were Promised Jetpacks

Scotland Hard Rock

Flood Of Red
Holy Mountain

Scotland Dance-Rock/Electro/Synth

Calvin Harris (Adam Wiles) – solo
Lockah (Tom Banks) – solo
Loops Haunt (Scott Gordon) – solo
Rustie (Russell Whyte) – solo

Scotland Male Solo

Owl John (Scott Hutchison of Frightened Rabbit)
Withered Hand (Dan Willson [sic])
James Yorkston


Bright Light Bright Light (Rod Thomas) – solo – synth
Hark – hard rock
Los Campesinos! (The Farmers) (Christmas album)

Super Furry Animals

Neon Neon (Gruff Rhys)
Gruff Rhys – solo

Northern Ireland

The Cyclist (Andrew Morrison) (not the same-named Canada synth artist) – solo
Max Cooper – solo – synth
Slomatics – hard rock


The Gloaming
The Number Ones
September Girls – post-punk
So Cow

Ireland Garage Rock

‘Imelda May’ Higham – female solo
The Strypes

Ireland Male Solo

Andrew ‘Hozier’ Bryne
James McMorrow
Damien Rice


Sven Agaath (band name, not a member)
At The Close Of Every Day
The Backcorner Boogie Band – Southern rock
Bird On The Wire
Birth Of Joy
Maggie Brown (band name, not a member) (not the same-named U.S. female country artist)
Chasing Rainbows
The Cosmic Carnival
The Kevin Costners
Gallowstreet Brass Band
Go Back To The Zoo
Happy Camper
Highasakite (sic)
The Homesick
How To Throw A Christmas Party
Hunting The Robot
Join The Cavalry
The Kik
Knalland (Pop Country)
Lady Dandelion
Landmark 105 (named after hotel room where Janis Joplin died)
A Liquid Landscape – prog-rock
The Medics (not the same-named Australia band)
Moss (not the same-named 00s England metal band)
Mozes And The Firstborn (sic)
Naive Set (with 3 guys from Spilt Milk)
No Man’s Valley
Ode To The Quiet
Orange Glow
The Rag Trade
Raw Flowers
Serve The Sun
Shaking Godspeed
Sky Pilots
De Staat (The State)
Svava (Swedish for floating)
The Slow Clock
Tangarine (sic) (not the same-named Seattle band)
TenTemPies – cross-cultural – Latin
That Band From Holland & Ne Pas De Machine
Town Of Saints
The Vagary
Villa Zeno
Vonder & Bloom (band name, not members)
We’ll Make It Right
Wolf In Loveland
Woods On Fire
The Yes Please

Netherlands Post-Punk

The Elementary Penguins
King Champion Sounds (channneling The Fall)
Lightwires (not the same-named U.S. band)
Nouveau Velo
Seirom (Maurice De Jonge) – solo
Sexton Creeps
Space Siren

Netherlands Psychedelic Rock

Mantra Machine
Monomyth (not the same-named Canada band)

Netherlands Alt-Country

Bregje Sanne Lacourt – female solo
Reverse Cowgirls (not one of the same-named Scotland or U.S. bands)

Netherlands Blues-Rock

The Afterveins
Drip Dry Man Presents The Beat Revolver
The Dynamite Blues Band
Joep Pelt – solo
Richard Van Bergen – solo
The Veldman Brothers (Bennie and Gerrit)

Netherlands Psych-Folk

Clean Pete
Broeder Dieleman – solo
I Am Oak (Thijs Kuijken) (for both Black Oak [with The Black Atlantic] and Moon Moon Moon)
Man From The South (Paul Van Hulten) – solo

Netherlands Experimental

DNMF (Dead Neanderthals and Machinefabriek [Rutger Zuydervelt])
The Howl Ensemble
Kaput (jazz)
The Phantom Four
Radar Men From The Moon (named after 1950s Commander Cody film)
Rooie Waas (band name, not a member)

Netherlands Garage Rock

The Apers
The Bat Bites
The Deaf
The Dirty Denims
De Keefmen
Giant Eagles
Harsh Realms
Fata ‘El Moustache’ Morgana
The Monroes
The 101’s
Robbing Banks (Robin Van Saaze) – solo
Traumahelikopter (sic)
The Windowsill

Netherlands Hard Rock

Blackbox Red
Counter Jib
General Midnight
Note To Amy
Orange Maplewood
Peter Pan Speedrock

Netherlands Symphonic Metal

Kingfisher Sky
Stream Of Passion

Netherlands Soul

Maydien – solo
Young & Sick (Nick Van Hofwegen) – solo

Netherlands Funk

The Cool Quest
Faberyyayo (Pepijn Lanen) & Tom Trayo
Jungle By Night
Noizboiz (not the same-named England 80s band)
Seven League Beats

Netherlands Reggae

Chef’Special (sic)
Ziggy Recado (Ricardo Blijden) – solo
Rico (Ricardo McDougal) & A.R.T. (Ali Reza Tahoeui)
De Skaggerz
The Upsessions

Netherlands Dance-Rock/Electro/Synth

Applescal (Pascal Terstappen) – solo
Aroy Dee (Steven Brunsmann) – solo
Awanto 3 (Steven Van Hulle) – solo
Big Hare
Cirque Valentin
Cut_ (Cut Underscore) (not the same-named England band)
Dearworld (sic)
Detroit Swindle
Dollkraut (Pascal Pinkert) – solo
‘Steffi’ Doms – female solo
David Douglas (not the same-named U.S. jazz trumpeter) – solo
Elitechnique (sic)
Falco Benz (Eelco Topper) (for both Clap Machines and Hat Tricks) – solo
Martin Garrix (Martijn Garritsen) – solo
Guerilla Speakerz
San Holo – solo
Kabale Und Liebe (Integrity And Love) (Liron Van Daalen) – solo
Krampfhaft (Joris Van Grunsven) – solo
Kypski (Thomas Elbers) – solo
Lenzman (Teije Van Vliet) – solo
Mass Electric
Anton Pieete – solo
Radial (Jeroen Liebregts) – solo
Shinedoe (Chinedum Nwoso) – female solo
Silmus (Gert Boersma) – solo
Subp Yao (sic) – solo
Trip To Dover
2562 (Dave Huismans) – solo
Joris Voorn – solo
Yuko Yuko (Elias Elgersma) – solo
Zes – solo

Netherlands Male Solo

Arthur Adam
Bade (Bart Van Liemt)
Blaudzun (Johannes Sigmond)
DJ Maestro (Martijn Barkhuis) (50s jazz covers)
Tommy Ebben
Sir Ian (Bart Hoevenaars)
Jett Rebel (Jelte Tuinstra)
Rob Klerkx (of Netherlands band Moke) And The Secret
Harold K (H.Konickx)
Alexi Lalas (Rince Visser) (named after U.S. 90s soccer star)
Emil Landman
Daniel Lohues
Mark Lotterman
Marine Lights (Roeland Van Niele)
Case Mayfield (Lucas Veerman)
Mensenkinderen (aka People Children) (Bas Niens)
Harry Merry
No Ninja Am I (Sander Van Munster)
Rogier Pelgrim
Yuko Yuko (Elias Engers)
Zea (Arnold De Boer)

Netherlands Female Solo

Alumna (Diede Oosterveen)
Elle Bandita (Ryann Van Dorst)
Judy Blank
Fenn (Fenneke Schouten)
Jacqueline Govaert
Qeaux Qeaux Joans (sic) (Coco Jones)
Aafke Romeijn
Inge Van Calkar
‘Sofie Winterson’ Van Dijck
Sophie Veline
Rita Zapora


Condor Gruppe
Hitsville Drunks (with Mauro Pawlowski of Deus)
Intergalactic Lovers
Marble Sounds
Oscar And The Wolf
Scrappy Tapes
The Sedan Vault
The Sore Losers
Too Tangled

Belgium Post-Punk

Headphones (channeling Radiohead)

Belgium Psych-Folk

Birds That Change Colours
Eriksson Delcroix (Bjorn E. and Nathalie D.)
Geppetto And The Whales
Mad About Mountains (Piet De Pessemier) – solo

Belgium Experimental

Art Of Cosmic Musings (free jazz)
Dans Dans

Belgium Hard Rock

Future Old People Are Wizards
Horses On Fire
Wallace VanBorn (band name, not a member)

Belgium Dance-Rock/Electro/Synth



Electric Eye – psychedelic rock
‘Jenny Hval & Susanna’ Wallumrod
Nico (Nicolas Serebe) & Vinz (Vincent Dery)

Norway Hard Rock

Spiral Shakes (channeling Black Sabbath)

Norway Dance-Rock/Electro/Synth

‘Prins Thomas’ Hermansen – solo
‘Todd Terje’ Olsen – solo
Retape – solo
Royksopp (for both Do It Again [with ‘Robyn’ Carlsson of Sweden] and The Inevitable End)
Xeno (Liz Wendelbo) & Oaklander (Sean McBride of U.S.)

Norway Male Solo

Petter Carlsen
Sondre Lerch


David Ahlen (Christmas songs) – solo
First Aid Kit (sisters Johanna and Karla Soderberg)
Goat – psychedelic rock
Little Dragon
The Mary Onettes

Peter Bjorn And John

Peter Moren – solo

Sweden Experimental

Fire! Orchestra – free jazz
Hydras Dream
Wildbirds & Peacedrums (marrieds Andreas and Mariam Wallentin)

Sweden Hard Rock

Morbus Chron
Soen (supergroup, channeling Tool)

Sweden Dance-Rock/Electro/Synth

Aviici (Tim Bergling) – solo
CEO (Eric Berglund) – solo
Hands (Axel Willner of The Field) – solo
I Break Horses
The Knife (Shaking The Habitual album remixes)
Lust For Youth (Hannes Norrvide) – solo

Sweden Female Solo

Jennie Abrahamson
‘Lykke Li’ Zachrisson


Go Go Berlin
Myrkur (Amalie Bruun) (not the same-named Netherlands synth artist) – female solo – hard rock
Scarlet Chives
The Wands – psychedelic rock
Whomadewho (sic)

Denmark Post-Punk

The Awesome Welles
The Raveonettes
Reptile Youth
Sleep Party People (Brian Batz) – solo

Denmark Dance-Rock/Electro/Synth

Tomas Barfod – solo
Mo (Karen Orsted) – female solo

Denmark Female Solo

Maggie Bjorklund
‘Tina Dico’ Danielsen


Olof Arnalds (sister of Olafur A.) – female solo
Kiasmos (Olafur Arnalds, with Janus Rasmussen of Faroe Islands) – synth
My Bubba
Solstafir – prog-metal


Jaakko Eino Kalevi – solo
Satellite Stories
Mirel Wagner – female solo


Alcest – post-punk
Francois (Merry) & The Atlas Mountains
Le Peuple De L’Herbe (channeling Pop Will Eat Itself)
Sebastien Tellier – solo

France Dance-Rock/Electro/Synth

Acid Arab (Arab rhythms)
‘Joakim’ Bouaziz – solo
Danton Eeprom (Julien Brambilla) – solo
David Guetta – solo
Franz Kirmann – solo
Valentin Stip – solo


Camera – psychedelic rock
Hauschka (Volker Bertelmann) (piano) – solo – experimental
Stefan ‘Honig’ – solo – psych-folk
Milky Chance
The Picturebooks
Unterwelten (Underworld) (Michael Flammam) – solo
Warm Graves

Einsturzende Neubauten

Blixa Bargeld (Christian Emmerich) & Teaho Teardo (Italy composer)
Einsturzende Neubauten (for Lament, First World War requiem)
The Unsemble (Alexander Hacke) – experimental


KMFDM – industrial
Tim ‘Skold’ (of Sweden) VS. KMFDM (Sascha Konietzko) – industrial

Germany Hard Rock

The Oath

Germany Dance-Rock/Electro/Synth

Ballet School
Mike Dehnert – solo
Efdemin (Phillip Sollmann) – solo
Kassem Mosse (Gunnar Wendel) – solo
Tensnake (Marco Niemerski) – solo
Von Spar

Austria Dance-Rock/Electro/Synth

Christian ‘Fennesz’ – solo
Electro Guzzi


Disco Doom
The Pussywarmers & ‘Reka’ Csiszer (of Hungary)
Dub Spencer & Trance Hill (band name, not members’ names) (Wm. S. Burroughs vocals) – reggae
Triptykon – hard rock


Sau Poler – solo – synth – Spain
RAC (Remix Artists Collective) (Andre Arjos) – solo – synth – Portugal

Portugal Psychedelic Rock

Black Bombain
Gala Drop
Paus (not the same-named Sweden 90s band)


Clap! Clap! (Cristiano Crisci) – solo – cross-cultural – African techno
Obake – hard rock
‘Sabina’ Sciubba – female solo
Sultan Bathery (named after India city)
Valerio Tricoli – solo – experimental

Italy Dance-Rock/Electro/Synth

Herva (Herve Conti) – solo
Tying Tiffany – female solo

Central Europe

Dirty South (Dragan Roganovic) – solo – synth – Serbia
Marketa Irglova (of The Swell Season) – female solo – Czech Republic
Kink (Strahil Velchev) – solo – synth – Bulgaria
Odd Hugo – Estonia
Valentina Lisitsa (classical piano, playing Michael Nyman film themes) – female solo – Ukraine

Middle East

Fatima Al Qadiri – female solo – synth – Kuwait
Juju & Jordash (Gal Amer and Jordan Czamanski) (for both Clean-Cut and Waldorf Salad) – synth – Israel


Yasmine Hamdan – female solo
The Wanton Bishops – hard rock


Kasai Allstars – Congo
Apozora ‘King Ayisoba’ – solo – Ghana
Habib Koite – solo – Senegal
Sekou Kouyate (kora player, with Joe Driscoll of U.S.) – Guinea
Seun Kuti (son of Fela, brother of Femi) & Egypt 80 – Nigeria
Noura Mint Seymali – female solo – Mauritania
Rina Mushonga – female solo – Zimbabwe
Seether – hard rock – South Africa
Sinkane (Ahmed Gallab) – solo – Sudan


‘Toumani & Sidiki’ Diabate (father/son)


Chingari (with Stephen M’Bappe of Cameroon) – fusion – India
Hanggai – cross-cultural (Mongolian) – China
Pulsating Strings: A Collection Of Psychedelic Asian Guitar Music


Shinichi Atobe – solo – synth
Mono (for both The Last Dawn and Rays Of Darkness) (not England 90s band) – experimental


Blank Realm
Boy & Bear
Eastlink – psychedelic rock
Chet Faker (Nicholas Murphy) – solo – soul
Ben Frost (for both Aurora and Variant) – solo – industrial
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard (for both I’m In Your Mind Fuzz and Oddments)
Hits – hard-rcok
Howling Bells
The Jezabels
Vance Joy – solo
Lowlakes (channeling Antony Hegarty) – baroque chamber pop
The Preatures
The John Steel Singers (band name, not a member)
Sticky Fingers (not the same-named R.Stones tribute band)
Ela Stiles (a cappella and drones) – female solo – experimental
Angus & Julia Stone (siblings)
Total Control – post-punk

Australia Dance-Rock/Electro/Synth

Cut Copy Presents: Oceans Apart (Melbourne house music)
Lawrence English – solo
Flight Facilities
Knife Party
Strange Talk

New Zealand

The Datsuns – hard rock
Yumi Zouma (band name, not a member)

New Zealand Male Solo

Liam Finn (son of Neil)
Shocking Pinks (Nick Harte)

South America

Arca (Alejandro Ghersi) – solo – synth – Venezuela
Meridian Brothers (Eblis Alvarez) – solo – experimental – Colombia
Peru Bravo: Funk, Soul & Psych From Peru’s Radical Decade


Gui Boratto – solo – synth
The Brazilian Connection (bossa Nova covers of 70s hits)
Dominique ‘Dillon’ De Byington – female solo
New Sounds Of Brazil
Moreno Veloso (son of Caetano) – solo


Le Butcherettes – garage rock
Pasatono Orquesta
Rodrigo (Sanchez) & Gabriela (Quintero) (acoustic guitar) – experimental


AJ Davila – solo – garage rock – Puerto Rico
‘Sean Paul’ Henriques – solo – reggae – Jamaica


Elliott Brood (band name, not a member)
Elephant Stone
Folly & The Hunter
Mounties (with Stephen Bays of Hot Hot Heat and Hawksley Workman)
Ought (for both More Than Any Other Day and Once More With Feeling)
Pacifika (sic)
PS I Love You
Reuben And The Dark
The Rural Alberta Advantage
Theory Of A Deadman
Thus Owls (marrieds Erika and Simon Angell)
Tokyo Police Club
Vesuvio Solo
Viet Cong – post-punk
You’ll Never Get To Heaven

Broken Social Scene

Kevin Drew – solo
Stars (with Torquil Campbell and Amy Millan)

The New Pornographers

The New Pornographers
A.C. Newman (What If movie soundtrack) – solo9

Timber Timbre

Last Ex (Olivier Fairfield and Simon Trottier) – experimental
Timber Timbre – psych-folk

Canada Psychedelic Rock

Pink Mountaintops (with Stephen McBean of Black Mountain)
Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra (for both F**k Off Get Free and Hang On To Each Other)

Canada Psych-Folk

Frazey Ford – female solo
Kalle Mattson – solo
You & Me (Dallas Green of Alexisonfire and City And Colour, with Pink [Alecia Moore])

Canada Experimental

BadBadNotGood (sic) – jazz
Ian William Craig – solo
Dirty Beaches (Alex Hungtai) – solo
Hiss Tracts (with David Bryant of Godspeed You! Black Emperor)
Nadja (marrieds Aidan Baker and Leah Buckareff)
Wyrd Visions (sic) (Colin Bergh) – solo

Canada Garage Rock

The Pack A.D.
White Lung

Canada Hard Rock

Death From Above 1979
Single Mothers

Canada Soul

Kiesza (Kiesa Rae Ellestad) – female solo
Partynextdoor (sic) (Jahron Brathwaite) – solo

Canada Dance-Rock/Electro/Synth

Bike For Three! (Buck 65 [Richard Terfry] and Greetings From Tuskan [Joelle Phuong Minh Le of Belgium])
Caribou (Dan Snaith) – solo
Deadmau5 (Joel Zimmerman) – solo
Electric Youth
The Hidden Cameras
Mas Ysa (Thomas Arsenault) – solo
Mozart’s Sister (Caila Thompson-Hannant) – solo
Trust (Robert Alfons) – solo

Canada Male Solo

Bahamas (Afie Jurvanen)
Mac Demarco
Foxes In Fiction (Warren Hildebrand)
Doug Paisley
Owen Pallett
Sean Nicholas Savage
Chad VanGaalen

Canada Female Solo

Elizabeth ‘Lowell’ Boland
Cold Specks (Al Spx)
Wendy McNeill

Athens, GA

Kishi Bashi (K. Ishibashi) (electric violin) – solo – synth
The Casket Girls (sisters Elsa and Phaedra Greene) (Savannah, GA)
Circulatory Systems (many members of The Olivia Tremor Control)
Colt Ford (Jason Brown) – solo – alt-country
Brantley Gilbert – solo – southern rock (Jefferson, GA)
Ken Will Morton – solo
The Whigs
The Woodgrains

Athens Post-Punk

New Madrid – post-punk
Tunabunny – post-punk

Athens Female Solo

Motion Sickness Of Time Travel (Rachel Evans) (for Alpha Piscium) (LaGrange, GA)
Ruby The Rabbitfoot (R.Kendrick)


Dog Bite (Phil Jones) – solo
Gold-Bears (sic)
Mastodon – hard rock
Matthewdavid (sic) (Matthew McQueen) – solo – synth
Soft Powers (not one of same-named Australia, D.C., or New York bands)


Bradford Cox (Teenage documentary soundtrack) – solo
Lotus Plaza (Lockett Pundt of Deerhunter) – solo

Atlanta Garage Rock

Black Lips
The Coathangars
Manchester Orchestra (for both Cope and Hope [quieter reimagining of Cope])

U.S. Indie

Aa (Big A, Small a)
The Antlers
The Barr Brothers
Bear In Heaven
Bishop Allen (band name, not a member)
The Black Keys
Broken Bells (Brian Burton [Danger Mouse] of Gnarls Barkley and James Mercer of The Shins)
Hollis Brown (band name, not a member) (covering VU album Loaded)
Avi Buffalo
Celestial Shore
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
Cold War Kids
Colourmusic (sic)
Crosses (with Chino Moreno of Deftones)
Cult Of Youth
Cymbals Eat Guitars
The Drums
Bob Dylan 80s Tribute
Electric Six
Exit Verse (with Geoff Farina of Karate)
Family Of The Year
Fever The Ghost
5oFoF: 5 Years Of Friends Of Friends (record label)
Foster The People
The Fresh & Onlys
The Gaslight Anthem (for both The B-Sides and Get Hurt)
The Growlers
Hallelujah The Hills
The Hold Steady
Hooray For Earth
Horse Feathers
I Saved Latin! (director Wes Anderson tribute)
Jukebox The Ghost
Light My Fire (The Doors tribute)
Looking Into You: A Tribute To Jackson Browne
Lost In The Trees
Margot & The Nuclear So and So’s
Master Mix: Red Hot & Arthur Russell (tribute)
Melted Toys
Minus The Bear
Naomi Punk
Needtobreathe (sic)
Nude Beach
The Orwells
The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart
Painted Palms
The Paperhead
The Jeffrey Lee Pierce Sessions Project (of The Gun Club) (tribute)
+/- (Plus Minus)
The Polyphonic Spree
Pure X
Real Estate
The Rosebuds
ScreamCreature (sic) (Chris Culos of O.A.R. and his brother)
Sir Sly
The Skygreen Leopards
Sleepy Sun
Sweetheart 2014 (indie artists covering relationship songs)
This Is The Town (Harry Nillson tribute)
Tigers Jaw
TV On The Radio
Twin Forks (with Chris Carrabba of Dashboard Confessional)
Twin Peaks
Vacationer (with Kenny Vasoli of The Starting Line)
Vertical Scratchers
The War On Drugs
We Are Scientists
Anand Wilder (of Yeasayer) & Maxwell Kardon (musical Break Line soundtrack)
You Blew It! (for You Blue It, covers of Weezer’s Blue Album songs)
Young The Giant
Zammuto (with Nick Z. of The Books)

U.S. Indie – Female Vocals

The Belle Brigade (grandchildren of composer John Williams)
Bleeding Rainbow
The Both (Ted Leo and Aimee Mann)
Cold Beat
Eternal Summers
Ex Cops
Ex Hex (with Mary Timony of Helium and Wild Flag)
Hundred Waters
‘Lily & Madeleine’ Jurkeiwicz (sisters)
Lake Street Dive
Little Daylight
Mr. Gnome
She Keeps Bees
Speedy Ortiz
A Sunny Day In Glasgow
Sylvan Esso (with Nick Sanborn of Megafaun)
Teen (with 3 Lieberson sisters, one from Here We Go Magic)
Tennis (marrieds Alaina Moore and Patrick Riley)
Wild Child
Wye Oak

… And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead

… And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead
Midnight Masses (Autry Fulbright and Jason Reece)

The Babies

Kevin Morby – solo
Cassie Ramone – female solo
Woods (Kevin Morby)

The Baseball Project

The Baseball Project – garage rock
Pete Buck – solo
Tuatara (Pete Buck) – experimental
Steve Wynn (also of The Dream Syndicate) – solo

The Black Crowes

Chris Robinson Brotherhood – psychedelic rock
Rich Robinson (for The Ceaseless Sight, Dirigible Utopia, and Woodstock Sessions) – solo
Trigger Hippy (Steve Gorman and Jackie Greene, with Joan Osborne) – southern rock

Bon Iver

Sean ‘S.Carey’ – solo
Jason Feathers (band name, not a member) (S.Carey and Justin Vernon) – experimental

Camper Van Beethoven

Camper Van Beethoven
Cracker (David Lowery)0

Chimurenga Renaissance

Chimurenga Renaissance – synth
Shabazz Palaces (Tendai Maraire) – synth

The Decemberists

Black Prairie (Jenny Conlee, Chris Funk, John Moen, and Nate Query)
The Delines (Jenny Conlee) – alt-country

DeYarmond Edison

Jason Feathers (band name, not a member) (Justin Vernon) – experimental
Field Report (Chris Porterfield) – psych-folk

Digable Planets

Chimurenga Renaissance (Ishmael Butler, with Tendai Maraire, both also of Shabazz Palaces) – synth
Fhloston Paradigm (King Britt) – solo – synth

Dirty Projectors

Nat Baldwin (stand-up bass) – solo
Olga Bell (song cycle about obscure Russian territories) – female solo – experimental
Avey Tare’s Slasher Flicks (Angel Deradoorian, David Portner/Animal Collective, Jeremy Hyman/Ponytail)

Dream Theater

Adrenaline Mob (Mike Portnoy) – hard rock
Transatlantic (Mike Portnoy, with guys from Marillion and Spock’s Beard [Neal Morse]) – prog-rock

Dum Dum Girls

Dum Dum Girls
Haunted Hearts (Dee Dee Penny, with husband Brandon Welchez of Crocodiles)


Ex-Cult – garage rock
Nots (Natalie Hoffman) – post-punk

Explosions In The Sky

Explosions In The Sky (Lone Survivor film soundtrack)
Inventions (Mark T. Smith, with Eluvium [Matthew Cooper])

Half Japanese

Jad Fair & Norman Blake (of Teenage Fanclub)
Jad Fair & R.Stevie Moore
Jad Fair & Daniel Smith (of Danielson)
Jad Fair & Strobe Talbott (band name, not government employee) – garage rock
Half Japanese (for both Overjoyed and Volume 1 – 1981-85)


Eluvium (Matthew Cooper) – solo – experimental
Explosions In The Sky (Lone Survivor film soundtrack) (Mark T. Smith)

LCD Soundsystem

The Juan MacLean (band name, not a member) (Nancy Whang)
Museum Of Love (Pat Mahoney) – synth
Nancy Whang (disco remixes) – solo – synth


King Buzzo (Buzz Osborne) – solo – garage rock
Melvins – garage rock

The Men

Dream Police (Nick Chieicozzi and Mark Perro) – post-punk
The Men

Mi Ami

Earthen Sea (Jacob Long) – solo – synth
Ital & Halal (Daniel Martin-McCormick, with Aurora H.) – synth
Magic Touch (Damon Palermo) – solo – synth

Nickel Creek

Nickel Creek – alt-country
Chris Thile (with classical bassist Edgar Meyer) – experimental

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
Benmont Tench – solo

Queens Of The Stone Age

Mark Lanegan (for Has God Seen My Shadow? and Phantom Radio)
‘Alain Johannes’ Moschulski – solo

Red House Painters

Desertshore (sic) (Phil Carney) – experimental
Sun Kil Moon (Mark Kozelek) – solo


The Baseball Project (with Pete Buck, Scott McCaughey, and Mike Mills) – garage rock
Pete Buck (with Scott McCaughey) – solo – garage rock
Tuatara (Pete Buck) – experimental

Red Hot Chili Peppers

John Frusciante – solo
Dot Hacker (band name) (Josh Klinghoffer) (for How’s Your Process [Work])

Rilo Kiley

Jenny Lewis – female solo
Night Terrors Of 1927 (Blake Sennett)

Royal Southern Brotherhood

Devon Allman (son of Gregg) – solo – blues-rock
Royal Southern Brotherhood (for both Heartsoulblood [sic] and with Samantha Fish) – blues-rock

Shabazz Palaces

Chimurenga Renaissance (Tendai Maraire)
Shabazz Palaces – synth

Smashing Pumpkins

Billy Corgan – solo – experimental
Smashing Pumpkins (for both Carnival Of Unkempt Secrets and Monuments To An Elegy)

Sunn O)))

Stephen O’Malley (with Owen Ambarchi and Randall Dunn/Master Musicians Of Bukkake) – experimental
Sunn O))) & Ulver (of Norway) – experimental
Sunn O))) & Scott Walker – industrial

Sweet Apple

Joseph ‘J.Mascis’ – solo
Sweet Apple

Thee Oh Sees

Damaged Bug (John Dwyer) – solo – synth
Thee Oh Sees (for 3 albums – Drop, Singles Vol. 1-2, and Singles Vol. 3)


Unwound – hard rock

Vivian Girls

Beverly (with Frankie Rose)
La Sera (In The Evening) (Katy Goodman) – female solo
Cassie Ramone – female solo

Volcano Choir

Death Blues (Jon Mueller, also of Collections Of Colonies Of Bees) – solo – experimental
Jason Feathers (band name, not a member) (Justin Vernon) – experimental

The Walkmen

Peter Matthew Bauer – solo
Hamilton Leithauser – solo
Walter Martin – solo


Nels Cline – solo
The Autumn Defense (John Stirratt, also of Uncle Tupelo)
Tweedy (with Jeff and son Spencer)
Wilco (for Essential Songs)


King Tuff (Kyle Thomas) – solo
Joseph ‘J.Mascis’ (also of Dinosaur Jr.) – solo
Sweet Apple (J. Mascis and Dave Sweetapple)


Kevin Morby – solo

Baroque Chamber Pop

Death Vessel (Joel Thibodeau) – solo
Gem Club
Pattern Is Movement

U.S. Post-Punk

Ava Luna
Julian Casablancas (of The Strokes) & The Voidz
Cold Cave (Wesley Eisold) – solo
Deleted Scenes
The Gotobeds (named after Wire drummer Robert G.)
I Love You But I’ve Chosen Darkness
Muscle And Marrow
No (channeling The National)
Nothing (channeling My Bloody Valentine)
Total Slacker (channeling Sonic Youth)
The Ukiah Drag
Wand (not the same-named Canada solo artist)
Watery Love
Young Widows

U.S. Psychedelic Rock

The Black Angels
Black Bananas (with Jennifer Herrema of Royal Trux)
Morgan Delt – solo
The Ghost Of A Saber Tooth Tiger (Sean Lennon and Atlanta model Charlotte Kemp Muhl)
Magic Castles
A Psych Tribute To The Doors
Purling Hiss
Tobacco (Tom Fec of Black Moth Super Rainbow) – solo
The Vacant Lots
Watters (guys from Grails and Slint)

U.S. Alt-Country

Alana Amram & The Rough Gems
‘Lydia Loveless’ Ankrom – female solo
Frederick ‘Dierks Bentley’ – solo
Jessica Campbell
Chatham County Line
The Civil Wars (covers)
Dead Man’s Town (Springsteen’s Born In The U.S.A. tribute)
Christopher Denny – solo
Luther Dickinson (of North Mississippi Allstars)
Greensky Bluegrass
‘Mary Sarah’ Gross (classic country covers) – female solo
The Haden Triplets (3 daughters of jazz double-bassist Charlie)
Hunter Hayes
Michael P. Hinson And The Nothing – solo
Stone Jack Jones – solo
Jamestown Revival
Lady Antebellum
Nikki Lane – female solo
Look Again To The Wind (Johnny Cash’s Bitter Tears album tribute)
Lera Lynn – female solo
Ben Miller Band
Nashville Outlaws (Motley Crue tribute)
Christopher Owens (of Girls) – solo
‘Stoney La Rue’ Phillips – solo
Angaleena Presley (of Pistol Annies) – female solo
Puss N Boots (with Norah Jones)
Ray Scott – solo
Secret Sisters (Laura and Lydia Rogers)
Blake Shelton – solo
Steelium (steel guitar instrumentals)
Sturgill Simpson – solo
Cale Tyson – solo
Bob Wayne – solo
The Wind & The Wave

U.S. Blues-Rock

Joe Bonamassa – solo
Otis Gibbs – solo
Layla McCalla (of Carolina Chocolate Drops) (Langston Hughes lyrics)
Reverend Shine Snake Oil Co.

U.S. Southern Rock

All My Friends (Gregg Allman tribute)
Zac Brown Band
Eric Church – solo
Eli Young Band (with Mike Eli and James Young)
Hard Working Americans (with Todd Snider)

U.S. Psych-Folk

Nathan Bowles (of The Black Twig Pickers) – solo
Tom Brosseau – solo
Julie Byrne – female solo
Robert Ellis – solo
William Fitzsimmons – solo
Farewell Transmission (tribute to Jason Molina)
Simone Felice (of The Duke & The King and The Felice Brothers) – solo
Hiss Golden Messenger (M.C. Taylor) (for Bad Debt, Haw, and Lateness Of Dancers) – solo
Hurray For The Riff Raff
Matt Kivel – solo
The New Basement Tapes (lost 1967 Dylan lyrics covered by supergroup with E.Costello and Jim James)
New Bums (with Ben Chasny of Six Organs Of Admittance)
Pink Martini & The Von Trapps (descendants)
Saintseneca (sic)
Trampled By Turtles
Ryley Walker – solo
Jess Williamson – female solo

U.S. Experimental

The Bad Plus (piano jazz)
Bing & Ruth (band name, not members’ names)
Bitchin Bajas
Brooklyn Rider (string quartet)
Dutch E Germ (Tim DeWit of Gang Gang Dance) – solo
EMA (Erika M. Anderson) – female solo
Flying Lotus (Steven Ellison) – solo
Geotic (Will Wiesenfeld, aka Baths) (for both Morning Shore [guitar] and Sunset Mountain [voice])
Grouper (Liz Harris) – female solo
Dave Harrington (of Darkside) – solo
Lilacs & Champagne (Emil Amos and John Hall of Grails)
Many Arms
Megafortress (Bill Gillim) – solo
Mehliana (with Brad Mehldau) (fusion jazz)
Moon Hooch (channeling Morphine saxophones)
Tara Jane O’Neil – female solo
Sun Araw (Cameron Stallones) – solo
Christopher Tignor (of Slow Six) – solo
This Will Destroy You
A Winged Victory For The Sullen (classical)
Wolves In The Throne Room
Xiu Xiu (for both Angel Guts: Red Classroom and Unclouded Sky)
yMusic (classical)

U.S Cross-Cultural

Brownout (horn-based Black Sabbath covers) – Latin
Gina Chavez – female solo – Latin
Jungle Fire – Latin
Mariachi El Bronx
La Santa Cecilia (named after patron saint of musicians) – Mexican

U.S Garage Rock

Bass Drum Of Death
The Blind Shake
The Bloodhounds
Cerebral Ballzy
Cloud Nothings
Ghetto Ghouls
The Menzingers
Tony Molina (channeling Robert Pollard, all 1-minute songs) – solo
Off! (with Keith Morris of Black Flag and Circle Jerks)
Parquet Courts (for both Content Nausea [as Parkay Quarts] and Sunbathing Animal)
The People’s Temple
Perfect Pussy
Plague Vendor
Reigning Sound (with Greg Cartwright of Oblivians)
‘Ariel Pink’ Rosenberg (for Pom Pom) – solo
Satan’s Satyrs
Ty Segall (for both Manipulator and $ingle$ 2 [sic])
Spider Bags
Tijuana Panthers
White Fence (Tim Presley) – solo
Zig Zags

U.S. Hard Rock

Against Me!
Anatomy Of Habit (with John McEntire of Tortoise)
The Atlas Moth
Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires
Big Ups (from New York, not the same-named Minneapolis band)
Black Stone Cherry
The Body
Cloudkicker (Ben Sharp) – solo
Dope Body
Electric Circus
Future Death
Helms Alee
Inter Arma
Iron Reagan
Midnight (Jamie Walters) (not the same-named U.S. actor) – solo
Nux Vomica (named after the strychnine tree)
Panopticon (Austin Lunn) – solo
Pianos Become The Teeth
Pissed Jeans
Radio Moscow
Rival Sons
The Shrine
Sixx: AM (with Nikki Sixx [Frank Feranna] of Motley Crue)
Slough Feg
Survival Knife (with Brandt Sandeno and Justin Trosper of Unwound)
Two Inch Astronaut
United Nations
The Well
Wolf Blood
Yautja (named after aliens in film Predator)

U.S. Industrial

Have A Nice Life
Pharmakon (Margaret Chardiet) – female solo
Youth Code

U.S. Funk

The Budos Band

U.S. Soul

‘Shamir’ Bailey – solo
Aloe Blacc (Egbert Dawkins) – solo
Jesse Boykins III – solo
Chris Brown – solo
‘Jhene Aiko’ Chilombo – female solo
Curtis Harding – solo
How To Dress Well (Tom Krell) – solo
Jose James – solo
Luke James – solo
Sharon Jones And The Dap-Kings
‘Tinashe’ Kachingwe – female solo
Kem (Kim Owens) – solo
Taylor McFerrin (son of Bobby) – solo
‘Goapele’ Mohlabane – female solo
Eli ‘Paperboy’ Reed (Eli Husock) – solo
Naomi Shelton & The Gospel Queens
St. Paul & The Broken Bones
Silk Rhodes (band name, not a member)
George Tandy, Jr. – solo
Robin Thicke
Joan (Wasser) As Policewoman – female solo
Pharrell Williams (of The Neptunes) – solo

U.S. Reggae

The Dirty Heads
SOJA (Soldiers Of Jah Army)

U.S. Dance-Rock/Electro/Synth

The Acid
Angel 1 (Colin Field) – solo
Steve Aoki – solo
Julianna Barwick – female solo
Baths (Will Wiesenfeld) – solo
The Chain Gang of 1974 (Kamtin Mohager) – solo
Cherub (not the same-named 00s England band)
Cities Avi (Gavin Mays) – solo
Bradford Cox (of Deerhunter) (Teenage film soundtrack) – solo
Robert Delong – solo
Diplo (Thomas Pentz) (for both F10rida [sic] and Random White Dude Be Everywhere) – solo
DJ Dodger Stadium (band name, not a member)
Dntel (Jimmy Tamborello) – solo
Doss (not Conya, Ginger, or Isaac D.) – female solo
Duck Sauce
Frank (Francis Harris) & Tony (Anthony Collins)
Future Islands
The Glitch Mob
RL Grime (Henry Steinway) – solo
Haerts (sic)
Hardcore Traxx: Dance Mania Records 1986-97
Hercules And Love Affair
Hieroglyphic Being (Jamal Moss) – solo
Lia Ices – female solo
Jerome LOL (J.Potter) – solo
Kid Cudi (Scott Mescudi) – solo
Le1f (sic) (Khalif Diouf) – solo
Lotic (J’Kerian Morgan) – solo
Machinedrum (sic) (Travis Stewart) – solo
Magic Man
Major Lazer (Diplo, aka Thomas Pentz) – solo
Mark McGuire (of Emeralds) (for Along The Way, Moss Agate, and Noctilucence) – solo
Mister Saturday Night (record label compilation)
Mndsgn (sic) (Ringgo Ancheta) – solo
Mono/Poly (Charles Dickerson) – solo
Mr Twin Sister
Mystery Skulls (Luis Dubuc) – solo
Napolian (sic) (Ian Evans) – solo
Odesza (sic)
Orcas (with Benoit Pioulard [Thomas Meluch])
‘Johnny Jewel’ Padgett (of Chromatics)
Panda Bear (Noah Lennox of Animal Collective) – solo
Peaking Lights (marrieds Aaron Coyes and Indra Dunis)
Pillar Point (Scott Reitherman) – solo
The Range (James Hinton) – solo
Recycle Culture (Erik Moline) – solo
Erin ‘Rioux’ & Stephon Alexander (sic) (Trinidad physicist/saxophonist)
Porter Robinson – solo
Les Sins (Chazwick Bundick, aka Toro Y Moi) – solo
Skrillex (Sonny Moore) – solo
Small Black
St. Vincent (Annie Clark) – female solo
Jim-E Stack – solo
Suicideyear (sic) (James Prudhomme) – solo
Supreme Cuts
Lindsey Stirling (electric violin) – female solo
Teebs (Mtendere Mandowa) – solo
Thug Entrancer (Ryan McRyhew) – solo
Torn Hawk (Luke Wyatt) – solo
Tycho (Scott Hansen) – solo
Vatican Shadow & Function (David Sumner of Sandwell District)
Gordon Voidwell – solo

U.S. Male Solo

Amen Dunes (Damon McMahon)
Willis Earl Beal (for both Experiments In Time and A Place That Doesn’t Exist)
Liam Betson (of Titus Andronicus)
Bleachers (Jack Antonoff of Fun. [sic])
Benjamin Booker
Peter Broderick
Marc Broussard
Cameron Carpenter (organ)
Castanets Raymond Raposa)
Craft Spells (Justin Vallesteros)
Anthony D’Amato
Bart Davenport (channeling Jens Lekman)
Justin Townes Earle
Adam Faucett
‘Alex G’ Giannascoli (not the same-named U.S. female singer)
Steve Gunn
Half-Handed Cloud (John Ringhofer)
Helado Negro (Black Ice Cream) (Roberto Lange)
King Dude (TJ Cowgill)
John Fullbright
Jeremy Jay (J. Shaules)
Gabriel Kahane
Ray Lamontagne
Greg Laswell
Son Little (Aaron Livingstone)
Jeremy Messersmith
Blake Mills (of Dawes)
Jim Mize (channeling Bruce Springsteen)
Papercuts (Jason Quever)
Perfume Genius (Mike Hadreas)
Sean Rowe
Say Hi (Eric Elbogen)
Strand Of Oaks (Timothy Showalter)
Todd Tobias
Matt Watts (not either of the same-named Canada comedian or U.S. member of The Starting Line band)

U.S. Female Solo

Mindi Abair
Nicole Atkins
Matteah Baim
Jillian ‘Banks’
Haley Bonar
Diane Cluck
Frankie Cosmos (Greta Kline, daughter of Kevin K. and Phoebe Cates)
Lana Del Ray (Elizabeth Grant)
Kat Edmonson
Jolie Holland
Sarah Jaffe
Mary Lambert
Dawn Landes
Jessica Lea Mayfield
Leighton Meester (the actress)
Ingrid Michaelson
My Brightest Diamond (Shara Worden) (for both None More Than You and This Is My Hand)
Marissa Nadler
Angel Olsen
‘Karen O’ Orzolek (of Yeah Yeah Yeahs)
Emma Ruth Rundle (of Red Sparowes)
Somi (Laura Kakomo)
Sweet Soubrette (Ellia Bisker)
Sharon Van Etten
‘Mirah’ Zeitlyn
Zola Jesus (Nika Rosa Danilova)

90s Artists – good albums


Ryan Adams (of Whiskeytown) (for both self-titled album and )
The Aislers Set (for How I Learned To Write Backwards, The Last Match, and Terrible Things Happen)
Tori Amos
Amps For Christ (Henry Barnes)
Joseph Arthur (acoustic Lou Reed covers)
Bardo Pond (for Looking For Another Place, Refulgo, and Shone Like A Ton)
Bobby Bare, Jr.
Maya Beiser (cello hard rock covers)
Andrew Bird (The Handsome Family covers)
Blackhawk (with Henry Paul of Outlaws)
Brian Blade & The Fellowship Band
Blonde Redhead
Bodycount (with Ice-T [Tracy Marrow])
Buckethead (Brian Carroll) (for Claymation Courtyard)
Bill Callahan (of Smog) (dub version of Dream River album)
The Caribbean
Regina Carter
Kenny Chesney
Clay Rendering (Mike Connelly of Wolf Eyes, with wife Tara)
A.J. Croce (son of Jim)
The Crystal Method
D’Angelo (Michael Archer)
Ani DiFranco
Drive-By Truckers (for both Dragon Pants and English Oceans)
Kevin Drumm
Elysian Fields
The Faint
Orenda Fink (of Azure Ray) (wife of Todd F. of The Faint)
Flake Music (The Shins’ predecessor)
Floor (with Steve Brooks of Torche)
Foo Fighters
Gang Wizard
John Garcia (of Kyuss)
Mary Gauthier
Green Day
Glass Hammer
Craig Handy
‘Beck’ Hansen (for both Morning Phase and Song Reader)
His Name Is Alive
The Icarus Line
The Brian Jonestown Massacre (for both +- and Revelation)
Damien Jurado
Karma To Burn
Jim Lauderdale
Los Lonely Boys
G. Love (Garrett Dutton) & Special Sauce
Stephen Malkmus (of Pavement) & The Jicks
Eleni Mandell
Medeski Martin & Wood (with Nels Cline) (for Woodstock Sessions)
Big Head Todd (Mohr) & The Monsters
Moodymann (Kenny Dixon)
Jason Moran (Fats Waller tribute)
The Muffs
Nada Surf
Nashville Pussy
Meshell Ndegeocello (Michelle Johnson)
Nocturnal Poisoning (Scott Conner of Xasthur)
Conor Oberst (of Bright Eyes)
Old Crow Medicine Show
Old 97’s
The Olivia Tremor Control (for both 1997 John Peel sessions and )
Joan Osborne
Owen (Mike Kinsella of American Football) (obscure punk/new wave covers)
Brad Paisley
P.O.D. (acoustic greatest hits)
The Presidents Of The United States Of America
Primus (Charlie & The Chocolate Factory soundtrack cover)
Red Red Meat
The Rentals
‘Kelis’ Rogers
Dex Romweber (of Flat Duo Jets) (with sister Sara R. of Let’s Active)
‘Martina McBride’ Schiff (R&B and soul covers)
Sevendust (acoustic)
Shellac (with Steve Albini)
Kenny Wayne Shepherd
Spain (with Josh Haden, son of Charlie)
The String Cheese Incident
Swearing At Motorists
Thievery Corporation
‘Joe’ Thomas
Vatican Shadow (Dominick Fernow) (for 6-cassette box Death Is Unity With God)
The Verve Pipe
Trans Am
Traxman (Cornelius Ferguson)
‘Matthew Ryan’ Webb
Jack White

Rest Of World

Damon Albarn (of Blur)
Amsterdam Klezmer Band
Aphex Twin (Richard James) (for Syro)
Mark Barrott (aka Factory Loop Foundation)
Ifar ‘Eef Barzelay’ (of Clem Snide) (pop covers)
Basement Jaxx
Majid Bekkas
Bohren & Der Club Of Gore
The Bug (Kevin Martin)
John Butler Trio
Camera Obscura
Channel Zero
Cibo Matto
Sharon Corr (of The Corrs)
Brody Dalle (Bree Robinson of The Distillers) (married to Josh Homme of QOTSA)
Electric Wizard
Bunji Garlin (Ian Alvarex)
David Gray
Groove Armada
Imogen Heap
Benjamin Herman
Tunde Jegede
Angelique Kidjo
David Kilgour And The Heavy Eights
King Creosote (Kenny Anderson)
Kong (Netherlands hard rock, not one of many same-named bands)
Legowelt (Danny Wolfers)
Corb Lund
Augie March (band named after Saul Bellow novel)
Mogwai (for both Music Industry 3. Fitness Industry 1. And Rave Tapes)
Motorpsycho (for both Behind The Sun and The Motorpnakotic Manuscripts)
New Cool Collective
Grant Nicholas (of Feeder)
Nightmares On Wax (George Evelyn)
The Notwist
Arturo O’Farrill & The Afro Latin Orchestra
Gregory Page
Jelle ‘Paulusma’ (of Daryll-Ann)
Nina Persson (of The Cardigans)
The Pineapple Thief
Plastikman (Richie Hawtin)
Laetitia Sadier (of Stereolab)
Sanctus Real
Squarepusher (Tom Jenkinson) (music played by 3 robots)
Zita Swoon Group (band name, not a member)
The Thing With Five Eyes (Bong-Ra, aka Jason Kohnen)
Yann Tiersen
Ana Tijoux
Tricky (Adrian Thaws)
Sven Van Hees
Vanishing Point
Venetian Snares (Aaron Funk)
Orlando Voorn
Sophie Zelmani

90s Artists – weak albums


Black Label Society
Mary J. Blige (for both The London Sessions and Think Like A Man Too film soundtrack)
Boyz II Men
Toni Braxton
Jim Brickman
Cannibal Corpse
Mariah Carey
Nick (Carter of Backstreet Boys) & Knight (Jordan K. of New Kids On The Block)
‘Rupaul’ Charles
‘LeAnn Rimes’ Cibrian
Common (Rashid Lynn)
Counting Crows
Dilated Peoples
DJ Kwik (David Blake)
E-40 (Earl Stevens)
Faith Evans
Sara Evans
Every Time I Die
Eyehategod (sic)
‘Shyheim’ Franklin
Ghostface Killah (Dennis Coles of Wu-Tang Clan)
‘Talib Kweli’ Greene
Anthony Hamilton
Hanzel Und Gretyl
Jagged Edge
Nick Lachey (of 98 Degrees) (movie song covers)
Jennifer Lopez
Machine Head
Madlib (Otis Jackson) (for The Beats and Rock Konducta Pts. 1 and 2)
Tim McGraw
Jo Dee Messina
Mobb Deep
Pharoahe Monch (Troy Jamerson)
New Found Glory
Nick Oliveri (of QOTSA)
Over The Rhine
Powerman 5000
Kelly Price
Princess Superstar (Concetta Kirschner)
Raekwon (Corey Woods)
RX Bandits
The Roots
Darius Rucker (of Hootie & The Blowfish)
Souls Of Mischief
Twista (Carl Mitchell)
Michelle Williams (of Destiny’s Child)
Lee Ann Womack
Wu Tang Clan

Rest Of World

At The Gates
Dark Fortress
‘Sia’ Furler
Enrique Iglesias
Impaled Nazarene
‘Shakira’ Ripoli
Thousand Foot Krutch
Tindersticks (Ypres Museum soundtrack)
Within Temptation (neither Hydra nor The Q-Music Sessions is good)
Thom Yorke (of Radiohead)

60s, 70s, 80s, Over-40 Crowd – good, worthy, interesting, “I’m glad they’re still around” albums


John Luther Adams (for Become Ocean, 2014 Pulitzer for Music winner)
The Afghan Whigs
Dave & Phil Alvin (of The Blasters) (Big Bill Broonzy covers)
Dan Baird & Homemade Sin (members of The Georgia Satellites and Jason & The Scorchers)
Marcia Ball
Tony Bennett (with Lady Gaga [Stefani Germanotta]) (jazz standards duets)
Elvin Bishop
Bl’ast! (alternate version of debut album)
Tim Bogert & Carmine Appice (both of Cactus and Vanilla Fudge)
Michael Bolton (Motown tribute)
Carla Bozulich
Garth Brooks
Brothers & Sisters Of L.A. (gospel Dylan covers)
Jackson Browne
Mary Chapin Carpenter
Carlene Carter
Johnny Cash
Rosanne Cash
Les Claypool’s (of Primus) Duo De Twang
Paul Collins (of The Beat)
Mike Cooper (for The Machine Gun Co., Places I Know, and Trout Steel)
Corrosion Of Conformity
Robert Cray
David Crosby
Christopher Cross
Death Comet Crew
Rodney Crowell
The Charlie Daniels Band (Dylan tribute)
The Dead Milkmen
Neil Diamond
Tonya Donelly (of Belly and Throwing Muses) (for Swan Song Series Vols. 4 and 5)
The Doobie Brothers (country-rock versions of greatest hits)
Drivin’ N’ Cryin’
‘John Doe’ Duchac (of X)
Bob Dylan (for Bootleg Basement Tapes)
Eccentric Soul: Capital City Soul (Columbus, OH)
Eccentric Soul: Way Out Label (Cleveland, OH)
Tinsley Ellis
Donnie & Joe Emerson
Enuff Z’Nuff
Lee Fields & The Expressions
The Flaming Lips (for Atlas Eets Christmas, Electric Wurms [with Linear Downfall], and Sgt. Pepper’s cover)
Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn (marrieds)
The Fleshtones
Robert Lester Folsom (for both Music And Dreams and Ode To A Rainy Day)
Aaron ‘Freeman’ (of Ween)
Ace Frehley (of Kiss)
Fugazi (first demo)
Alice Gerrard (P.Seeger’s wife)
Girl Trouble
Mike Gordon (of Phish)
Guided By Voices (for both Cool Planet and Motivational Jumpsuit)
Ben Harper (with mother Ellen)
Reverend Horton Heat
Joe Henry
John Hiatt
Chrissie Hynde
Information Society
Is/Ought Gap
Jobriath (Bruce Campbell)
‘Lydia Lunch’ Koch (with Cypress Grove [Tony Chmelik/England]) (for both Desert Blues and Twin Horses)
Lenny Kravitz
Kronos Quartet
Lavender Country (reissue)
Craig Leon
Lewis (Randall Wulff) (for both L’Amour and Romantic Times)
Jerry Lee Lewis
‘Miriam’ Linna (of The A-Bones)
Arto Lindsay (of DNA and The Lounge Lizards)
Local Custom: Cavern Sound
Lone Justice (1983 songs)
Los Lobos (1976 United Farm Workers benefit)
David Lynch (film director)
Angus MacLise (of Theater Of Eternal Music)
Manowar (remade album Kings Of Metal)
Richard Marx
John Mellencamp
Natalie Merchant (of 10,000 Maniacs)
Pat Metheny
Bette Midler (girl group classics covers)
Ronnie Milsap (covers)
Keb’ Mo’ (Kevin Moore)
Thurston Moore
Bob Mould
My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult
‘Prince’ Nelson (for Plectrumelectrum)
Willie Nelson (for both Band Of Brothers and December Days)
Stevie Nicks
The Nighthawks
Normaltown Flyers
Ted Nugent
The Ocean Blue
Van Dyke Parks (U.S. transcontinental rail journey song cycle)
Dolly Parton
Pere Ubu
Linda Perhacs
Popa Chubby (Ted Horowitz)
The Queen Annes
Amy Ray (of Indigo Girls)
Steve Reich (for Radio Rewrite)
Trent Reznor (with Atticus Ross) (Gone Girl film soundtrack)
Jonathan Richman
Neal Schon
Peggy Seeger
Brian Setzer (of Stray Cats)
Matt Sorum’s Fierce Joy (of Guns N’ Roses and Velvet Revolution)
Bruce Springsteen (for both American Beauty and High Hopes)
Candi Staton
Ken Stringfellow (of The Posies)
Marty Stuart And His Fabulous Superlatives
Swamp Dogg (Jerry Williams)
Steve Taylor
Teenage Guitar (Robert Pollard of GBV)
Melvin Van Peebles (with Heliocentrics, England psychedelic rock band)
Suzanne Vega
Loudon Wainwright
Joe Louis Walker
Dean Wareham (of Galaxie 500)
Chuck E. Weiss
Wheedle’s Groove – Seattle Funk, Soul & Boogie 1972-87 Vol. 2
When I Reach That Heavenly Shore: Unearthly Black Gospel 1926-1936
Hank Williams (1950 Garden Spot Programs)
Lucinda Williams
James Williamson (of The Stooges)
Dan Wilson (of Semisonic and Trip Shakespeare)
Jesse Winchester
Frank Zappa
Thalia Zedek (of Come and Live Skull)

Rest Of World

Don Airey (of Deep Purple and Rainbow)
Marc Almond (of Soft Cell) (for both The Dancing Marquis and The Tyburn Tree – Dark London)
Les Ambassadeurs Du Motel De Bamako
Asia (with G.Downes, C.Palmer, and J.Wetton)
Peter Banks’ Empire (of Yes)
Barclay James Harvest
Jeff Beck
The Bevis Frond
The Black Hippies
Luka Bloom
Arthur Brown
Jennifer ‘Vashti Bunyan’
Neneh Cherry
Clan Of Xymox
Fast Eddie Clarke (of Motorhead)
Leonard Cohen
Cowboy Junkies (concept album about JFK’s death)
Current 93
Dave Davies (of The Kinks)
The Deep Freeze Mice
Digital Dance
Sly (Dunbar) & Robbie (Shakespeare)
Echo & The Bunnymen
Eddie & The Hot Rods
Stephen Emmer (with Glenn Gregory of Heaven 17)
Brian Eno (with Karl Hyde of Underworld) (for both High Life and Someday World)
Everything Is Sh*t (Punk In Brussels 1977-79)
Marianne Faithful
Bryan Ferry
Neil Finn (of Crowded House)
Patrik Fitzgerald
Five Times Of Dust
JK Flesh (Justin Broadrick) & Prurient (Dominick Fernow)
Roddy Frame (of Aztec Camera)
Peter Frampton
Mark Fry
Lisa Gerrard (of Dead Can Dance)
Robin Gibb (of The Bee Gees)
Bebel Gilberto
Godflesh (for both Decline And Fall and A World Lit By Fire)
‘Wreckless Eric’ Goulden
Hallo Venray
Peter Hammill (of Van Der Graaf Generator, with U.S. guitarist Gary Lucas)
Robyn Hitchcock
Engelbert Humperdinck (Arnold Dorsey) (covers)
Billy Idol (William Broad)
Inspiral Carpets (for both Dung 4 and self-titled)
Yusuf Islam (Steven Georgiou, aka Cat Stevens)
Holly Johnson (of Frankie Goes To Hollywood)
Wilko Johnson (John Wilkinson of Dr. Feelgood) & Roger Daltrey
Judas Priest
Ariel Kalma
De Kift
Fela Kuti (Finding Fela film soundtrack)
Jon Langford (of Mekons) & Skull Orchard)
Daniel Lanois
The Lau (Matheus L.)
Kerry Leimer
Annie Lennox (of Eurythmics) (Great American Songbook covers)
Edvard Graham Lewis (of Wire) (for both All Over and All Under)
Sarah MacLachlan
David ‘Ziggy Marley’
Johnny Marr (of The Smiths)
Dave Mason (revised hits)
Merzbow (Mamasi Akita) (for both Pulse Vegan and self-titled with U.S. band Full Of Hell)
Monoton (Konrad Becker)
Steven ‘Morrissey’
Peter Murphy (of Bauhaus)
Native North America: Aboriginal Folk, Rock, And Country 1966-1985
New Adventures
Sinead O’Connor
‘Boy George’ O’Dowd (of Culture Club)
Officer! (for both ead Unique and Ossification)
Mike Oldfield
The Alan Parsons Project
Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry (for both Back On The Controls and Nu School Of Dub)
Gilles Peterson (for Havana Culture Soundclash)
Pink Floyd
The Pop Group (for both Cabinet Of Curiosities and We Are Time)
Procol Harum
Robert Plant
Herman Rarebell (Scorpions covers with other vocalists)
Paul Rodgers (Memphis soul covers)
Paul Roland (for both Bates Motel and Hexen)
Ruby Rotta (Beatles/R.Stones covers)
Carlos ‘Santana’
Savoy Brown
Simple Minds
Soft Machine
Jeremy Spencer (of Fleetwood Mac)
Status Quo
Mieke Stemerdink (of Gigantjes)
Bram Stoker
David Sylvian (D.Batt) (lyrics/vocals by Franz Wright, U.S. Pulitzer Poetry winner)
Glenn Tilbrook (of Squeeze)
The Vaselines
Verckys (Georges Mateba) (Congolese Funk, Afrobeat & Psychedelic Rumba 1969-1978)
The Vibrators
Henny Vrienten
Papa Wamba (Jules Kikumba)
Ben Watt (of Everything But The Girl)
Wildest Dreams (Harvey Bassett)
Wishbone Ash
Woo (brothers Clive and Mark Ives) (for both Into The Heart Of Love and When The Past Arrives)
Robert Wyatt
Neil Young (for both A Letter Home [singer-songwriter covers] and Storytone)
Zucchero (Adelmo Fornaciari)

60s, 70s, 80s, Over-40 Crowd – dull, boring, poor, “why did they even bother?” albums


Alabama (for Hymns And Gospel Favorites)
Herb Alpert
Billy Childs (Laura Nyro jazz tribute)
Earth Wind & Fire
Melissa Etheridge
Aretha Franklin (soul classics covers)
Amy Grant (remixed hits)
Dr. John (Mac Rebennack) (Louis Armstrong tribute)
Jennifer Holliday
Michael Jackson
‘Weird Al’ Jankovic
Barry Manilow (duets with deceased stars)
Kenn Nardi (of Anacrusis)
‘Prince’ Nelson (for Art Official Age)
Night Ranger
Dianne Reeves
Smokey Robinson (duets)
Linda Ronstadt (duets)
Leon Russell
Sick Of It All
Slash (Saul Hudson of Guns N’ Roses)
Michael W. Smith
Barbra Streisand
‘Kool Keith’ Thornton
Julia Wolfe

Rest Of World

Bryan Adams (60s covers)
Marc Almond (of Soft Cell) (for Ten Plagues)
Chayanne (Elmer Arce)
Dark Flood
‘Manfred Mann’ Lubovitz
Mekong Delta
Kylie Minogue
Warrant (Germany, not the same-named U.S. 90s band)

Worthwhile Live Albums – U.S.

Alabama (2013 Nashville – Ryman Auditorium)
The Allman Brothers Band (1992 New York – Beacon Theater)
… And You Will Know Them By The Trail Of Dead (2009 Cologne, Germany)
Nicole Atkins (2014 Detroit – Masonic Temple)
Joan Baez (1965 London – BBC Studios)
Band Of Horses (2013 Nashville – Ryman Auditorium) (acoustic)
Big Star (1994 Memphis – New Daisy Theater)
Blackberry Smoke (2013 Winston-Salem, N.C.) – southern rock
Joe Bonamassa (2013 London – Hammersmith Apollo) – blues-rock
Joe Bonamassa & Beth Hart (2013 Amsterdam)
Jackson Browne (1975 Bryn Mawr, PA – The Main Point)
Captain Beefheart (Don Van Vliet) & His Magic Band (1966 San Francisco – Avalon Ballroom)
Captain Beefheart (Don Van Vliet) & His Magic Band (1977 Paris)
The Civil Wars (2009 Decatur, GA – Eddie’s Attic)
Gary Clark, Jr. (2014) – blues-rock
Cloud Cult (2013 Minneapolis) (acoustic) – psych-folk
Cloudkicker (Ben Sharp, with Intronaut band) (2014) – hard rock
The Dandy Warhols (2013 Portland, OR) (playing album Thirteen Tales From Urban Bohemia)
D’Angelo (Michael Archer) (1995 London) – soul
Miles Davis (1970 New York – Fillmore East)
Devo (1977 Cleveland) – post-punk
Dennis DeYoung (of Styx) (2014 Los Angeles)
Steve Earle (1995 Nashville – Polk Theater) – alt-country
Earthless Meets Heavy Blanket (with J.Mascis) (2012 Netherlands – Roadburn Festival) – psychedelic rock
Robert Gordon & Link Wray (1978 Cleveland)
Emmylou Harris – alt-country
Levon Helm (Midnight Ramble Vol. 3) – alt-country
Howlin’ Rain (2012) – psychedelic rock
Jefferson Starship (Paul Kantner version) (2003 Denver)
Mark Kozelek (2013 Malmo, Sweden – Victoria Teatern) – psych-folk
Mark Kozelek (2014 Milan, IT – Arci Biko) – psych-folk
LCD Soundsystem (2011 New York – Madison Square Garden) (final concert)
Steve Martin And The Steep Canyon Rangers (2013 Riverside, CA) (with Edie Brickell) – bluegrass
John Mellencamp (2003 New York – Town Hall) (Trouble No More album of blues covers)
Missing Persons (1981 Los Angeles – My Father’s Place)
Moon Duo (with Ripley Johnson of Wooden Shjips) (2013 Ravenna, IT) – psychedelic rock
T. Hardy Morris (of Dead Confederate) (2013 Athens, GA – Georgia Theater) – alt-country
Mudhoney (2013 Nashville – Third Man Records) – hard rock
The Oak Ridge Boys (2013)
Poco (2004) – alt-country
Lee Ranaldo (of Sonic Youth) & Noveller (Sarah Lipstate) (2011 N.Y. – Roulette) – experimental
R.E.M. (1991 and 2001 MTV Unplugged)
The Residents (2013 Netherlands) – experimental
The Rock*A*Teens (1998 Atlanta – Star Bar) – garage rock
Todd Rundgren (1972 – 1977 BBC)
Todd Rundgren And Utopia (1978 Milwaukee – Electric Ballroom) – prog-rock
Stick Against Stone Orchestra (1985 Eugene, Oregon) – post-punk
George Strait (2014 Arlington, TX – AT&T Stadium) (farewell concert)
Talking Heads (1979 Boston) – post-punk
Tesla – hard rock
The Marshall Tucker Band (1977 Englishtown, NJ – Raceway Park) – southern rock
Big Joe Turner (1983 Los Angeles – Music Machine) – blues
Dave Van Ronk (1998 Monterey, CA) – psych-folk
Rufus Wainwright (2012 New York – The Artist’s Den)
Frank Zappa (1974 Hollywood – Roxy Theater)

Worthwhile Live Albums – Rest Of World

The Alarm – post-punk – Wales
Ian Anderson (of Jethro Tull) (2012 Iceland) (Thick As A Brick I and II) – England
Asia (2010 London – High Voltage Festival) – prog-rock – England
Arthur Beatrice (2014 London) – England
Ginger Baker (of Blind Faith and Cream) – England
Jeff Beck (1999 Tokyo) – England
Billy Bragg (2013 London – The Union Chapel) – England
Jack Bruce (1993 Cologne, Germany) – blues-rock – England
Eric Burdon (2013 Netherlands) – England
Leonard Cohen (2013 Dublin – O2 Arena) – Canada
Daughter (2013 London) – England
Depeche Mode (2013 Berlin) – synth – England
Echo & The Bunnymen (1982 Liverpool – Pop Carnival) – post-punk – England
Echo & The Bunnymen (1984 Madrid) – post-punk – England
Echo & The Bunnymen (2014 London – Shepherd’s Bush Empire) – post-punk – England
Erasure (2011 London – The Roundhouse) – synth – England
Franz Ferdinand (2014 London – Roundhouse) – post-punk – Scotland
Fire! Orchestra (2012 Nantes, France) – free jazz – Sweden
Foreigner (2014 Atlantic City) – England
Girlschool (1980 London) – hard rock – England
Steve Hackett (2013 London – Royal Albert Hall) (Genesis songs) – prog rock – England
Keef Hrtley Band (1970 Aachen, Germany) – psychedelic rock – England
Antony (Hegarty) And The Johnsons (2006 London – Barbican) – baroque chamber pop – England
Steve Hillage (of Gong) (1977 London – Rainbow Theater) – prog-rock – England
Elton John (1973 London – Hammersmith Odeon) – England
Joy Division (1980 Amsterdam – Paraiso Club) – post-punk – England
KMFDM (2013) – industrial – Germany
Krokus (2013 Switzerland) – hard rock – Switzerland
Magma (1974 Bremen, Germany) – prog-rock – France
Dani Martin (of El Canto Del Loco) (2014 Madrid) – Spain
Paul McCartney (2013 Tokyo) – England
John McLaughlin & The 4th Dimension (2012 Boston – Berklee College Of Music) – fusion – England
Nazareth – hard rock – Scotland
New Order (1980 Hoboken, N.J. – Maxwell’s) – post-punk – England
Alan Parsons (2013 Stuttgart, Germany) – England
Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry – reggae – Jamaica
Psychic TV (1984 Manchester, England – Hacienda) – post-punk – England
Psychic TV (1985 London – Hammersmith Palais) – post-punk – England
Psychic TV (1986 London – Marquee Club) – post-punk – England
Queen (1974 London – Rainbow Theater) – England
The Rolling Stones (1965 Belfast – Charlie Is My Darling film soundtrack) – England
The Rolling Stones (1981 Hampton, VA – Coliseum) – England
Rod Stewart (1976-1998) – England
The Ruts (2013-14) – post-punk – England
Saga (2013 Germany) – Canada
Simple Minds (2013 London – O2 Arena) – England
Status Quo (2014 Dublin – O2 Arena) – England
Tame Impala (2013 Chicago) – psychedelic rock – Australia
10cc (2007 London – Shepherd’s Bush Empire) – England
The Thing (with Thurston Moore) (2013 London) – free jazz – Sweden
Pat Travers Band (1980 San Francisco – Warfield Theater) – hard rock – Canada
Jethro Tull (2003 Montreux, Switzerland) – prog-rock – England
Unkle (2008 Sydney, Australia – The Metro Theater) – synth – England
Unkle & The Heritage Orchestra (2010 London – Union Chapel) – synth – England
Uriah Heep (Freiburg, Germany) – hard rock – England
Rick Wakeman (1980s London) – prog-rock – England
We Were Promised Jetpacks (2012 Philadelphia) – post-punk – Scotland
Whitesnake (1984) – hard rock – England
The Who (2013 London – Wembley Arena) (performing Quadrophenia) – England
Wire (1979-1980 London and Paris) – post-punk – England
Yes (Bristol, England – Hippodrome) (Going For The One and The Yes Album) – prog-rock – England

Poor Live Albums

Abba (1979 London – Wembley Arena) – Sweden
Air Supply (2013 Hong Kong)
Coldplay (2014) (Ghost Stories album) – England
Dream Theater (2014 Boston – Opera House) – prog-metal
Keith Emerson & Greg Lake (2010) – prog-rock – England
5 Seconds Of Summer (2014) – Australia
Whitney Houston
Billy Joel (1987 Russia)
George Michael (2012 Europe) (with symphonies) – England
Ministry (2012 Chicago) – industrial
Alsion Moyet (of Yaz) (2013) – England
Stephen Stills (1978 Berkeley, CA – Bread And Roses Festival)
The Velvet Underground (1968 Boston – The Tea Party)

Most Overrated And Boring Indie Band R

Most Disappointing Album Of The Year

Most Valuable Players, Who Released Good Albums With More Than One Band In 2014

Devon Allman (2 with Royal Southern Brotherhood and solo)
Justin Broadrick (3 albums – 2 with Godflesh and with Prurient)
Pete Buck (with The Baseball Project, solo, and with Tuatara)
Ishmael Butler (with Chimurenga Renaissance and Shabazz Palaces)
Sean ‘S Carey’ (with Jason Feathers and solo)
Nick Chiericozzi (with Dream Police and The Men)
Nels Cline (with Medeski Martin & Wood and solo)
Jenny Conlee (with Black Prairie and The Delines)
Matthew Cooper (with Inventions and solo [as Eluvium])
John Dwyer (with Damaged Bug and 3 with Thee Oh Sees)
Jad Fair (6 albums – 4 duet and 2 with Half Japanese)
Dominick Fernow (3 albums – with JK Flesh, David Sumner and solo)
Autry Fulbright (with AYWKUBTTOD and Midnight Masses)
Natalie Hoffmann (with Ex-Cult and Nots)
Sascha Konietzko (with KMFDM and Tim Skold)
David Lowery (with Camper Van Beethoven and Cracker)
Tendai Maraire (with Chimurenga Renaissance and Shabazz Palaces)
Joseph ‘J.Mascis’ (with Heavy Blanket [live], solo, and Sweet Apple)
Scott McCaughey (with The Baseball Project and Pete Buck)
Kevin Morby (with Woods and solo)
Stephen O’Malley (with O.Ambarchi/R.Dunn and 2 with Sunn O))))
Robert Pollard (3 albums – 2 with GBV and Teenage Guitar)
Dee Dee Penny (with Dum Dum Girls and Haunted Hearts)
Mark Perro (with Dream Police and The Men)
Mike Portnoy (with Adrenaline Mob and Transatlantic)
Jason Reece (with AYWKUBTTOD and Midnight Masses)
Gruff Rhys (with Neon Neon and solo)
Laetitia Sadier (with Little Tornados and solo)
Mark T. Smith (with Explosions In The Sky and Inventions)
Paul Smith (with Peter Brewis and Maximo Park)
Andy Stott (with Millie & Andrea and solo)
Benmont Tench (with Tom Petty and solo)
Kami Thompson (with The Rails and Thompson)
Richard Thompson (with Thompson and solo)
Nancy Whang (with The Juan MacLean and solo)
Steve Wynn (with The Baseball Project and solo)

Fred’s Best Albums Of The Year


Dan Baird & Homemade Sin
Bobby Bare, Jr.
Julian Casablancas & The Voidz
Cold Cave
Bart Davenport
John Doe
Tinsley Ellis
Curtis Harding
The Hold Steady
King Tuff
LCD Soundsystem (live)
The Juan MacLean
Magic Touch
Jessica Lea Mayfield
Moon Duo (live)
Thurston Moore
Stevie NIcks
Pere Ubu
Rich Robinson (for The Ceaseless Sight)
Sean Rowe
Peggy Seeger
Ty Segall (for Manipulator)
TV On The Radio

Rest Of World

The Awesome Welles
Black Bombain
The Bevis Frond
The Cymbals
Digital Dance
Dread Sovereign
Echo & The Bunnymen
The Fall (for Creative Distortion)
Bryan Ferry
Marianne Faithful
Inspiral Carpets (for Dung 4)
The Jezabels
Lady Dandelion
The Magic Numbers
Mantra Machine
John Mayall
Mono (for The Last Dawn)
Peter Murphy
Le Peuple De L’Herbe
Psychic TV
Radar Men From The Moon
Eliot Sumner
Total Control
The Twilight Sad
Uriah Heep
We Were Promised Jetpacks (live)

Released Outside America And On My 2013 List, Then Released In America In 2014

Courtney Barnett – female solo – Australia
Laura Cantrell – female solo – alt-country
Dave Edmunds – England
The Naked And Famous – New Zealand
Prefab Sprout – England
‘Ariel Pink’ Rosenberg (for Early Live Recordings) – garage rock
Stratovarius – hard rock – Finland


2013 In Music – 1,000+ Good Albums

Posted January 20, 2014 by quiscus
Categories: Uncategorized

This has been a mammoth undertaking, which has occupied way too much of my life.  I hope you enjoy it.


Happy New Year, Everybody!


It is now so easy and inexpensive to record and distribute music that far too many albums are released each week for anyone to hear them all.  I thought if I organized and listed all the bands with good 2013 albums I’ve heard this year it might be helpful to others. 


My list differs from other year-end lists in three important ways:


Europe – Since the internet gives everyone around the world instant access to all albums released anywhere, it makes no sense for these other lists to ignore albums released in Europe but not the U.S.  Their probable justification, that there is no point listening to and recommending albums that are not available here, is nonsensical and silly.  Albums released only in Europe are instantly available for us to hear, and to buy as downloads, just like American releases.  Since I haven’t discriminated against or ignored Europe-only releases, this list includes a lot of great music missing from other year-end lists.


Finding Quality Via Quantity – Most year-end lists include a limited number of albums.  Does anyone seriously think there are only a few albums released each year that are worth recommending and hearing?  I’ve attempted to include every good album released this year, not just an inherently arbitrary Best Of.  You might conclude from scanning this list that I heard every indie album released.  Didn’t happen – not even close.  In 2013 I proved conclusively, once again, that no one can hear everything that comes out.


I tried to listen to every 2013 album that got substantial press attention.  As a result, any well-known album not listed below is likely missing because I don’t think it’s worth your time.  Examples of hyped artists that released poor 2013 albums include Airhead (Rob McAndrews), AlunaGeorge (sic), Billie Joe (Armstrong of Green Day) & Norah (Jones) (covering Everly Brothers album Songs Our Daddy Taught Us), Autre Ne Veut (Arthur Ashin), The Band Perry (siblings Kim, Neil and Reid P.), Sara Bareilles, Julianna Barwick, Bastille, Baths (Will Wiesenfield), Justin Bieber, Diane Birch, The Black Lillies, Blue Sky Riders (with Kenny Loggins), James Blunt, Born Ruffians, Susan Boyle, Luke Bryan (for both Crash My Party and Spring Break), Jake Bugg, Cage The Elephant, Charli XCX (Charlotte Aitchison), Chvrches, Brandy Clark, Kelly Clarkson, Biffy Clyro, Diane Coffee (Shaun Fleming of Foxygen), Cold War Kids, Jermaine ‘J. Cole’, Court Yard Hounds (sisters Martie Maguire and Emily Robison of Dixie Chicks), Clay Cook (of Zac Brown Band), Miley Cyrus, Daughtry, The Dear Hunter, Death Grips, Gavin DeGraw, Deltron 3030, Fall Out Boy (for Save Rock And Roll), James Ferraro, Sky Ferreira, Fidlar, Vhildish Gambino (Donald Glover), Ghostpoet (Obaro Ejimiwe), ‘Courtney Faye’ Goldberg, Ellie Goulding, ‘Drake’ Graham, Ariana Grande, Josh Groban, Grouplove (with Ryan Rabin, son of Trevor), Karen Gwyer, ‘Ciara’ Harris, Laurel Halo (Ina Cube), ‘DJ Rashad’ Harden,  The Haxan Cloak (Bobby Krlic), Jesca Hoop, How To Destroy Angels (with Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails, with wife Mariqueen Maadiq), ‘Katie Perry’ Hudson, Icona Pop, Shooter Jennings (son of Waylon and Jessi Colter), Mathew Jonson, ‘Tinashe’ Kachingwe, ‘Beyonce’ Knowles, Knx. (Glen Boothe), Kvelertak, Lady Antebellum, Lady Gaga (Stefani Germanotta), Avril Lavigne, Le1f (sic) (Khalif Diouf), Logos (James Parker), Lorde (Ella Yelich-O’Connor), Jesse McCartney, Tift Merritt (for Night, with classical pianist Simone Dinnerstein), M.I.A. (Maya Arulpragasam), ‘Kelela’ Mizanokristos, Modern Hut (Joe Steinhardt), Janelle Monae, Ashley Monroe (of Pistol Annies), Nelly (Cornell Haynes), The 1975, Oh Land (Nanna Fabricius), Oneohtrix Point Never (Daniel Lopatin), oOoOO (Chris Dexter), Paramore, Jai Paul, Kellie Pickler, Gregory Porter, Quasimoto (Otis Jackson), Ra Ra Riot, Maggie Rose, Emmy Rossum (the actress), Said The Whale, La Santa Cecilia, ‘India Arie’ Simpson, Sleigh Bells, The Sounds, Scott Stapp (Anthony Flippen of Creed), Laura Stevenson, Earl Sweatshirt (Thebe Kgositsile), Tedeschi Trucks Band (marrieds Susan and Derek), Robin Thicke (son of actor Alan), 30 Seconds To Mars, 3OH!3, Touche Amore, Kanye West, 2 Chainz (Tauheed Epps), Holly Williams (daughter of Hank Jr.), The Winery Dogs (with Mike Portnoy of Dream Theater), Tom Wopat (the actor), Charlie Worsham, Young Thug (Jeffrey Williams), and ‘Yuna’ Zarai.  The common thread among many of these weak albums is their one-dimensionality, sounding the same throughout – how boring is that?  In some cases you wonder whether the artist fell asleep in the studio, or suffered from “obsessive-compulsive repetitious disorder”.


Twentieth-Century Coverage – Other year-end lists copy each other so much they generally include the same albums by the same new artists, and completely ignore albums by artists who’ve been around a while.  Since I don’t ignore older artists (not trusting folks over 30 is such a dated, 60s idea), this list includes categories for artists who made their mark in the 60s, 70s, and 80s, along with categories for well-known 90s artists, including those who released poor albums this year.  Maybe those other lists only care about New Bands That Self-Proclaimed Trendsetters Decide Are Cool.


So, onward to my list of all artists that released 2013 albums worth hearing:


1.  Given how difficult it is to keep all this information and music straight, I haven’t even attempted to deal with the names of the albums.  Thus, listed below is just the band name, without the album title.  The internet of course makes it easy to discover the name of, and listen to, any of these 2013 albums.


2.  None of these albums are included because of just one song.  I’ve listened to each album at least twice all the way through (well, maybe not all the poor albums listed at the end), and would gladly listen to each again in the future.


3.   When two band members release solo albums or side projects (or both band and a member release albums), I’ve listed them in a separate category named for the band, which also lists the band’s own album if applicable.  I’ve also listed all-stars who released good albums with more than one band this year.


The bands in each category are listed in alphabetical order.  We begin with my Top 10 albums of the year, and at the bottom is the full list of my choices as the best albums of the year, along with some awards.  I hope you enjoy reading this, expanding your musical horizons, and discovering some great new stuff!


Fred’s 2013 Top 10 Albums


Bosnian Rainbows

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

Rhys Chatham

Complicated Universal Cum

Dead Confederate

Daughn Gibson


Wymond Miles

The National

New Model Army


Public Service Broadcasting


TV Ghost

White Lies




William Adamson (band name, not a member) – blues rock

Arctic Monkeys


Beady Eye (Oasis without Noel)

Boduf Songs (Mat Sweet) (channeling Nick Cave and Nine Inch Nails) – solo – industrial

British Sea Power (for both film soundtrack From The Sea To The Land Beyond and Machineries Of Joy)

Cave Painting

The Computers

Dutch Uncles


The Epstein

Esben And The Witch

Everything Everything

Fair Ohs

Filthy Boy


Frankie (Francis) & The Heartstrings


Grass House

I Am Kloot

It’s Tropical

Landshapes (sic)

Lanterns On The Lake

London Grammar


Melt Yourself Down – funk


Noah And The Whale


Palma Violets


Post War Years


Skinny Lister – cross-cultural – Irish punk

Sky Larkin (band name, not a member)


Splashh (sic)

Still Corners

Summer Camp

These New Puritans

This Town Needs Guns

To Kill A King

Tomorrow’s World

Toy – psychedelic rock

Treetop Flyers



Turin Brakes

The Vaccines

The Veils (with Finn Andrews, son of Barry of XTC)

Veronica Falls


Wave Machines

Way To Blue (Nick Drake tribute)


Deep Purple


Blackmore’s Night (Ritchie B., with wife Candice Night) – psych-folk

Deep Purple – hard rock


Fairport Convention


Linda Thompson – solo

Richard Thompson – solo




Hawklords – psychedelic rock

Hawkwind – psychedelic rock

Nik Turner – solo – psychedelic rock


The Hoax


Hugh Colman – solo

The Hoax – blues-rock




Dave Edmunds – solo

Nick Lowe – solo




Hebronix (Daniel Blumberg) – solo – post-punk



England Baroque Chamber Pop


James Blake – solo

The Irrepressibles


England Post-Punk


Big Deal

Bloc Party

The Boxer Rebellion

Chrome Hoof


Echo Lake

The History Of Apple Pie



Public Service Broadcasting (channeling My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts, using old BBC recordings)


White Lies (for both Big TV and Small TV)

Young Boys (channeling The Jesus And Mary Chain)


England Blues-Rock


William Adamson (band name, not a member)

Hugh Laurie (the actor)


England Psych-Folk


Johnny Flynn & The Sussex Wit

The Staves (sisters Camilla, Emily, and Jessica Staveley-Taylor)


England Experimental


Oliver Coates – solo – cello


Charlie Jones – solo

65daysofstatic (sic)


England Garage Rock



King Krule (Archy Marshall) – solo

Kate Nash – female solo

Frank Turner – solo


England Hard Rock


Black Spiders

The Dirty Feel (with Virgil Howe, son of Steve of Yes)

Grave Miasma

The JCQ (The Jason Cleaver Quintet)

Turbogeist (with Jimmy Jagger, son of Mick and Jerry Hall)

Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats


England Soul


Blood Orange (Devonte Hynes, aka Lightspeed Champion) – solo

FKA Twigs (Tahliah Barnett) – female solo

Jo Harmon – female solo

Laura Mvula – female solo

Jessie Ware – female solo


England Dance-Rock/Electro/Synth


Atoms For Peace (with Thom Yorke of Radiohead)

Daniel Avery – solo

Barbarossa (James Mathe) – solo

Bibio (Stephen Wilkinson) – solo

Dean Blunt – solo

Dean Blunt & Inga Copeland (of Russia)

Bonobo (Simon Green) – solo

Burial (William Bevan)

Cloud Boat

Maya Jane Coles – female solo

Dan Le Sac (Daniel Stephens) Vs. Scroobius Pip (David Meads)


Deptford Goth (Daniel Woolhouse)  – solo

Disclosure (brothers Guy and Howard Lawrence)

Factory Floor (with Nik Colk Void of Carter Tutti Void)

Forest Swords (Matthew Barnes) – solo

Fort Romeau (Mike Greene) – solo

F**k Buttons

Gang Colours (Will Ozanne) – solo

Ghost Capsules

Guido (Guy Middleton)

Ben ‘Hackman’ – solo


Heatsick (Stephen Warwick) – solo

James ‘Holden’ – solo

Jon Hopkins – solo

Ikonika (Sara Abdel-Hamid) – female solo

Ital Tek (Alan Myson) – solo

Kelpe (Kel McKeown) – solo

Kwes (Kwesi Sey) – solo

Lapalux (Stuart Howard) – solo

Letherette (sic)

Livity Sound

Maps (James Chapman) – solo

Mount Kimbie

No Ceremony

NYPC (New Young Pony Club)

Derwin ‘Gold Panda’ – solo

Rocketnumbernine (sic) (brothers Ben and Tom Page)


Sandwell District

Snow Ghosts

Special Request (Paul Woolford) – solo

Sam ‘Walton’ – solo

Mat Zo (Matan Zohar) – solo

Zomby (Justin Moulds) – solo


England Male Solo


Matt Berry

Miles Kane (of The Last Shadow Puppets)

A Lily (James Vella)

Magic Arm (Max Rigelsford)

Tom Odell

Bill Ryder-Jones (of The Coral)


England Female Solo


Anna Calvi

‘Nancy Elizabeth’ Cunliffe

Kyla La Grange

Laura Marling

Bex Marshall

Emma ‘Scout Niblett’ (channeling P.J. Harvey)

Gemma Ray

Nadine Shah

‘Ebony Bones’ Thomas




Camera Obscura

The Fratellis

Frightened Rabbit

The National Jazz Trio Of Scotland (which isn’t any of those things)

Alasdair Roberts – solo

Sand (Ben Healy of North Atlantic Oscillation) – solo – prog-rock

Kate Victoria ‘KT Tunstall’ – female solo

The Wynntown Marshalls – Southern rock


Scotland Post-Punk


Franz Ferdinand



Scotland Dance-Rock/Electro/Synth


‘Taz’ Buckfaster (Tarik Cheraoui) & Akka (of The Netherlands)

Young Fathers




The Joy Formidable

Los Campesinos!

Gallops – experimental

Joanna Gruesome (band name, not a member) – garage rock

Cate Le Bon – female solo

Neon Neon (with Gruff Rhys of Super Furry Animals) – synth

Sweet Baboo (Stephen Black) – solo


Northern Ireland


And So I Watch You From Afar – experimental

Girls Names (channeling Love Tractor) – post-punk

Tired Pony (with Gary Lightbody of Snow Patrol and Pete Buck)


Northern Ireland Male Solo


Space Dimension Controller (Jack Hamill)

Foy Vance




Bell X1

Adrian Crowley & James Yorkston (of Scotland) (Daniel Johnston covers) – psych-folk

Steafan Hanvey – solo

Solar Bears – synth



Ireland Experimental


Cian Nugent & The Cosmos

God Is An Astronaut




Aidan & The Relevants

Aidan’s Well

At The Close Of Every Day

Avant La Lettre

B-Movie Orchestra (movie theme music)

Bodypolitics (sic) (not the same-named Canada metal band)

Boring Pop

Boss Capone (Boudewijn Van Trigt of The Upsessions) – solo – reggae

John Coffey (band named after character in The Green Mile film)

Coppersky (not one of the same-named Canada or U.S. bands)

D Deadly (not the same-named Washington hip hop band)

Earth MK. II

Eins Zwei (Orchestra) & The Parallel Cinema (aka How To Throw A Birthday Party)

The Elementary Penguins

Torre Florim (of De Staat) & Roos Rebergen (of Roosbeef)

The Future’s Dust

The Galactic Lo-Fi Orchestra

Happy Camper (not either of the same-named Australia metal or U.S. punk bands)


John Henry And The Fellow Associates

Herrek (for both AM and Waktu Dulu)

The Jesus Herb

King Champion Sounds


Chris Kok & Civil Union

Lights Lights

The Mad Trist

Maison Du Malheur

Ze Mannschaft

Mister And Mississippi

Most Impressive Men

Mozes & The Firstborn

Nouveau Velo


Plan Kruutntoone

Michael Prins – solo – baroque chamber pop

The Silhouettes (not one of the many same-named bands)

Soul Sister Dance Revolution

Spilt Milk (not the same-named Texas band)

De Staat (The State)

Stuurbaard Bakkebaard

Suit And Tie Johns


That Band From Holland & Left Hand Orchestra (Michael Van Veen)

Town Of Saints



The Vs


Wooden Saints

The Woodwards (band name, not name of members)


Silence Is Sexy


Jesus And The Christians (Pim Van De Werken)

The Maureens (Hendrik-Jan De Wolff, with guys from Brown Feather Sparrow)

Ponoka (Pim Van De Werken)


Netherlands Post-Punk



Automatic Sam

AC Berkheimer (band name, not a member)



Netherlands Psychedelic Rock


Selim Lemouchi & His Enemies

Monomyth (not the same-named Canada band)

Sexton Creeps


Netherlands Blues-Rock


Giant Tiger Hooch

My Baby

No Blues

The Tightropes


Netherlands Southern Rock


Black Bottle Riot

Danny Vera – solo


Netherlands Psych-Folk


The T.S. Eliot Appreciation Society (Tom Gerritsen) – solo

Kashmere Hakim – solo

Kim Jannsen – solo

Miss Molly & Me

Tangarine – (sic)


Netherlands Experimental


Atlantis (Gilson Heitinga) – solo


Dead Neanderthals (baritone sax)

Dion And The Magic Chords

Donne Et Desiree


InnerAct (sic) (classical minimalism)


Meitje (Meit Gover) – solo

Those Foreign Kids

Michiel Van De ‘Weerthof’ (found objects) – solo

Wolkenkrabbers (skyscrapers)


Netherlands Cross-Cultural


Parne Gadje – Blakan

Mrs. Smit And The Boys From Brasil (sic) – samba


Netherlands Garage Rock



BlackboxRed (sic)

The Doo Run Run (Roy Santiago) – solo

The Pignose Willy’s

De Sp aties (sic)


White Slice

Yoshimi (Niek Hilkmann) – solo


Netherlands Hard Rock




Gingerpig (not the same-named England band)

Hey Kid (Marco Hovius) (not one of the same-named England or Ohio bands) – solo




The Machine & Sungrazer (split album)


TDTMCM (The Don’t Touch My Croque-Monsieurs, a grilled ham-and-cheese sandwich)


Netherlands Soul


Beans & Fatback

Kris Berry & Perquisite (Pieter Perquin)

‘Giovanca’ Ostiana – female solo


Netherlands Funk


Broken Brass Ensemble

The Jig

New Cool Collective


Netherlands Dance-Rock/Electro/Synth


Applescal (Pascal Terstappen) (for both Dreaming In Key and From A To Sea) – solo

Arts The Beatdoctor (Bas Vermolen) – solo

(Michel) Banabila & Machinefabriek (Rutger Zuydervelt)

Baskerville (not the same-named New York band)

Coco Bryce – solo

Cold Void (with Luuk Bouwman of Aux Raus) (not either of the same-named Italy or Vietnam metal bands)

Deon Custom – solo

Dame Flux (Irene Wiersma) – female solo

Distel (Peter Nijland) (not the 60s France singer) – solo

Pien Feith – female solo


GANZ (Jordy Saamena) – solo

Glass Eyes (Andre Luyten) (not the same-named 80s Texas band) – solo

Gluid (Bram Van Den Oever) – solo

Guerilla Speakerz

San Holo (Sander Van Dijck) – solo

Hunter Complex (Lars Meijer) – solo

Hydrus (not the same-named Italy 70s prog-rock band)

Inf (Baas Te Braak) – solo

Kraak & Smaak

Kubus (Bart Van Der Werken) – solo

Tom Maas – solo

Alexander Matin (Sascha Van Der Linden) – solo

Julien Mier – solo

Tinlicker (Micha Heyboer) – solo

Tom Trago – solo

Armin Van Buuren – solo


Wild Wild Ambient Boys


Netherlands Male Solo


Lukas Batteau

Hendrik Jan ‘Bokkers’

Dassuad (Bjorn Jensen)

Marten De Paepe

Jacco Gardner

Jeroen Kant

Tim Knol

Jesse Koolhaus

Harm Goslink Kuiper (songs about famous painters)

Emil Landman

Never Mind The Stars (Adam Bar-Pereg)

No Ninja Am I (Sander Van Munster)

Flip Noorman

‘Douwe Bob’ Postuma

Simple Songs (Ken Veerman)

Bart Van Der Lee

The Virgin Army (Teije Venena)


Netherlands Female Solo


Amber Arcades (Annelotte De Graaf)

Pip Blom (3-string loog guitar)

Mariecke Borger

Delouise (Wies Peeters)

Eefje De Visser

‘Yori Swart’ Devi

Lilian Hak

iET (Lisa Van Viegan)

Tessa Rose Jackson

Qeaux Qeaux Joans (Coco Jones)

Lavalu (Merielle Woltring)

Scarlet Mae (Marije Van Rijn)

Mineral Beings (Merinde Verbeek)

Aafke Romeijn




Chantel Acda – female solo

The Black Heat Rebellion

Echo Beatty

Few Bits

Flying Horseman

Geppetto & The Whales

The Germans

Girls In Hawaii

Ignatz (Bram Devens) – solo – blues rock

Low Vertical


Marble Sounds

Jean Mikili (band name, not a member) – cross-cultural – Congo

Protection Patrol Pinkerton

Psycho 44

The Rhythm Junks

Shakara United – funk

Sir Yes Sir


Belgium Post-Punk


Falling Man

Headphone (channeling Radiohead) (not the same-named U.S. band with David Bazan of Pedro The Lion)


Tape Cut Tapes

Belgium Psych-Folk


Douglas Firs (Gertjan Van Hellemont) (not one of the same-named England or U.S. bands) – solo

Equinox, The Peacekeeper (Wouter Buyst) – solo

King Dalton


Belgium Experimental


Brzzvll (sic)

Lynn Cassiers – female solo

Dans Dans

Spookhuisje (Ghosthouse) (Raphael Absolonne) – solo

Bram Stadhouders & Netherlands Chamber Choir



Belgium Hard Rock


The DeVilles


Belgium Dance-Rock/Electro/Synth



Vive La Fete

Joy Wellboy (band name, with member Joy Adegoke)


Belgium Male Solo


Ian Clement

Pauwel Do Meyer

Bent Van Looy (of Das Pop)




‘Moddi’ Knutsen – solo

The Low Frequency In Stereo – post-punk

Young Dreams


Norway Experimental


Lasse Marhaug/C.Spencer Yeh (of Taiwan)/Okkyung Lee (of S.Korea)

Paal Nilssen-Love & James Plotkin (U.S.)


Norway Female Solo


Ane Brun

Jenny Hval




The Deer Tracks

Friska Viljor

Ghost B.C. (for both If You Have Ghost and Infestissumam) – prog-metal

Holograms – post-punk

Junip (with Jose Gonzales)

The Knife (siblings Karin Andersson and Olof Dreijer) – industrial

The Mary Onettes


Shout Out Louds

Time Is A Mountain – experimental

Thus: Owls


Sweden Dance-Rock/Electro/Synth


Avicii (Tim Bergling) – solo

The Field (Axel Willner) – solo

Lust For Youth (Hannes Norrvide) – solo

Sally Shapiro – female solo


Sweden Male Solo


Andi Almqvist

Daniel Norgren


Sweden Female Solo


‘Sumie’ Nagano

Christine Owman

Anna Von Hausswolf (organ)




Broken Twin

Dangers Of The Sun

Iceage – hard rock

Patchanka – garage rock

The Rumour Said Fire


Var – experimental



Denmark Post-Punk


Keith Canisius – solo

The Kissaway Trail


Denmark Psychedelic Rock


Complicated Universal Cum (Frederik Valentin) – solo



Denmark Dance-Rock/Electro/Synth


MO (Karen Orsted) – female solo

Anders ‘Trentemoller’ – solo


Denmark Male Solo


Indians (Soren Lokke Juul)

‘Teitur’ Lassen (Faeroe Islands)


Denmark Female Solo


‘Tina Dico’ Dickow

Agnes Obel

Alice Rose (not the same-named Texas band)





Retro Stefson

Sin Fang (Sindri Sigfusson) – solo

Emiliana Torrini – female solo




Beastmilk – post-punk

Paavoharju – experimental

Satellite Stories


Finland Dance-Rock/Electro/Synth


Cola (Nicole Willis) & Jimmu (Lassi Lehto) (marrieds)

Desto (Risto Roman) – solo

Jackson (Fourgeaud) And His Computerband (sic) – solo




Aqua Nebula Oscillator – psychedelic-rock

Fusee Doree (Emmanuelle Ornon) – female solo

Kanine (free jazz) – experimental


Woodkid (Yoann Lemoine) – solo


France Post-Punk


Black Bug

The Liminanas (with siblings Lio and Marie L.)

Team Ghost


France Experimental


Dale Cooper Quartet & The Dictaphones (Twin Peaks reference) (dark jazz)

Kanine (free jazz)


France Dance-Rock/Electro/Synth


Breakbot (Thibaut Berland) – solo

Gesaffelstein (Mike Levy) – solo

M83 (Anthony Gonzales) (soundtracks to films Oblivion and You And The Night) – solo

Stellar Om Source (Christelle Gualdi) – female solo

Sebastien Tellier – solo

Total Warr (sic)

Tuff Wheelz




The Alvaret Ensemble (with Peter Broderick and Nils Frahm) – experimental



Germany Hard Rock



Long Distance Calling

The Ocean


Germany Dance-Rock/Electro/Synth


Apparat (Sascha Ring) – solo

Brandt Brauer Frick


Oliver Deutschmann – solo

DJ Koze (Stefan Kozella) – solo

Torsten ‘TG Mauss’ – solo

Moderat (Modeselektor and Sascha Ring)

‘David August’ Nattkemper – solo


Pantha Du Prince (Hendrik Weber) & The Bell Laboratory (Norway) – carillon bells

Ulrich Schnauss – solo

Siriusmo (Moritz Friedrich) – solo

Urban Homes

Voigt & Voigt (brothers Reinhard and Wolfgang)




Ritornell – experimental


Austria Post-Punk


Francis International Airport

Sex Jams (channeling Sonic Youth)


Austria Dance-Rock/Electro/Synth



Cid Rim (Clemens Bacher) – solo

‘Clara Moto’ Prettenhofer – female solo

Parov Stelar (Marcus Fureder) (electroswing) – solo




The Animen




Crystal Castles


The Excitements – soul


El Turista Optimista (Rick Treffers) – solo

Wau y Los Arrrghs! – garage rock


Spain Dance-Rock/Electro/Synth


Lucrecia Dalt (for both Commotus and Syzygy) – female solo

John Talabot – solo




Rodrigo Leao – solo

Luzazul – fado music




Soviet Soviet – post-punk

A Toys Orchestra

The Wows


Italy Dance-Rock/Electro/Synth


Porcelain Raft (Mauro Remiddi) – solo

Tying Tiffany – female solo


Central Europe


Liar (Alin Ceauselu) (not one of the same-named Belgium or Germany bands) – solo – synth – Romania

2cellos (cello covers of hit songs) – Croatia

Tides From Nebula – experimental – Poland


Russia Dance-Rock/Electro/Synth


‘Slava’ Balasonov – solo

Koett (Alexander Tochilkin) – solo


Greece Dance-Rock/Electro/Synth


Larry Gus (Panagiotis Melidis) – solo

Keep Shelly In Athens


Middle East


Jerusalem In My Heart (with guys from Chile and France) – Lebanon

Omar Souleyman – solo – dabke music – Syria


Lebanon Dance-Rock/Electro/Clash


Rabih Beaini – solo

Morphosis (Rabih Beaini) – solo




Chalachew Ashenafi (masenqo, a single-string fiddle) – solo – Ethiopia

King Ayisoba (Albert Apozori) – solo – Ghana

Red Hot & Fela (tribute to F.Kuti)




Bassekou Kouyate – solo

Ballake Sissoko (kora music) – solo


Rokia Traore – female solo




Bombino (Omar Moctar) – solo

Tal National


South Africa


Dear Reader (Cherilyn MacNeil) – female solo

John Wizards (band name, not a member)




Mann Friday (sic)

Rina Mushonga – female solo




Cuushe (Mayuko Hitotsuyanagi) – female solo

GRMLN (Yoodoo Park) – solo – garage rock

Shugo Tokumaru – solo





Ensemble Pearl (Atsuo & Michio Kurihara, with guys from Sunn O and Jesse Sykes & The Sweet Hereafter)




Alpine (not one of the same-named England or U.S. bands)

Cloud Control

Deep Sea Arcade

Gold Fields

Pond (with two guys from Tame Impala) – psychedelic rock

Jackson Scott – solo – baroque chamber pop

Scott And Charlene’s Wedding

Sticky Fingers


Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds


Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

Kid Congo (Brian Tristan) And The Pink Monkeybirds

Mick Harvey – solo


Australia Post-Punk


Beaches (not the same-named Canada garage band)

New War


Australia Dance-Rock/Electro/Synth


Cut Copy

Empire Of The Sun

Flume (Harley Streton) – solo

Jagwar Ma

Midnight Juggernauts



Australia Male Solo


Bored Nothing (Fergus Miller)

Scott Matthew (acoustic covers of favorite songs)


Australia Female Solo


Courtney Barnett

Sarah Blasko


New Zealand


Fat Freddy’s Drop – reggae

Ghost Wave – post-punk

‘Conan Mockasin’ Hosford – solo – soul

The Naked And Famous

Orchestra Of Spheres – psychedelic rock

The Phoenix Foundation


The Ruby Suns

Surf City

Unknown Mortal Orchestra

The Upbeats – synth


New Zealand Male Solo


Willy Moon

Sheep, Dog & Wolf (Daniel McBride)


South America


David Lemaitre – solo – Bolivia

La Vida Boheme – Venezuela





Las Kellies – post-punk







Brazil Dance-Rock/Electro/Synth


‘Cibelle’ Cavalli – female solo

CSS (Cansei De Ser Sexy, or Tired Of Being Sexy)

Mixhell (with Igor Cavalera of Sepultura and wife Laina Leyton)


Chile Psychedelic Rock



The Holydrug Couple


Chile Dance-Rock/Electro/Synth


Matias Aguayo – solo

Ricardo Tobar – solo




Codigo FN – norteno

Hecho En Mexico (film soundtrack)

Israel Martinez – solo – synth




Etana (Shauna McKenzie) – female solo – Jamaica

Pedrito Martinez – solo – Cuba




The Belle Game

Cuff The Duke

Delhi 2 Dublin – cross-cultural – Punjabi bhangra

Diana (band name, not a member)

Dinosaur Bones

Elephant Stone

The Elwins

Half Moon Run

Mother Mother


Yamantaka//Sonic Titan – prog-rock

Young Galaxy


Arcade Fire


Arcade Fire

Sarah Neufeld (violin) – female solo – experimental


Black Mountain


Grim Tower (with Stephen McBean) – psychedelic rock

Lightning Dust (Amber Webber and Joshua Wells)




Blue Hawaii (Raphaelle Standell-Preston – synth

Braids (not the same-named U.S. 90s band) (for both Flourish/Perish and In Kind/Amends)


Frog Eyes


Frog Eyes

Moonface (Spencer Krug) – solo





Saltland (Jamie Thompson, with Rebecca Foon of Thee Silver Mt. Zion [cello]) – experimental




Michael ‘Milosh’ – solo – synth

Rhye – soul


Canada Post-Punk


The Besnard Lakes (with marrieds Jace Lasek and Olga Goreus)

Dirty Beaches (Alex Zhang Hungtai) (channeling Suicide) (for both Drifters and Love Is The Devil) – solo

No Joy



Canada Alt-Country


Lindi Ortega – female solo

Daniel Romano – solo


Canada Psych-Folk


Tony Dekker (of Great Lakes Swimmers) – solo

The Wilderness of Manitoba



Canada Experimental


Land Of Kush

Majical Cloudz

Colin Stetson (bass saxophone) – solo


Canada Garage Rock


The Beaches (not the same-named U.S. post-punk band)

Hooded Fang

(Arish) ‘King Khan’ & The Shrines


Canada Soul


Patrick Lehman – solo

The Weeknd (sic) (Abel Tesfaye) (not the same-named U.S. post-punk band) – solo


Canada Dance-Rock/Electro/Synth



CFCF (Michael Silver) – solo

Doldrums (Airick Woodhead) – solo

Egyptrixx (David Psutka) – solo

Tim Hecker – solo

Ryan Hemsworth – solo

Kallisti (Chris d’Eon) (not any of the same-named England, Germany or U.S. bands) – solo

Jessy Lanza (with Jeremy Greenspan of Junior Boys) – female solo

A Tribe Called Red (with First Nation [Indians] beats)


Canada Male Solo


City And Colour (Dallas Green of Alexisonfire)

Paul ‘Hayden’ Desser

Sean Nicholas Savage


Canada Female Solo


Basia Bulat

Chloe Charles (stepsister of Julian Lennon)

Jenn Grant

Julia Kent (cello)

Tess Parks (channeling Hope Sandoval of Mazzy Star)

Serena Ryder


Athens, GA


Black Tusk (Savannah, GA) – hard rock

Kylesa (Savannah, GA) – hard rock

Washed Out (Ernest Greene) (Macon, GA) – solo – synth





Katherine ‘Kaki King’ – female solo – acoustic guitar

Shocked Minds – garage rock

Little Tybee – psych-folk

Whores – hard rock

Yacht Rock Revue


U.S. Indie


The Airborne Toxic Event

All Tiny Creatures

Arbouretum (for both Coming Out Of The Fog and A Gourd Of Gold [G.Lightfoot covers])

Balance And Composure

Bare Mutants (with Jered Gummere)

Bent Shapes

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club

Bloody Knives

The Brass Bed




The Cave Singers

Celestial Shore

The Coasts (not the same-named Canada 00s band)

Courrier (sic)



Deathfix (with Brendan Canty of Fugazi)

The Dodos

Dr. Dog

Drgn King (sic)

Ducktails (for both The Flower Lane and Wish Hotel)

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.

Endless Boogie


Farewell Republic

Fort Frances

Jeffrey Foucault & Cold Satellite

Free Energy

Gauntlet Hair


Ha Ha Tonka (named after Missouri state park)

Happy Jawbone Family Park



Houses (marrieds Dexter Tortoriello and Megan Messina)

Ivan & Alysoha (channeling Brandon Flowers of The Killers)

Jacuzzi Boys

Jamaican Queens


Kings Of Leon

The Last Royals


The Little Ones

Local Natives

Love For Levon (L. Helm tribute)

Machete Kills (film soundtrack)

Man Man

The Men (for both Campfire Songs and New Moon)


Milk Music

Midnight Spin

Modern Kin


The Mowgli’s

The Neighbourhood (sic)

Night Moves

No Age

Okkervil River

The Parson Red Heads

The Pine Hollow

The Polyphonic Spree

Portugal. The Man

Psychic Ills

Purling Hiss (for Water On Mars)

The Purrs

Reason To Believe (Tim Hardin tribute)

Recovery Council

The Revival Hour

Rice Cultivation Society

Rogue Wave

The Rouge

Sad Baby Wolf (2 guys from The Shins)

Saint Rich

The Sharp Things

Small Black

Frank Smith (band name, not a member)

Sonny (Smith) & The Sunsets

Smith Westerns

Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin

Son Of Rogues Galley:  Pirate Ballads, Sea Songs & Chanteys

El Sportivo & The Blooz

The Stone Foxes

The Strokes


Surfer Blood

Taddy Porter (named after a beer)


Vampire Weekend


Volcano Choir (with Justin Vernon of Bon Iver)

Wampire (sic)

West Of Memphis (Memphis 3 documentary soundtrack)

White Denim


U.S. Indie – Female Vocals


The Bear (marrieds Louisa Murray and Nathan Pitts)

Belle Mare

The Belle Sounds

Best Coast

Henry Blak (band name, not a member)



The Capsules

Chalk And Numbers

The Colourist



Dungeoness (with Jenn Wasner of Wye Oak)

Ejecta (with Leanne Macomber of Neon Indian)

Sallie Ford & The Sound Outside (for both Summer and Untamed Beast)

Adam Green & Binki Shapiro

Haerts (sic)

Haim (sisters Alana, Danielle, and Este H.)



‘Lily & Madeleine’ Jurkewicz (sisters)

Kopecky Family Band



Meschiya Lake & The Little Big Horns (New Orleans big band/jazz)


Minor Alps (Juliana Hatfield and Matthew Caws of Nada Surf)


Thao (Nguyen) & The Get Down Stay Down

The Octopus Project

Deb Oh & The Cavaliers

Speedy Ortiz (band name, not a member)

Pure Bathing Culture

Pyyramids (with Tim Nordwind of OK Go)

Savoir Adore (translated To Know Love)

She & Him


Teen Girl Scientist Monthly

Tennis (marrieds Alaina Moore and Patrick Riley)

Well Hung Heart

Widowspeak (channeling Mazzy Star)

Wild Belle

Yeah Yeah Yeahs


Beach Fossils


Beach Fossils

Heavenly Beats (John Pena) – solo


Crystal Stilts


Crystal Stilts – post-punk

Frankie Rose – female solo


Dead Confederate


Dead Confederate – psychedelic rock

Diamond Rugs (Hardy Morris, with R. Crowell and J. McCauley of Deer Tick, with S. Berlin of Los Lobos)

Hardy Morris – solo – alt-country


Deer Tick


Deer Tick

Diamond Rugs (Crowell and McCauley, with Hardy Morris of Dead Confederate and S. Berlin of Los Lobos)


Drag The River


Drag The River – alt-country

Jon Snodgrass & Frank Turner (England)





Jonathan Rado – solo


The Fresh & Onlys


Magic Trick (Tim Cohen)

Wymond Miles – solo – post-punk


Giant Sand


Howe Gelb – solo

Giant Giant Sand (sic)




Grails – experimental

Lilacs & Champagne (Emil Amos and Alex Hall) – experimental




Korn – alt-metal

Love And Death (Brian ‘Head’ Welch) – alt-metal




Queens Of The Stone Age (with Josh Homme) – hard rock

Vista Chino (Brant Bjork, John Garcia, and Nick Oliveri) – hard rock




Ashley Eriksson – female solo

Lake (for both Circular Doorway and The World Is Real) (not the same-named 70s German band)





Retribution Gospel Choir (Steve Garrington and Alan Sparhawk)


The Mars Volta


Bosnian Rainbows (with Omar Rodriguez-Lopez) – post-punk

Eureka The Butcher (Omar’s brother Marcel) – solo – synth

Life Coast (Jon Theodore, with Phil Manley of Trans-Am) – hard rock

Omar Rodriquez-Lopez (for 3 – Equinox, Unicorn Skeleton Mask, and Woman Gives Birth To Tomato)


The National


Kronos Quartet (Bryce Dessner compositions) – classical

The National


Okkervil River


Okkervil River (for both Golden Opportunites 3 [80s covers] and The Silver Gymnasium)

Shearwater (Jonathan Meiburg) (covers)


Ola Podrida


Ola Podrida

David Wingo (with Explosions In The Sky) (Prince Avalanche film soundtrack) – experimental




Frank Black – solo



Sic Alps


Mike Donovan – solo

Sic Alps


Sonic Youth


Body/Head (Kim Gordon) – experimental

Chelsea Light Moving (Thurston Moore) – post-punk

Lee Ranaldo & The Dust (with Steve Shelley)

John Zorn & Thurston Moore – experimental


Throwing Muses


Tanya Donelly (for Swan Songs Vols. 1, 2 and 3) – female solo

Throwing Muses


The War On Drugs


Nightlands (Dave Hartley) – solo

Kurt Vile (for It’s A Big World Out There, Jamaica Plain and Wakin On A Pretty Daze) – solo


Xiu Xiu


Jamie Stewart (with Eugene Robinson of Oxbow) – experimental

Xiu Xiu (Nina Simone covers)


Baroque Chamber Pop


CocoRosie (sisters Bianca and Sierra Casady)

Mother Falcon

San Fermin


U.S. Post-Punk


Bleeding Rainbow


Cobalt  Cranes


The Drowning Men


Grave Babies

Magik Markers (sic)


Nightmare Air

Vex Ruffin (channeling Suicide) – solo

Tape Deck Mountain

Tera Melos

TV Ghost



Weekend (not the same-named Canada band)


U.S. Psychedelic Rock



Destruction Unit (for both Deep Trip and Void)


Harsh Toke


Master Musicians Of Bukkake

Mmoss (sic)

Pinkish Black

Purling Hiss (for Paisley Montage)

Jonas Reinhardt (Jesse Reiner) – solo

Rose Windows


White Hills

Wooden Shjips


U.S. Alt-Country


The Avett Brothers

Sam Baker – solo

Beachwood Sparks

The Black Twig Pickers

Blitzen Trapper

Laura Cantrell – female solo

Barton Carroll – solo

Thom Chacon

The Civil Wars (for both self-titled album and A Place At The Table film soundtrack with T-Bone Burnett)

Deadstring Brothers

‘Joey & Rory’ Feek (marrieds) (for both Inspired and Made To Last)

Jonny Flynn (aka J.Corndawg) – solo

Ghost Brothers Of Darkland County (film soundtrack by John Mellencamp and T-Bone Burnett)

He’s My Brother She’s My Sister


Sarah Jarosz – female solo

Pokey LaFarge (Andrew Heissler) – solo

Amos Lee – solo

The Lone Bellow

Scotty McCreery – solo

Shannon McNally & Dr. John (Mac Rebennack) (Bobby Charles covers)

The Milk Carton Kids

Mount Moriah

Kacey Musgraves – female solo

Larkin Poe (two of The Lovell Sisters) & Thom Hell (Norway)

Caitlin Rose – female solo

Gretchen Wilson (for Right On Time) – female solo


U.S. Blues-Rock


Paul Allen (of Microsoft) And The Underthinkers

Willis Earl Beal – solo

The Delta Saints

Dayna Kurtz – female solo

North Mississippi Allstars

Reverend Shine Snake Oil Conspiracy

‘Nakia’ Reynosa – solo

The Shouting Matches (with Justin Vernon of Bon Iver)


U.S. Southern Rock


JJ Grey & Mofro

Ed Roland (of Collective Soul) And The Sweet Tea Project


U.S. Psych-Folk


Sam Amidon (husband of Beth Orton) – solo

Devendra Banhart – solo

Brown Bird

Josephine Foster – female solo

The Head And The Heart

The Horse’s Ha

Inside Llewyn Davis (film soundtrack)

Mind Of Max (Max Weiner) – solo

Anais Mitchell & Jefferson Hamer (Francis Childs tribute)

Kevin Morby (of Woods) – solo

Nightbeds (Winston Yellen) – solo

Phosphorescent (Matthew Houck) – solo

Alec K. Redfearn And The Eyesores

Rue Royale

Nathan Salsburg – solo

Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros

Sarah Siskind – female solo


U.S. Experimental



Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society – big band jazz

Barn Owl

Beats Antique

bEEdEEgEE (Brian DeGraw of Gang Gang Dance) — solo

Buke & Gase (named after their baritone ukulele and guitar-bass hybrid instruments)

Circuit Des Yeux (Haley Fohr) – female solo

Date Palms

Diminished Men

Drumgasm (Matt Cameron of Pearl Jam, Zack Hill of Hella, and Janet Weiss of Sleater-Kinney)


Chris Forsyth – solo

Glasser (Cameron Mesirow) – female solo

Grouper (Liz Harris) – female solo

Guerilla Toss

Julia Holter – female solo


David Lang (with Sarah Worden, aka My Brightest Diamond)


David Lynch (the director) – solo

Julian Lynch – solo

Mount Eerie (Phil Elverum) – solo

Xenia Rubinos – female solo

Russian Circles

Chelsea Wolfe – female solo

Dustin Wong (of Ponytail) – solo

Zola Jesus (Nika Rosa Danilova) (classical covers of her own songs) – female solo



U.S Garage Rock


Authority Zero

Aye Neko


Chastity Belt


Dead Gaze (Cole Furlow) – solo

Deap Vally (sic)

Kevin Devine (for Bubblegum) – solo

Hanni El Khatib – solo

Fall Out Boy (for Pax-Am Days)

The Growlers

Heavy Times

Hunx And His Punx

Black Joe Lewis

Nightmare Boyzzz


Thee Oh Sees (for both Floating Coffins and Moon Sick)

Parquet Courts

Perfect Pussy

Pinata Protest (Tejano punk)

Potty Mouth

Rockin’ Tribute (Jack White covers by old-timers)

‘Ariel Pink’ Rosenberg (early recordings)

Shannon And The Clams

Skating Polly

The So So Glos

Streetlight Manifesto

Swearin’ (with Allison Crutchfield, sister of Katie of Waxahatchee)

The Thermals

Those Darlins

Tijuana Panthers

Transplants (with Tim Armstrong of Rancid and Travis Barker of Blink-182)

Warm Soda


White Fence (Tim Presley)



U.S. Hard Rock



Avenged Sevenfold

Beatallica (mash-up of Metallica doing Beatles covers)

Blaak Heat Shujaa

Black Sar Riders (with Scott Gorham of Thin Lizzy)

Corrections House

The Dangerous Summer


Fuzz (with Ty Segall)

Inter Arma



Lumbar (with Tad Doyle of Tad)

Modern Life Is War

Newsted (with Jason N. of Metallica)


Pissed Jeans

Radkey (brothers Dee, Isaiah and Solomon R.) (for both Cat & Mouse and Devil Fruit)

Red Fang

Sound City:  Reel To Reel (recording studio documentary soundtrack)

True Widow

Valient Thorr (sic)



U.S. Alt-Metal


Hollywood Undead


U.S. Prog-Metal


Vattnet Viskar


U.S. Prog-Rock




U.S. Industrial


(Alex) Barnett & (Faith) Coloccia

Black Pus (Brian Chippendale) – solo

The Body

Pharmakon (Margaret Chardiet) – female solo

Pop. 1280 (named after Jim Thompson novel)

Youth Code



U.S. Soul


Aloe Blacc (Egbert Dickinson) – solo

Charles Bradley – solo

JC (Jayson) Brooks & The Uptown Sound

Caught A Ghost

‘Jhene Aiko’ Chilombo –female solo

Jesse Dee – solo

Fitz (Michael Fitzpatrick) And The Tantrums

The Foreign Exchange (Phonte Coleman, with Nicolay [Matthijs Rook] of Netherlands)

G&D (marrieds Georgia Anne Muldrow and Dudley Perkins)

Har Mar Superstar (Sean Tillmann) – solo

Mayer Hawthorne (Andrew Cohen) – solo


Jose James – solo

Musiq Soulchild (Taalib Johnson) – solo

‘Bilal’ Oliver – solo

Dawn Richard – female solo

Sapient (of Sandpeople) – solo

‘John Legend’ Stephens – solo

Thundercat (Stephen Bruner) – solo

Marques Toliver – solo


U.S. Funk


Dam-Funk (Damon Riddick) & Snoopzilla (Snoop Dogg, aka Calvin Broadus)

Hypnotic Brass Ensemble (8 sons of Phil Cohran)


Trombone Shorty (Troy Andrews) – solo


U.S. Reggae


The Supervillains


U.S. Dance-Rock/Electro/Synth


!!! (aka Chk Chk Chk)

Active Child (Pat Grossi) – solo

Adult. (sic)

Au Revoir Simone


Beautiful Swimmers (with Andrew Field-Pickering, aka Maxmillion Dunbar)


Blood On The Dance Floor

Body Language

Peter Broderick (for Float 2013) – solo

Capital Cities


Co La (Matt Papich) – solo

Eric Copeland – solo



Robert Delong

Diplo (Thomas Pentz) – solo

The-Drum (sic)

Eprom (Alexander Harris) – solo

FaltyDL (Drew Lustman) – solo

Feathers (not the same-named Australia band)

Flaamingos (sic)

Fol Chen

Gap Dream (Gabe Fulvimar) – solo

Bryce Hackford – solo

Holy Ghost!

Hot Natured

David Kanaga (Dyad Ogst videogame soundtrack) – solo

Kaskade (Ryan Raddon) – solo


Loveskills (Richard Spitzer) – solo

Machinedrum (sic) (Travis Stewart) – solo


Ron Morelli – solo


Moving Units

Music For Shut-Ins (L.I.E.S. Records compilation)


Nosaj Thing (Jason Chung) – solo

Part Time (David Speck) – solo

Pearl Necklace

Physical Therapy (Daniel Fisher) (not the same-named 90s Missouri jazz band) – solo

Pillowfight (Dan The Automator [D. Nakamura] & Emily Wells)


Pretty Lights (Derek Smith) – solo

The Range (James Hinton) – solo

Ras-G & The African Space Program

Rjdz (Ramble Krohn) – solo

John Roberts – solo

Omar S (Derek Smith) – solo

Shigeto (Zack Saginaw) – solo

Soft Metals

Son Lux (Ryan Lott) – solo

Teenage Fantasy

Toro Y Moi (Chazwick Bundick) – solo

Claude VonStroke (Barclay Crenshaw) – solo

Youth Lagoon (Trevor Powers) – solo


U.S. Male Solo


Shane Alexander

Arp (Alexis Georgopoulos)

Bing Ji Ling (Chinese for ice cream) (Quinn Luke of Phenomenal Handclap Band)

Bloody Amateur (Andy Comer)

Jason Blum

Cayucas (Zach Yudin)

Andrew Cedermark (ex-Titus Andronicus)

Matt Costa

Mikal Cronin

Kevin Devine (for Bulldozer)

Lee DeWyze

Dusty Stray (Jonathan Brown)

Matt Elliott

Daughn Gibson (Josh Martin)

Golden Suits (Fred Nicolaus of Department Of Eagles)

Israel Nash Gripka

Steve Gunn

Iron & Wine (Sam Beam)

Willy Mason

Frank ‘Maston’

Dent May

John Mayer

Cass McCombs

Mice Parade (Adam Pierce)

John Murry

Mutual Benefit (Jordan Lee)

Jay Nash

Owen (Mike Kinsella)

Christopher Owens (of Girls)

Photo Ops (Terry Price)

Benoit Pioulard (Thomas Meluch)

Nathaniel Rateliff

Prince Royce (Geoffrey Rojas)

Radical Face (Ben Cooper)

Chris Schlarb

‘Darwin Deez’ Smith

Ty Segall

Telekinesis (Michael Lerner)

Luke Temple (of Here We Go Magic)

William Tyler (acoustic guitar instrumentals)

John Vanderslice

Jon Patrick Walker (the actor)

Wooden Wand (James Jackson Toth)

Andrew Wyatt (of Netherlands band Miike Snow [sic]) (with Prague Philharmonic Orchestra)

Young Man (Colin Caulfield)


U.S. Female Solo


Laura Cortese

Samantha Crain

Empress Of (Lorely Rodriguez)

Eleanor Friedberger (of The Fiery Furnaces)

‘Tristen’ Gaspadarek

‘Valerie June’ Hockett

‘Nataly Dawn’ Knutsen

Lady Lamb The Beekeeper (Ally Spaltro)

Erin McKeown

‘Alela Diane’ Menig

Cheyenne Mize

Kendra Morris (covers)

Aoife O’Donovan

Jessica Pratt

Cecile McLorin Salvant

Amanda Shires

Marnie Stern

Torres (Mackenzie Scott)

Shonna Tucker (of Drive-By Truckers) And Eye Candy

Maia Vidal

Waxahatchee (Katie Crutchfield, sister of Allison of Swearin’)

Gretchen Wilson (for Under The Covers, covers of rock hits)


90s Artists – good albums





Alice In Chains

Alkaline Trio

… And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead

The Baptist Generals

Bardo Pond

John Beltran

Brendan Benson

The Blow

RP Boo (Kavain Space)


Richard Buckner

Bill Callahan (of Smog)

Neko Case (of The New Pornographers)

Cherry Poppin’ Daddies

Slaid Cleaves

Cloud Cult


Jesse Dayton (Kinky Friedman covers)

The Dirtbombs

The Dismemberment Plan

Johnny Dowd

Dropkick Murphys

Tim Easton

Elf Power

Eskmo (sic) (Brendan Angelides)


Adam Franklin (of Swervedriver)

Michael Franti & Spearhead

Future Bible Heroes (with Stephin [sic] Merritt of The Magnetic Fields)

Lisa Germano

Gogol Bordello

Gov’t Mule

John Grant (of The Czars)

Willard Grant Conspiracy (Ghost Republic film soundtrack)

The Handsome Family

Jason Harrod

Beth Hart (with Joe Bonnamassa)

Grant Hart (of Husker Du)

Liam Hayes (Charles Swan III film soundtrack)

Robert Hood

The Icarus Line

Luscious Jackson

Jim James (of My Morning Jacket)

Susan James

Mason Jennings

The Brian Jonestown Massacre

Glenn Jones (of Cul De Sac) (acoustic guitar)

Rilo Kiley

Kleenex Girl Wonder (Graham Smith)

Mark Kozelek (of Red House Painters) (for both Like Rats [covers] and Perils From The Sea)

Leverage Models (Shannon Fields of Stars Like Fleas)

Jack Logan


Natalie Maines (of Dixie Chicks)

Man Or Astroman?

Jimbo Mathus (of Squirrel Nut Zippers) & The Tri-State Coalition


Mazzy Star

Mice Parade (Adam Pierce)

Moby (Richard Hall)

Sean Nelson (of Harvey Danger)


Of Montreal

Old Crow Medicine Show

Brad Paisley

Linus Pauling Quartet



Matt Pond (for both The Lives Inside The Lines In Your Hand and The Natural Lines)

Prurient (Dominick Fernow)

Quasi (for both Mole City and )

Radar Brothers

The Resonars (Matt Rendon)

Josh Ritter

Josh Rouse

The Julie Ruin (with Kathleen Hanna and Kathi Wilson of Bikini Kill)

Maria Schenider & Dawn Upshaw

Son Volt

Spin Doctors


Serj Tankian (of System Of A Down) (for Jazz-Is-Christ)

‘Joe’ Thomas

Traxman (Cornelius Ferguson)

Troy Van Balthazar (of Chokelove)

Ugly Kid Joe


Vatican Shadow (Dominick Fernow of Prurient)

Laura Veirs

Jonathan Wilson (of Muscadine)

Denison Witmer

Shannon Wright

Zbonics (Zak Najor of The Greyboy Allstars)


Rest Of World


Pepe Aguilar

‘Dido’ Armstrong

Belle & Sebastian

Gert & Sarah ‘Bettens’ (of K’s Choice)

The Bingo Trappers

Blue Grass Boogiemen

Boards Of Canada (brothers Marcus Eoin and Michael Sandison)

Sarah Brightman

Broadcast (soundtrack to film Berberian Sound Studio)

The Bug (Kevin Martin)

Candybar Planet

Vinicio Capossela

Andy Cato (of Groove Armada)

Euros Childs (of Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci)

Cooper (Netherlands, not one of the dozen same-named other bands)

Daft Punk

Dedetron (Sam Geiser)

Destroyer (sung in Spanish)

Dobie (Anthony Campbell)

Andrea Echeverri (of Aterciopelados)

Alejandro Fernandez

Glen Hansard (of The Frames)

Hardcore Superstar

Heaven & Earth


Peter Jefferies

Junkie XL (Tom Holkenborg) (soundtrack to film Paranoia)

Christian Kjellvander (of Loosegoats)

Justus Kohncke

-M- (Matthieu Chedid)

Rudresh Mahanthappa (alto saxophone)

Vusi Mahlasela

Manic Street Preachers

Steve Mason (of The Beta Band)

Mercy Giants

Mogwai (soundtrack to film Les Revenants)

Juana Molina



Mu-Ziq (Richard Paradinas) (for both Chewed Corners and Somerset Avenue)

Pantaleimon (Andria Degens)


(Mark) Rae & (Steve) Christian

Maggie Reilly


Alasdair Roberts (lyrics by poet Robin Robertson)

Martin Rossiter (of Gene)

The Sadies

The Serenes

Bettie Serveert (band name, not a person)

Ron Sexsmith

Anoushka Shankar (daughter of Ravi, half-sister of Norah Jones)

Shantel (Stefan Hantel)

Sigur Ros (for both Kveikur and )


Spiritual Beggars

Devon Sproule & Mike O’Neill


Meindart Talma

‘Anouk’ Teeuwe


Sidi Toure


Tricky (Adrian Thaws)

Chris T-T (Thorpe-Tracey) & The Hoodrats

TV Mania (with Nick Rhodes of Duran Duran)

Ulver (with Tromso Chamber Orchestra)

Underground Lovers

Kathryn Williams

Robbie Williams (of Take That)

Ray Wilson (of Genesis and Stiltskin)

Chris Wood (not one of the same-named guys from Medeski Martin & Wood or Traffic)


90s Artists – weak albums




Trace Atkins

Backstreet Boys

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy

Blevin Blectum (Bevin Kelley)

Mary J. Blige

Blue October

Bone Thugs-N-Harmony

Tamar Braxton (of The Braxtons, with sister Toni) (for both Love And War and Winterloverland [sic])

Bun B (Bernard Freeman of UGK)

‘Devin The Dude’ Copeland

‘Toby Keith’ Covel

Sheryl Crow


The Dillinger Escape Plan

Mike Doughty (of Soul Coughing)

E-40 (Earl Stevens)

Eminem (Marshall Mathers)

Five For Fighting (John Ondresik)

Robbie Fulks

Ghostface Killah (Dennis Coles) (of Wu-Tang Clan)

Goodie Mob

Natalie Grant

Patty Griffin (for American Kid)

Petra Haden

Inspectah Deck (Jason Hunter of Wu-Tang Clan)

Jason Isbell (of Drive-By Truckers)

Jay-Z (Shawn Carter)


Ka (Kaseem Ryan)

Robert ‘R. Kelly’

‘Jewel’ Kilcher

Ed Kowalczyk (of Live)

Tracy Lawrence

Less Than Jake

Lil Wayne (Dwayne Carter)

Martina McBride

Brian McKnight

Daniel Menche (for 3 poor albums – Marriage Of Metals, Quanta Of Light, and Vilke)

Chante Moore

Matt Nathanson

Jerrod Niemann


Pan American (Mark Nelson)

Pearl Jam

Raekwon (Corey Woods)

Kim Richey

Kelly Rowland (of Destiny’s Child)

Darius Rucker (of Hootie & The Blowfish)



Sons Of The Sea (Brandon Boyd of Incubus, with Brendan O’Brien)

Britney Spears

Pusha T (Terrence Thornton of Clipse)

Stone Temple Pilots (with C.Bennington, not S.Wieland)

Justin Timberlake (for both Parts 1 and 2 of The 20/20 Experience)

Travis Tritt

U-God (Lamont Hawkins of Wu-Tang Clan)

The Verve Pipe

Derek Webb (of Caedmon’s Call)



Rest Of World


Amon Amarth

La Arrolladora Banda El Limon

Atom TM (Uwe Schmidt)

Autechre (for Exai)

Big Wreck




Children Of Bodum



Ephel Duath (named after Tolkien mountain range)

Four Tet (Kieran Hebden)



‘Jamie Liddell’ Lidderdale (of Super Collider)


Nightmares On Wax (George Evelyn)

An Pierle

Mark Pritchard

‘Tegan And Sara’ Quin

Mark Rombey

Paulina Rubio

Rude Awakening (Sebastian Hoff)

Sick Puppies

Marco Antonio Solis

Sonic Reign


Trio Bier

Keith Urban

Anneke Van Giersbergen (of The Gathering)


60s, 70s, 80s, Over-40 Crowd – good, worthy, interesting, “I’m glad they’re still around” albums




Alabama & Friends (tribute album)

Bad Religion (for both Christmas Songs and True North)

John Batdorf & James Lee Stanley (acoustic Rolling Stones covers)

Jello Biafra (Eric Boucher of Dead Kennedys)

Big Star

Black Flag (with Greg Ginn and Ron Reyes)

Black Oak Arkansas

Bl’ast! (sic) (with William Duvall of Alice In Chains)

Tommy Bolin

Bon Jovi

The Bongos


Randall Bramblett

David Byrne & St. Vincent (Annie Clark)

Camper Van Beethoven

Glen Campbell

Rhys Chatham (of Theater of Eternal Music)

Cheetah Chrome (Eugene O’Connor of The Dead Boys and Rocket From The Tombs)

Guy Clark

Patrick Cowley

John Denver (tribute album)


Drivin’ N’ Cryin’

Steve Earle & The Dukes (& Duchesses) (with his wife, Allison Moorer)

Earth, Wind & Fire (for Now, Then & Forever)


The Fabulous Thunderbirds

The Flaming Lips (for both Peace Sword and The Terror)

John Fogerty (of Creedence Clearwater Revival) (CCR covers with guest stars)

Bill Frisell

Vince Gill (Merle Haggard and Buck Owens covers)

Goo Goo Dolls

Guided By Voices (for both Down By The Racetrack and English Little League)

Buddy Guy

Emmylou Harris (with Rodney Crowell)

William Hart (of The Delfonics, with Adrian Younge)

Juliana Hatfield (of Blake Babies)

Jimi Hendrix

Iggy (James Osterberg) & The Stooges

Alan Jackson (for The Bluegrass Album)

‘Booker T.’ Jones (of The M.G.’s)

‘Lydia Lunch’ Koch

Mark Lanegan (for both Black Pudding [with Duke Garwood] and Imitations [covers of standards])

Steve Lukather (of Toto)

Kate McGarrigle (tribute album of covers)

Steve Martin & Edie Brickell

Meat Puppets

Megadeth (sic)

Melvins (for both Everybody Loves Sausages [covers] and Tres Cabrones)

Los Microwaves



Mark Mulcahy (of Miracle Legion)

Willie Nelson (for Farther Along [with sister Bobbie] and To All The Girls [covers, female duets])

Nine Inch Nails

The Ocean Blue

Shuggie Otis (Johnny Veliotis, son of Johnny O.) (for both Inspiration Information and Wings Of Love)

Van Dyke Parks

Pere Ubu

Leslie ‘Sam Phillips’ (married to T-Bone Burnett)


Robert Pollard (for Blazing Gentlemen and Honey Locust Honky Tonk)

Preservation Hall Jazz Band (first-ever album of original songs)

Elvis Presley (1973 Stax sessions)

The Replacements (covers)

The Residents

Kenny Rogers

Todd Rundgren

Boz Scaggs

Sebadoh (for both Defend Yourself and Secret)

Speed The Plough

Wesley Stace (aka John Wesley Harding)

Chris Stamey (of The dB’s)

Sly (Stewart) & The Family Stone

Stick Against Stone Orchestra

Suicidal Tendencies

The Swimming Pool Q’s

Matthew Sweet & Susanna Hoffs (80s covers)

Teenage Guitar (Robert Pollard)

Randy Travis (classic country covers)

Greg Trooper


Townes Van Zandt (1971-72 studio sessions)

Leslie West (of Mountain)

Dot Wiggin Band (of The Shaggs)

Barrence Whitfield (the other Barry White) And The Savages


Yo La Tengo

Thalia Zedek (of Live Skull)


Rest Of World


Adam Ant (Stuart Goddard)

Joan Armatrading

The Bevis Frond

Big Country

Black Sabbath

The Blow Monkeys

David Bowie (for both The Next Day and TND Extra)

British Electric Foundation (Martyn Ware of Human League and Heaven 17)

Eric Burdon (of The Animals)

Jose-Manuel ‘Manu Chao’

Claw Boys Claw

Clock DVA

Lloyd Cole (of The Commotions)

Edwyn Collins (of Orange Juice)

Elvis Costello (with The Roots)

Crime & The City Solution

Dave Davies (of The Kinks)

Frederik ‘Freek’ De Jonge

The Dead C

Depeche Mode

Roger Eno & Plumbline (Will Thomas of U.S.)

The Ex (with Brass Unbound)

The Fall (for  EP The Remainderer and albums Re-Mit and 13 Killers [unrelased 70s tracks])

Fleetwood Mac

Front Line Assembly

John Foxx (of Ultravox) (for 3 albums – Empty Avenues, European Splendour, and Evidence)

Herbert Gronemeyer

Roy Harper

Justin Hayward (of The Moody Blues)

Ken Hensley (of Uriah Heep)

Robyn Hitchcock

Steve Howe (of Yes) (instrumentals)

Elton John

Steve Kilbey (of The Church)


Mark Knopfler (of Dire Straits)

Die Krupp

Femi Kuti (son of Fela)

Johnny Marr (of The Smiths)

Paul McCartney

Ian McCulloch (of Echo & The Bunnymen)

Mekon (Jon Gosling of Psychic TV)


Alison Moyet (of Yaz)

My Bloody Valentine

Congo Natty (Michael West)

New Model Army

New Order

Steve Nieve (of The Attractions)

Gary Numan

William Onyeabor

Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark

Os Mutantes

Pet Shop Boys (for Electric, and EPs Love Is A Bourgeois Construct and Thursday)

Plus Instruments

Prefab Sprout

Primal Scream

The Proclaimers


The Saints

Teresa Salgueiro (of Madredeus)

Dirk Serries

Schubert In Rock (Klaus S. of No Bros)

Skinny Puppy

Curt Smith (of Tears For Fears)


Steeleye Span

Rod Stewart (for Time)

Sting (Gordon Sumner) (soundtrack to musical The Last Ship)


Roger Taylor (of Queen)

Pat Travers Band

Robin Trower (classic blues covers)

U.K. Subs

Chucho Valdes And The Afro-Cuban Messengers


Steven Wilson (of Porcupine Tree)


Jah Wobble (John Wardle of PiL) & Marconi Union

Yoko Ono


60s, 70s, 80s, Over-40 Crowd – dull, boring, poor, “why did they even bother?” albums




Philip H. Anselmo (of Pantera) & The Illegals

Marc Anthony

Juan Atkins & Moritz Van Oswald (of Germany)


Jimmy Buffett

Steven Curtis Chapman

James Christian (of House Of Lords, with Greg Giuffria of Angel)

Judy Collins

Armando ‘Chick Corea’

Death Angel

Neil Diamond

Bob Dylan

Earth, Wind & Fire (for Constellations)

Sammy Hagar

Ronald Isley (of The Isley Brothers)

Alan Jackson (for Precious Memories:  Vol. II)

Tom Keifer (of Cinderella)

Kris Kristofferson

Joan Jett (Larkin) & The Blackhearts

‘Shelby Lynne’ Moorer (sister of Allison M.)

Willie Nelson (for Let’s Face The Music And Dance [covers])

Aaron Neville (doo-wop covers)

John Parish (of Automatic Diamini with P.J. Harvey)

Jeffrey Osbourne

‘Cher’ Sarkisian

Mavis Staples (of The Staples Singers)


Barbra Streisand

10,000 Maniacs

They Might Be Giants

Toad The Wet Sprocket


Rest Of World



Banda El Recodo

Billy Bragg


Paul Carrack


Celine Dion


Gloria Estefan

Gipsy Kings


Johnny Hates Jazz


Ednita Nazario

Paqueta La Del Barrio (Francesca Barradas)

A.B. Quintanilla (brother of Selena)

William Shatner

Rod Stewart (for Rarities)

Swing Out Sister

Kim Wilde


Worthwhile Live Albums – U.S.


The Band (1971 New York – The Academy Of Music)

Baroness (2012 London – BBC Studios) – hard rock

The Beach Boys (2012) (50th Anniversary Tour)

Tony Bennett & Dave Brubeck (1962 Washington, D.C. – The White House)

Johnny Cash

Eric Church (2012 Chattanooga) – alt-country

Clutch (2013) (Earth Rocker album) – hard rock

Devo (1981 Seattle) – post-punk

The Gaslight Anthem (2013 London – The Troxy)

Jimi Hendrix (1968 Miami – M.Pop Festival)

The Hollows (from New York, not the same-named Chicago band)

Lydia Lunch (2012 Brooklyn – Knitting Factory) – post-punk

Mark Kozelek (2012 Melbourne, Aus. – Phoenix Public House)

Linkin Park (Minutes To Midnight album) – alt-metal

Player (1978 Santa Monica)

REO Speedwagon (2010 Minnesota – Moondance Jam)

The Replacements (2013 Toronto) – reunion concert

Todd Rundgren (2010 Connecticut – Robert Johnson covers) – blues-rock

Sublime (1995 Los Angeles – Hollywood Palace)

Allen Toussaint (2009 New York)

Yacht Rock Revue (2012 Athens, GA – Georgia Theater) (70s covers)


Worthwhile Live Albums – Rest Of World


Apocalyptica (2013 Leipzig, Germany) (Wagner covers) – symphonic metal – Finland

Jeff Beck (1999 Tokyo) – solo – England

Bloc Party (2013 Netherlands) – post-punk – England

Cabaret Voltaire (1982, 85) – industrial – England

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds (2013 Los Angeles) – Australia

Dead Can Dance (2012) – England

Deep Purple (1984 Sydney, Aus) – hard rock – England

Def Leppard (2013 Las Vegas) (Hysteria album) – hard rock – England

The Fall (2001 San Francisco) – post-punk – England

Flash (1973 Kansas City) (with Peter Banks of Yes) – prog-rock – England

Fink (Fin Greenall, with The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra) (2012 Amsterdam) – England

Foghat (2011 St. Petersburg, FL) – hard rock – England

Steve Hackett (2013 London – Hammersmith Apollo) (album Genesis Revisited II) – prog-rock – England

Jaga Jazzist (with England’s Britten Sinfonia) (2012 Oslo) – jazz – Norway

Ronnie Lane (of The Faces) (1980 Germany) – England

Ian McCulloch (of Echo & The Bunnymen) (2012 London – Union Chapel) – post-punk – England

The Monochrome Set (1979 Minneapolis) – post-punk – England

New Order (2012 Bestival – Isle Of Wight) – post-punk – England

Rainbow (1995 Germany) – hard rock – England

The Rolling Stones (2013 London – Hyde Park) – England

Rush (2013) (Clockwork Angels Tour) – hard rock – Canada

Scorpions (2013 Athens, Greece – Lycabettus Theater) (acoustic) – Germany

Simian Mobile Disco (2012 Philadelphia) – synth – England

Status Quo (2013 London – Hammersmith Apollo) – hard rock – England

Thin Lizzy (2012 London – Shepherd’s Bush Empire) – hard rock – England

Frank Turner (2009 London – Shepherd’s Bush Empire) – garage rock – England

The Wedding Present (2005 London – Shepherd’s Bush Empire) – post-punk – England

White Lies (2013 London) – post-punk – England

Neil Young (1970 Washington, D.C. – The Cellar Door, Georgetown) (acoustic) – Canada


Poor Live Albums


Alex Chilton (of Big Star) (1997 New York – Knitting Factory) (acoustic covers)

Counting Crows (2012)

Flyleaf – hard rock

For King & Country (brothers Joel and Luke Smallbone) (2012 Nashville) – Australia

Lita Ford (2012 Los Angeles) (of The Runaways) – hard rock

Nicole Henry (2012 New York) – soul

Dan Hicks And The Hot Licks (2012 San Francisco – Davies Symphony Hall)

Muse (2013 Rome – Olympic Stadium) – England

Ohio Players (1977) – funk

Pearl Jam (1994 Boston – Orpheum Theater)

Barbra Streisand (2012 New York – Barclays Center)

Umphrey’s McGee


Most Overrated And Boring Indie Band   How To Destroy Angels


Most Disappointing Album Of The Year  Chvches


Most Valuable Players, Who Released Good Albums With More Than One Band In 2013


Emil Amos (with Grails and Lilacs & Champagne)

Dean Blunt (with Inga Copeland and solo)

Peter Broderick (with The Alvaret Ensemble and solo)

Rob Crowell (with Deer Tick and Diamond Rugs)

Ashley Eriksson (with Lake and solo)

Dominick Fernow (with Prurient and Vatican Shadow)

Howe Gelb (with Giant Giant Sand and solo)

Alex Hall (with Grails and Lilacs & Champagne)

Juliana Hatfield (with Minor Alps and solo)

John McCauley (with Deer Tick and Diamond Rugs)

Thurston Moore (with Chelsea Light Moving and John Zorn)

Hardy Morris (with Dead Confederate, Diamond Rugs and solo)

Robert Pollard (for 1 GBV, 1 Teenage Guitar, and 2 solo – Blazing G. and Honey Locust Honky Tonk)

Jonathan Rado (with Foxygen and solo)

Omar Rodriguez-Lopez (with Bosnian Rainbows and 3 solo – Equinox, Unicorn, and Woman)

Ty Segall (with Fuzz and solo)

Jon Snodgrass (with Drag The River and Frank Turner)

Frank Turner (with Jon Snodgrass and solo)

Pim Van De Werken (with Jesus And The Christians and Ponoka)

Justin Vernon (with The Shouting Matches and Volcano Choir)

Brian Welch (with Korn and Love And Death)


Fred’s Best Albums Of The Year




Alice In Chains

Bosnian Rainbows


Rhys Chatham

Cobalt Cranes

Dead Confederate



Daughn Gibson


Holy Ghost!

The Icarus Line

Wymond Miles

The National

Shuggie Otis (for Wings Of Love)

Part Time

Linus Pauling Quartet

Retribution Gospel Choir

Soft Metals

Sonny & The Sunsets

The Strokes

TV Ghost



Dustin Wong

Shannon Wright

Youth Lagoon


Rest Of World




The Bevis Frond

Boduf Songs

The Black Heat Rebellion

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

Complicated Universal Cum

Daft Punk

The Fall (for both The Remainderer and 13 Killers)


God Is An Astronaut



The History Of Apple Pie

Femi Kuti

Johnny Marr

Ian McCulloch (for Pro Patria Mori)

My Bloody Valentine

New Model Army

New Order

New War


Primal Scream

Public Service Broadcasting


The Serenes

Shout Out Louds

Sigur Ros

Soviet Soviet

De Staat


Underground Lovers

The Wedding Present (live)

Steven Wilson

White Lies



Released Outside America And On My 2012 List, Then Released In America In 2013


Blaudzen (Johannes Sigmund) – solo – Netherlands

Kiss The Anus Of A Black Cat – Belgium


Best Of 2012 Music – 1,000+ Good Albums

Posted January 12, 2013 by quiscus
Categories: Uncategorized

This has been a mammoth undertaking, which has occupied way too much of my life.  I hope you enjoy it.


Happy New Year, Everybody!


It is now so easy and inexpensive to record and distribute music that far too many albums are released each week for anyone to hear them all.  I thought if I organized and listed all the bands with good 2012 albums I’ve heard this year it might be helpful to others.


My list differs from other year-end lists in three important ways:


Europe – Since the internet gives everyone around the world instant access to all albums released anywhere, it makes no sense for these other lists to ignore albums released in Europe but not the U.S.  Their probable justification, that there is no point listening to and recommending albums that are not available here, is nonsensical and silly.  Albums released only in Europe are instantly available for us to hear, and to buy as downloads, just like American releases.  Since I haven’t discriminated against or ignored Europe-only releases, this list includes a lot of great music missing from other year-end lists.


Finding Quality Via Quantity – Most year-end lists include a limited number of albums.  Does anyone seriously think there are only a few albums released each year that are worth recommending and hearing?  I’ve attempted to include every good album released this year, not just an inherently arbitrary Best Of.  You might conclude from scanning this list that I heard every indie album released.  Didn’t happen – not even close.  In 2012 I proved conclusively, once again, that no one can hear everything that comes out.


I tried to listen to every 2012 album that got substantial press attention.  As a result, any well-known album not listed below is likely missing because I don’t think it’s worth your time.  Examples of recent artists that released poor 2012 albums include The A, B, C, & D of Boogie Woogie (Charlie Watts of The Rolling Stones), Actress (Darren Cunningham), Adrenaline Mob (Mike Portnoy of Dream Theater), Alabama Shakes, Jason Aldean (Macon, GA), Titus Andronicus, Fiona Apple, The Asteroids Galaxy Tour, The Avett Brothers, Black Country Communion (with Glenn Hughes, Joe Bonnamassa, and Jason Bonham), Zac Brown Band, Jake Bugg, Kelly Clarkson, Coconut Records (the actor Jason Schwartzman) (soundtrack to indie film Goats), Converge, Crystal Castles, The Darkness, Death Grips, Deer Tick, Gavin DeGraw, Dirty Projectors, Divine Fits (with Britt Daniel of Spoon), El-P (Jaime Meline), Flying Lotus (Steven Ellison), Fun, The Gaddabouts (Edie Brickell), Gossip, Cee Lo Green (of Goodie Mob and Gnarls Barkley), Grimes (Claire Boucher), Heems (Himanshu Suri), Jesca Hoop, How To Dress Well (Tom Krell), How To Destroy Angels (with Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails, and his wife Maniqueen), Japandroids, Waylon ‘Shooter Jennings’ (son of Waylon J. and Jessi Colter), Norah Jones, Keane, Alicia Keys, The Killers, Lady Antebellum, The Lumineers, Spoek Mathambo (Nthato Mokgata), Matisyahu (Matthew Miller), Maximo Park, John Mayer, Ingrid Michaelson, Carla Morrisson, Minus The Bear, Anais Mitchell, Amanda Palmer (of Dresden Dolls), Hunter Parrish (the actor), Passion Pit, Philm (Dave Lombardo of Slayer), ‘Miguel’ Pimentel, Grace Potter & The Nocturnals, Shovels & Rope, Esperanza Spalding, Regina Spektor, Sufjan Stevens, Andy Stott, Taylor Swift, The Tallest Man On Earth (Kristian Mattson), Tenacious D (Jack Black), The Ting Tings, Jimmie Van Zant, Elle Varner, The Walkmen, Jessie Ware, Kanye West, Yeasayer.  The common thread among many of these weak albums is their one-dimensionality, sounding the same throughout – how boring is that?  In some cases you wonder whether the artist fell asleep in the studio, or suffered from “obsessive-compulsive repetitious disorder”.


Twentieth-Century Coverage – Other year-end lists copy each other so much they generally include the same albums by the same new artists, and completely ignore albums by artists who’ve been around a while.  Since I don’t ignore older artists (not trusting folks over 30 is such a dated, 60s idea), this list includes categories for artists who made their mark in the 60s, 70s, and 80s, along with categories for well-known 90s artists, including those who released poor albums this year.  Maybe those other lists only care about New Bands That Self-Proclaimed Trendsetters Decide Are Cool.


So, onward to my list of all artists that released 2012 albums worth hearing:


1.  Given how difficult it is to keep all this information and music straight, I haven’t even attempted to deal with the names of the albums.  Thus, listed below is just the band name, without the album title.  The internet of course makes it easy to discover the name of, and listen to, any of these 2012 albums.


2.  None of these albums are included because of just one song.  I’ve listened to each album at least twice all the way through (well, maybe not all the poor albums listed at the end), and would gladly listen to each again in the future.


3.   When at least two band members release solo albums or side projects, I’ve listed them in a separate category named for the band, which also lists the band’s own album if applicable.  I’ve also listed all-stars who released good albums with more than one band this year.


The bands in each category are listed in alphabetical order.  We begin with my Top 10 albums of the year, and at the bottom is the full list of my choices as the best albums of the year, along with some awards.  I hope you enjoy reading this, expanding your musical horizons, and discovering some great new stuff!


Fred’s 2012 Top 10 Albums


Thomas Azier

Willis Earl Beal

Dead Can Dance

Dinosaur Jr.


Daughn Gibson

Jack Ladder & The Dreamlanders

Mount Eerie (for Ocean Roar)

Scott & Charlene’s Wedding

The Soft Moon

West End Motel

White Hills

Yeti Lane




Allo Darlin’


Animal Kingdom

Antony (Hegarty) & The Johnsons – baroque chamber-pop

Big Deal (not one of the same-named Canada or U.S. bands)

Blood Red Shoes


British Expeditionary Force


Clock Opera

The Cribs

The Crookes

Django Django

The Drowning Men (channeling Arcade Fire)


Exile Parade

Field Music


Hatcham Social

Beth Jeans Houghton & The Hooves Of Destiny

The Invisible

The Jim Jones Revue – garage rock


Kaiser Chiefs

The Kills

The Maccabees

Mala (Mark Lawrence) – solo – dubstep

Micachu (Mica Levi) & The Shapes

Milk Maid

Morning Parade


Mystery Jets

The 1975

A Silent Film


Touchstone – symphonic metal


The Vaccines


Wolf People – psychedelic rock

The XX

Gabby Young & Other Animals

Zulu Winter




Damon Albarn (soundtrack to his opera about John Dee, Elizabethan astronomer and alchemist)

Graham Coxon – solo


Hot Chip


Hot Chip

New Build (Al Doyle) – solo

The 2 Bears (with Joe Goddard)


Public Image Ltd.


Public Image Ltd.

Jah Wobble (John Wardle) & Keith Levene


Throbbing Gristle


Carter Tutti Void (with Chris Carter and Cosy Fanni Tutti [Christine Newby])

X-TG (aka ex-T. Gristle) (Carter, Christopherson, and Fanni Tutti, covering Nico album Desertshore)




Cheek Mountain Thief (Mike Lindsay of Tunng) (recorded in a shack on the Iceland mountain) – solo

Diagrams (Sam Genders) – solo


England Post-Punk


Bloc Party

Echo Beach (channeling My Bloody Valentine)

I Like Trains



Prinzhorn Dance School (channeling Au Pairs and Delta 5)

Spotlight Kid

Tall Ships




England Psych-Folk



Mumford & Sons

Will Samson – solo


England Experimental


Beak (with Geoff Barrow of Portishead)

Dead Rat Orchestra (soundtrack to documentary on hunting seabirds, recorded on a bobbing tugboat)


Snow Palms

The Steamboat Cabaret


England Prog-Rock


Crippled Black Phoenix

Squackett (Steve Hackett of Genesis and Chris Squire of Yes)


England Soul


The Heavy

Nick Waterhouse – solo


England Dance-Rock/Electro/Synth


Burial (William Bevan) – solo

Miguel Campbell

The Chap

Chris ‘Clark’ – single

Nathan Fake

Mr. Fogg (Phil Barry) – solo

DJ Food (Kevin Foakes) – solo



Halls (Sam Howard)

Herve (Joshua Harvey) – solo


Kindness (Adam Bainbridge) – solo

Dan Le Sac (Daniel Stephens) – solo

LONE (Matt Cutler) – solo

Lukid (Luke Blair)

NZCA/Lines (Michael Lovett) – solo

Omega Man

Seams (James Welch) – solo

Adrian Sherwood – solo

S**t & Cheap

Simian Mobile Disco

Slugabed (Greg Feldwick) – solo

Soulsavers (with Dave Gahan of Depeche Mode)

Stubborn Heart

TEED (aka Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs) (Orlando Higgenbottom) – solo

Toddla T (Thomas Bell) – solo


We Have Band

Whitey (Nathan White) – solo


England Male Solo


Beans On Toast (Jay McAllister)

Crybaby (Danny Coughlan) (channeling Richard Hawley)

Gravenhurst (Nick Talbot)

Richard Hawley

Harrison ‘Cosmo Jarvis’

Jonathan ‘Pop Levi’

Passenger (Mike Rosenberg)

Ed Tullett

Chad Valley (Hugo Manuel of Jonquil)

Patrick Wolf


England Female Solo


Bat For Lashes (Natasha Khan)

Liz Green

‘Charlene Soraia’ Jones

Lianne La Havas (for both Is Your Love Big Enough and Lost & Found)

Sophie Madeleine

Rozy Plain (Rosalind Leyden)

Gemma Ray

Carina Round

Saint Saviour (Becky Jones)

Kami Thompson (daughter of Richard and Linda)

Tiny Ruins (Hollie Fullbrook) – solo





National Jazz Trio Of Scotland


The Unwinding Hours

James Yorkston – solo


Scotland Post-Punk


Holy Esque

North Atlantic Oscillation

The Twilight Sad


Scotland Dance-Rock/Electro/Synth


Calvin Harris (Adam WIles) – solo

Miaoux Miaoux (Julian Corrie) – solo

Offshore (Ewan Robertson) – solo




Bright Light Bright Light (Rod Thomas) – solo – synth

Future Of The Left


Davie Lawson – solo

Cate Le Bon – female solo

Man Without Country – post-punk

Race Horses


Northern Ireland


Hard Rock

Two Doors Cinema Club


Northern Ireland Hard Rock


Fighting With Wine






Autumn Owls


O Emperor

The Separate (orchestral covers of pop songs)


Ireland Female Solo


Wallis Bird

Lisa Hannigan
Gemma Hayes

Susan McKeown




Avant La Lettre

Bevel Emboss (surf guitar)

Bombay Show Pig


Delain – symphonic metal

Denvis & The Real Deal

The Doo Doo Runs

Eins, Zwei Orchestra

Envy The West

The Fire Harvest

Flying Horseman


Gem (covers including The Band and The Clash)

Half Way Station – alt-country

Hill Made Low

Hit Me TV

The Horse Company

Hospital Bombers

House Of Cosy Cushions



The La La Lies

Lost Bear


The Machine – psychedelic rock


The Marble Hearts Club

M-Jo & The Jesus Herb

Mineral Beings

Moke (not the same-named England 90s band)

Moss (not the same-named England metal band)

The New Shining

Nordpool Orchestra (orchestral Radiohead covers)

Palio Superspeed Donkey

Phantom Four & The Arguido (Patrick Tilon) (for both Morgana and Sounds From Obscure) – surf rock

Polar Twins (2 guys from 80s Netherlands bands Meccano and Spasmodique)


Ziggy Recado (Ricardo Blijden) (for both Liberation and Liberation 2.0) – solo – reggae

R:freshed Orchestra (sic) – soul


Salt Supply

The Secret Love Parade

William Seen’s Transport Music

Spilt Milk (poet Wallace Stevens’ words set to music)

The Sugarettes

Svetkoff Lamps (channeling Sonic Youth)

Swelter (not the same-named 90s U.S. band)

Meindart Talma & The Red Cards

That Band From Holland & Left Hand Orchestra

This Leo Sunrise

Anneke Van Giersbergen – female solo – symphonic metal


Vox Von Braun

Wouter Wierda’s Neobash! – funk

Wooden Saints


Brown Feather Sparrow


Brown Feather Sparrow

How To Throw A Christmas Party


Netherlands Post-Punk


Silence Is Sexy (for Modern Antiques, both Parts 1 and 2)

Space Siren

Wooden Constructions


Netherlands Blues Rock


The Backcorner Boogie Band

The Mighty YaYa


Netherlands Psych-Folk



I Am Oak (for both Nowhere Or Tammensaari and Oasem, which is Thijs Kuijken solo)

Theo Sieben – solo


Netherlands Experimental


B-Movie Orchestra (movie-theme music)

Matto Frank (Frank Schouten) (channeling Eno album Another Green World) – solo

The Kyteman Orchestra

The Netherlands (yes, that’s the band’s name)

Spinsst (sic)


Netherlands Cross-Cultural


Blue Flamingo (Ziya Ertekin) – African

Jungle By Night – afro-funk


Netherlands Garage Rock


Crappydog (Erik Vanderberge) – solo



Netherlands Hard Rock


Accelerators (not the same-named U.S. band)

Birth Of Joy

The Heys

Organisms (channeling Lemmy Kilmister of Motorhead)

Shaking Godspeed


TDTMCM (aka The Don’t Touch My Croque-Monsieurs) (a grilled ham-and-cheese sandwich)

Tenement Kids



Netherlands Industrial


Coeverduh (Bastiaan Bosma of Aux Raus)

Rooie Waas (aka Red Glow)


Netherlands Dance-Rock/Electro/Synth


Thomas Azier (for two EPs) – solo

Black Sun Empire



Daily Bread

DJDNA (Arjen De Vreede) – solo

Drvg Cvltvre (sic) (Vincent Koreman) – solo


Kid Sundance – solo

Kids With Guns

The Kik (not the same-named England band)

Krampfhaft (Joris Van Grunsven) – solo

Le Le

Lola Kite


TJ Kong (Erwin Van Moll) & Modular K (Gijs Janssen)

ME (Minco Eggersman) – solo


Minus The Tiger

Nymfo (Bardo Camp) – solo

Sam A La Bamalot (Sam Verstraten) – solo

Tinlicker (Micha Heyboer) – solo

Tsewer Beta (Leon Van Dyk) – solo


Netherlands Male Solo


Arthur Adam

Blaudzun (Johannes Sigmond)

Robin Block

Johan Borger

Bart Constant (Rutger Haedemaekers)

Broeder Dieleman

‘Hartag’ Eysman

Findel (Bart Van Dalen)

Marty Graveyard (of The Madd)

‘Gerhardt’ Heusinkveld

Kim Janssen

‘Bertolf’ Lentink

Mark Lotterman

Man from the South (Paul Van Heuten)

Case Mayfield

Mensenkinderen (Bas Van Tienes)


Joop Nolles

Joep Pelt

Port Of Call (Pieter Van Vliet) (not the similar-named U.S. band)

Alex Roeka

Royal Parks (Diederik Nomden)

Silmus (acoustic guitar instrumentals)

Roel Smeets

Anne Soldaat (yes, a man)


Netherlands Female Solo


Qeaux Qeaux Jones

Sofie Letitre

Elenne May

Aafke Romeijn

Yori Swart

Carice Van Houten (the actress)

Tamara Woestenburg




Absynthe Minded (sic)


Bed Rugs

Blackie & The Oohoos

COEM (aka Coin-Operated Entertainment Machine)

Dez Mona (for both A Gentlemen’s Agreement and Saga) – baroque chamber pop

Fence (not either of the same-named Norway or U.S. bands)

Hong Kong Dong

Hot Zeste Metaal (The Sixth Metal)

Mad About Mountains (Piet De Pessemier) – solo

The Me In You


Oscar & The Wolf


School Is Cool


Tommigun (sic)

Liesa Van Der AA – female solo

The Van Jets

Benny Zen & The Syphilis Madmen



Ansatz Der Maschine


Ansatz Der Maschine

‘Renee’ Sys – female solo


Belgium Post-Punk


Kiss The Anus Of A Black Cat

Belgium Psych-Folk


The Bony King Of Nowhere (Bram Vanparys) – solo

Flying Horseman

True Bypass


Belgium Experimental


Dans Dans – freak jazz

Fear Falls Burning (Dirk Serries) – solo

[sic] (channeling Morphine) (not one of the same-named 70s Belgium, or Faeroe Islands, bands)


Belgium Garage Rock


Black Box Revelation

Drive Like Maria

The Experimental Tropic Blues Band

The Marvin Gays

(Jay) Phlitman & (Kim) Kang

Superlijm (Pieter-Jan Delesie) – solo


Belgium Hard Rock




Horses On Fire

Wallace Vanborn


Belgium Dance-Rock/Electro/Synth


Kohn (Jurgen De Blonde) – solo

Merdan Taplak – solo

Vive La Fete

Zucchini Drive


Belgium Male Solo


Mad About Mountains (Piet De Pessemier)


Belgium Female Solo


Imaginary Family (Joanna Issele)

Liesa Van Der AA




Ribozyme – hard rock

The Samuel Jackson Five – experimental

Team Me


Norway Dance-Rock/Electro/Synth



‘Prins Thomas’ Hermansen

Rebekka Karijord – female solo

Hans-Pater ‘Lindstrom’ – solo

Mungolian Jet Set

120 Days

Philco Fiction


Norway Male Solo


Petter Carlsen

Sondre Lerch




Astral Weeks (channeling Judas Priest) – hard rock

First Aid Kit

Melpo Mene (when spelled as one word, the mythical Greek Muse of singing)

Johan Orjanssen – solo – psych-folk

Miike Snow

You Say France & I Say Whistle


Sweden Psychedelic Rock



Dean Allen Foyd (the band name, not a member’s name)



Sweden Hard Rock


Astral Weeks (channeling Judas Priest)


Hong Faux

Year Of The Goat


Sweden Dance-Rock/Electro/Synth


Agent Side Grinder

Hortlax Cobra (John Eriksson of Peter Bjorn And John) (synth covers of Van Halen’s entire album 1984)

Slagsmalsklubben (translated Fight Club)


Sweden Male Solo


Boy Omega (Martin Gustafsson)

Jens Lekman

Loops Of Your Heart (Alex Willner of The Field) – solo


Sweden Female Solo


Molly Nilsson

Linnea Olsson

El Perro Del Mar (Sarah Assbring)

Taken by Trees (Victoria Bergsman)

Anna Ternheim




Alcoholic Faith Mission – psych-folk

Thee Attacks – garage rock

Choir Of Young Believers

Grand Factory

I Got You On Tape

Kandy Kolored Tangerine

Pinkunoizu – experimental



Denmark Post-Punk


Keith Canisius

The Raveonettes (for both Into The Night and Observator


Denmark Dance-Rock/Electro/Synth


Rangleklods (Esben Andersson) – solo





Olafur Arnalds (soundtrack to Another Happy Day) – solo – classical music

Of Monsters And Men


Iceland Dance-Rock/Electro/Synth


Human Widow





Baden Baden (not the same-named 80s France band)

The Liminanas

Melody’s Echo Chamber (Melody Prochet) – female solo

Mr. Day – soul

Herman Dune

Yuri Landman (a luthier, with Jad Fair of Half Japanese and Phillipe Petit, tightrope-walker)


France Post-Punk



Yeti Lane


France Dance-Rock/Electro/Synth


C2C (aka Coups2Cross)

Fulgeance (Pierre Troel) – solo

Le Peuple De L’Herbe

Principles Of Geometry

Rone (Erwan Castex) – solo

Total Warr

The Toxic Avenger

Vitalic (Pascal Arbez) – solo


France Male Solo


Bertrand Burgalat

Lucien ‘Lulu Gainsbourg’ (covers of father Serge’s songs)




Air & Sea

Dick Brave (Sascha Schmitz) & The Backbeats – garage rock

Camera – psychedelic rock


Frames (not the similarly named Ireland Glen Hansard-band) – experimental

Gentleman (Tillman Otto) – solo – reggae

Get Well Soon (Konstantin Gropper) – solo – psych-folk

Me And My Drummer

Nighthawks (not the same-named 80s U.S. blues band) – electric jazz

Masha Qrella – female solo

Reflekta Reflekta

Marbert Rocel

Levi Stern (Magdalena Thora) – solo – cross-cultural – Mali

Talking To Turtles

Wino (Scott Weinrich) & Conny Ochs


Germany Hard Rock


CC/DC (Claudia Cane) (covers of AC/DC classics with Bon Scott vocals)

Sep7ember (sic)


Germany Dance-Rock/Electro/Synth







Dragony – hard rock

Lonely Drifter Karen

Mile Me Dead

Parov Stelar (Marcus Fureder) – solo – synth

Soap & Skin (Anja Plaschg) – female solo




Philipp Fankhauser – solo – blues rock

Roy & The Devil’s Motorcycle –garage rock


Switzerland Female Solo


Anna Aaron

Sophie Hunger (Emilie Welti)




Los Fulanos


Spain Dance-Rock/Electro/Synth


Oscar Mulero – solo

John Talabot – solo




Calibro35 – experimental

The Foreshadowing – prog-metal


Italy Dance-Rock/Electro/Synth



Porcelain Raft (Mauro Remiddi) – solo

System Of Survival




Keep Shelly In Athens (for both Campus Martius and Our Own Dream)

The Scantharies (Andy Dragazis) – solo

Zebra Tracks – post-punk


Central Europe


Ewart And The Two Dragons – Estonia

Dracula Lewis – solo – Romania

Repetitor – hard rock – Serbia




Deniz Kurtel & The Marcy All-Stars – female solo

Fatima Yamaha – female solo – synth




Rosi Galan – female solo

Juju & Jordash – synth




Jagwa Music – Tanzania

Janka Nabay – solo – Sierra Leone

KG Omulo – solo – funk – Kenya

Boddhi Satva – solo – Central African Republic

Sierra Leone’s Refugee All-Stars

Sinkane (Ahmed Gallab) – solo – synth – Sudan

Staff Brenda Biili – Congo




Zane Diabate – solo

Habib Kolte (Mali) & Eric Bibb ( U. S. blues artist and godson of actor Paul Robson)

Amadou ‘Taga Sidibe’ – solo


South Africa


Dub Elements – synth

The Parlotones (sounds like The Gaslight Anthem)

Skip & Die – experimental

Starseed – hard rock


South Asia and Middle East


Bhi Bhiman – solo – Sri Lanka

Gharib – solo – Syria

Rahum Nahal (plays the santoor) – India




DJ Kentaro – solo – synth

MONO (channeling Explosions In The Sky) – experimental




Oren Ambarchi – solo – experimental


‘Nedeah’ Miranda (of Nouvelle Vague) – baroque chamber pop

San Cisco

Seeker Lover Keeper – psych-folk

Shuriken (not one of the same-named Australia or England bands) – hard rock


The Bad Seeds


Barry Adamson (also of Magazine and Visage) – solo

Nick Cave (soundtrack to film Lawless, with Ralph Stanley, bluegrass)


Tame Impala


Pond (includes Allbrook, Parker, and Watson from Tame Impala)

Tame Impala


Australia Post-Punk


Jack Ladder (Tim Rogers) & The Dreamlanders (channeling Nick Cave fronting Joy Division)

Scott & Charlene’s Wedding (Craig Dermody) (channeling Sonic Youth) – solo

The UV Race


Australia Garage Rock


Brat Farrar – solo

Royal Headache


Australia Dance-Rock/Electro/Synth



Gold Fields

San Cisco

Sam Sparro (Sam Falson) – solo

Van She


Australia Male Solo


Jonathan Boulet

Nick Cave (soundtrack to film Lawless, with Ralph Stanley, bluegrass)

Xavier Rudd (plays drums and blows didgeridoo simultaneously)

Angus Stone


Australia Female Solo


Butterfly Boucher

Karlie Bruce

Kate Miller-Heidt


New Zealand


The Black Seeds – reggae

Lawrence Arabia (Lawrence Milne) – solo


South America


Astro – Chile

Novalima – Peru




Maga Bo

Bruno Morais – solo

Amon Tobin – solo – industrial




Bare Bones, Lay Low (Ernesto Gonzales) – solo – experimental

Fur Coat – synth


Central America


Daniel Maloso – solo – synth – Mexico

Junior Toots (son of Toots Hibbert of Toots & The Maytals) – solo – reggae – Jamaica





Bishop Morocco


Chains of Love

Dearly Beloved – post-punk

Hey, Rosetta!

Hot Panda


The Luyas


Plants And Animals

The Sheepdogs – southern rock


The Waxbills




Wolf Parade


Divine Fits (Dan Boeckner, with Britt Daniel of Spoon)

Moonface (with Finland band Siinai [sic]) (Spencer Krug, also of Sunset Rubdown)


Canada Psych-Folk


Bahamas (Afie Jurvanen of Feist) – solo

Great Lake Swimmers

Joshua Hyslop – solo

The Wilderness of Manitoba


Canada Experimental


Aidan Baker – solo



Canada Hard Rock


Indian Handcrafts



Canada Dance-Rock/Electro/Synth


Akido (Kim Gaboury) – solo

Daphni (Dan Snaith of Caribou) – solo

Diamond Rings (John O’Regan) – solo

Fairmont (Jake Fairley) – solo

Tim Hecker & Daniel Lopatin (of Oneohtrix Point Never)

Loscil (for ‘looping oscillator’) (Scott Morgan of Destroyer) – solo


Shout Out Out Out

TALWST (aka Tall Waist) (Curtis Santiago) – solo

Teen Daze (Jamison) – solo

Young Liars


Canada Male Solo


Ben Caplan

Jason Collett (of Broken Social Scene) (for both Essential Cuts and Reckon)

Mac DeMarco

Chilly Gonzales (Jason Beck) (quiet piano instrumentals)

A.C. Newman (of The New Pornographers)

Gregory Pepper And His Problems

Slim Twig (Max Turnbull)

Christopher Smith

Gordie Tentrees

Liam Titcomb

Patrick Watson


Canada Female Solo


Cold Specks (Al Spx) (sic) (yes, a women)

Kathleen Edwards


Athens, GA


Azure Ray

Baroness (Savannah, GA) – hard rock

Easter Island

Efren – southern rock

Grape Soda

Hope For Agoldensummer (sic) – psych-folk

King Of Prussia

Koko Beware – garage rock


‘Meiko’ Nishimoto (Roberta, GA) – female solo



The Whigs


Athens Alt-Country


The Corduroy Road

Colt Ford (Jason Brown) – solo


Athens Psych-Folk


Hope For Agoldensummer (sic)

White Violet




Delta Moon (with Tom Grey of The Brains) – blues-rock

Ponderosa – alt-country


Atlanta Hard Rock



Royal Thunder


Atlanta Soul


Cody Chesnutt – solo

Anthony David – solo


U.S. Indie


Aaron & The Sea


The Antlers


Bad Books (with Andy Hull of Manchester Orchestra)

Bad Veins

Band of Horses


Bear In Heaven

Birds & Batteries

Black Swan Runners

Black Taxi

Brave Station

California Wives

Castle Face Records (label’s artists covering Velvet Underground debut album)


Cheers Elephant


Dan San

The Dandelion Wars

Danny & The Jets

The Dig

Dot Hacker (with Josh Klinghoffer of Red Hot Chili Peppers)

Dots Will Echo

Dr. Dog

Driver Friendly

The Eastern Sea

Earthy Babes

Empires (channeling The Gaslight Anthem)

Emanuel And The Fear


Family Of The Year

Fang Island

The Features

The Few



Freelance Whales

The Fresh & Onlys


The Gaslight Anthem

Gold Motel


Grand & Noble

A Great Big Pile Of Leaves


Grizzly Bear

Hammer No More The Fingers

Here We Go Magic

Holy Ghost Tent Revival

Hoots & Hellmouth

I Come To Shanghai

Jaill (sic)

John The Conqueror

King Of Spain


Little Hurricane

Like Pioneers

The Love Dimension

Lost In The Trees


Magic Bullets

Maps & Atlases

Margot & The Nuclear So And So’s

Mornin’ Old Friend


Murder by Death

New Beard

Night Genes

Nude Beach

Ocean Carolina

The Oh Sees

Old Bricks

Orcas (with Benoit Pioulard, aka Thomas Meluch) (neither of the similarly named England or U.S. bands)

Panoramic & True


Pretty & Nice

Princeton (sounds like Jens Lekman)

Public Jones

Raga & Ribbons

Ravens & Chimes

Retribution Gospel Choir

RMDM (with Jeff Ament of Pearl Jam)

The Rocketboys


Run Dan Run

Trapper Schoepp & The Shades

Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros

The Shins

Shearwater (Jonathan Meiburg and Will Sheff of Okkervil River)

Sleepy Sun

The Soft Pack

Sonny (Smith) & The Sunsets

Stew (Mark Stewart) & The Negro Problem

Team Genius

That Noble Fury

These United States

This Is Cinema


TS & The Past Haunts

Tu Fawning

Turbo Fruits

Two Gallants

Uncles (channeling Counting Crows)



Vinyl Williams (band’s name, not an individual’s name)

Virgin Forest (4 guys from Phosphorescent)

Walk The Moon

Way Yes


The Welcome Wagon

West End Motel (with Brent Hinds of Mastodon)

White Rabbits



Xiu Xui


U.S. Indie – Female Vocals


Beach House

Best Coast

The Big Sleep

Black Bananas (with Jennifer Herrema of Royal Trux)

Claire (Manchon) And The Reasons

Deep Time (channeling Stereolab)



Family Band

Milo Greene (the band name)


Hundred Waters

Jessie Kilguss & Radio Gold

Lower Dens

Annie (Lynch) And The Beekeepers

Magic Wands
Annie Moses Band

The Mynabirds

Now, Now


Papercranes (with Rain Phoenix)

The Phenomenal Handclap Band

The Pierces


School Of Seven Bells (for both Ghostory [sic] and Put Your Sad Down)


Sleigh Bells

Snowblink (2 guys from MGMT are ex-members)


Tin Hat (with Carla Kihlstedt of Book Of Knots and Sleepytime Gorilla Museum)

Wax Poetic




Animal Collective


Animal Collective

John Maus (also of Ariel Pink) – solo


The Dandy Warhols


The Dandy Warhols

One Model Nation (CourtneyTaylor-Taylor) – krautrock – solo




Chris Cohen – solo



Dum Dum Girls


The Babies (Cassie Ramone) (with Kevin Morby of Woods)

Dum Dum Girls

Frankie Rose (also of Crystal Stilts and Vivian Girls)


Fleet Foxes


Father John Misty (Josh Tillman) – solo – psych-folk

Poor Moon (with Christian Wargo and Casey Wescott) – psych-folk




Emperors Of Wyoming (with Butch Vig) – psych-folk



Red Hot Chile Peppers


Flea (Michael Balzary) – solo

John Frusciante – solo


Six Organs Of Admittance


Rangda (with Sir Richard Bishop)

Six Organs Of Admittance (Ben Chasny) – solo


Sonic Youth


Lee Ranaldo – solo

Yokokimthurston (sic) (Yoko, with Kim Gordon and Thurston Moore) – experimental


Vivian Girls


The Babies (with Kevin Morby of Woods) (Cassie Ramone) – garage rock

Frankie Rose (also of Crystal Stilts and Dum Dum Girls




The Babies (Kevin Morby) (with Cassie Ramone of Dum Dum Girls)



U.S. Post-Punk


Arc In Round

Paul Banks (of Interpol)

Bear Colony

Big Science

Black Forest Fire

Black Marble




Disappears (Steve Shelley of Sonic Youth) (channeling The Fall doing dance-rock)

The Epilogues (channeling Silversun Pickups)

ERAAS (2 guys from 00s U.S. band Apse)

The Evens (with Ian MacKaye of Fugazi) – post-punk

Happy New Year



Jump Jump Dance Dance

Marriages (3 members of Red Sparowes)

The Men (not one of the same-named U.S. 90s, or 00s experimental, bands)

Mister Loveless

Modern Time Machines (also channeling Silversun Pickups)

Moonlight Bride

Moritat (channeling The Au Pairs and Delta 5)

My Jerusalem

Parquet Courts

A Place To Bury Strangers (for both Onwards and Worship To The Wall)

Lotus Plaza (Lockett Pundt of Deerhunter) – solo

Ramona Falls (Brent Knopf of Menomena) – solo

Ringo Death Starr

Silversun Pickups

The Soft Moon

Standing Shadows

Teen Mom


Wild Nothing


U.S. Psychedelic Rock


All Saints

Electric Shepherd

Eternal Tapestry

Golden Void

Guardian Alien

The Life And Times

MV & EE (Matt Valentine and Erika Elder)

People’s Temple

Prince Rama


Royal Baths

White Hills


U.S. Alt-Country


Beachwood Sparks

Black Prairie (with 3 folks from The Decemberists)

Andrew Combs – solo

Dead Fingers

Justin Townes Earle – solo

Gangstagrass (mash-up of bluegrass and rap)

Daughn Gibson (Josh Martin) – solo

Malcolm Holcombe – solo

The McEuen Sessions (John of Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, with his sons)

Onward, Soldiers

Jake Owen – solo

Punch Brothers (with Chris Thile of Nickel Creek) – bluegrass

Luke Roberts

Dulcie Taylor – female solo

The Ugly Club

Bob Wayne & The Outlaw Carnies

Jack Wilson – solo


U.S. Blues-Rock


Alive At The Deep Blues Fest

Gary Clark, Jr.

Rocco DeLuca – solo

Lincoln Durham – solo

Scrapomatic (with Mike Mattison of The Derek Trucks Band)


U.S. Southern Rock


Cody Canada & The Departed

Left Lane Cruiser (Texas-boogie covers of rock classics, channeling early ZZ Top)

The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band

Uncle Lucious


U.S. Psych-Folk


Alasca (sic)

Johnny Bertram & The Golden Bicycles


Sean ‘S. Carey’ (of Bon Iver) – solo


Michael Chapman (tribute album with Thurston Moore and Lucinda Williams)

The Daredevil Christopher Wright

Dubious Ranger

Dusted (with Brian Borcherdt of Holy F**k)

Simone Felice (of The Felice Brothers)

Field Report (Chris Porterfield)

Josephine Foster & The Victor Herrera Band

Hiss Golden Messenger (MC Taylor) – solo

Hollis Brown

Horse Feathers

Lord Huron (Ben Schneider) – solo

Orpheum Bell

Jessica Pratt (not the same-named England opera singer)

Justin Robinson (of Carolina Chocolate Drops) And The Mary Annettes

Daniel Rossen (of Grizzly Bear)


Mariee Sioux – female solo

Spook Houses

The Spring Standards

Sun Kil Moon (Mark Kozelek of Red House Painters)

Tall Firs



U.S. Experimental



Balmorhea (guitar instrumentals)

Ryan Francesconi (of Joanna Newsom’s band) & Mirabai Peart (Australia)

Golden Retriever

Heavy Blanket (J.Mascis of Dino Jr.) (loud guitar instrumentals)


If These Trees Could Talk

Jim Jarmusch (film director) & Jozef Van Wissem (lutist) (soundtrack to film The Mystery Of Heaven)

LA Vampires (Amanda Brown) & ‘Maria Minerva’ Jour (from Estonia)


Man Forever (John Colpitts of Oneida) – solo

Steve Moore (of Zombi [sic])

Mount Eerie (Phil Elverum) (for both Clear Moon and Ocean Roar)


Plankton Wat (Dewey Mahood of Eternal Tapestry) – solo

Portland Cello Project (cello covers of hip-hop songs)

Omar Rodriguex-Lopez (for both Un Corazon and Saber, Querer) – solo

Turing Machine (named after the first proto-computer)


Jason Urick – solo

Wires Under Tension

Chelsea Wolfe – female solo


U.S. Cross-Cultural


Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra

Caramelo – flamenco

Chicha Libre – Peru

Debo Band – Ethiopian jazz

Hijos De Agneybana – Puerto-Rican bomba

Locura – flamenco

New York Gypsy All-Stars – Balkans

Raya Brass Band – Balkans


Wahid – Turkish “oud”

Zieti – Ivory Coast


U.S Garage Rock


Willis Earl Beal – solo

The Beets

Chain & The Gang (with Ian Svenonius)

Cheap Time (2 guys from Be Your Own Pet)

Cloud Nothings

Mikal Cronin – solo
Crushed Out

The Gaslight Anthem

Grass Widow

The High Strung


King Tuff (Kyle Williams of J.Mascis band Witch) – solo

The Koffin Kats

Larry Livermore (Adeline Records compilation of The Gilman Scene)

Joyce Manor

JD McPherson – solo

The New Lows (from Florida, not the same-named Boston hardcore band)

Off! (Keith Morris of Black Flag, with guys from Redd Kross and Rocket From The Crypt)


Pop. 1280

Riverboat Gamblers


Dan Sartain – solo

Slam Dunk


Timmy’s Organism (Timmy Lampinen, aka Timmy Vulgar) – solo

Ty Segall Band (for both Slaughterhouse and Twins)

Ty Segall & White Fence (Tim Presley)

The Static Jacks


White Fence (Tim Presley) (for both Family Perfume Vols. 1 and 2) – solo


U.S. Hard Rock


Black Light Burns (with Wes Borland of Limp Bizkit)

Cheap Girls (channeling Husker Du)

Christian Mistress

The Contortionist

Eagle Twin

The Ides Of Gemini

Morning Glory




Riotgod (2 guys from Monster Magnet)

River City Tanlines

The Sword


Tweak Bird


U.S. Prog-Metal




U.S. Soul


Candice Anitra – female solo

Jarrard Anthony

Bi-Polar Bear (rap)

Jesse Boykins III & Melo-X (Mustafa)

The Floacist (Natalie Stewart of Floetry) – solo

Induce (Ryan Smith) – solo

Menehan Street Band

Frank Ocean

‘Bobby V’ Wilson

Adrian Young (not the drummer for No Doubt) – solo


U.S. Funk


Emergency Service

Papa Grows Funk

Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band


U.S. Reggae


Cisco Adler – solo

The Dirty Heads

FlyinFisch (sic) (Adrian Fischer)- solo

Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad

Obi Fernandez – solo

Rebelution (sic)

SOJA (Soldiers of Jah Army)


U.S. Dance-Rock/Electro/Synth


Art Bleek (Arthur Prochon) – solo

Dave Aju (Marc Barrite) – solo

Apollo Cobra

Baby Monster

Beat Generation

Marco Benevento

Boyz Noise (Alexander Ridha) – solo



Daydream Vacation

Dan Deacon

Matthew Dear – solo

Dynasty Electric

Jimmy Edgar – solo


Expensive Looks (Alec Feld) – solo

Family Living (Wesley Bunch) – solo

Fortune Of What

The Gaslamp Killer (William Bensussend ) – solo


The Hundred In The Hands

Ice Choir (with Kurt Feldman of The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart)


Infernal Devices

Junk Culture (Deepak Mantena) – solo


Leonard Friend (Alex Feder) (album Lynyrd Frynd)


Light Asylum

Lightning Love

Logreybeam (Gabriel Morley) – solo

Midnight Magic

Mux Mool (Brian Lindgren) – solo

Nickodemus (Nick DiSimone) – solo

Nite Jewel (Ramona Gonzalez) – female solo

oOoOO (Chris Greenspan) – solo

Morgan Page – solo

Peaking Lights


Purity Ring

Santigold (Santi White) – female solo

Jamuel Saxon
Scissor Sisters

Sun Airway


Twitch The Ripper (channeling Depeche Mode)

Visions Of Trees

Wild Cub

Dustin Wong (of Ponytails) – solo

Young Magic

Yppah (Jose Corrales) – solo

Nick ‘Zamutto’ – solo


U.S. Male Solo


Advance Base (Owen Ashworth)

Nels Andrew

Adam Arcuragi

Ape School (Michael Johnson)

Battleme (sic) (Matt Drenik)

Ryan Bingham

Sean Bones

Bright Moments (Kelly Pratt of Beirut)

Paul Brill

Peter Broderick (of Efterklang)

Clarence Bucaro

Careful (Eric Lindley)

Paul Cook (not the Sex Pistols drummer) & The Chronicles

Dana Buoy (Dana Janssen of Akron/Family)

Anthony Da Costa

Ryan Darton

Edmund II (Edmund Pellino)

Craig Finn (of The Hold Steady)

Gabriel & The Hounds (Gabriel Levine of Takka Takka)

Kevin Gordon

Kyle James Hauser

Ari Hest

Young Hines

Heyward Houkins

Brendan James

Joshua James

Justin Jones (not the same-named England singer)

Ben Kyle

Dylan LeBlanc

Amos Lee

Calvin Love

Magic Trick (Tim Cohen)

‘Delicate Steve’ Marion

Dent May

Midway In Wake (Greg Reynauld)

Nick Miller & The Hustle Standard

Keith Moody

Eric Nicolau

Franz Nicolay (of The Hold Steady)

Perfume Genius (Mike Hadreas)

Ariel (Rosenberg) Pink’s Haunted Grafitti

Louis Prima, Jr. (son of big-band leader)

Radical Face (Ben Cooper)

Joshua Radin

Aaron Roche

Sean Rowe

Mike Scheidt

Ben Sollee

Twin Shadow (George Lewis)

Ben Utecht (ex-Cincinnati Bengal)

Mike Wexler

Matthew E. White

Young Moon (Trevor Montgomery)


U.S. Female Solo


Anabot (Analise Nelson)

Jessie Baylin

Sera Cahoone

Hannah Cohen

Lana Del Ray (Elizabeth Grant) (for both Born To Die and Paradise)

Hannah (Fairchild) Vs. The Many

Josephine Foster

Laura Gibson

Melora Hardin (the actress)

Julia Holter

Sarah Jaffe

JAN (Kim Talon)

Dayna Kurtz

Meschiya Lake & The Little Big Horns (New Orleans jazz)

Marissa Nadler

Angel Olsen (Anna Babbler)

Sara Radle (ex-The Rentals)

Terry Radigan

Kayln Rock

Jen Schande

Lissie Trullie (Elizabeth McChesney)

Sharon Van Etten

Emily Wells

Emily Jane White


90s Artists – good albums




Ryan Adams (acoustic covers)

All Good Funk Alliance

Tori Amos

… And You Will Us By The Trail Of Dead

Tim Barry (of Avail)

Andrew Bird (for Break It Yourself and Hands Of Glory)

Big Bad Voodoo Daddies

Birthmark (Nate Kinsella of Joan Of Arc) (not one of the same-named bands from Eng./Greece/Slovakia)

Brad (Stone Gossard of Pearl Jam)

Buckethead (Brian Carroll) (for both Balloon Cement and Electric Sea)

Calexico (with John Convertino, ex-Giant Sand)

Cardinals (not the same-named Ryan Adams band)

Neal Casal

Cat Power (Chan Marshall)

The Coup


The Dandy Warhols


Ani DiFranco

Mike Doughty (of Soul Coughing) (covers)

Johnny Dowd

Down By Law


Alejandro Escovedo

Eskmo (Brendan Angleides)

The Faint

The Features

Ben Folds Five

Ben Gibbard (of Death Cab for Cutie)

Green Day (for 3 albums – Uno, Dos, and Tre)

Neil Halstead (of Slowdive)

The Helio Sequence

Honky (not the same-named 80’s England hip-hop band) (Jeff Pinkus of Butthole Surfers)

Patterson Hood (of Drive-By Truckers)

Robert Hood

Hot Water Music

James Iha (of Smashing Pumpkins)

Imperial Teen (with Roddy Bottum of Faith No More)

Will Johnson (of Centro-Matic)

Brian Jonestown Massacre (Indian/sitar themes)

Jr. Juggernaut (channeling Social Distortion)

Damien Jurado

Ben Kweller (of Radish)


Mark Lanegan (of Queens Of The Stone Age and Screaming Trees)

‘Christiane D’ Leach (of Soma Mestizo)

Shawn Lee

Lilian Axe

Jeff Loomis (of Nevermore)

Jason Lytle (of Grandaddy)

Eleni Mandell

Dave Matthews Band

Rhett Miller (of The Old 97’s)

The Mountain Goats

Nada Surf

Meshell Ndegeocello (Michelle Johnson) (some covers)

Of Montreal

One Man Army

Red Wearing Blue

Josh Ritter

Chris Robinson Brotherhood (of The Black Crowes) (for Black Moon Ritual and The Magic Door)

Rusted Root

The Sea and Cake


Slightly Stoopid

Smashing Pumpkins

Todd Snider (for both Agnostic Fables and Time As We Know It [Jerry Jeff Walker covers])


The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion

The Spinto Band

Los Straitjackets

Sugarman 3 (with Neal Sugarman, also of Dap-Kings)

Ben Taylor (son of James and Carly Simon)

Three Mile Pilot

Matthew ‘M. Ward’

Jack White (of The White Stripes)


Rest Of World


Air (soundtrack to remake of Georges Melies’ silent film classic A Trip To The Moon)



Geoff Barrow (of Portishead) & Ben Salisbury (soundtrack to comic book 2000AD)

Bento (Mike Gillies of Silverchair)

Tiru Burgess (of The Charlatans)


Café Tacvba

Vinicio Caposella (song cycle about both Herman Melville and the Greek poet Homer)

Jesse Cook (acoustic guitar instrumentals)


Gaz Coombes (of Supergrass)

Go Kart Mozart (Lawrence Heyward)

The Cranberries

Adrian Crowley

Dakota Suite (Chris Hoosen)

De Portables


Dirty Three

Dub Pistols

Fake Blood (Theo Keating of The Wiseguys)

Bernhard ‘B. Fleischmann’

Gallon Drunk

Godspeed You! Black Emperor

Jonny Greenwood (of Radiohead) (soundtrack to film The Master)

Glen Hansard (of The Frames, The Swell Season, and the movie Once)

Stevie Johnson (of Belle & Sebastian)

Jono El Grande (Jon Hatum)

Junkie XL (Tom Holkenborg)

Kandodo (Simon Price of England band The Heads)

Kid Koala (Eric San)

Angelique Kidjo


Laid Back

Land Observations (James Brooks of Appliance) (acoustic guitar instrumentals)

Legowelt (Danny Wolfers)

Lightships (Gerard Love of Teenage Fanclub)

Malcolm Middleton (of Arab Strap)

Barbara Morgenstern


Mr. Oizo (Quentin Dupieux) & Tahiti Boy (David Sztanke)


Beth Orton

Pepe Deluxe


Ponderecki/Greenwood (Polish composer Krzysztof P. and Jonny G. of Radiohead)

Laetita Sadier (of Stereolab)

Saint Etienne

John K. Samson (of The Weakerthans)

Sigur Ros

The Soundtrack Of Our Lives


Therapy? (sic)

Tanita Tikaram



Gert Vlok Nel

Waco Brothers (Jon Langford of Mekons) & Paul Burch

The Wallflowers

Susumu Yakota


90s Artists – weak albums




Abandoned Pools (Tommy Walter of Eels)

Christina Aguilera


Fiona Apple

Ben Arthur

Eric Benet

Brendan Benson (of The Raconteurs)

Dan Berns

‘Steve Tyrell’ Bilao

Blues Traveller

Big Boi (Antwan Patton of Outkast)

Busdriver (Regan Farquhar)


Cannibal Corpse

The Casket Lottery

Citizen Cope (Clarence Greenwood)

Cheryl ‘Coko’ Clemens


Imani Coppola

Counting Crows (wretched covers of good songs)

Cypress Hill

Death By Stereo


Iris Dement

DMX (Earl Simmons)

Dntel (Jimmy Tamborello of The Postal Service)

Melissa Etheridge


Fear Factory

The Gathering

Macy Gray (Natalie MacIntyre) (for 2 albums, one covering S.Wonder’s Talking Book album)


Kelly Hogan


Insame Clown Posse

Juvenile (Terius Gray)

Toby Keith

Robert ‘R. Kelly’

Kid Rock (Robert Ritchie)

Kottonmouth Kings

Ed Kowalczyk (Of Live)

Lamb Of God

Aaron Lewis (of Staind)


Love And Death (Brian ‘Head’ Welch of Korn)

Marilyn Manson (Brian Warner)

Matchbox Twenty

Tim McGraw


Nas (Nasir Jones)

No Doubt

‘Brandy’ Norwood

Old Crow Medicine Show

Pig Destroyer



Chuck Prophet

‘Usher’ Raymond

Reel Big Fish

Royal Bliss

Shadows Fall

Smash Mouth

Stone Sour (with Corey Taylor of Slipknot)

John Taglieri

Serg Tankian (of System Of A Down)


Traxman (Cornelius Ferguson)

John Tyrell

Rufus Wainwright (son of Loudon W. and Kate McGarrigle)

Travis Warren (of Blind Melon)

Wilson Phillips (covers of their parents’ bands, Beach Boys and The Mamas And The Papas)

Bebe Winans



Rest Of World


Air Traffic Controller

Daniel Bedingfield (of The DNA Algorithm)

Carlinhos Brown (Carlos de Frietas)

‘Monica’ Brown

Tim Christensen And The Damn Crystals


Carl Cox

Fair Warning

Fout Tet (Kieran Hebden)

Sascha Funk

The Hives

Ihsahn (Vegard Treitan of Emperor)

Diana Krall


Lacuna Coil

Cari Lekebusch


Alanis Morrisette

Mr. Vegas (Clifford Smith)



Orange Goblin

Our Lady Peace

‘Terri Clark’ Sauson

Shaggy (Orville Burrell)

Slaves On Dope


Sterac (Steve Rachmad)

Ana Tijoux (Annamaria Merino)


Paul Van Dyk (Matthias Paul)
Wishmountain (Matthew Herbert)


60s, 70s, 80s, Over-40 Crowd – good, worthy, interesting, “I’m glad they’re still around” albums





Trey Anastasio (of Phish)

Bad Brains

The Beach Boys

Big Dipper

Pete Buck (of R.E.M.)

Bush Tetras

‘Karen Dalton’ Cariker

Neneh Cherry

Shawn Colvin

Ry Cooder

Corrosion Of Conformity

Robert Cray

The dB’s

‘Dion’ DiMucci

Dinosaur Jr.

Jerry Douglas

Drivin’ n’ Cryin’

Dr. John (Mac Rebennack)

Bob Dylan

Mark Fossen

Giant Sand

Graham Central Station (Larry Graham of Sly and the Family Stones)

Guided By Voices (for 3 albums, Bears For Lunch, Class Clown, and Eat The Factory)


Penelope Houston

Alan Jackson

Wanda Jackson

Daniel Johnston

Carole King (her 60s acoustic demos)


Bettye LaVette (companion to autobiography about her 50 years in music)

Chuck Leavell (of Sea Level) (piano blues covers)

Aimee Mann (of ‘Til Tuesday)


Mission Of Burma

Molly Hatchett (covers of rock classics)

Bob Mould (of Husker Du)

Willie Nelson (duets album)

The Nighthawks

NON (Boyd Rice)

The Outlaws

Robert Pollard (of Guided By Voices) (for both Jack Sells The Cow and Mouseman Cloud)

Amy Ray (of Indigo Girls)

Joey Ramone (of The Ramones)

Redd Kross

Stan Ridgway (of Wall Of Voodoo)


Neal Schon (of Journey)

Patti Smith

Soul Asylum

Bruce Springsteen

Sugar Man (Sixto Rodriguez)


Tom Tom Club (Chris Frantz and Tina Weymouth of Talking Heads)

The Tragically Hip

Steve Vai (of Alcatrazz and Whitesnake)

Suzanne Vega

Joe Walsh

Steve Walsh (of Kansas)

Andre Williams (for both Hoods & Shades and, with The Sadies, Night And Day)

Bobby Womack

Young Fresh Fellows


Rest Of World


Viv Albertine (of The Slits)


Bailter Space

Paul Buchanan (of The Blue Nile)

John Cale (of Velvet Underground)

CCC Inc.

Clan Of Xymox (darkwave covers of post-punk classics)

Jimmy Cliff (James Chambers)

Cockney Rejects

Leonard Cohen

Julian Cope (of The Teardrop Explodes, for Psychedelic Revolution)

Cowboy Junkies

Crime & The City Solution

La Crimosa

Dali’s Car (with Mick Karn of Japan and Peter Murphy of Bauhaus)

Dead Can Dance

The Durutti Column

Keith Emerson Band (of Emerson, Lake, & Palmer) (with Munich Orchestra)

Brian Eno (ambient)

Bill Fay

Habib Faye



Bruce Foxton (of The Jam)

Graham Gouldman (of 10cc.)

Robin Guthrie (of Cocteau Twins)

Kiki Gyan (Kofi Kwarko)

Steve Hackett (of Genesis) (reworkings of 70s Genesis songs)

Steve Harris (of Iron Maiden)

Paul Heaton (of The Beautiful South)

Mick Hucknall (of Simply Red) (covers of American soul classics)

Ian Hunter (of Mott The Hoople)

Paul Kelly


Jeff Lynne (of ELO) (covers of mid-century traditional standards)

Phil Manzanera (of Roxy Music) (with poet Anna Le)

Kylie Minogue

Sinead O’Connor

The Orb (with Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry)

Graham Parker & The Rumour

Pet Shop Boys

Adele (Pickvance) & Glenn (Thompson) (of The Go-Betweens)

Terry Reid

The Scenics

Shonen Knife

Ringo Starr

David Stewart (of Eurythmics)

Mark Stewart (of The Pop Group) (for both Exorcism Of Envy and The Politics Of Envy)

Sweet (covers of rock classics)

Ebo Taylor


Tracey Thorn (of Everything But The Girl)

Pat Travers (blues-rock covers of classic rock hits)

Jethro Tull (entirely rewritten Thick As A Brick)



Wang Chung

Paul Weller (of The Jam)

(Christopher) Willets & (Ryuichi) Sakamoto (of Yellow Magic Orchestra)

Neil Young (for both Americana and Psychedelic Pill)

Wieb Ziegtema


60s, 70s, 80s, Over-40 Crowd – dull, boring, poor, “why did they even bother?” albums




Adler (with Steven Adler of Guns ‘n Roses)

The American Relay

Paul Barker (ex-Ministry)

David Byrne (of Talking Heads) & St. Vincent (Annie Clark)

Joe Cocker

De La Soul

Danny Elfman (of Oingo Boingo) (soundtrack to Dark Shadows film)

Donald Fagen (of Steely Dan)

Don Felder (of The Eagles)

Lee Fields

Roberta Flack (Beatles’ covers)

Glenn Frey (cocktail-lounge standards) (of The Eagles)

‘Kenny G’ Gorelick

Barry Manilow

Richard Marx


The Mommyheads

The Oak Ridge Boys

The Offspring

Public Enemy

Bonnie Raitt

Lionel Richie

Richie Sambora (of Bon Jovi)

Lynyrd Skynyrd

Slash (Saul Hudson of Guns’n’Roses)


Soul Asylum

James Taylor

They Might Be Giants

Van Halen

Luther Vandross

Loudon Wainwright

Scott Walker

Cassandra Wilson

Dwight Yoakam


Rest Of World


(Michel) Banabila & Machinefabriek (Rutger Zuydervelt)

Blind Guardian

‘Wayne Wonder’ Charles

The Congos (with Sun Araw [Cameron Stallones])

Julian Cope (of The Teardrop Explodes, for Woden)

Dexy’s Midnight Runners

Bryan Ferry (of Roxy Music) (Jazz Age covers of Roxy hits)

Joe Jackson (Duke Ellington tribute album)

Nik Kershaw

Leningrad Cowboys

Paul McCartney (jazz standards)

Nena (Gabrielle Kerner)

Running Wild


Rod Stewart

VCMG (Vince Clarke of Erasure and Martin Gore of Depeche Mode)



Worthwhile Live Albums – U.S.


The Avett Brothers (2009 Charlotte, N.C.) – alt-country

Big Brother And The Holding Company (1968 San Francisco – Carousel Ballroom)

Bon Jovi

Conspirator (2 guys from Disco Biscuits) (2011 Athens, GA – Georgia Theater)

The Decemberists (2011)

John Doe & Exene Cervenka (both of X) (2008)

Electric Six (2012)

Godsmack (2011 Detroit – Fox Theater) – hard rock

Van Hunt (2011 Los Angeles – The Troubadour) – solo – funk

The Knack (1978 Los Angeles)

Los Lobos (performing Kiko albym) (2006 San Diego)

Jamie McLean Band (2012 N.Y. – Gibson Showroom) – southern rock

The Reverend Horton Heat (Jim Heath) (2010 San Francisco – Fillmore Theater) – garage rock
Joe Satriani (2011 Montreal)

The Sound Of Philadelphia: Harold Melvin, Billy Paul & The O’Jays (1973 San Francisco) – soul

Bruce Springsteen (1973 radio concert broadcasts)

Widespread Panic (Athens, GA) (2012 – first-ever acoustic tour)


Worthwhile Live Albums – Rest Of World


AC/DC (2009 Argentina) – hard rock – Australia

Asia (2010 Switzerland – Basel) – prog-rock – England

Black Country Communion (with G.Hughes, J.Bonnamassa, and Ja.Bonham) – hard rock – England

Blackmore’s Night (with Ritchie Blackmore of Deep Purple and Rainbow) – England

Blur (2012 London – Hyde Park during Olympics) – England

Deep Purple (1999 Melbourne) – England

The English Beat (1982 U.S. – The US Festival) – reggae – England

Fields Of The Nephilim (2008 London) – post-punk – England

Hillsong (2011 Miami) – Australia

Joy Division (1980 Amsterdam – Paradiso Club) – post-punk – England

Minny Pops (1981) (channeling Suicide) – post-punk – Netherlands

The Mount Fugi Doomjazz Corporation (2011 Moscow) – experimental – Netherlands

Skinny Puppy (201 Europe) – industrial – Canada

Spock’s Beard (2010) – jam rock

Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros (2002 London) (last concert before his death) – post-punk – England

Sweet (Desolation Boulevard album) – England

Triggerfinger – hard rock – Belgium

Triumph (2008 Sweden) (20-year reunion) – hard rock – Canada

Ultravox (2012) – post-punk – England


Poor Live Albums


Peter Gabriel (2011 London – Hammersmith Apollo ) – England

Jay-Z (Shawn Carter) (2012 New York – Barclays Center) – rap

Jack Johnson – acoustic jam rock

The Plimsouls (1983 California – Huntington Beach)

Paul Simon (2011 New York)

Tedeschi Trucks Band (Susan and Derek) (2011) – blues rock

Yanni (Yiannis Hrysomallis) (2011 Puerto Rico) – Greece


Most Overrated And Boring Indie Band  Crystal Castles

Most Disappointing Album Of The Year Dirty Projectors


Most Valuable Players, Who Released Good Albums With More Than One Band In 2011


Allbrook, Parker, and Watson (3 guys with both Pond and Tame Impala)

Al Doyle (with Hot Chip and New Build)

Jonny Greenwood (with Krzystof Ponderecki and solo)

Steve Hackett (for Squackett and solo)

Kevin Morby (with The Babies and Woods)

Robert Pollard (for 3 albums with Guided By Voices and 2 solo)

Tim Presley (as White Fence [2 solo] and with Ty Segall)

Cassie Ramone (with The Babies and Dum Dum Girls)

Frankie Rose (with Dum Dum Girls and solo)

Ty Segall (2 with self-titled band and with White Fence)

Andre Williams (with The Sadies and solo)


Fred’s Best Albums Of The Year




Advance Base

Willis Earl Beal

Apollo Cobra

Beach House

Beat Generation

Black Forest Fire


The Dandelion Wars

Deep Time

Dinosaur Jr.


Daughn Gibson

If These Trees Could Talk


Brian Jonestown Massacre

Mark Lanegan

The Life And Times

Modern Time Machines

Mount Eerie (for Ocean Roar)


Pop. 1280

Lee Ranaldo


Ringo Death Starr

The Soft Moon

Turing Machine


West End Motel

White Hills




Rest Of World



Thomas Azier

Miguel Campbell

Keith Canisius

Dead Can Dance

Echo Beach

Fields Of The Nephilim (live)

B. Fleischmann

Matto Frank

Godspeed You! Black Emperor




Kaiser Chiefs

Kiss The Anus Of A Black Cat

Jack Ladder & The Dreamlanders


120 Days

Pet Shop Boys

Prinzhorn Dance School

Scott & Charlene’s Wedding

Shout Out Out Out


Spotlight Kid



The Twilight Sad

Yeti Lane


Released Outside America And On My 2011 List, Then Released In America In 2012


Thee American Revolution (sic) – garage rock – U.S.

Bombay Bicycle Club – England

John Foxx (of Ultravox) – England

Gotye (Wouter DeBacker) – solo – Belgium

Nightwish – symphonic metal – Finland

Shonen Knife (Ramones covers) – Japan

Snow Patrol – Northern Ireland

The Unthanks – baroque chamber pop – England

‘Guido Belcanto’ Versmissen – Belgium

Yuksek (Pierre-Alexandre Busson) – solo – synth – France





2011 In Music – 1.000+ Good Albums

Posted January 11, 2012 by quiscus
Categories: Uncategorized

This has been a mammoth undertaking, which has occupied way too much of my life.  I hope you enjoy it.


Happy New Year, Everybody!


It is now so easy and inexpensive to record and distribute music that far too many albums are released each week for anyone to hear them all.  I thought if I organized and listed all the bands with good 2011 albums I’ve heard this year it might be helpful to others. 


My list differs from other year-end lists in three important ways:


Europe – Since the internet gives everyone around the world instant access to all albums released anywhere, it makes no sense for these other lists to ignore albums released in Europe but not the U.S.  Their probable justification, that there is no point listening to and recommending albums that are not available here, is nonsensical and silly.  Albums released only in Europe are instantly available for us to hear, and to buy as downloads, just like American releases.  Since I haven’t discriminated against or ignored Europe-only releases, this list includes a lot of great music missing from other year-end lists.


Finding Quality Via Quantity – Most year-end lists include a limited number of albums.  Does anyone seriously think there are only a few albums released each year that are worth recommending and hearing?  I’ve attempted to include every good album released this year, not just an inherently arbitrary Best Of.  You might conclude from scanning this list that I heard every indie album released.  Didn’t happen – not even close.  In 2011 I proved conclusively, once again, that no one can hear everything that comes out.


I tried to listen to every 2011 album that got substantial press attention.  As a result, any well-known album not listed below is likely missing because I don’t think it’s worth your time.  Examples of recent artists that released poor 2011 albums include Aethenor (Stephen O’Malley of Sunn O]]]), Atlas Sound (Bradford Cox of Deerhunter), Susan Boyle, Peter Broderick (of Efterklang), Billy Ray Cyrus, Dananananaykroyd, Chris ‘Daughtry’, Does It Offend You, Yeah?, Brian Eno, Evanescence, ‘Rihanna’ Fenty, Gorillaz (Damon Albarn of Blur), Aubrey ‘Drake’ Graham, Jennifer Hudson, Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, ‘Beyonce’ Knowles, Lady Antebellum, Lady Gaga (Stefani Germanotta), Miranda Lambert, The Lonely Island (Samberg and Schaeffer of Saturday Night Live), Laura Marling, Mastodon, Miracle Fortress, Jake Owen, Pistol Annies (with Miranda Lambert), Puddle Of Mudd (covers of 70s classics), Jill Scott, She & Him (Zooey Deschanel and Matt Ward), Sixx:AM (for both This Is Gonna Hurt and 7), The Streets (Mike Skinner), Taylor Swift, Tasha Taylor (daughter of Johnny), Ultraviolent Sound (Sarah Hudson, sister of actress Kate), Butch Walker, Weird Al Yankovic.  The common thread among many of these weak albums is their one-dimensionality, sounding the same throughout – how boring is that?  In some cases you wonder whether the artist fell asleep in the studio, or suffered from “obsessive-compulsive repetitious disorder”.


Twentieth-Century Coverage – Other year-end lists copy each other so much they generally include the same albums by the same new artists, and completely ignore albums by artists who’ve been around a while.  Since I don’t ignore older artists (not trusting folks over 30 is such a dated, 60s idea), this list includes categories for artists who made their mark in the 60s, 70s, and 80s, along with categories for well-known 90s artists, including those who released poor albums this year.  Maybe those other lists only care about New Bands That Self-Proclaimed Trendsetters Decide Are Cool.


So, onward to my list of all artists that released 2011 albums worth hearing:


1.  Given how difficult it is to keep all this information and music straight, I haven’t even attempted to deal with the names of the albums.  Thus, listed below is just the band name, without the album title.  The internet of course makes it easy to discover the name of, and listen to, any of these 2011 albums.


2.  None of these albums are included because of just one song.  I’ve listened to each album at least twice all the way through (well, maybe not all the poor albums listed at the end), and would gladly listen to each again in the future.


3.   When at least two band members release solo albums or side projects, I’ve listed them in a separate category named for the band, which also lists the band’s own album if applicable.  I’ve also listed all-stars who released good albums with more than one band this year.


The bands in each category are listed in alphabetical order.  We begin with my Top 10 albums of the year, and at the bottom is the full list of my choices as the best albums of the year, along with some awards.  I hope you enjoy reading this, expanding your musical horizons, and discovering some great new stuff!


Fred’s 2011 Top 10 Albums


The Bent Moustache

The Black Keys

James Blake (for Enough Thunder)

The Cars

Cowboy Junkies (for Sing In My Meadow)

The Fall

The Field

Head Of Wantastiquet

I H8 Camera

Kaiser Chiefs

Las Kellies

LCD Soundsystem (live)

Lydia Lunch


Tu Fawning

Tom Waits




About Group (includes guys from Hot Chip and Spiritualized)

Amplifier – prog-rock

Art Brut

Arctic Monkeys

Bombay Bicycle Club

The Boxer Rebellion


Hollie Cook (daughter of Paul, Sex Pistols drummer) – solo – ska

The Crookes

Dark Captain

Dave I.D. – solo – industrial

DRC Music (Damon Albarn of Blur) – cross-cultural (Congo)

The Duke Spirit


Esben And The Witch (for both Violet Cries and )

Florence (Welch) & The Machine

Frankie & The Heartstrings

Fujiya & Miyagi



Kaiser Chiefs


The Kooks

Lanterns On The Lake

The Leisure Society

Male Bonding



The New Mastersounds – funk

Noah And The Whale

One Sixth Of Tommy

Pete And The Pirates

The Pigeon Detectives

The Rifles

Ross And The Wrongens

The Sand Band

Scars On 45

Slow Club

Tom ‘Smith’ (of Editors) & Andy ‘Burrows’ (of Razorlight)

The Travelling Band

White Belt Yellow Tag

The Wombats

Wu Lyf (aka World Unite! Lucifer Youth Foundation)

Gabby Young And Other Animals


Blackmore’s Night


Blackmore’s Night (Ritchie Blackmore of Deep Purple and Rainbow)

Candice Night (wife of Ritchie) – female solo





Ben Ottewell – solo


The Horrors


Cat’s Eyes (Faris Badwan of The Horrors)

The Horrors




Beady Eye (5 guys from Oasis, including Liam, but not Noel)

High Flying Birds (with Noel)


65daysofstatic – (sic)


Polinski (Paul Wolinski) – solo

65daysofstatic (for both Heavy Sky and Silent Running) – experimental


The Verve


Richard Ashcroft

Erland & The Carnival (Simon Tong)


England Baroque Chamber Pop


James Blake (for 3 albums – for both Enough Thunder, Love What Happened Here, and self-titled)

The Irrepressibles

Wild Beasts


England Post-Punk



British Sea Power

The Chapman Family

S.C.U.M. (not the same-named Norway metal band)

Still Corners

The Vaccines

Wet Paint

White Lies

Yuck (2 guys ex-Cajun Dance Party)


England Psychedelic Rock



The Unthanks


England Blues Rock


Anna Calvi – female solo

Dennis Hopper Choppers (Ben Nicholls) – solo

Hokie Joint

Kitty, Daisy & Lewis (the Durham siblings)

Hugh Laurie (the actor) – solo


England Psych-Folk


Codes In The Clouds (sounds like Explosions In The Sky)

James Elkington & Nathan Salsburg (U.S.) (acoustic guitar)

Trevor Moss & Hannah-Lou (married)

The Sand Band

Smoke Fairies (sounds like Annie Haslam of Renaissance)

Trembling Bells (electric medieval/Renaissance)


England Experimental


Vicki Barnett (mash-ups of pop and rock hits, including The Doors and Sound Of Music) – female solo

Duke Garwood – solo

Maybeshewill (sic)

Passarella Death Squad

Planningtorock (sic) (Janine Rostron) – female solo


Zum Zum Egui


England Garage Rock


The Cubical (sic) (sounds like Captain Beefheart channeling Tom Waits)

Headcat (Lemmy Kilmister/Motorhead and Slim Jim Phantom/Stray Cats) (covers of 50s/60s rockers)

The Jim Jones Revue (Jim Jones of Thee Hypnotics)

Little Barrie

Milk Maid

Thee Spivs (channeling every single England late-70s punk band)


England Hard Rock


The King Blues

The Suzukis


England Soul


‘Adele’ Atkins – female solo

The Bongolian (Nasser Bouzida) – solo

Nostalgia 77 (Ben Lambin) – solo

Smoove & (John) Turrell


England Dance-Rock/Electro/Synth


Bibio (Stephen Wilkinson) – solo

Crystal Fighters

Dutch Uncles

Emalkay (Martin Knowles) – solo

Friendly Fires

The Go! Team

Is Tropical

Koan Sound


Mickey Moonlight (Mike Silver) – solo

Mrs. Jynx (Hannah Davidson) – female solo

Kele ‘Okereke’ (of Bloc Party) – solo

SBTRKT (Aaron Jerome) – solo

Scroobius Pip (David Meads) – solo


Summer Camp


Tropics (Chris Ward) (not one of the same-named England or U.S. bands) – solo

Chad Valley (Hugo Manuel) – solo

Zomby – solo


England Male Solo


Jon Allen

James Blackshaw (acoustic guitar)

Blanck Mass (Ben Power of F**k Buttons) – solo

Blood Orange (Devonte Hynes, aka Lightspeed Champiom)

Butcher The Bar (Joel Nicholson)

Iain Chambers (acoustic guitar)

Baxter Dury (son of Ian)

Fink (Fin Greenall)

The Glorious (Christopher Wicks, founder of fashion house English Laundry)

Miles Kane (of The Last Shadow Puppets)

Alexi Murdoch

Puzzle Muteson

RKC (aka Roses Kings Castles) (Adam Ficek of Babyshambles)

Edward Rogers

Ed Sheeran

Spectrals (Louis Jones)

Alex Turner (of Arctic Monkeys and The Last Shadow Puppets)

Frank Turner

‘Tom Vek’ Vernon-Kell

James Walbourne

Mitch Winehouse (Amy’s father) (Sinatra-type standards)

Patrick Wolf (for both Brumalia and Lupercalia)


England Female Solo


Alessi’s Ark (Alessi Laurent-Marke)

Mechanical Bride (Lauren Doss)

Hannah Peel




Admiral Fallow

Conquering Animal Sound

Falloch – prog-metal


Frightened Rabbit

The Fruit Tree Foundation (folks from The Delgados, Frightened Rabbit, and The Twilight Sad)

Jonny (2 guys from Teenage Fanclub and Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci)

King Creosote (Kenny Anderson) (for both Diamond Mine, with Jon Hopkins, and Thrawl)

Sons & Daughters

Sparrow And The Workshop

Veronica Falls

Bill Wells & Aidan Moffat (of Arab Strap)


Scotland Post-Punk



Penguins Kill Polar Bears

We Were Promised Jetpacks




The Joy Formidable

Los Campesinos!

The Loves (not one of the same-named France synth or 60s U.S. psychedelic rock bands)


Northern Ireland


Cashier No. 9

The Japanese Popstars – synth




Adebisi Shank – experimental

And So I watch You From Afar – experimental

Bell X1 – synth

Julie Feeney – female solo

Fight Like Apes


Ireland Male Solo


James McMorrow

Fionn Regan




Alamo Race Track

Are You A Lion

Apes In The Orange Grove

The Black Atlantic

La Boutique Fantastique


Cuban Heels (not one of the same-named Scotland 80s or England bands)

De Staat

The Devil’s Blood – prog-metal

Dyzack (Erik Hofland) – solo – blues rock

Early Adopters

Tommy Ebben And The Small Town Villains

Charles Frail – solo – baroque chamber pop


Sven Hammond Soul – soul music

Happy Camper (not one of the same-named Indiana or Las Vegas bands)

Henk (Koorn) & Melle (De Boer)

I Am Oak (Thijs Kuijken) (for both Oasem and Wavves) – solo – psych-folk

Junior Eats Alone

Kaizers Orchestra

King Jack (not the same-named England band)

Krach (not the same-named Germany band)


The May Bees (channeling Guided By Voices)

Me & Stupid

Milligram Retreat


M-Jo & The Jesus Herb

Moi, Le Voisin (aka Me, The Neighbor)

Neon Rainbows



Palio Superspeed Donkey

The Phantom Four & The Arguido

The Phoenix Foundation


Racoon (sic) (not the same-named Canada band)


Templo Diez


Joep Van Son & Jelle Van Veenan



Netherlands Post-Punk


The Bent Moustache (channeling The Fall and My Bloody Valentine)

Eins Zwei Orchestra

Houses (not the same-named Denver band)

The Medics (not the same-named Australia band)

Pioneers Of Love

Rats On Rafts

Stairs To Nowhere


Netherlands Psychedelic-Rock





Netherlands Alt-Country


Dusty Stray



Netherlands Experimental


Aestrid (Bo Menning) – solo

Dead Neanderthals (sax and drums, similar to Morphine)


Spoelstra (Jeroen Warntjes) – solo

We Killed Bambi

Yesterday’s Men


Netherlands Cross-Cultural


Jungle By Night – Nigeria jazz

Mdungu – Gambia

TenTemPies – Mexico


Netherlands Garage Rock


The Galactic Lo-Fi Orchestra

Woody & Paul


Netherlands Hard Rock


All On Black

And So I Watch You From Afar

Black Bottle Riot

BlackboxRed (sic)

Blues Brother Castro

Death Letters (sounds like At The Drive-In)

The Fudge

Lost Bear

The Maydays (not the same-named Wales band)



The Windowsill


Netherlands Prog-Rock


Atlantis (Gilson Heitinga)


Knight Area


Netherlands Industrial


Aux Raus



Netherlands Funk



The Jig

Mungolian Jetset



Netherlands Reggae



Damaru – solo

Def P & Beatbusters


Joggo (Jurgen Seedorf, brother of world-class soccer player Clarence) – solo

Ziggy Recado – solo

Splendid (not the same-named Australia band with Angie Hart of Frente!)

The Upsessions


Netherlands Dance-Rock/Electro/Synth


Classic Brothers

Gluid (Bram Van Den Oever) – solo

Jesus And The Christians

Kraak & Smaak

Lola Kite

Sander Kleinenberg – solo

Rimer London – solo


Fata ‘El Morgana’ Moustache

Nobody Beats The Drum

Pitto (Geurt Kersjes) – solo

Tech Chic Design (Anduo Lucia) – solo


Netherlands Male Solo


Awkward I (Djurre DeHaan)

Benny Sings (Tim Berkestijn)

Johan Borger

Bart Constant

Dazzled Kid (Tjeerd Bomhof of Voicst)

Marten De Paepe


Niels ‘Duffhues’


Ro Halfhide

Wouter Hamel

Ralph De Jongh And Crazy Hearts (sounds like mid-70s M.Jagger)

Tim Knol

‘Harold K’ Limburg

Andre Manuel

Case Mayfield

Jelle ‘Paulusma’ (not the same-named England female solo singer)

Joep Pelt (covers done as Americana)

Roy Santiago

Spinvis (Erik De Jong)

Meindart Talma

Florian Wolff

Yoshimi (Niet Hilkman)


Netherlands Female Solo


Linda Arkana

‘Eefje’ De Visser

Pien Feith

Gram (Marg Van Eenbergen)

iET (Lisa Van Viegan)

Marike Jager

Aafke Romeijn

Gwen ‘G.T. Thomas’

‘Chagal’ Van Den Berg

Sonja Van Hamel






Birds That Change Colour

Black Box Revelation – garage rock

A Brand

Bunny Zen & The Syphilis Madmen

Cape Coast Radio

Das Pop

The Future Dead

Intergalactic Lovers

Low Vertical

Suarez (not one of the same-named Argentina or U.S. bands)

You Raskal You


Zita Swoon Group


Belgium Post-Punk



Sunday Bell Ringers


Belgium Experimental


I H8 Camera

Sleeping Dog


Belgium Cross-Cultural


Antwerp Gypsy-Ska Orchestra (gypsy songs played as ska)

Hoquets – Congo


Belgium Male Solo


The Bony King of Nowhere (Bram Van Parys)

Gotye (Wouter De Backer)

Tom Pintens

Spencer The Rover (Koen Renders)





The Megaphonic Thrift

Pagan’s Mind – prog-metal


Mathias Stubo – solo – synth


Norway Male Solo


‘Moddi’ Knotsen

Sondre Lerche


Norway Female Solo


Ane Brun

Jenny Hva

Rebeka Karijord




The Amazing

Bye Bye Bicycle

Friska Viljor

Fullforce – metal

Golden Kanine



Niki & The Dove

Peter Bjorn And John

The Skull Defekts – post-punk

Those Dancing Days – garage

Thus: Owls


Sweden Synth


The Field (Alex Willner) – solo

I Break Horses

Little Dragon (4 ex-members of Gorillaz)



Sweden Male Solo


Christian Kjellvander

Jens Lekman

Loney Dear (Emil Svenangen)


Sweden Female Solo


‘Lykke Li’ Zachrisson

Sakert! (Annika Norlin)

Signe Tollefsen




Le Corps Mince De Francais


Timo Tolkki – solo

Vladislav Delay Quartet (Sasu Ripatti) – solo – industrial (similar to Cabaret Voltaire/Throbbing Gristle)




Maggie Bjorklund – female solo – alt-country

Les Chicharrons – funk

Dad Rocks! (Snaevar Albertsson) – solo – psych-folk

Darkness Falls

Figurines (not the same-named band that later became Ben Gibbard’s side project The Postal Service)

Murder (not the same-named U.S. band)

The Raveonettes – post-punk

Treefight For Sunlight (for both A Collection of Vibrations For Your Skull and self-titled)

When Saints Go Machine – baroque chamber pop


Denmark Dance-Rock/Electro/Synth


Keith Canisius – solo

Vinnie Who (Niels Hansen) – solo

Who Made Who




Apparat Organ Quartet

Iceage (not the same-named U.S. prog-rock band)

Ourlives (sic)

‘Soley’ Stefensdottir (of Seabear) – female solo


Iceland Experimental




Iceland Male Solo


Olafur Arnolds – classical

Sin Fang Bous (Sindri Sigfusson)




The Do

The Dukes (not one of the same-named New Zealand or U.S. 70s or current bands) – hard rock

Herman Dune

Housse De Racket

Pneu – experimental


France Cross-Cultural


Sergent Garcia (Cuba)

Stranded Horse (Yann Tambour) – solo – cross-cultural (Mali)


France Dance-Rock/Electro/Synth


Agoria (Sebastien Davand) – solo

Black Devil Disco Club

Cosmos 70

Curry (Thomas Pilem) & Coco (Sylvain Przybylski)


Dye (Juan De Guillebon) – solo


M83 (Anthony Gonzales) – solo

The Shoes (not the same-named 70s U.S. Band)


Yuksek (Pierre-Alexandre Busson) – solo


France Female Solo


Charlotte Gainsbourg

My Bee’s Garden (Melody Prochet)

Maia Vidal

Zaz (Isabelle Geffroy)




Bodi Bill

Brandt Brauer Frick Ensemble – synth


Long Distance Calling – prog-rock

V8 Wankers – hard rock


Germany Experimental


Niobe (Yvonne Cornelius) – female solo

Super Reverb


Germany Classical


Nils Frahm (for 3 albums – Felt, 7 Fingers with Anne Muller, and as Oliveray)

Hauschke (Volker Bertelmann) – solo

Oliveray (Nils Frahm and Peter Broderick)


Germany Male Solo


Jonas David

Finn (Patrick Zimmer)

Norman Palm




Mercedes Peon – female solo




Buraka Son Sistema – synth




Dimlite (Dimitri Grimm) – solo – synth

The Pussywarmers – experimental




Aucan – synth

A Classic Education

Forty Winks

Waines – garage rock


Italy Male Solo


Banjo Or Freakout (Alessio Natalizia)

Alberto Rigoni




Keep Shelly In Athens – synth

Scar Of The Sun – prog-metal


Central Europe


Killed By 9V Batteries (Austria) – post-punk

Armand Margjeka (Albania) – solo

Ana Popovic (Serbia) – female solo – blues-rock

Alina Simone (Ukraine) – female solo

Taraf De Haidouks (Romania) & Kocani Orkestar (Macedonia) – cross-cultural (gypsy)

Yonderboi (Laszlo Fogarasi) (Hungary) – solo – synth


Czech Republic


Marketa Irglova (of Swell Season and the movie Once, both with Glen Hansard of The Frames) – solo

Toh Kay (Tomas Kalnoky) – solo




Morphosis (Rabih Beaini) (not the same-named 90s Ireland death metal band) – solo – synth




J.Viewz (Jonathan Dagan) – solo – synth

‘Keran Ann’ Zeidel – female solo




Asa (Bukola Ekmide) (Nigeria) – female solo

Orchestre Poly-Rythmo (Benin)




Fatoumata Diawara – female solo



South Africa


Dear Reader

Chris Letcher – solo

MartyParty (Marty Folb) – solo – synth

The Parlotones (channeling The Killers)

Seether – hard rock




World’s End Girlfriend (Katsuhiko Maeda) – solo – experimental




The Fever Machine – hard rock




Zee Avi – female solo




Architecture In Helsinki

Boy & Bear

Fallon Cush

Hungry Kids Of Hungary

Little Red


Australia Post-Punk


Canyons (not either of the same-named U.S. bands from D.C. or L.A.)

Grand Atlantic

The Jezabels


Australia Psych-Folk


Cloud Control

The Middle East


Australia Garage Rock


Bleeding Knees Club

The UV Race


Australia Dance-Rock/Electro/Synth


Cut Copy

Miami Horror


Australia Male Solo


Liam Finn (son of Neil of Crowded House)

Scott Matthews


Australia Female Solo



Julia Stone


New Zealand



Cut Off Your Hands

Indicator Dogs – hard rock

The Naked And Famous

Orchestra Of Spheres – experimental

Pyjama Club (Neil Finn of Crowded House, with wife Sharon)

Unknown Mortal Orchestra (Ruban Nielsen) – garage rock – solo


South America


Algodon Egipcio (“Egyptian Cotton”) (Ezequiel Bertho) (Venezuela) – solo – synth

Las Kellies (channeling The Au Pairs and Delta 5) (Argentina) – post-punk




CSS (Cansei De Ser Sexy, aka Tired Of Being Sexy) – synth

Digitaldubs – reggae

The Lilies (Sergio Dias of Os Mutantes, along with Tahiti Boy & The Palmtree Family)




Davila666 – garage rock (Puerto Rico)

Juakali – solo – reggae (Trinidad)

Gaby Moreno – female solo (Guatemala)


Jamaica Reggae


Daniel Chino McGregor – solo

Superheavy (Damian Marley, with Mick Jagger and Dave Stewart 0f The Eurythmics)




-+ – (RitualZ) – solo – synth

The Butcherettes – garage rock




Barn Burner – hard rock

Bedouin Soundclash

The Darcys

The Dears

Handsome Furs

The Lions (not one of the same-named bands around the globe)

The Luyas


Rah Rah


Tasseomancy (aka reading tea-leaves)

The Weeknd (sic) (Abel Tesfaye) – solo – soul

Whitehorse (includes Luke Doucet) (not the 70s U.S. band with Motley Crue’s Mick Mars) – alt-country


Godspeed You! Black Emperor


Esmerine (Bruce Cawdron, with Beckie Foon of Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra)

Efrim Menuck (of Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra)


The New Pornographers


Kathryn Calder – female solo

Destroyer (Dan Bejar)


Canada Post-Punk


Little Girls

No Joy

Odonis Odonis


Canada Southern Rock


Redlight King (Mark Kasperczyk) – solo

The Sheepdogs (for both Five Easy Pieces and Learn & Burn)


Canada Psych-Folk


Siskiyou (2 guys from Great Lake Swimmers)

Timber Timbre


Canada Experimental



Dirty Beaches (Alex Hungtai) – solo

Little Scream (Laurel Sprengelmeyer) – female solo


Canada Dance-Rock/Electro/Synth



Azari & III

Jef Barbara – solo

The Birthday Massacre

Tim Hecker – solo

Junior Boys


Melleefresh (Melenny Brown) Vs Deadmau5 (Joel Zimmerman)

Moonface (Spencer Krug of Frog Eyes, Wolf Parade, and Sunset Rubdown) – solo

New Look

Parallels (Cameron Findlay, ex-Crystal Castles)

Rustie (Russell Whyte) (not the same-named 90s Canada indie band) – solo

San Sebastian

Teen Daze (Jamison) – solo

Young Galaxy


Canada Male Solo


City And Colour (Dallas Green of Alexisonfire)

Diamond Rings (John O’Regan)

Ensemble (Olivier Alary)

Dan Mangan

Neverending White Lights (Daniel Victor)

Sandro Perri

Doug Tielli – baroque chamber pop

Chad VanGaalen


Canada Female Solo


Louise Burns

Leslie ‘Feist’

Grimes (Claire Boucher)

Jenn Mierau


Samantha Savage Smith


Athens, GA


Black Tusk (Savannah, GA) – hard rock

Passafire (Savannah) – reggae

Drive-By Truckers – southern rock

Efren – psych-folk

Little Tybee (Savannah)

Modern Skirts


Athens Alt-Country


Craig Campbell (Lyons, GA) – solo


Athens Dance-Rock/Electro/Synth



Washed Out (Ernest Greene of Macon, GA) – solo




Black Lips – garage rock

Brent Hinds (of Mastodon) (for 2 solo albums, one garage rock, one psycho-billy like The Cramps)

Van Hunt – solo – funk

Little Horn

Ponderosa – southern rock

Today The Moon, Tomorrow The Sun – post-punk

Young Antiques – hard rock


U.S. Indie


Aeroplane Pageant

Alpine White

AM & Shawn Lee


Army Navy

Baby Tenders

Bear & Moose


Benjy Davis Project

Big Talk (Ronnie Vannucci of The Killers)

Big Troubles

Bird By Bird

The Black Rabbits

Blitzen Trapper


Bomb The Music Industry!

Boston Spaceships (Robert Pollard of Guided By Voices)

Brown Recluse

The Builders And The Butchers

Built Like Alaska

Cage The Elephant

Caged Animals



Clap Your Hands Say Yeah

Cold War Kids

The Color Bars

John Craig & The Weekend

Cuckoo Chaos

Danger Mouse (Brian Burton of Gnarls Barkley) & Daniele Luppi (Italy composer)

The Dangerous Summer


The Dead Trees

Dear Lions (for both Lying To My Lies and self-titled)

Death Songs

The Decemberists (for both The King Is Dead and Long Live The King)


D & M

The Dodos

Dom (similar to Black Kids)

The Donkeys

The Drums

The Duke & The King (Simon Felice of The Felice Brothers)

Duwende (a cappella Michael Jackson covers)

EDM (aka Early Day Miners)

Empress Hotel



Fair Ohs

The Felice Brothers

Forest Fire

Fruit Bats


Gardens & Villa

Gem Club


Gold Beach


A Great Big Pile Of Leaves

The Great Book Of John

The Great Unknown


Ed Hale And The Transference

Halloween, Alaska

The Head And TheHeart

Holiday Shores

Hospital Ships

Hotel Lights (Darren Jessee of Ben Folds Five)


Ingram Hill

Jacuzzi Boys

Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit

Kay Kay & His Weathered Underground

Stephen Kellogg And The Sixers

King’s Daughters & Sons

Knights On Earth

Loch Lomond

The London Souls

Stephen Malkmus And The Jicks

Man Man

Mannequin Man


The Miracals

Miracles Of Modern Science

Mr. Heavenly (guys from Islands, Man Man, and Modest Mouse)


Nightmare & The Cat (2 sons of Dave Stewart of The Eurythmics and Siobhan Fahey of Bananarama)

North Mississippi Allstars

Nurses (from Portland, OR, not the same-named Indiana band)

Oh No Oh My

Okkervil River

1, 2, 3

Other Lives

Oy Vey

The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart

Parts & Labor

Peaking Lights

People Get Ready

Pepper Rabbit

Poison Control Center

Portugal. The Man

Prophets & Kings

Real Estate

The Red Button

Release The Sunbird (Zach Schwartz of Rogue Wave)
Right On Dynamite

Robbers On High Street

Royal Bangs

Scattered Pony

Sea Lions



The Silent Comedy

The 65’s

Skeletons (not the same-named 90s U.S. band)

Skysaw (Jimmy Chamberlin of Smashing Pumpkins)

Smith Westerns

Spanish Prisoners

The Stepkids

Strange Boys

Surfer Blood



The Strokes

Tapes ‘n Tapes


Tiny Animals

Toy Bombs

The Trophy Fire

TV On The Radio

The Twilight Singers (Greg Dulli of The Afghan Whigs)

Typhoon (not the same-named Korea rap band)



The Wandas

The War On Drugs

We Are Augustines

The Whiskey Saints

White Denim

Peter Wolf Crier

Yellow Ostrich

Yellowbirds (not the same-named Netherlands band)

Young Buffalo

Young The Giant


U.S. Indie – Female Vocals


Asobi Seksu

The Bandana Splits (doo-wop)

The Belle Brigade

Bird Of Youth

Brave Irene (Rose Melburg of The Softies)


Cliffie Swans


Dark Dark Dark

Ear Pwr

Family Of The Year


Mimi Goeze & Ben Neill (song cycle about myth of Persephone)


If By Yes (Petra Haden, ex-The Decemberists, and Yuka Honda of Cibo Matto)

The Kills (Alison Mosshart of Dead Weather)

Leftover Cuties

Little Anchor

The Moor (not one of the same-named Sweden 90s or U.S. death metal bands)

‘Thao’ Nguyen (of Get Down Stay Down) & ‘Mirah’ Zeitlyn


Point Venture, WA

Ra Ra Riot

Arrica Rose & The ..’s

Secret Cities

Sick Of Sarah

Sleeper Agent


Times New Viking

Twin Sister

Widowspeak (channeling Hope Sandoval of Mazzy Star)

Wye Oak


The Dear Hunter (sic)


The Dear Hunter

Mercies (Sammy Dent and Josh Rheault) – psych-folk


The Fiery Furnaces


Eleanor Friedberger – solo

Matthew Friedberger (of his 5 2011 solo albums, Meet Me In Miramas, the guitar one) – solo


The Flatlanders


Joe Ely – solo

Jimmie Dale Gilmore – solo – alt-country


The Gaslight Anthem


The Gaslight Anthem (classic rock covers)

The Horrible Crowes (Brian Fallon)


Queens Of The Stone Age


‘Alain Johannes’ Michulski (also of Them Crooked Vultures) – solo

Mini Mansions (Michael Shuman of Queens Of The Stone Age)


Ra Ra Riot


Ra Ra Riot

Mathieu Santos – solo


Sonny & The Sunsets


Earth Girl Helen Brown (Sonny Smith) – garage rock

Sonny & The Sunsets – garage rock


Vivian Girls


The Babies (not the same-named 70s U.S. band) (Cassie Ramone, with Kevin Morby of Woods)

La Sera (Katy Goodman)

Vivian Girls


Wooden Shjips


Moon Duo (Ripley Johnson) – psychedelic rock

Wooden Shjips – psychedelic rock




Exene Cervenka – female solo

John Doe – solo – alt-country


U.S. Baroque Chamber Pop


Active Child (Pat Grossi) – solo

Baby Dee – solo

Sam Mickens (of Xiu Xiu) – solo


U.S. Post-Punk


Almost Free

Brown Shoe

Cold Cave (Wesley Eisley) – solo


Cymbals Eat Guitars

The Drift

Edelweiss (not the same-named 80s Austria synth band)

John Mark McMillan – solo

Mi Ami

Moving Units

Ringo Deathstarr

She Wants Revenge

Silversun Pickups

Snake Rattle Rattle Snake

Transfer (from San Diego, not the same-named Detroit band)

TV Ghost


Wild Flag (Carrie Brownstein and Janet Weiss of Sleater-Kinney)

With Lions

You Can Be A Wesley


U.S. Psychedelic Rock


Asteroid #4


Crystal Stilts (for both In Love With Oblivian and Radiant Door)


Head Of Wantastiquet (Paul Labrecque of Sunburned Hand Of The Man) – solo

Howlin Rain

The Living Kills


Psychic Ills

True Widow

Tu Fawning

USX (aka U.S. Christmas)

Wet Hair

White Hills


U.S. Alt-Country


Ariel Abshire – female solo

Scotty Alan

Alana Amram And The Rough Gems (covers of 60s folk singer Vince Martin)

Frankie Ballard – solo

Jody Booth – solo

Mary Bragg – female solo

Jeff Bridges (the actor)

The Burritos

Cabin Dogs

Grayson Capps – solo

Hayes Carll

Dead Man Winter

Robert Ellis – solo

Joe Firstman

Girls Guns And Glory

Have Gun Will Travel

Hiss Golden Messenger (M.C. Taylor) (for both From Country Hai Cotton and Poor Moon) – solo

Drew Holcomb And The Neighbors – solo

Lizzie Huffman – solo

Brandon James – solo

Eilen Jewell – female solo

Kort (Kurt Wagner of Lambchop and Cortney Tidwell)

Gill Landry (of Old Crow Medicine Show)
Loves It!

The Low Anthem

Mandarin Orange

Jessica Lea Mayfield – female solo

Middle Brother (Taylor Goldsmith of Dawes and John McCauley of Deer Tick)

My Cousin, The Emperor

Josh T. Pearson

Sons Of Fathers

Two Cent Revival (Matt Jones) – solo

2/3 Goat

Nick Verzosa & The Noble Vision

Abigail Washburn – female solo

Shayna (Zaid) & The Catch


U.S. Blues Rock


McKnight & Bogdal

‘Seasick Steve’ Wold – solo


U.S. Southern Rock


Michael Grimm – solo

Jaimoe’s Jasssz Band (with Jai Johanny Johansen of Allman Brothers)

The White Buffalo (Jake Smith) – solo


U.S. Psych-Folk



The Antlers

BigBee Of The Whitetree

The Black Swans

Blessed Feathers

Bon Iver

The Cave Singers

The Civil Wars

The David Wax Museum

Dolorean (not the same-named Spain band)

Elephant Revival

Fleet Foxes

Grey Reverend (L.D. Brown) – solo

Joy Kills Sorrow

The Loom

The Lower 48


The Milk Carton Kids


The Mountain Goats

Mike ‘Musikanto’ – solo


The Poison Tree (Steve Salett) – solo

Tyler Ramsey (of Band Of Horses) – solo

Rue Royale



Matt (Sever) The Electrician – solo


Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players




U.S. Experimental


Barn Owl (from San Francisco, not the same-named Iowa band)

Juliana Barwick


Book Of Knots

Circuit Des Yeux (Haley Fohr) – female solo

Collections Of Colonies Of Bees

The Dead Rider (similar to Mr. Bungle)

Dos (Mike Watt of Minutemen and Kira Roesller of Black Flag) (quiet bass music)
Dub Trio

Evangelista (Carla Bozulich) – female solo

Explosions In The Sky

Gang Gang Dance



How To Dress Well (Tom Krell) – solo

LA Vampires (Amanda Brown) – female solo


David Lynch (the director) – solo

‘Delicate Steve’ Marion – solo

Psychedelic Horseshit

The Psychic Paramount

Colin Stetson (channeling the Morphine sound)

Tera Melos

13 & God

Tune-Yards (Merrill Garbus) – female solo

U.S. Girls (Megan Remy) – female solo

Jeans Wilder (Andrew Caddick) – solo

X-Ray Press

Young Circles


U.S. Cross-Cultural


A Hawk And A Hacksaw (Jeremy Barnes of Neutral Milk Hotel) –Yiddish

Fool’s Gold – afro-pop

The Macrotones – afro-funk

Mariachi El Bronx – mariachi

Ocote Soul Sounds – Latin funk

Prince Rama – Hindi


U.S Garage Rock


Thee American Revolution (sic) (Robert Schneider of The Apples In Stereo)

The Baseball Project (Pete Buck of R.E.M. and Steve Wynn of The Dream Syndicate)

Bass Drum Of Death

The Black Keys

The Bloody Hollies

Cloud Nothing (Dylan Baldi) – solo

Kid Congo And The Pink Monkey Birds (Brian Tristan of Gun Club, Cramps, and Nick Cave/Bad Seeds)

Mikal Cronin – solo

Deer Tick


Dum Dum Girls

Hanni El Khatib – solo

The Ettes

The Handcuffs

Hunx And The Punx

Andrew Jackson Jihad


The Ladybirds (not the 60s England group)


Mind Spiders (Mark Ryan) – solo

Obits (Rick Froberg of Drive Like Jehu)

(Reid) Paley & (Black) Francis (Charles Thompson of The Pixies)

Sic Alps (for both Breadhead and Napa Ensemble)

Sleeper Agent

Street Eaters

Thee Oh Sees (sic) (for both Carrion Crawler and Castlemania)

Those Darlins (sic)

Total Babes

Two Cow Garage


White Fence (Tim Presley of Darker My Love) – solo

‘Jack Oblivian’ Yarber – solo


U.S. Hard Rock


All Eyes West

Blackfire Revelation


Crystal Antlers

Flogging Molly

Just Visiting



The Memorials (Thomas Pridgen of The Mars Volta)

Noise By Numbers

Jordan Page – solo


Rival Sons

Rose Hill Drive

Russian Circles

Sainthood Reps

The Story Changes

Thousand Watt Stair (Pat Kim of Unwritten Law)

Three Legged Fox


Triumph Of Lethargy Skinned To Death

Voices Of Extreme



U.S. Industrial


Electric Six


U.S. Alt-Metal



Hollywood Undead

Shinobi Nonja


U.S. Soul



The Bo-Keys

Charles Bradley

Fitz And The Tantrums

Little Jackie

Mayer Hawthorne (Andrew Cohen) – solo

Nikki Jean (Nicholle Leary) – female solo

Raphael Saadiq (Charles Wiggins) – solo


U.S. Funk


JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound

CSC Funk Band

The Funk Ark

Nappy Riddem

100 Monkeys



U.S. Reggae


‘Elan’ Atias – solo

J Boog (Jerry Afemata) (not J-Boog of U.S. soul band B2K) – solo

Ellwood (members of Cherry Poppin’ Daddies and Mad Caddies) – ska


Extra Classic

Trevor Hall – solo

Prince Polo (Billy Szeflinski) – solo




U.S. Dance-Rock/Electro/Synth


Alias (Brendon Whitney)

ANR (aka Awesome New Republic) (not the same-named Texas metal band)


Andrew Bayer – solo

Beats Antique

Body Language

Boom Bip (Bryan Hollon) – solo

Botanical Bullets

Brite Futures (sic)

The Chain Gang Of 1974 (Kamtin Mohager) – solo

Class Actress (Elizabeth Harper) – female solo

Matthew Cooper (of Eluvium) (soundtrack to film Some Days Are Better Than Others)

Beth Ditto (Mary Patterson of Gossip) – female solo

Daedelus (Alfred Darlington) – solo


Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. (sic)


(Joel) Ford & (Daniel) Lopatin

Jason Forrest – solo

Foster The People

French Horn Rebellion

Future Islands

Wolfgang Gartner (Joey Youngman) – solo

Gauntlet Hair

Geoti (Will Wiesenfeld of Baths)

Goddamn Electric Bill (Jason Torbert) – solo

Shana Halligan – female solo

Hang Glider

Barbie Hatch – female solo

Hercules & Love Affair

High Places

Holy Ghost!

Ezekiel Honig – solo


Jupe Jupe

Kaskade (Ryan Raddon) – solo

Kid Is Qual

Letting Up Despite Great Faults

Lightyear (Lauren Zettler) – female solo

Rene Lopez – solo

Love Inks

Martial Canterel (Sean McBride) (sounds like 70s England post-punk band Magazine)

Mates Of State

John Maus – solo

Memory Tapes (Dayve Hawk) – solo

Neon Indian


Pictureplane (Travis Egedy) – solo

Pony Tail

Pyyramids (sic) (not one of the same-named U.S. 60s surf or current multiple indie bands)

Rainbow Arabia

Samiyam (Sam Baker) – solo

Second Sky


‘James Pants’ Singleton – solo

Soft Metals

Solomon – solo


Toro Y Moi (Chazwick Bundick) – solo

Twitch The Ripper

VHS Or Beta

Saul Williams – solo

Win Win



U.S. Male Solo


Dan Andriano In The Emergency Room (of Alkaline Trio)

Appetite (Teddy Briggs)

Blithe Field (Spencer Radcliffe)

Mike Bloom (of The Elected)


Boots Electric (Jesse Hughes of Eagles Of Death Metal)

Meredith Bragg

Canon Blue (Daniel James)

CANT (Chris Taylor of Grizzly Bear)

Gary Clark Jr.

Bosco Delray

Brett Dennan

Dominant Legs (Ryan Lynch)

Kevin Devine

Ducktails (Matt Mondanile of Real Estate)

‘Alexander’ Ebert (singer of Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros)

Williams Fitzsimmons

David Gergen (not the politician)

The Goldberg Sisters (the actor Adam Goldberg)

Golden Bloom (Shawn Fogel)

Goldmund (Keith Kenniff) (piano covers of 1800s folk songs)

Bryan Greenberg

Idiot Glee (James Friley)

Alec Gross

Robby Hecht

Hurricane Bells (Steve Schiltz of Longwave)

Iron & Wine (Sam Beam)

Will James

Argyle Johansen

Gabriel Kahane

Brian Keenan

Lance King – prog-metal

Amos Lee

Low Roar (Ryan Karazija)

Matt Lowell

Cass McCombs (for both Humor Risk and Wit’s End)

Fan Modine (Gordon Zacharias)

Raleigh Moncrief

Daniel Martin Moore

Dustin O’Halloran (classical piano)

Only Son (Jack Dishel of Moldy Peaches)

Pandit (Lance Smith)

Marco Panella

Papercuts (Jason Quever)

Part Time (David Speck)

Psychic Babble (Colin Frangicetto)

Chuck Ragan

Luke Rathbone

Lawson Rollins (acoustic guitar)

Sean Rowe

Mikey Sabatella

Will Samson

Ty Segall

Joe Shannon & Wings Of Sound

Jake Shimabukuro (ukelele instrumentals)

P.G. Six (Pat Gubler)

Tony Sly

Chadwick Stokes (Chad Urmston of State Radio)

Sun Lux (Ryan Lott)

Carter Tanton

Telekinesis (Michael Lerner)

Luke Temple

Ryan Traster

John Vanderslice

Kurt Vile

Wakey! Wakey! (Michael Grubbs)

Jonathan Wilson

Wooden Wand (James Jackson Toth)

Youth Lagoon (Trevor Powers)


U.S. Female Solo


Nicole Atkins

Robin Bacior

Abbie Barrett & The Last Date

‘Alela Diane’ Bevitori

Claire Bloom

Bright Archer (Johanna Kunin)

Pieta Brown

Vanessa Carlton

Comet Gains

Katie Costello

EMA (Erika Anderson)

Rachel Goodrich

Jolie Holland

Lia Ices

Lucy Jaeggi

Joan (Wasser) As Police Woman

Amy Lavere

Alexis Marceaux

My Brightest Diamond (Shara Worden)

Melissa Nadler

‘Jenny O’ Brien

Lucy Wainwright Roche (daughter of Loudon W. and Suzzy of 70s U.S. band The Roches)

St. Vincent (Annie Clark of The Polyphonic Spree)

Sea Of Bees (Julie Baenziger)

Heidi Spencer & The Rare Birds

Maria Taylor (of Azure Ray)

Sarabeth Tucek

Rachael Yamagata

Zola Jesus (Nika Rosa Danilova)

Emily Zuzik


90s Artists – good albums




Ryan Adams (of Whiskeytown)

Alkaline Trio

Myra ‘Tori Amos” (acoustic Instrumentals)

… And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead

Joseph Arthur

Gregory Attonito (of Bouncing Souls)

Bardo Pond

Travis Barker (of Blink-182)

Matraca Berg

Andrew Bird (of Squirrel Nut Zippers) (soundtrack to movie Norman)

Jason Boland & The Stragglers

Bright Eyes



Bill Callahan (of Smog)

Laura Cantrell (covering Kitty Wells)

Dave Cloud & The Gospel Of Power


Rob Crow (of Pinback)


Death Cab For Cutie



DJ Shadow (Joshua Davis)

David Dondero

Dropkick Murphys


Elysian Fields

Emperor X (Chad Matheny)

Everlast (Erik Schrody)

Melissa Ferrick

Face To Face

The Features

Dan Fleming


Richmond Fontaine

Fountains Of Wayne

The Get Up Kids


Wil Hoge



Jackie-O Motherf**ker

Fred James & Mary-Ann Brandon

Mason Jennings

Tim Kasher (of Cursive)

G.Love (Gareth Dutton of G.Love & Special Sauce)



Tony Lucca (classic rock covers)

Stephen Merritt (of The Magnetic Fields)

Moby (Richard Hall)

Tom Morello (of Rage Against The Machine)

My Morning Jacket

Matt Nathanson

Of Montreal

Old 97’s


Brad Paisley

Robert Pollard (of Guided By Voices) (for Birdcage and Space City)


Reckless Kelly

Josh Rouse

Luther Russell (first band was The Bootheels, with Jakob Dylan)

The Sea And Cake

Gregory Scott Slay (of Remy Zero)


Thievery Corporation



Umphrey’s McGee

Urge Overkill

Ursula 1000 (Alex Gimeno)

Jim Ward (of At The Drive-In)
Gillian Welch

William Elliott Whitmore


Hank Williams III (for 3 albums – one industrial, one alt-country, one zydeco)

The World/Inferno Friendship Society


Rest Of World


Acid House Kings

Brett Anderson (of Suede)

‘Geike’ Arnaert (of Hooverphonic)


Boris (for 3 albums – Attention Please, Heavy Rocks, and New Album)


The Chemical Brothers (soundtrack to movie Hanna)


Adam Cohen (Leonard’s son)

Comet Gain


Death In Vegas



Ana Egge



P.J. Harvey

Heideroosjes (channeling Green Day)

Matthew Herbert (song cycle about a pig’s aural lifespan)

The High Llamas

IAMX (Chris Corner of Sneaker Pimps)

Stevie Jackson (of Belle & Sebastian)

Kammerflimmer Kollektief

Kohn (Jurgen De Blonde)

Femi Kuti (son of Fela Kuti)

Ben Lee

Steve Mason (of Beta Band) & Dennis Bovell (of Matumbi)

Mr. Oizo (Quentin Dupieux)

Mogwai (for 3 – Earth Division, Hardcore Will Never Die and Zidane [movie about the soccer player])

New Cool Collective



Pain Of Salvation


Red Snapper

Gruff Rhys (of Super Furry Animals)


Philip Selway (of Radiohead)

Ron Sexsmith


Snow Patrol

Tahiti 80

Yann Tiersen

Sidi Toure

Swollen Members

Devin Townsend (for both the prog-metal Deconstruction and the acoustic prog-rock Ghost)


White Willow

Steven Wilson (of Porcupine Tree)

Richard Youngs


90s Artists – weak albums




The Aquabats


David Banner (Lavell Crump)

Mary J. Blige

Blue October

Boys II Men

‘Carolyn Wonderland’ Bradford

Rick Braun

Richard Buckner

Nick Carter (of Backstreet Boys)


Chickenfoot (Hagar and Anthony of Van Halen, Chad Smith of RHCP, and Joe Satriani)



Declaime (Dudley Perkins)


Diddy (Sean Combs)

DJ Quik (David Blake)

Foo Fighters

Lalah Hathaway (daughter of Donnie)

Faith Hill

Insane Clown Posse

Juliana Hatfield

Jamey Jasta (James Shanahan of Hatebreed)

Jay-Z (Shawn Carter)


Kottonmouth Kings

Kurupt (Ricardo Brown)

‘Maysa’ Leak

Sonia Leigh

Lil Wayne (Dwayne Carter)

Limp Bizkit

Jennifer Lopez

Machine Head

‘Toby Mac’ McKeehan (of D.C. Talk)

Brian McKnight

Mint Condition

Mobb Deep

Mocean Worker (Adam Dorn)

Pharoahe Monch (Troy Jameson)

Neutral Milk Hotel

New Found Glory

NKOTBSB (New Kids On The Block and Backstreet Boys)

Jeffrey Nothing (Jeff Hatrix of Mushroomhead)


Mark O’Connor

Over The Rhine

Panda Bear (Noah Lawson of Animal Collective)

Mike Patton (soundtrack to film The Solitude Of Prime Numbers)

‘Pete Rock’ Phillips

Raekwon (Corey Woods)

The Rapture

The Roots


Saves The Day

Smoking Popes

Britney Spears


David ‘Styles P’


Toxic Holocaust


Laura Veirs

Scott Wieland (of Stone Temple Pilots)

Hank Williams III (for 2 albums – one doom-metal, one speed-metal)

Wu-Tang Clan


Z-Ro (Joseph McVey)


Rest Of World


Amon Amarth

‘Anouk’ Teeuwe

Atari Teenage Riot

Sherrie Austin

Barenaked Ladies



Channel Zero


Cornershop (Bengali vocals)

Danko Jones

Deadlock (Germany metal band, not the same-named Germany hard rock band)


Eye-D (Frank Nitzinsky)

Christian ‘Fennesz’ & Ryuichi ‘Sakamoto’ (of Yellow Magic Orchestra)

Chilly Gonzales (Jason Beck)

In Flames




Secret Cinema (the Netherlands band, not the same-named England band)


Shaggy (Orville Burrell)

John Tejada


60s, 70s, 80s, Over-40 Crowd – good, worthy, interesting, “I’m glad they’re still around” albums




Gregg Allman

Dave Alvin (The Blasters)

Patti Austin (covers of pop hits)

The Bangles

David Bazan (of Pedro The Lion)



Bebe Buell

Buffalo Tom

Glen Campbell

The Cars

Chain & The Gang (Ian Svenonius)

Guy Clark

Dennis Coffey

Judy Collins

Ry Cooder

Alice Cooper

Kid Creole (August Darnell) & The Coconuts

The Cynics

Dream Theater

Ronnie Dunn (of Brooks & Dunn)

Duane Eddy

The Feelies

Howe Gelb (of Giant Sand)

Vince Gill

Guided By Voices (for both Doughnut for A Snowman and Let’s Go Eat The Factory)

Daryl Hall (of Hall & Oates)

Joe Henry

John Hiatt

Buddy Holly (tribute album)

Wanda Jackson

Jane’s Addiction

The Jayhawks

Garland Jeffreys

Booker T. Jones (of The M.G.’s)

Glenn Jones (the acoustic guitarist, not the same-named 80s U.S. soul singer)

‘Lydia Lunch’ Koch & Big Sexy Noise (with James Johnston of Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds)

David Lowery (of Camper Van Beethoven and Cracker)

Steve Lukather (of Toto)

Ray Manzarek (of The Doors) (with Roy Rogers – the blues guitarist, not the singing cowboy)

Steve Martin (the actor, playing banjo/bluegrass)


The Meat Puppets

The Misfits

Keb Mo (Kevin Moore)

Thurston Moore (of Sonic Youth)

New York Dolls

Johnny Nicholas (Asleep At The Wheel) (blues, not swing)

Jag Panzer

Pavlov’s Dog

Sam Phillips


Red Hot Chili Peppers


The Residents

Rocket From The Tombs (with David Thomas of Pere Ubu and Cheetah Chrome of The Dead Boys)

Roomful Of Blues

Todd Rundgren (for album of Robert Johnson covers)

Tom Russell

Gil Scott-Heron (with Jamie Smith of The XX)

Brian Setzer (of The Stray Cats) (guitar instrumentals)

Social Distortion

J.D. Souther (John David Sother [sic])

Speed The Plough

Tommy Stinson (of The Replacements)

They Might Be Giants

George Thorogood (blues covers)

Tom Waits

Craig Wedron (of Shudder To Think)

Leslie West (of Mountain)

Lucinda Williams


Rest Of World


Marc Almond (of Soft Cell)


The Blow Monkeys

Tim Booth (of James)

John Cale

Clan Of Xymox

Cowboy Junkies (for both Demons and Sing In My Meadow)

Dave Davies (of The Kinks, brother of Ray)

Brian Eno (for Small Craft On A Milk Sea)


Marianne Faithful

The Fall


John Foxx (of Ultravox) (for 3 albums – with Harold Budd, with The Maths, with Theo Travis)

Gavin Friday (Fionan Hanvey of The Virgin Prunes [Bono’s 1st band, with The Edge’s brother, Dik])

Gang Of Four

Bob Geldof (of Boomtown Rats)

Roger Glover (of Deep Purple)

Catherina ‘Nina Hagen’

Robert Haigh

Mick Harvey (of The Birthday Party and Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds)

De Kift

Steve Kilbey (of The Church)

King Crimson

Kingdom Come

Simon Kirke (of Free and Bad Company)

Die Krupps

Julian Lennon

The Lijadu Sisters (cousins of Fela Kuti)

Lostboy! (Jim Kerr of Simple Minds)


John Martyn


Peter Murphy (of Bauhaus)


Mani Neumeier (of Guru Guru) & Kawabata Makota (of Acid Mothers Temple)

‘Boy George’ O’Dowd (of Culture Club)

Pet Shop Boys (soundtrack to ballet The Most Incredible Thing)

Simon Phillips (with Trilok Gurtu)

Pop Will Eat Itself

Brian Robertson (of Thin Lizzy and Motorhead)

Robbie Robertson (of The Band)

Shonen Knife (all Ramones covers)

Shriekback (Barry Andrews of XTC)

Skinny Puppy

Stereo MCs

Dave Stewart

Poly Styrene (Marianne Elliott-Said of X-Ray Spex)

David Sylvian (of Japan)

Emmett Tinley (of The Prayer Boat)

Uriah Heep

‘Guido Belcanto’ Versmissen

The Waterboys

Gary Numan’ Webb

Wire (for Red Barked Tree and Strays)



60s, 70s, 80s, Over-40 Crowd – dull, boring, poor, “why did they even bother?” albums




America (dull covers of soft-rock hits)

Paul Anka

Sebastian Bach (Skid Row)

Beastie Boys

Jello Biafra (Eric Boucher of Dead Kennedys)

Pat Boone

Edie Brickell

Lindsey Buckingham (of Fleetwood Mac)


Linda Eder

Five Eight

Black Francis (Frank Black of Pixies)

Michael Franks

Indigo Girls

The Human League

Michael Jackson


Carole King


Jordan Knight (of New Kids On The Block)

Alison Kraus & Union Station

Barry Manilow

Richard Marx

Pat Metheny

Ronnie Millsap

Stevie Nicks (of Fleetwood Mac)

‘Ann-Margret’ Olsson

Dolly Parton

Suzi Quatro

Lou Reed & Metallica

Steve Roach

Todd Rundgren (for album of synth-pop covers of songs he produced for other artists)

Screeching Weasel

Tommy Shaw (of Styx) (bluegrass music)

Paul Simon

Sonic Youth (soundtrack to film Simon Werner)


Keith Sweat

Micah ‘Pastor Troy’

UGK (Underground Kings)


Betty Wright And The Roots


Rest Of World


Hennie Becker


Bruce Cockburn


Kate Bush

Duran Duran

Brian Eno (for Drums Between The Bells) (ambient, with whispered poetry)


Peter Gabriel

‘Bjork’ Gudmundsdottir

Little River Band

Nick Lowe

Paul McCartney (Ocean’s Kingdom ballet)

Daniel O’Donnell

Cliff Richard


Scientist (Hopeton Brown)


John Waite (of The Babys)


Worthwhile Live Albums – U.S.


The B-52s (2011 Athens, GA)

Baby Dee (2009 Amsterdam) – baroque chamber pop

T-Bone Burnett (2010 N.Y. – the ‘Speaking Clock Revue’ show)

Chadwick Stokes (Charles Urmston of State Radio) (2009) – solo

The Devil Makes Three (2011 Petaluma, CA) – alt-country

Dropkick Murphys (2011 Fenway Park, Boston) – hard rock

The Foreign Exchange – soul

Warren Haynes (Asheville, NC) – southern rock

Levon Helm (of The Band) (2008 Nashville – Ryman Auditorium)

Jane’s Addiction (2011 Mexico City)

L.A. Guns (acoustic versions) – hard rock

LCD Soundsystem (2010 London) – synth

The Melvins (2011)

Rhett Miller (of Old 97’s) (2008 Los Angeles – Largo Theater) (acoustic covers of classics)

Mountain Man (2010 Los Angeles – Wiltern Theater) – psych-folk


Pavlov’s Dog (2009) – prog-rock

Iggy Pop (1977-2009 bootleg versions of hits)

R.E.M. (1989 Orlando, FL)

Todd Rundgren (1990 Japan)

Gil Scott-Heron

Scream (a Dave Grohl pre-Nirvana band, which also included Franz Stahl of Foo Fighters) – hard rock

Todd Snider

Talking Heads (1980 Toronto – Heatwave Festival) (first performance of Remain In Light)

Neil Young & The International Harvesters (1984) – alt-country


Worthwhile Live Albums – Rest Of World


Bad Company (2010 London – Wembley Arena) – hard rock – England

Jeff Beck (2003 N.Y. – B.B.King’s Blues Club) (with Terry Bozzio of Frank Zappa) – England

Jeff Beck (2010 N.Y.) (rockabilly classics honoring Les Paul) – England

The Cure (2011 Isle Of Wight Bestival) – post-punk – England

Eric Burden And The Animals (2005 Athens, Greece) – England

Deep Purple (1976 Japan) (Coverdale, T.Bolin, Lord, Hughes, and Paice) – hard rock – England

Def Leppard – hard rock – England

Bob Marley (1980 Pittsburgh, his final concert) – reggae – Jamaica

Mott The Hoople (2009 London – Hammersmith) – England

PiL (2011 Isle Of Wight, England) – post-punk – England

Rolling Stones (1978 Fort Worth, TX) – England

Slash (Saul Hudson of Guns N’Roses) (2011 Stoke, England) – hard rock – England

The Slits (various John Peel sessions) – post-punk – England

The Unthanks (2010 London) (covers of Antony & The Johnsons and Robert Wyatt) – baroque – England

The Wedding Present (1989) – England


Poor Live Albums


Johnny Cash

Counting Crows (2007 N.Y.)

The Doobie Brothers (1982 L.A. – Greek Theater) (atrocious – early-70s classic hits done as smooth jazz)

Bob Dylan (1963 Brandeis University, Boston)

Billy Joel (2008 Shea Stadium, N.Y.)

Matisyahu (Matthew Miller) – rap

Kylie Minogue (2010 London – O2 Arena) – Australia

Pearl Jam

John Prine (1970)

‘Shakira’ Ripoli (2011 Paris) – Columbia

Simply Red (2010 Sydney, Australia – Opera House) – England

‘Anouk’ Teeuwe – female solo – Netherlands

Whitesnake (1990 Castle Donington, England) – hard rock – England


Most Overrated And Boring Indie Band  She & Him

Most Disappointing Album Of The Year


Most Valuable Players, Who Released Good Albums With More Than One Band In 2011


Pete Buck (The Baseball Project and R.E.M.)

Brian Fallon (The Gaslight Anthem and The Horrible Crowes) 

Nils Frahm (Oliveray and 2 solo)

Katy Goodman (La Sera and Vivian Girls)

Taylor Goldsmith (Dawes and Middle Brother)

Scott Hutchison (Frightened Rabbit and The Fruit Tree Foundation)

Ripley Johnson (Moon Duo and Wooden Shjips)

John McCauley (Deer Tick and Middle Brother)

Rhett Miller (Old 97’s and solo)

Robert Pollard (for 4 albums – Boston Spaceships, Guided By Voices, and 2 solo)

Cassie Ramone (The Babies and Vivian Girls)

Mathieu Santos (Ra Ra Riot and Solo)

Sonny Smith (Earthe Girl Helen Brown and Sonny & The Sunsets)

Paul Wolinski (Solo and 2 albums with 65daysofstatic)


Fred’s Best Albums Of The Year




Bardo Pond

The Black Keys

Book Of Knots

The Cars

The Chain Gang Of 1974

Charles Bradley

Crystal Stilts (for In Love With Oblivian)

Cold Cave

Death Cab For Cutie

Eleanor Friedberger

Head of Wantastiquet

LCD Soundsystem (live)

Lydia Lunch

The Misfits

Moon Duo


Russian Circles

Seasick Steve

She Wants Revenge

St. Vincent

Tu Fawning

TV Ghost

Today The Moon, Tomorrow The Sun

Two Cow Garage


Urge Overkill


Tom Waits

The War On Drugs

We Are Augustines

Wooden Shjips


Rest Of World



Brett Anderson

Arctic Monkeys



The Bent Moustache

James Blake (for Enough Thunder)

Boris (for Heavy Rocks)


Cowboy Junkies (for Sing In My Meadow)

Dave I.D.

Diamond Rings

Dirty Beaches

Baxter Dury

Eins Zwei Orchestra


Brian Eno (for Small Craft On A Milk Sea)

The Fall

The Field

Gang Of Four




The Horrors

I H8 Camera

Kaiser Chiefs

Killed By 9V Batteries

Little Girls



The May Bees

Peter Murphy

My Disco

Odonis Odonis

The Parlotones

Penguins Kill Polar Bears

Pop Will Eat Itself

Rats On Rafts

The Raveonettes




The Vaccines

We Were Promised Jetpacks

Wet Paint

When Saints Go Machine

White Lies

World’s End Girlfriend

Yesterday’s Men


Released Outside America And On My 2010 List, Then Released In America In 2011


A Band Of Bees – England

Broken Records – post-punk

Edwyn Collins (Orange Juice) – solo – Scotland

Darwin Deez – solo – U.S.

Motorhead – hard rock – England

Oh Land (Nanna Fabricius) – female solo – synth – Denmark

Suuns – synth – Canada

James Yuill – solo – psych-folk – England



2010 In Music – 1,000+ Good Albums

Posted January 8, 2011 by quiscus
Categories: Uncategorized

This has been a mammoth undertaking, and it has occupied way too much of my life.  I hope you enjoy it:

Happy New Year, everyone!

It is now so easy and inexpensive to record and distribute music that far too many albums are released each week for anyone to hear them all.  I thought if I organized and listed all the bands with good 2010 albums I’ve heard this year it might be helpful to others.

My list differs from other year-end lists in three important ways:

Europe – Since the internet gives everyone around the world instant access to all albums released anywhere, it makes no sense for these other lists to ignore albums released in Europe but not the U.S.  Their probable justification, that there is no point listening to and recommending albums that are not available here, is nonsensical and silly.  Albums released only in Europe are instantly available for us to hear, and to buy as downloads, just like American releases.  Since I haven’t discriminated against or ignored Europe-only releases, this list includes a lot of great music missing from other year-end lists.

Finding Quality Via Quantity – Most year-end lists include a limited number of albums.  Does anyone seriously think there are only a few albums released each year that are worth recommending and hearing?  I’ve attempted to include every good album released this year, not just an inherently arbitrary Best Of.  You might conclude from scanning this list that I heard every indie album released.  Didn’t happen – not even close.  In 2010 I proved conclusively, once again, that no one can hear everything that comes out.

I tried to listen to every 2010 album that got substantial press attention.  As a result, any  well-known album not listed below is likely missing because I don’t think it’s worth your time.  Examples of artists that released poor 2010 albums include Against Me!, Alexisonfire, Angels & Airwaves, Sara Bareilles, Susan Boyle, Citizen Cope, Miley Cyrus, Five For Fighting, Adam Green (The Moldy Peaches), Hot Hot Heat, Norah Jones, Matt & Kim, I Blame Coco (Eliot Sumner, daughter of Sting), M.I.A. (Maya Arulpragasam), Ra Ra Riot, Robyn, Simian Mobile Disco, Sufjan Stevens (The Age Of Adz was bad, while All Delighted People was good), Sugarland, Stone Sour (Corey Taylor of Slipknot), Avey Tare (David Portner of Animal Collective), Tired Pony (Pete Buck & Scott McCaughey of R.E.M.), Trapt, Kanye West.  The common thread among many of these weak albums is their one-dimensionality, sounding the same throughout – how boring is that?  In some cases you wonder whether the artist fell asleep in the studio, or suffered from “obsessive-compulsive repetitious disorder”.

Twentieth-Century Coverage – Other year-end lists copy each other so much they generally include the same albums by the same new artists, and completely ignore albums by artists who’ve been around a while.  Since I don’t ignore older artists (not trusting folks over 30 is such a dated, 60s idea), this list includes categories for artists who made their mark in the 60s, 70s, and 80s, along with categories for well-known 90s artists.  Maybe those other lists only care about New Bands That Self-Proclaimed Trendsetters Decide Are Cool.

So, onward to my list of all artists that released 2010 albums worth hearing:

1.  Given how difficult it is to keep all this information and music straight, I haven’t even attempted to deal with the names of the albums.  Thus, listed below is just the band name, without the album title.  The internet of course makes it easy to discover the name of, and listen to, any of these 2010 albums.

2.  None of these albums are included because of just one song.  I’ve listened to each album at least twice all the way through (well, maybe not all the poor albums listed at the end), and would gladly listen to each again in the future.

3.   When at least two band members release solo albums or side projects, I’ve listed them in a separate category named for the band, which also lists the band’s own album if applicable.  I’ve also listed all-stars who released good albums with more than one band this year.

The bands in each category are listed in alphabetical order.  We begin with my Top 10 albums of the year, and at the bottom is the full list of my choices as the best albums of the year, along with some awards.  I hope you enjoy reading this, expanding your musical horizons, and discovering some great new stuff!

My 2010 Top 10

Amusement Parks On Fire
The Fall
Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti
Voice of The Seven Thunders
Wow & Flutter


Allo Darlin’
Antony & The Johnsons (for both Swanlights and Thank You For Your Love)
Arctic Monkeys

Bad Lieutenant (Bernard Sumner of Joy Division/New Order)
A Bad Think (Michael Marquart of A Flock Of Seagulls)
A Band Of Bees
Blood Red Shoes
British Sea Power
Cherry Ghost
The Clap
The Clientele
The Coral
The Courteeners
Crippled Black Phoenix – prog-rock
The Crookes
The Drums
Everybody Was In The French Resistance … Now! (Eddie Argos of Art Brut)
Everything Everything
Field Music
The Futureheads
Goldheart Assembly
Holly Golightly & The Brokeoffs – alt-country
Good Shoes
The Hotrats (Gaz Coombes and Danny Guffey of Supergrass)
I Am Kloot
The Magic Numbers
Mt. Desolation (Tim Rice-Oxley and Jesse Quinn of Keane)
Mystery Jets
Peggy Sue
Scouting For Girls
Sky Larkin
Special Benny
The Strange Death Of Liberal England
Summer Camp (not the same-named 90s California band)
Tender Trap
These New Puritans
Trus’ Me (David Wolstencroft) – solo – funk
Wild Beasts


Danbert Nobacon (Nigel Hunter) – solo

Roxy Music

Brian Eno – solo
Bryan Ferry – solo


Laetitia Sadier – female solo
England Post-Punk

Amusement Parks On Fire

Archie Bronson Outfit
Lonelady (Julie Campbell) – female solo

England Psychedelic Rock

Band Of Skulls

Voice Of The Seven Thunders (Rick Tomlinson of Voice Of The Seven Woods) – solo
Wolf People
England Psych-Folk

Anna Kashfi (named after Marlon Brando’s first wife)
Danny And The Champions Of The World
Erland & The Carnival (Simon Tong of Blur)
Johnny Flynn – solo
Lone Wolf (Paul Marshall) (not one of the same-named France or Chicago metal bands) – solo
Tom McRae – solo
Smoke Fairies
Peggy Sue
Turin Brakes
The Wishing Tree (Steve Rothery of Marillion)
James Yuill – solo

England Experimental

Chrome Hoof
The Irrepressibles
65daysofstatic (not a typo)

England Cross-Cultural

Bellowhead (Medieval)
Laura Marling and Mumford & Sons (Indian)

England Garage Rock

The Contrast
The Len Price 3
Male Bonding
The Thermals
Trash Kit

England Soul

Ashley Beedle & Darren Morris (tribute to Mavis Staples)
Vanessa ‘V.V. Brown’ – female solo
Grosvenor (Rob Smoughton of Hot Chip) – solo
Jamie Lidell – solo
Mamas Gun
Corinne Bailey Rae – female solo
‘Rox’ Roxanne Tataei – female solo

England Dance-Rock/Electro/Synth

Audio Bully

The Bug (Kevin Martin) – solo
Dan Le Sac Vs. Scroobius Pip (Daniel Stephens & David Meads)
Darkstar (not one of the same-named 90s England or U.S. bands)
Forest Swords (Matt Barnes) – solo
Gorillaz! (Damon Albarn of Blur)
Groove Armada
Hot Chip
Munch Munch
New Young Pony Club
Ou Est Le Swimming Pool
Mark Ronson & The Business International – solo
Silver Columns
Sisters Of Transistors (Graham Massey of 808 State)
Zoon Van Snook (Alec Snook) – solo
We Have Band
N.J. ‘Whitey’ – solo

England Male Solo

Badly Drawn Boy (Damon Gough)
Carl Barat (The Libertines)

James Blackshaw
Get Cape Wear Cape Fly (Sam Duckworth)
Ed Harcourt
‘Fyfe Dangerfield’ Hutchins (of Guillemots)
Richard Hawley (Pulp)
Tim Kasher
Lightspeed Champion (Devonte Hynes) (for both Bye Bye and Life Is Sweet)
James McCartney (son of Paul)
Kele Okereke (Bloc Party)
Paul Smith (Maximo Park)
Thomas White (The Brakes)
Joe Worricker

England Female Solo

Rose Elinor Dougall
Karen Elson (wife of Jack White)
Laura Marling
Kate Nash
Emma ‘Scout Niblett’

Gemma Ray (covers of obscure blues songs)


American Men
Codeine Velvet Club (Jon Lawlor of The Fratellis)
Errors – synth
Frightened Rabbit
Steve Mason (Beta Band)
North Atlantic Oscillation
Trembling Bells – psych-folk
The Unwinding Hours

Scotland Post-Punk

Broken Records
The Phantom Band
We Were Promised Jetpacks


Los Campesinos!
Marina (Diamandis) And The Diamonds – female solo

Northern Ireland

And So I Watch You From Afar – experimental
Duke Special (Peter Wilson) – solo
Two Door Cinema Club


The Glass (not one of the 4 same-named U.S. bands)
Fionn Regan – solo
Shit Robot (Marcus Lambkin) – solo – synth


All Missing Pieces

The Anacondas
Belly Says
Bombay Show Pig
Brown Feather Sparrow
The Bullfight
Chinup (not the same-named U.S. indie band)
Denvis & The Real Deal
‘Giovanca’ Desire – female solo – soul
Tommy Ebben & The Small Town Villains
Fruit Of The Original Sin – industrial
Garcia Goodbye
Go Back To The Zoo
The Heights
Houses (not the same-named U.S. band listed later)
Metro Mortale
MOCT (Men Of Considerable Taste) – blues-rock
Moke (not the same-named 90s England band) (with the classical Metropole Orchestra)
New Cool Collective Big Band – jazz
No Blues – cross-cultural (Arabic)
El Pino & The Volunteers
Pop Up Animal Kids
The Rudolfs
Shane Shu
Shrinking Godspeed – psychedelic rock
Solex (Elisabeth Esselink), Jon Spencer (of his Blues Explosion), Christina Martinez
Star One – prog-metal
That Band From Holland
The Tunes (not one of the same-named Germany or U.S. bands)
The Van Jets
We Be Naked

Netherlands Post-Punk

AC Berkheimer
People Get Ready

Space Siren

Netherlands Alt-Country

Beans & Fatback
The Pedro Delgados
Lea – female solo

Netherlands Psych-Folk

Amarins & Le Gatte Negre
Blaudzun (Johannes Sigmund) – solo
John Carrie and Moor Green
Het Gloren (Floris Schrama) – solo
Homemade Empire (Bart De Kroon) – solo
I Am Oak (Thijs Kuijken) – solo
ME (Minco Eggersman) – solo
Praise The Twilight Sparrow
Bart Van Der Lee – solo

Netherlands Experimental

Rosa Ensemble

Netherlands Hard Rock

Drive Like Maria
The Mad Trist
Malle Pietje And The Bimbos

Netherlands Reggae

‘Maikal X’ Parkinson – solo
The Upsessions

Netherlands Dance-Rock/Electro/Synth

Baskerville (not the same-named New York band)

The Benelux
Seymour Bits (Bas Bron) – solo
Boom Boom Du Terre (Jornt Jan Bras) – solo
Crookram (Chris Angelovski) – solo
Sander Kleinenberg
TJ Kong & Nuno Dos Santos
Martyn (Martijn Deijkers) – solo
(Never Mind The) Stars
Palbomen (KaiHugo) – solo
The Q4

Netherlands Male Solo

Arthur Adam (Ten Cate)
Eckhardt (Rik Eistgeest)

‘Hartog’ Eysman
Hunter Complex (Lars Meijer)
John Dear Mowing Club – (Melle De Boer)
Tim Knol
Harm ‘Goslink’ Kuiper
Lucky Fonz III (Otto Wichers)
Case Mayfield
Mr A. Balladeer (Marinus De Goederen)
‘Joast’ Joost Oskamp
Joep Pelt
Sir Ian (Bart Hoevenaars of Dutch band Mono)
Zea (Arnold De Boer)

Netherlands Female Solo

Caro Emerald (Caroline Van Der Leeuw)
Flux (Irene Wiersma)
Lilian Hak
Roos Jonker
Janne ‘Schradinova’ Schra


The Bear That Wasn’t
The Black Box Revelation – garage
Blackie & The Oohoo’s
Boston Tea Party
Broken Glass Heroes (Tim Vanhamel)
Customs – post-punk
Flying Horseman
Freaky Age

Admiral Freebie (Tom Van Laere) – solo
The Go Find
Charlie Jones’ Big Band – blues rock
Kiss The Anus Of A Black Cat (Stef Irritant) – solo – psych-folk
Marble Sounds
Sopha – funk
The Sore Losers
Tape Tum
The Tellers
Belgium Post-Punk

Belgium Funk

BRZZVLL (not the same-named U.S. cross-cultural band Brazzaville)
Belgium Dance-Rock/Electro/Synth

Aeroplane (Vito Deluca) (not one of the same-named England or Germany bands) – solo
Styrofoam (Arne Van Petegem) – solo
‘Stijn’ Vandeputte – solo

Belgium Female Solo

Dorleac (Geike Arnaert of Hooverphonic)
An Pierle & White Velvet


Burzum – metal
Jaga Jazzist (includes 2 members of The National Bank) – experimental
Serena Maneesh – post-punk
Silje Nes – female solo
Spirits Of The Dead – psychedelic rock

Norway Dance-Rock/Electro/Synth

(Hans-Peter) Lindstrom & Christabelle (Solale)
‘Prins Thomas’ Hermansen – solo


Alarma Man
The Amazing
The Concretes
Dag For Dag
The Flare-Up
Ghost – hard rock

Junip (Jose Gonzalez)
The Knife (rock-opera based on Darwin’s The Origin Of Species)
Love Is All
Marching Band
New Found Land
Daniel Norgren – solo – garage
Pain Of Salvation – prog rock
Shout Out Louds
Surrounded – post-punk
The Tiny
Tutankhamen (members of Shout Out Louds and Peter Bjorn And John)
Wildbirds & Peacedrums

Sweden Psych-Folk

First Aid Kit
Hellsongs (covers of metal classics)

Sweden Dance-Rock/Electro/Synth

Ceo (Eric Berglund) – solo
Swedish House Mafia

Sweden Male Solo

Andi Almqvist
Nicolai Dunger

Last Days Of April (Karl Larsson)
The Tallest Man on Earth (Kristian Matsson) (for both Sometimes The Blues and The Wild Hunt)

Sweden Female Solo

Nina Kinert
Jeanette Lindstrom
Moon & Sun (Monica Tormell)

Britta Persson
Elin Ruth Sigvardsson
Jenny Wilson


Disco Ensemble – hard rock
Husky Rescue


Annasaid – post-punk
I Got You On Tape
The Kissaway Trail
Lars And The Hands Of Light

‘Teitur’ Lasson (from the Faeroe Islands, a Denmark colony) – solo
My Bubba & Mi – psych-folk
Oh No Ono

Denmark Dance-Rock/Electro/Synth

Oh Land (Nanna Fabricius) – female solo
Anders ‘Trentemoller’ – solo – synth

Denmark Female Solo

Agnes Obel
Our Broken Garden (Anna Bronsted)


Olof Arnalds – female solo
FM Belfast – synth
Pascal Pinon (named after the famous ‘two-headed’ circus freak show)

Iceland Experimental

‘Jonsi’ Birgisson (Sigur Ros) – solo
For A Minor Reflection


La Caravane Passe – cross-cultural (E. Europe)
Frank (Just Frank) – post-punk

Ben L’Oncle Soul – soul
Bibi Tenga & The Selenities – funk
Yann Tiersen

France Dance-Rock/Electro/Synth

Sonido ‘Blundetto’ – solo
Le Peuple De L’Herbe
Zombie Zombie (covers of John Carpenter movie theme music)


Anika – female solo – post-punk
Frames (not either of the same-named Ireland or U.S. bands) – prog rock
Get Well Soon
Hauschka (Volker Bertelmann) – solo – piano
‘Oceana’ Mehlmann – female solo – soul
Saroos – experimental
The Whitefield Brothers – funk

Germany Dance-Rock/Electro/Synth

Autodidakt (Andres Klein) – solo
Bodi Bill
‘Ellen Allien’ Fraatz – female solo
Lali Puna
Stereo Total


Depedro (Jairo Zavala) – solo
Lonely Drifter Karen
Amparo Sanchez – female solo

Spain Dance-Rock/Electro/Synth

El Guincho (Pablo Diaz-Reixa) – solo
‘Oriol’ Singhji – solo


Headman (Robi Insinna) – solo – synth
Sophie Hunger – female solo


Calibro 35 (movie themes)

A Classic Education
Sem’bro – psych-folk

Italy Male Solo

Banjo Or Freakout (Alessio Natalizia)
Marsmobil (Roberto Di Gioia)


Ekos Quartet – experimental
Larry Gus (Panagioits Melidis) – solo – experimental


Kontrust – symphonic metal


Kim Ki O

Lana Mir – female solo


Daara J Family (Senegal)

The Good Ones (Rwanda) (not the same-named Arizona artist)
Konono N1 (Congo)
Oy (Joy Frempong) (Ghana) – female solo – experimental
Solvent (Jason Amm) (Zimbabwe) – solo – synth
Kae Sun (Kwaku Darko-Mensah) – solo


Ali Farka Toure & Tiamani Diabete


Asa (Bukola Elemido) – female solo
‘King Sunny Ade’ Adeniya
South Africa

Blk Jks (similar to TV On The Radio)
Boo! – synth
The Parlotones


The Cat Empire

Eddy Current Suspension Ring
I Heart Hiroshima
Karnivool – prog rock
Angus & Julia Stone – psych-folk
Tame Impala – psychedelic rock

Australia Post-Punk

The Black Ryder
Grinderman (aka Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds)

Australia Dance-Rock/Electro/Synth

Club Feet
Midnight Juggernauts

Australia Male Solo

Ry Cuming
Ernest Ellis
Horse Stories (Toby Burke)
Gareth Liddiard (The Drones)

Xavier Rudd
Paul Turner

Australia Female Solo

Sarah Blasko

Johanna (Cranitch) And The Dusty Floor
Julia Stone

New Zealand

Lawrence Arabia (James Milne) – solo
The Ruby Suns – synth

Surf City – garage


Hanggai – cross-cultural (Mongolian)


Joyo Velarde – female solo


Seu Jorge (Mario Da Silva) & Almaz
Garotas Suecas


Datapanik (Aruba) – synth

Gyptian (Delwin Edwards) (Jamiaca) – solo – reggae
Carla Morrison (Mexico) – female solo


The Acorn
Arcade Fire
The Besnard Lakes
The Birthday Massacre – prog-metal
Black Mountain
Born Ruffians
Elephant Stone
Frazey Ford – female solo – alt-country

Frog Eyes (Carey Mercer of Destroyer)
Gigi (Nick Krgovich of No Kids and P:ano [sic]) – garage
Hot Panda
Land Of Talk
Declan McGarry – southern rock
The Most Serene Republic – post-punk
Plants And Animals
The Russian Futurists
Meaghan Smith – female solo
Tokyo Police Club
We Are Wolves
Wolf Parade (Spencer Krug of Sunset Rubdown)
Yukon Blonde

Barenaked Ladies

Barenaked Ladies
Steven Page – solo

Broken Social Scene

Broken Social Scene
Jason Collett – solo
K.C. Accidental (Kevin Drew and Charles Spearin)

The New Pornographers

Kathryn Calder – female solo
The New Pornographers
Canada Psych-Folk

Basia Bulat – female solo
Postdata (Paul Murphy of Wintersleep) – solo
Siskiyou (2 guys from Great Lakes Swimmers)
Leif Vollebekk – solo

Canada Experimental

Diamond Rings (John O’Regan) – solo
Holy F**k
Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra


Canada Garage

The Demon’s Claws
PS I Love You
Mark Sultan – solo

Canada Dance-Rock/Electro/Synth

Akido (Kim Gabourey) – solo
Caribou (Dan Snaeth) – solo
Crystal Castles
Chilly Gonzales (Jason Beck) – solo
Small Sins (Thomas D’Arcy) – solo

Canada Male Solo

Luke Doucet
Jeremy Fisher
Owen Pallett (for both Heartland and A Swedish Love Story)

Athens, GA

Dead Confederate – psychedelic rock
Drive-By Truckers

Elf Power
The Futurebirds – psych-folk
Kylesa (Savannah) – metal
Modern Skirts
Of Montreal
The Whigs – garage
Athens Post-Punk

Twin Tigers

Athens Alt-Country

Phosphorescent (Matthew Houck) (now in N.Y.) – solo
‘Jason Aldean’ Williams (Macon) – solo


Cody Chesnutt – solo – soul
Abby Gogo – post-punk
Bad Books (Manchester Orchestra, with Kevin Devine)
Zac Brown Band – alt-country
Gringo Star
Last November
Mastodon – prog-metal
Sun Domingo
Atlanta Female Solo
Kaki King
Shannon Wright

U.S. Indie
Ryan Adams & The Cardinals
ALO (Animal Liberation Orchestra)
Avi Buffalo
Band Of Horses
Bear In Heaven
Black Dub (Daniel Lanois)
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
Broken Bells (Danger Mouse of Gnarls Barkley and James Mercer of The Shins)
Call Me Lightning
Cold War Kids
Colour Revolt
Cool Genius
Grant Cutler & The Gorgeous Lords
Danger Mouse & Sparklehorse
Darker My Love
Delta Spirit
The Dig
Dr. Dog
The Drums
Eagle Seagull
The 88
Emanuel And The Fear
Fake Problems
Fang Island
Free Energy
Future Islands
The Gay Blades
Girls (not the same-named 80s England hard rock band)
Grand Mal
Grandchildren (not the same-named Canada ska band)
Here We Go Magic
Hooray For Earth
Nick Jonas & The Administration
Jukebox The Ghost
Kings Of Leon
Leland Sundries
Light Pollution
Local Natives
The Lovely Forest
Magic Kids
Magnetic Island (used to be called Renminbi)
Maps & Atlases
Margot And The Nuclear So And So’s
Meeting Of Important People
Miniature Tigers
Minus The Bear
The Morning Benders
Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band
Murder By Death
My Jerusalem (Rick Nelson of The Polyphonic Spree)
The National
New Idea Society
Phantom Buffalo
Portugal.  The Man
Redstone Hall
Retribution Gospel Choir
Rogue Wave
The Routine
Shoulders Of Giants
The Silver Seas
Small Black
The Soft Pack
Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin
Star & Micey
Steel Train
Sun Airway
Surfer Blood
Tangents (Derek Kurswill of Unearth) (not the same-named band from Athens, GA, N.Y., or Eng.)
The Terror Pigeon Dance Revolt!
Thorcraft Cobra
Vampire Weekend
Wakey! Wakey!
The Walkmen
We Are Scientists
The Whiskers (the one from Connecticut, not California)
White Rabbits
Wovenhand (David Edwards of 16 Horsepower)
Xiu Xiu
The Young Veins (2 guys from Panic! At The Disco)

U.S. Indie – Female Vocals

Admiral Radley (Jason Lytle of Grandaddy)
Apache Beat
Azure Ray
Beach House
Best Coast
The Bird And The Bee (Inara George, daughter of Lowell) (all covers of Hall & Oates)

Buke And Gass (named after their baritone ukelele and guitar-bass hybrid)
The Chapin Sisters (Abigail and Lily, daughters of Tom)
Christy (Edwards) & Emily (Manzo)
Cotton Jones
Dominant Legs (Ryan Lynch of Girls)
Elk City
The Ettes
Fol Chen
Girl In A Coma (mostly covers of rock classics)
Gospel Music (Owen Holmes of Black Kids)
Happy Birthday
High Places
The Hundred In The Hands
Kitten (not the same-named 90s Canada band)
Jenny (Lewis of Rilo Kiley) And Johnny (Johnathan Rice)
The Like
Lovers (not the same-named France synth band)
Lower Dens
Mates Of State
Naked Hearts
Now Now
The Postmarks
Quasi (Janet Weiss of Sleater-Kinney)
School Of Seven Bells
Secret Cities
She & Him (Zooey Deschanel & M.Ward)
Sonny & The Sunsets
Twin Sister (not the same-named 90s Oregon band)
Von Haze
The Watson Twins
Wye Oak

Black Moth Super Rainbow

Dreamend (Ryan Graveface) – solo – psychedelic rock
Tobacco (Tom Fec) – solo – synth

Bon Iver

Sean ‘S. Carey’ – solo – psych-folk
Gayngs (members of Bon Iver and Megafaun) – psych-folk

Foo Fighters

Chris Shiflett & The Dead Peasants – solo
Taylor Hawkins & The Coattail Riders – hard rock

The Hold Steady

The Hold Steady
Franz Nicolay – solo

Brad Laner – solo
Radar Brothers (Jim Putnam)

Queens Of The Stone Age

Mini Mansions (Michael Schuman)
Sweethead (Troy Van Leeuwen) – hard rock

U.S. Post-Punk

Abe Vigoda (named after the actor)

Ceremony (2 guys from Skydrive, after 3rd guy left to form A Place To Bury Strangers)
Crocodiles (not the same-named 80s New Zealand band)
Film School
Former Ghosts (members of Xiu Xiu and Zola Jesus)
Grass Widow
Mi Ami
Moon Duo (Ripley Johnson of Wooden Shjips)
A Place To Bury Strangers
The Upsidedown
The War On Drugs
Weekend (not the same-named Canada band)
Wow & Flutter

U.S. Psychedelic Rock

The Black Angels
Endless Boogie
The Fresh & Onlys
Salem (not the same-named Israel metal band)
Sleepy Sun

Gary War (Greg Dalton) – solo
Wooden Shjips

U.S. Alt-Country

Brent Amaker & The Rodeo

American Aquarium
Kasey Anderson – solo
Angel Band
Tim Barry – solo
Diane Birch & The Phenomenal Handclap Band (covers of Goth classics, including J.Division)
Cadillac Sky
Chatham County Lines
Court Yard Hounds (Emily Robison and Martie Maguire of Dixie Chicks)
The Duke & The King (Simone Felice of The Felice Brothers)
Justin Townes Earle – solo
‘Joey & Rory’ Feek (husband/wife)
Robert Francis – solo
Gwyneth (Moreland) & (Michael) Monko
Hayseed Dixie (includes bluegrass covers of Bohemian Rhapsody and Won’t Get Fooled Again)
Jamey Johnson – solo
JP [Jones], Chrissie (Hynde of The Pretenders) & The Fairground Boys
Kort (Kurt Wagner and Cortney Tidwell)
Lady Antebellum (Charles Kelley, brother of Josh)
Tift Merritt – female solo
Alison Moorer (sister of Shelby Lynne, wife of Steve Earle) – female solo
Railroad Earth
Reckless Kelly
The .357 String Band
Tumbledown (Mike Herrera of MxPx)
Uncle Kracker (Matthew Shafer) – solo
Gretchen Wilson – female solo

U.S. Blues Rock

Eden Brent – female solo
Kevin Fennell (with Ray Campi)
Lance Lopez – solo
Grace Potter & The Nocturnals
Robert Randolph And The Family Band
‘Seasick Steve’ Wold – solo

Sister Sparrow And The Dirty Birds

U.S. Southern Rock

Bo Bice – solo
JJ Grey & Mofro
Hill Country Revue (2 guys from N. Mississippi Allstars)

The Old 97’s
Ross Shifflet – solo
The Torches
Truth & Salvage Co.
Wilson’s Reservoir

U.S. Psych-Folk

The Autumn Defense (John Stirratt and Pat Sansone of Wilco)
Blitzen Trapper

Breathe Owl Breathe
Sean ‘S. Carey’ (Bon Iver) – solo
Carolina Chocolate Drops
Deer Tick
Devotionals (Tyson Vogel) – solo
Family Of The Year
Fistful Of Mercy (Dhani Harrison and Ben Harper)
Sean Flinn & The Royal We
Freelance Whales
Frontier Ruckus
Good Old War
Horse Feathers
Houses (from Chicago, not the Denver one, or the Netherlands band listed earlier)
Hurray For The Riff Raff
Dawn Landes (married to Josh Ritter) – female solo
Lost In The Trees
Mountain Man
Musee Mecanique
Nina Nastasia – female solo
Pancake Breakfast
Pearly Gate Music (Zach Tillman) – solo
Peter Wolf Crier
The Pleasants
Shearwater (Jonathan Meiburg and Will Sheff of Okkervil River)
Ben Sollee & Daniel Martin Moore
Sun Kil Moon (Mark Kozelek of Red House Painters)
Wooden Wand (James Jackson Toth) – solo

U.S. Experimental

Album Leaf
The American Dollar

Barn Owl
Bombastic Meatbats (Chad Smith of Red Hot Chili Peppers)
The Books
William Brittelle (The Blondes)
Broughton’s Rules (guys from Don Caballero and Blunderbuss)
Julie Christmas (of Battle Of Mice and Made Out of Babies)
Clipd Beaks
David Karsten Daniels & Fight The Big Bull (setting Henry David Thoreau poems to music)
Evelyn Evelyn (Amanda Palmer of The Dresden Dolls)
Free Moral Agents (Isaiah Owens of The Mars Volta)
Gonjasufi (Sumach Valentine) (for both The Caliph’s Tea Party and A Sufi Is A Killer) – solo
The Gypsy Nomads
High Places
Zach Hill (Hella) – solo
Benoit Pioulard (Thomas Meluch) – solo
‘Janelle Monae’ Robinson – female solo
Sarah K. Snider (w/Shara Worden/My Brightest Diamond) (about Penelope of Homer’s Odyssey)
Red Sparowes
Sleep Whale
Six Gallery
Soft Circle (Hisham Bharoocha) – solo
Marnie Stern – female solo
Super 8-Bit Brothers
Serj Tankian (System Of A Down)
Tera Melos
Kenseth Thibideau

U.S. Cross-Cultural

Balkan Beat Box (Gypsy)
Day Of Fire
Fool’s Gold (African)
A Frames & Climax Golden Twins
Gogol Bordello (Gypsy)
Toubab Krewe (Mali, West Africa)
The Wailing Wall (Jesse Rifken) – solo

U.S Garage Rock

Black Diamond Heavies
The Black Keys
Circus Devils (Robert Pollard of Guided By Voices)
Cut In The Hill Gang
The Dashing Suns

The Dead Weather
Dum Dum Girls
Electric Tickle Machine
The Gaslight Anthem
Gasoline Silver
Legendary Shack Shakers
Ted Leo And The Pharmacists
The Moondiggers
New Collisions
No Age
The Oh Sees
The Parting Gifts (Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys and Patrick Keeler of The Raconteurs)
Dan Sartain – solo
Ty Segall – solo
The Strange Boys
Turbo Fruits (2 guys from Be Your Own Pet)
We Landed On The Moon!

U.S. Hard Rock

American Sixgun

Batusis (Cheetah Chrome of The Dead Boys and Sylvain Sylvain of the New York Dolls)
Black Robot (3 ex-members of Buckcherry)
Joe Bonamassa – solo
Brother Clyde (Billy Ray Cyrus)
Coheed And Cambria
Dirty Sweet
Micki Free – solo
Language Room
Les Zeppelin (female band covering Led Zep)
Lizard Skynard (Erik Sprague, aka freak artist Lizardman)
‘John 5’ Lowery (of Marilyn Manson) – solo
Off! (Keith Morris of Black Flag and Circle Jerks)
The Republic Of Wolves
Sweet Apple (J. Mascis of Dinosaur Jr.)
Taddy Porter (named after the beer)
Tweak Bird
12 Stones
J.Roddy Walston And The Business
White Hills
U.S. Prog-Rock
Titus Andronicus
Omar Rodriguez-Lopez (The Mars Volta) – solo
U.S. Prog-Metal


Titan (not the same-named Canada metal band)
U.S. Industrial

Circle Of Animals (Bruce Lamont of Yakuza)
Electric Six
U.S. Alt-Metal

Lil Wayne (Dwayne Carter) (for Rebirth, but not for I’m Not A Human Being)
Linkin Park
Street Sweeper Social Club (Tom Morello of Rage Against The Machine)

U.S. Soul

Aloe Blacc (Egbert Dawkins) – solo
Cee Lo Green (Thomas Callaway of Gnarls Barkley) – solo
Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings

Kings Go Forth
‘Eartha’ Moore – female solo
Eli ‘Paperboy’ Reed – solo
‘Kelis’ Rogers – female solo
The Secret Handshake (Luis Dubuc) – solo

U.S. Funk

The Budos Band
Game Rebellion
Michael Leonhart & Avramina 7
Salvador Santana (son of Carlos) – solo

U.S. Reggae

The Expendables (not the same-named New Zealand band)
Transdub Massiv

U.S. Dance-Rock/Electro/Synth

!!! (Chk Chk Chk)
Active Child (Pat Grossi) – solo
Awolnation (Aaron Bruce) – solo
Bonobo (Simon Green) – solo
BT (Brian Transeau)

Class Action
Matthew Dear – solo
Flying Lotus (Stephen Ellison) (for Cosmogramma, but not for Pattern + Grid World) – solo
The Foreign Exchange (Phonte Coleman) – solo
Freeze Pop
French Horn Rebellion
Fuzz (David Streit) – solo
The Gaslamp Killer (William Bensussen) – solo
Girl Problems
Ghostland Observatory
Go Periscope
Ernest Gonzales – solo
Hey Champ
Home Video
The Internal Tulips
Kaskade (Ryan Raddon) – solo
Lazor Crystal
LCD Soundsystem (James Murphy) – solo
Le Concorde (Stephen Becker) – solo
Mackintosh Braun
The Juan MacLean (John MacLean) – solo
Maximum Balloon (Dave Sitek of TV On The Radio) – solo
Miss TK And The Revenge
The New Monarchs
Mouse Fire
Nice Nice
The Octopus Project
Outputmessage (Bernard Farley) – solo
Morgan Page – solo
Paper Tiger (John Samuels) – solo
Pictureplane (Thomas Egedy) – solo
RJD2 (Ramble Krohn) – solo
‘Rafter’ Roberts – solo
The Samps
Scissor Sisters
Shy Child
Sleigh Bells
The Superions (Fred Schneider of The B-52s)
Twin Shadow (George Lewis) – solo
Ursula 1000 (Alex Gimenos) – solo
PT Weakley
Paul White And The Purple Brain

U.S. Male Solo

Sam Amidon
Drew Andrews (of The Album Leaf)
Alex Band (of The Calling)
Dave Beck
Bleu (William McAuley)
Jason Boesel (Rilo Kiley)
Barton Carroll (of Crooked Fingers)
Cars And Trains (Tom Filepp)
Coconut Records (the actor Jason Schwartzman)
Matt Costa
Dead Snares (Jeffrey Cain of Remy Zero)
Darwin Deez
Keegan Dewitt
Martin ‘Dosh’
Joshua English

Jason Falkner
Joel Firstman
Brandon Flowers (The Killers)
Donavon Frankenreiter (for both Glow and Revisited)
Brett Gleason
Jimmy Gnecco
Jarred Gorbel
Half-Handed Cloud (John Ringhofer)
Halstead (Ryan Auffenberg)
Trent Hancock
Micah P. Hinson
Matt Hires
Griffin House
Hurricane Bells (Steve Schiltz of Longwave)
Jeff Jacobs (not the guy in Foreigner)
Jeremy Jay
Roy Jay
Mason Jennings
Shooter Jennings (son of Waylon)
Alex Kemp
Ray Lamontagne And The Pariah Dogs
Dylan Leblanc
Jeremy Lynch
Marco Mahler
Raul Malo
Paul Manousos
Nick ‘Merykid’ Mery
The Moon And Her Mother (Aaron Wallace)
Matt Morris
Neil Nathan
Netherfriends (Shawn Rosenblatt)
Perfume Genius (Mike Hadreas)
Ariel Pink’s Haunted Grafitti (Ariel Rosenberg)
‘Joe Pug’ Pugliese
Joshua Radin
Dax Riggs
Josh Ritter
Sore Eros (Robert Robinson)
Sufjan Stevens (for All Delighted People, but not for The Age Of Adz)
Kelley Stoltz
Toro Y Moi (Chazwick Bundick)
Matt White
Wild Nothing (Jack Tatum)
Rusty Willoughby
Pete Yorn
Young Boy (Colin Caulfield)

U.S. Female Solo

Jenni Alpert (Cameron Morantz)
Animal Prufrock (of Bitch And Animal)
Clare Burson
Ana Caravelle (Anahita Novak)
Katie Costello
Lana Del Ray (Lizzie Grant)
Glasser (Cameron Mesirow) (her mother formed 80s band Human Sexual Response)
Gold Motel (Greta Morgan of The Hush Sound)

Gregory And The Hawk (Meredith Godreau)
Melora Hardin (the actress)
Jesca Hoop
Sarah Jaffe
Liz Janes
Quinn Marston
Elizabeth ‘Lissie’ Maurus
Megan McCormick (not the TV travel host)
‘Anna Rose’ Menken
Holly Miranda
Anais Mitchell (song cycle about the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice)
The Mynabirds (Laura Burhenn of Georgie James)
Joanna Newsom
‘Sugaree’ Noel (daughter of Leon Russell)
People Eating People (Nouela Johnston)
Sara Radle (The Rentals)
Amy Regan
Mia Riddle
Kelley Ryan
Kelli Scarr
Sahara Smith
Hayley Taylor (the actress)
Sharon Van Etten
Emily Jane White
White Hinterland (Casey Dienel)
Dorothy ‘Dar Williams’
Daphne Willis
Jenny Owen Youngs
Zola Jesus (Nika Rosa Danilova)

90s Artists – good albums


The Apples In Stereo
Melissa Auf Der Maar (Hole)
Brant Bjork (Kyuss)
Blonde Redhead
Brandon Boyd (Incubus)

The Brian Jonestown Massacre
Carl Broemel (My Morning Jacket)
Buckethead (Brian Carroll)
Built To Spill
California Guitar Trio
Cloud Cult
The Disco Biscuits
David Dondero
Drive-By Truckers
Jakob Dylan
Eels (for both End Times and Tomorrow Morning)
Ben Folds (of Ben Folds 5) & Nick Hornby (author of High Fidelity & About A Boy)
Michael Franti & Spearhead
Mary Gauthier
Gin Blossoms
John Grant (of The Czars)
Patty Griffin
Charlie Hunter
Alan Jackson
Jimmy Eat World
Freedy Johnston
Damien Jurado
Joel Kosche (Collective Soul)
Ed Kowalczyk (of the band Live)
Mark Lanegan (Screaming Trees) & Isobel Campbell (Belle & Sebastian)
Jim Lauderdale
John Legend And The Roots (covers of 60s soul classics)
Les Savy Fav
Tone Lucca
Shelby Lynne
Magnetic Fields
Mice Parade
Harvey Milk (for both A Small Turn Of Human Kindness and The Bob Weston Sessions)
Steve Miller Band
Monster Magnet
Shawn Mullins
Nada Surf (covers of band’s favorite songs)
Old 97’s (for both The Grand Theatre Vol. One and Mimeograph)
Mike Patton (covers of 50s Italian pop hits)
Liz Phair
Robert Pollard (Guided By Voices)
Matt Pond PA
The Posies (includes no original members)
The Reverend Horton Heat
Josh Rouse
Kermit Ruffins
Martin Sexton
Sister Hazel
The Slackers
Tony Sly (of No Use For A Name)
Smashing Pumpkins
Stone Temple Pilots
Three Mile Pilot (Armistead Burwell of Pinback)
Trans Am
Rufus Wainwright
Butch Walker And The Black Widows (Marvelous 3)
Weezer (for both Death To False Metal and Hurley)
Widespread Panic
Hank Williams, III

Rest Of World

The Bambi Molesters
Belle & Sebastian

The Charlatans
The Chemical Brothers
Danko Jones
Paul Dempsey (of Something For Kate)
The Divine Comedy
‘Fred Eaglesmith’ Elgersma
Gone Bald
Great Big Sea
Grimm Limbo (Frank Boeijen of The Gathering)
Sarah Harmer
Fran Healy (of Travis)
The Jim Jones Revue (of Thee Hypnotics)
Kula Shaker
Manic Street Preachers
Massive Attack
The Orb & David Gilmour (Pink Floyd)
Placebo (all covers, including 20th Century Boy by T.Rex)
Emma Pollock (The Delgados)
Scram C Baby
Philip Selway (Radiohead)
Bettie Serveert
Todd Sharpeville (Roland Philipps)
Teenage Fanclub
13 (Dertien)
Tricky (Adrian Thaws)
Unkle (for both The Answer and Where Did The Night Fall)

90s Artists – weak albums


Christina Aguilera
Marc Anthony
Erykah Badu (Erica Wright of Soulquarious)
Big Boi (Antwan Patton of Outkast)

The Black Eyed Peas
Black Label Society
The Black Heart Procession (2 guys from Three Mile Pilot)
Bone Thugs-N-Harmony
Mariah Carey
Nels Cline (of Wilco)
Marc Cohn (covers of pop hits from the year 1970)
Sheryl Crow
Daz Dillinger (Delman Arnaud of Tha Dogg Pound)
The Dillinger Escape Plan
D-Loc (Dustin Miller of Kottonmouth Kings)
Eminem (Marshall Mathers)
Eskmo (Brendan Angelides)
Faith Evans
Fat Joe (Joseph Cartagena)
Fear Fantasy
Jaime Foxx (Eric Bishop)
Fun Lovin’ Criminals
Ghostface Killah (Dennis Coles of Wu-Tang Clan)
Good Riddance
Macy Gray
Juliana Hatfield
Hed PE
Ice Cube (O’Shea Jackson)
Jack Johnson
‘Eric Benet’ Jordan
Juvenile (Terius Gray)
Kane & Abel
Robert ‘R. Kelly’Jennifer Knapp
Less Than Jake (pop-punk covers of TV theme songs)
Lyrics Born (Tom Shimura)
‘Bilal’ Oliver (of Soulquarious)
Pink Martini
Sam Prekop (of The Sea And Cake)
‘Ceschi’ Ramos
‘Usher’ Raymond
Kim Richey
The Roots
Darius Rucker (Hootie & The Blowfish)
Slum Village
Soulive (instrumental jazz covers of Beatles hits)
Rhonda Thomas
Ultimate Fakebook
Laura Veirs
Rhonda Vincent
Wilson Phillips
Wu-Tang Clan

Rest Of World


Console (Martin Gretschmann of The Notwist)
Daft Punk (soundtrack to film Tron: Legacy)
Finger Eleven
David Gray
Matthew Herbert
Philip Jeck
Timo Maas
Damien Marley (son of Bob)
Oval (Markus Popp)
Peter Pan Speedrock
‘Shakira’ Ripoll
Roots Manuva (Rodney Smith)
The Sainte Catherines
Seal (Henry Samuel)
Skunk Anansie
Squarepusher (Tom Jenkinson)
Dave ‘Tipper’
Bjorn Torske
Kate ‘KT Tunstall’ (of Tomoko)
Keith Urban

60s, 70s, 80s, Over-40 Crowd – good, worthy, interesting, “I’m glad they’re still around” albums


Laurie Anderson
Bad Religion
Big Head Todd (Mohr) And The Monsters
Elvin Bishop
David Byrne (T. Heads) & Fatboy Slim (Norman Cook) (concept album about Imelda Marcos)
Mary Chapin Carpenter
Peter Case (The Plimsouls)
Johnny Cash
Judy Collins
Steve Cropper (Booker T. & The M.G.’s) & Felix Caviliere (The Rascals)
Dash Rip Rock
Doobie Brothers
The Doors
Dr. John (Mac Rebennack)
Alejandro Escovedo
Roky Erickson (of 13th Floor Elevators) With Okkervil River
David ‘Rock’ Feinstein (of Elf) (cousin of Ronnie James Dio)
The Flaming Lips (covering all of The Dark Side Of The Moon)
Lita Ford (The Runaways)
Black Francis (Frank Black of The Pixies)
Giant Sand
Goo Goo Dolls
Mike Gordon (Phish)
Buddy Guy
Merle Haggard
Jimi Hendrix
Kristin Hersh (Throwing Muses)
John Hiatt
Kristian Hoffman (of Lydia Lunch and James White & The Blacks)
Jason & The Scorchers
Daniel Johnston
Robby Krieger (The Doors)
Cyndi Lauper (blues songs with famous bluesmen)
Bettye Lavette (covers of famous English classic rock songs)
Huey Lewis And The News (covers of 60s Stax classics)
Jerry Lee Lewis (covers of old classics)
Lillian Axe
Los Lobos
John Mellencamp
Natalie Merchant (10,000 Maniacs)
Bret Michaels (Poison)
Mountain (early rarities)
My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult
Vince Neil (Motley Crue)
Willie Nelson
Mark Olson (The Jayhawks)
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
The Jeffrey Lee Pierce Sessions Project (The Gun Club)
Preservation Hall Jazz Band
Stan Ridgway (Wall Of Voodoo)
Lee Ritenour
Carlos Santana (covers of guitar classic rock)
Gil Scott-Heron
Southside Johnny (Lyons) And The Asbury Jukes
Ronnie Spector (Veronica Bennett)
Bruce Springsteen
Mavis Staples (The Staple Singers)
Swans (Michael Gira)
The Temptations
Jimmie Vaughan (The Fabulous Thunderbirds)
Loudon Wainwright
Jimmy Webb
Andre Williams
Gary Wilson
Peter Wolf (J.Geils Band)
Steve Wynn (The Dream Syndicate) And The Miracle 3
Neil Young
Dweezil Zappa (covers of Frank’s songs)

Rest Of World

Marc Almond (Soft Cell)
Joan Armatrading
Bachman & Turner (Bachman-Turner Overdrive)
Jeff Beck
Andy Bell (Erasure)
Luka Bloom (Barry Moore, brother of Christy)
Bomb The Bass (Tim Simenon)
Boris (Japan hard rock) & Ian Astbury (The Cult)
The Chieftains (with Ry Cooder)
Edwyn Collins
Elvis Costello
Cowboy Junkies
Crowded House
Burton Cummings (The Guess Who)
Ray Davies (The Kinks) (duets with famous singers covering Kinks classics)
Joe Elliott (Def Leppard) (covers of obscure Mott The Hoople songs)
The Ex
The Fall
Peter Frampton
Steve Hackett (Genesis)
Nina Hagen
Hoodoo Gurus
Steve Howe (Yes)
Inner Circle
Iron Maiden
James (for both The Night Before and The Morning After)
Elton John & Leon Russell
Howard Jones
Tom Jones
Killing Joke
Jon Langford (The Mekons) & Skull Orchard
Martha And The Muffins
Glen Matlock (The Sex Pistols) & The Philistines
Sarah McLachlan
John McLaughlin (The Mahavishnu Orchestra)
Sergio Mendes
Modern English
Nitzer Ebb
Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark
Ozzy Osbourne
Robert Plant
Prefab Sprout
The Scorpions
Shakespear’s Sister (Siobhan Fahey of Bananarama)
Shonen Knife
Ringo Starr
Status Quo
Steeleye Span
David Sylvian (Japan)
Richard Thompson (Fairport Convention)
Tracey Thorn (Everything But The Girl)
Toots (Frederick Hibbert) & The Maytals
The Vaselines (big influence on Cobain)
Paul Weller (The Jam)
Toyah Willcox
Jah Wobble (John Wardle of PiL) (Japan music, following his China music)
Ron Wood (The Faces)
Zodiac Mindwarp & The Love Reaction

60s, 70s, 80s, Over-40 Crowd – dull, boring, poor, “why did they even bother?” albums


Asleep At The Wheel

Marty Balin (Jefferson Airplane)
The Black Crowes
Bob Blank
Eldar ‘El Debarge’
Neil Diamond (covers of soft-rock classics)
P. Diddy (Sean Combs)
Melissa Etheridge
‘Kenny G’ Gorelick
Herbie Hancock
Dan Hicks & The Hot Licks
Robyn Hitchcock & The Venus 3 (includes Pete Buck and Scott McCaughey of R.E.M.)
Indigo Girls
Freddie Jackson
Michael Jackson
Quincy Jones
Shelby Lynne
Barry Manilow
Meat Loaf (Marvin Aday)
Pat Metheny
Lloyd Miller
Maria Muldaur
Aaron Neville
Juice Newton (Judith Cohen) (covers of soft rock classics)
The O’Jays
Donny Osmond
Marie Osmond
Brian Setzer Orchestra (Stray Cats)
Slash (Saul Hudson of Guns ‘n Roses)
Virgin Steele
Brian Wilson (Beach Boys) (George Gershwin covers)
Cassandra Wilson
Charlie Wilson (The Gap Band)
Rob Zombie (Robert Cummings of White Zombie)

Rest Of World

Mulatu Astatke

Eric Clapton
Phil Collins (Genesis) (Motown/soul covers)
Stephen Egerton (of The Descendants)
Peter Gabriel (covers, done without guitar or drums)
‘Yanni’ Hrysomallis
Annie Lennox
Meat Beat Manifesto
Kylie Minogue
Olivia Newton-John
Sade (Helen Adu)
Jimmy Somerville (Bronski Beat)
Rod Stewart
Maarten Van Der Vleuten
Rick Wakeman

Worthwhile Live Albums – U.S.

All Time Low
Bad Religion – hard rock
Zac Brown Band (2009 Atlanta – Fox Theater) – southern rock
Jackson Browne & David Lindley (2006 Philadelphia)

Alice Cooper (Vincent Furnier) (2009 England – Hammersmith) – hard rock
Robert Cray (1987 Austin, TX) – blues rock
Dropkick Murphys
Flogging Molly (Los Angeles – Greek Theater) – cross-cultural
Gov’t Mule (12/31/99 Atlanta – Roxy Theater) – southern rock
Hot Tuna (2010 Baltimore) – blues rock
Chris Isaak (2008 San Francisco – Fillmore Theater)
Mason Jennings – solo
Albert King & S. Ray Vaughan (1983 Canada, TV show In Session) – blues rock
Carole King (with James Taylor)
Jonny Lang (Nashville – Ryman Auditorium) – blues rock
Lynryd Skynyrd (2007 Louisville – Freedom Hall) – southern rock
Bob Mould (of Husker Du and Sugar) (2008 NY – ATP Festival)
Poco – southern rock
Iggy Pop (1977 Cleveland – The Agora, with D.Bowie in band)
The Pretenders (2009 London)
Otis Redding (1966 Sunset Strip, L.A.) – soul
Brian Setzer (2009 Japan)
Regina Spektor (2010 London)
.38 Special (1985 New York)
The Derek Trucks Band (2009 Chicago) – blues rock
The Marshall Tucker Band (1973 San Francisco ) – southern rock
The White Stripes

Worthwhile Live Albums – Rest Of World

Jeff Beck (2010 Grammy Museum) – England

Jack Bruce (Cream) (1975 Manchester – Free Trade Hall) – England
John Cale (1983-84 Germany, TV show Rockpalast) – Wales
The Charlatans (2010 London – The Roundhouse) – England
Elvis Costello (1978 Los Angeles – Hollywood High)
The Cranberries – Ireland
Fair Warning (2010 Tokyo) – hard rock – Germany
Nina Hagen & Karl Rucker – Germany
Peter Hammill (Van Der Graaf Generator) (1992 Berlin) – England
Fran Healy & Andy Dunlop (from Travis) – Scotland
Nik Kershaw – England
Greg Lake (ELP) (1981 London) – prog rock – England
Modern English – England
Mogwai (2009 New York) – experimental – Scotland
Mott The Hoople – England
Carl Palmer (Emerson Lake & Palmer) – prog-rock – England
Graham Parker & The Figgs (2010 Connecticut) – England
Graham Parker & The Rumour (1979 San Francisco) – England
Pet Shop Boys (2009 London)
Public Image Ltd. (2009 London) – England
The Real McKenzies – acoustic Celtic Punk – Canada
Michael Schenker (1980 Manchester – Apollo Theater) – hard rock – Germany
Michael Schenker Group (1981 Germany, TV show Rockpalast) – hard rock – Germany
Ringo Starr, with R.Derringer, B.Squier, G.Wright (2008 L.A. – Greek Theater) – England
Sweet (2008 California) – hard – England
The Temper Trap (2010 Sasquatch Festival) – Australia
Therapy? – hard rock – Northern Ireland
Ultravox (2009 London – played entire albums Vienna and Return To Eden)
UFO (1980 Germany, TV show Rockpalast) – hard rock – Germany
The Weakerthans – Canada
The Who (live Greatest Hits album, recorded from 65-09) – England

Poor Live Albums

Asia (1992 Japan) – prog rock – England
The Avett Brothers (2009 Charlotte) – U.S.
Ronnie James Dio (Rainbow) (83 + 87 Castle Donington, Eng.) – hard rock – U.S.
Alan Holdsworth  (of U.K. and Gong) – jazz fusion – England

Steve Howe Trio – jazz fusion – England
‘Beyonce’ Knowles – U.S.
Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds (2009 Las Vegas and 2010 New York)
Megadeth (live version of Rust In Peace album)
Papa Roach – hard rock – U.S.
Peter, Paul, And Mary (Prague)
Poison – hard rock – U.S.
John Prine
Queensryche (1990 London) – hard rock – U.S.
State Radio – U.S.
Sting (Gordon Sumner) (2010 Berlin) – England
Barbra Streisand

Most Overrated And Boring Indie Band Ra Ra Riot

Most Aptly Named Band

The Weepies (also won this in 2008)  Their music is so soporific and sad.

Most Disappointing Album Of The Year

Tired Pony (members of Snow Patrol, R.E.M., and Belle & Sebastian)

Most Valuable Players, Who Released Good Albums With More Than One Band In 2010

Dan Auerbach (The Black Keys and The Parting Gifts)
Richard Colburn (Belle & Sebastian and Tired Pony)
B.Cook, P.Cook, J.Westerlund (Gayngs and Megafaun)
Danger Mouse (Brian Burton) (Broken Bells and With Sparklehorse [Mark Linkous])
Ripley Johnson (Moon Duo and Wooden Shjips)
Ryan Lynch (Dominant Legs and Girls)
Robert Pollard (for 2 solo, and with Circus Devils)
Julia Stone (Solo and with brother Angus)

Fred’s Best Albums Of The Year


Broughton’s Rules
Built To Spill
Peter Case
Court Yard Hounds
Dead Snares
Endless Boogie
Alejandro Escovedo
Former Ghosts
The Gaslight Anthem
JJ Grey & Mofro
Buddy Guy
Taylor Hawkins & The Coattail Riders
The Hold Steady
Home Video
Jimmy Eat World
Kings Of Leon
LCD Soundsystem
The National
Vince Neil
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
Ariel Pink’s Haunted Grafitti
Red Sparowes
Toubab Krewe
Wooden Shjips
Wow & Flutter

Rest Of World

Amusement Parks On Fire
Antony & The Johnsons
Bachman & Turner
Andy Bell
Archie Bronson Outfit
The Bullfight
Crippled Black Phoenix
The Ex
The Fall
Fruit Of The Original Sin
Hot Chip
Hot Panda
Elton John & Leon Russell
The New Pornographers
The Phantom Band
The Len Price 3
Todd Sharpeville
Sisters Of Transistors
Space Siren
Surf City
Voice Of The Seven Thunders

Released Outside America And On My 2009 List, Then Released In America In 2010

Alberta Cross – England
Basement Jaxx – synth – England
Bombay Bicycle Club – England
Cornershop – England
Editors – post-punk – England
Charlotte Gainsbourg – female solo – England
Jj – Sweden
Ash Koley – female solo – Canada
Cate Le Bon – female solo – Wales
Mumford And Sons – psych-folk – England
Timber Timbre (Taylor Kirk) – solo – Canada

TV Buddhas – psychedelic rock – Israel
The Unthanks – psych-folk – England
You Say Party!  We Say Die! – synth – Canada

May 26, 2010

Posted May 26, 2010 by quiscus
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February 2010 Interview With Paste Magazine

Posted February 4, 2010 by quiscus
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