Because 525 new acts pop up each and every week, it's becoming increasingly challenging to keep up with all of them, as well as differentiating the good ones from the bad, I thought it might be a good idea to have a thread that highlights some of the better (or worse, if need be) up-and-coming artists we don't know much about, yet have heard people go on at lengths about their many skills (or lack thereof).
Confused? Here's how it works. A poster names an artist/performer/dj/etc they don't know anything about, but hear people mention their names with increasing regularity. Then another poster, preferably someone who is actually familiar with said performer/dj/artist/etc, says a little something about them. i.e. - their background, genre of music, good album to listen to, song to check out, etc. to generate discussion and education. From there, other people can toss out different acts they don't know much about either and so on...
If this works it could be a great way for each of us to discover some new artists we might not otherwise listen to. If it doesn't, then it'll fade away like many other threads - nbd. If nothing else, this thread could prove to be pretty hysterical when in 3 years someone goes back to an earlier post when someone asked who "insert big name here" was.
I'll get the ball rolling...
Last Edit: May 16, 2012 13:12:06 GMT -8 by stamper
If you are going to compare Alabama Shakes to any mainstream blues influenced rock band I feel like they are WAY closer to The Black Keys than they are to The White Stripes. Don't do me like that, people.
I only listened to Alabama Shakes for the first time a couple weeks ago as part of my Sasquatch research and I can't wait for their set now. Originally I was going to check out Civil Wars but I've come to really love Alabama Shakes, listening to them every other day.
I agree, they sound nothing like The White Stripes. I can get behind a small comparison to The Black Keys 'cause of the rock-blues thing. I get more of a Janis Joplin vibe from them though. I'm hoping their set turns out to be the Black Mountain set of this year.