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    Question Best music we've never heard?

    The way the music industry works, unless an artist's music makes it to international radio or television, the artist can usually only succeed in their home area. Every region has a band or solo artist that is absolutely amazing but the rest of the world never gets to hear them.

    What are the best solo artists and bands in your region that the rest of us should know about?

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    I'll start it out...

    Check out Sam Roberts, Jersey, Three Days Grace, Clark Nova, and Kazzer.

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    Excess ... Nothing special now, but for my it was The Hip, Our Lady Peace and The Persuit of Happyness BEFORE they made it big... (well, big... in Canada at least)

    I remember seeing the hip at a local festival, they were doing Smalltown Bringdown and really had that "garage band" sound.

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    Yeah, they're all great. The Tragically Hip still haven't really gained any American success (except for the northeast). I'd love to be a fan that discovered them today and found out that they have so many great albums.

    I wanna hear from Palme on this...Sweden has a very talented underground music scene.

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    I got a ton of Hip bootlegs, the band used to encourage people to record their shows to share with others and even allowed some bootleggers to plug into the soundboard!

    Back in the 80's I remember the only way to hear the hip here in Montreal was to get bootlegs or pull out the big antenna and tune in to Ottawa's CHEZ106. Nobody else aired the Hip back then.

    An those were the days!

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    (Listening to "Highway Girl - double suicide" bootleg from hamburg germany).

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    Back in Phoenix there was a band called "the format" that was really pickin up but hadn't really gone national yet. Out in hawaii all the music here sounds like ziggy marley humping a ukelele.

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    Maybe we should be listing song titles too. I'd like to download some of these bands. Maybe I should have titled this thread "Help me rip off a struggling band".

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    i don't know if any of you have ever heard of Godspeed You Black Emporer. they're great. mostly instrumental stuff.
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    lol excess.... I don't feel bad about ripping off the rich guys.... but thanks for guilt tripping me into feeling bad for these poor stuggling guys

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    Alright check out www.theformat.com. The standout track is 'even better yet'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rambo
    Alright check out www.theformat.com. The standout track is 'even better yet'.
    I just downloaded it. Good songwriting, raw recording. How long have they been around?

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    Is Finger Eleven well known in the USA? If not, download the song "Good Times".

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    Bout a year, they are really impressive, I'm thinking they are gonna get alot bigger soon (hopefully).

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    Finger 11 is pretty catchy. Hadn't heard of them till now. They kinda remind me of Silverchair.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rambo
    Finger 11 is pretty catchy. Hadn't heard of them till now. They kinda remind me of Silverchair.
    They've got a few albums under that name. Their old name, and I'm not lying, was Rainbow Butt Monkeys.

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    Awesome thread...my contribution, which I'm sure everyone in the NE United States has heard of is Guster. They may have had an actual MTV video or MTV-esque song that garnered enough momentary acclaim for them to be considered one hit wonders, but their stuff is actually all around solid.

    A current favorite of mine (their drummer went to the same school as me years before I'd even heard of it) is Hazie Maze...they have sorta a No Doubt sound without the "poppiness". Another band that's been getting major playing time in my rotation right now is Sigur Ros. I'm not entirely sure how they're viewed globally, or even throughout North America (though none of my friends or their friends had heard of them) as they may well be HUGE elsewhere, but the first I heard of them was on the Vanilla Sky soundtrack and i've enjoyed every other song of theirs i've come across.

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    Aborigional....is a local band in my town...and mark my words......they're gonna blow up real soon....................

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    The Blank Theory-Best song can be found on Freddy vs Jason soundtrack

    Professional Murder Music

    Primer 55-Second album

    Simon Says(Second album)

    Fear the Clown


    Dead Lights



    I'll have to look at my collection for a complete list. Almost nothing in my many is mainstream.
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    Here are 3 groups that play local clubs in the Philly area:

    Carfax Abbey (These guys are great)http://www.geocities.com/~carfaxabbey

    Mighty OV (Put on a great show)
    http://www.mightyov.com

    Octane (They have a CD out now or soon. These guys are really good also)
    http://www.octanerocks.com

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    Slightly Stoopid. They are actually from the San Diego area. Check out some of their acoustic stuff.

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    VINCE NEAL at the Cubby Bear in Chicago this Saturday!!! does it get any better than that? : )

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    In the lesser known bands, though they are not new I have to admit I like "Dread Zeppelin" (Led Zeppelin mixed with Elvis tunes in a reggae style... don't ask! It works!)

    They totally slay me. Saw them years ago live with Mojo Nixon opening. Listening to their rendition of "Viva LasVegas" now

    Red

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    Slightly stoopid is gonna make it big. I like the song they have out on 91x and Kroq. Good alternative band

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    Paul Wright.... He's big here, well at least in Eugene. He's got some Christian stuff but most of what I've heard isn't. I like it! He's got a new cd comming out at the end of September too... so you might not be able to find much by him yet.

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    I am not sure if any of these guys are mainstream or not but here is a good mix that is in my mp3 collection:

    Finger 11
    Dust for Life
    Flybanger
    Gypsy Kings
    Authority Zero
    No One
    OAR
    Rustic Overtones
    Spineshank
    Union Underground
    Big Dumb Face
    Three dead trolls in a baggie (honorable mention)

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    Quote Originally Posted by mammoth
    I am not sure if any of these guys are mainstream or not but here is a good mix that is in my mp3 collection:

    Finger 11
    Dust for Life
    Flybanger
    Gypsy Kings
    Authority Zero
    No One
    OAR
    Rustic Overtones
    Spineshank
    Union Underground
    Big Dumb Face
    Three dead trolls in a baggie (honorable mention)
    I'm seeing Spineshank this Sunday with Ill Nino, 40 Below and Scrape.

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    Local bands -
    blood for blood
    Diecast
    American Nightmare
    Ten yard fight
    Slapshot

    Only if you're hardcore fans though.

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    Ultraspank
    30 seconds to mars
    Blindside
    Apex Theory

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    Quote Originally Posted by EXCESS
    Is Finger Eleven well known in the USA? If not, download the song "Good Times".
    I really didn't like their new album all that much. I jam Greyest and Tip on a weekly basis but was a tad dissapointed in the new output.
    Good Times is pretty good, but i miss some the "rawness" from the first 2

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    Quote Originally Posted by Red Ketchup
    In the lesser known bands, though they are not new I have to admit I like "Dread Zeppelin" (Led Zeppelin mixed with Elvis tunes in a reggae style... don't ask! It works!)

    They totally slay me. Saw them years ago live with Mojo Nixon opening. Listening to their rendition of "Viva LasVegas" now

    Red
    Bro Dread Zepplin! Wow! They're F*N Nutz man! I was supposed to see them back in Cali in 93? , but couldn't go! First video I ever saw from them I was on 2 hits of acid! WOW! WTF! Tripping hard to DZ!

    I say along those lines I have to go Bob Mould! Hell he's been around since the post punk erra one of the best bands ever, Husker Du! top 50 all time album with Warehouse Song with them, and his solo stuff plus Sugar was awesome! GOtta love the Anti-Pop!

    There's so many more too!

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    The Toadies. The funny thing is that they actually went platinum, yet somehow most poeple outside of Texas haven't heard of them, even though they are "mainstream" here. Well, before they broke up, that is. But the two albums they came out with are amazing.

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    Have any of you heard of Motograter. The single is called Down. I saw them at Ozzfest this year put on a good show and they sound good too.

    Here are somemore that don't get enough air time or none at all:
    Depswa (?)
    Deadstar Assembly (Florida)
    Madball (I think from NY area)
    8stops7 - Old group like 3 or 4 years old (Philly)
    Isle of Q (Philly)
    Deadsy
    Killer Operating System (Arkansas)
    Dry Kill Logic (NY)
    Sinch (PA)
    Systematic (CA) Great band
    Bad Luck 13 (Philly) Hard core crazy Mo Fo's
    13Even (Philly)
    Arson

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    Quote Originally Posted by Strut99GT
    The Toadies. The funny thing is that they actually went platinum, yet somehow most poeple outside of Texas haven't heard of them, even though they are "mainstream" here. Well, before they broke up, that is. But the two albums they came out with are amazing.
    Great group. I'm from Philly and I heard of them back in the mid 90's. I have Ruber Neck. The big hit was Possum Kingdom.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheMudMan
    Have any of you heard of Motograter. The single is called Down. I saw them at Ozzfest this year put on a good show and they sound good too.

    Here are somemore that don't get enough air time or none at all:

    Dry Kill Logic (NY)
    Sinch (PA)
    Systematic (CA) Great band

    I've got those three. Sinch and Systematic are great. I havn't gotten used to Dry Kill yet. Thats the case with a lot of bands I buy. Don't dig'em at first, then they grow on me.

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    ok MUD...
    Isle of Q - gotta like them!
    dry kill logic - have some mp's from them they're coold
    arson also

    how's
    cradle of filth
    kill switch engaged
    >>still not alot of people know of Fugazi! Love Fugazi!

    SID

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pheedno
    I've got those three. Sinch and Systematic are great. I havn't gotten used to Dry Kill yet. Thats the case with a lot of bands I buy. Don't dig'em at first, then they grow on me.
    I saw Systematic in May here in Philly they opened for Stonesour. They sound just as good as they do in the studio. Great band!

    I know what you mean about not digging some bands but DKL are really good. I would like to get up to NYC and see them but they don't play a lot anymore.

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    One of the alltime greatest live shows ever are put on by BL13, i've never left one of their shows without being either covered in blood or in cuffs. God i love em.. "stabbin' you up"


    Quote Originally Posted by TheMudMan
    Bad Luck 13 (Philly) Hard core crazy Mo Fo's

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    Quote Originally Posted by ripsid
    ok MUD...
    Isle of Q - gotta like them!
    dry kill logic - have some mp's from them they're coold
    arson also

    how's
    cradle of filth
    kill switch engaged
    >>still not alot of people know of Fugazi! Love Fugazi!

    SID
    I saw Cradle of Filth (crazy ass Goth) and KSE at Ozzfest this year. I knew about both for awhile and like them a lot. Both put on great shows.

    Come on now I know about Fugazi

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    Quote Originally Posted by bdtr
    One of the alltime greatest live shows ever are put on by BL13, i've never left one of their shows without being either covered in blood or in cuffs. God i love em.. "stabbin' you up"
    They are banned from playing a lot of the Philly clubs now they only play in dumps. But great shows!

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheMudMan
    I saw Cradle of Filth (crazy ass Goth) and KSE at Ozzfest this year. I knew about both for awhile and like them a lot. Both put on great shows.

    Come on now I know about Fugazi
    Bro, love goth! Old too Christian Death, Sisters of Mercy, shit like that! I've been diggin on them for a while same with KSE...it's hard for me to find alot bands like that I don't get the time to go to clubs or surf for bands like I used too! We used to go to a club outside of LA called Helter Skelter bro it had bad ass Goth all the time! Loved that joint!
    No THere's a few in philly, but I don't fit the mold anymore! Love the music though!

    OH,,,,I'd hope YOU heard of Fugazi! Most other haven't though!

    SID!

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